Hackney, Greater London

£28,000 per year


Community Development Manager

About the organisation

VCH is the lead organisation in Hackney, working to enable, promote and support volunteering across the borough. We provide a range of services ... Read more

Job Description

Our nationally award winning project Our Space is currently focused on the New Kingshold estate in Hackney, to engage and enable local residents to deliver local services for themselves, to meet local needs. The aim is for local residents to come together, to share their skills and experience for the benefit of each other, to deliver local groups and activities such as a book group, film club, exercise classes or cooking group. You will be joining a nationally recognised project, as we have just been awarded funding from Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund to grow the project and launch on another Hackney site, in Hoxton West. In 2017, the project was also awarded the "best community group contribution to community cohesion’ by Groundwork UK and last year was shortlisted for Team London’s best community engagement project. We are recruiting for two Community Development Managers – one to lead and develop the new project in the Hoxton West ward and the other to work alongside our existing Community Development Manager to continue developing our South Hackney project.

We need experts in community engagement who are experienced at motivating and enabling residents to volunteer, to design and deliver their own activities, helping them to overcome fears and barriers. We need people who are confident in working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations, to ensure our project complements existing services and that activities are delivered that really meet the interests and needs of local people. The roles are mainly based in the community, with minimal office time, and so the post holders need to be self-motivating and confident to work alongside one other person and often alone, with some support from the team members based at the other site.