Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network (WCEN) and Citizens Advice Wandsworth (CAW) work in partnership to deliver the Help Through Hardship Crisis Project. This award-winning project has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund since 2016, three years’ continuation funding has now been agreed from 2020 to 2023.
As part of this project CAW and WCEN have developed an Advice First Aid training programme which provides a two-day course for community and faith groups, alongside voluntary sector and statutory agencies. The sessions provide an introduction to key advice issues; how to spot problems, and signpost and refer people to local services for support. Following the training programme participants are encouraged to use their new skills within their community setting. This exciting new role will support community and faith groups to do this.
We are recruiting an Advice First Aid Community Worker to support key community and faith partners to co-produce Advice First Aid delivery within their community setting. When Covid-19 allows, the postholder will be based mainly in community settings and the WCEN offices, and 1 days a week based at CAW offices and training as a telephone assessor.
- To co-produce Advice First Aid sessions with a variety of community and faith groups
- To develop a model of Advice First Aid in Community settings
- To provide capacity building support to the Advice First Aid partners to enable them to effectively implement Advice First Aid, make appropriate referrals to CAW, and monitor and report on their work
- To support Advice First Aid partners to develop as a network, sharing experience, learning and best practice
- To provide the key link between Citizens Advice Wandsworth, WCEN and the Advice First Aid partners