Community Inclusion Coordinator
Canal & River Trust
Newark, Nottinghamshire,UK
19h ago

Job Purpose

18 month part-time fixed term funded project roles : Leeds (Yorkshire & North East), Nottingham (East Midlands)

We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across Wales and England, because we believe that life is better by water.

Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

We are delighted to have received funding to support delivery Canal & River Trust activities for "From Isolation to Inclusion (I2I) project in 2021.

This project is funded by Interreg North Sea Region, which the Trust is one of a consortium of partners.

We have 2 part time (30 hours per week) vacancies available, 1 covering Leeds in our Yorkshire & North East region, and 1 covering Nottingham in our East Midlands region.

As we leave a very difficult year behind us, and start our new year with many people nationwide battling isolation, this is an important and impactful project to get involved in.

We are looking for 2 people to lead on developing and piloting new waterway-based interventions to address social isolation and loneliness in targeted communities.

The post-holders will be supported by an internal Project Steering Group and the wider European Partnership. Through regular meetings these groups will shape the strategy and provide support in terms of project delivery models / approaches, reporting, communications and evaluation.

The postholders will be required to take this information and create bespoke waterway-based interventions for the Trust.

Knowledge, Skills / Qualifications & Experience

About the role

We believe that for the right people this is a very special project to take the lead on here at the Trust. The project provides the Trust with an opportunity to test and learn’ piloting a number of new, innovative approaches that we can scale up and roll out in other areas of the organisation.

The project will take a place-based approach, supporting co-creation with communities and co-production with a range of local partners including the health & social care sectors.

Evaluation of these models of working and sharing across the Trust and wider partnership is an important part of this role.

Working primarily with those experiencing or at risk of experiencing loneliness and social isolation, the aim is to highlight and demonstrate the positive impact being by water’ can have on individual and community wellbeing.

The project will seek to empower local people, encouraging volunteer and community-led activities and events. This will build community ownership and embed the project so momentum is sustained and wellbeing benefits are maintained beyond the project funding.

Key accountabilities include :

  • Provide a concentrated effort into key strategic areas to increase local engagement and long term connection with the canal network into local communities, maximising the benefit it brings.
  • Initiate, develop and maintain positive and strong relations with key stakeholders, partners and communities particularly across health and social care sectors.
  • Create a programme of volunteering, community activity and recreation to tackle loneliness and social isolation and improve health and wellbeing and engagement along the canal.
  • In consultation with internal teams, external partners and local communities establish and implement a local project plan for the successful delivery of the required outputs within the project area and set timescales.
  • This will include the proposed financial spend required.

  • Ensure local groups and individual participants are embedded into the Trust’s regional teams for continued support and management.
  • Carry out Neighbourhood Analyses, mapping and consultation to understand the need within target areas and ensure planned interventions effectively meet these.
  • Prepare regular, planned progress and financial reports to allow for efficient and effective monitoring and evaluation of the project.
  • Work closely with the Project Steering Group, regional and national leads to ensure project delivers outputs, effectively captures outcomes and learning is shared across the wider partnership.
  • Develop effective delivery models that can be replicated across the Trust particularly around place-based approaches, co-creation and co-production models and social prescribing.
  • Assess the risks and make adjustments to work methods where appropriate.
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of the project.
  • Promote and recognise the community contribution through press, media and appropriate communication channels and seek external recognition through awards where possible
  • Investigate further funding opportunities which may enhance the project
  • About you

    Essential skills and experience :

  • Working within a community & youth engagement and volunteering environment
  • Facilitating community and volunteer-led projects and developing co-creation and co-production approaches.
  • Proven success working with a diverse group of people, including minority or marginalised communities
  • Empathetic approach and attitude / good understanding of the loneliness and social isolation agendas
  • Ability to communicate effectively both internally and externally to a wide variety of audiences and using a variety of methods suitable to different audiences.
  • Experience of budget management and control
  • Proven ability to be able to collaborate effectively with other departments / stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • A proven ability to build robust relationships with key stakeholders to deliver excellent services, programmes or projects.
  • Ability to work well under pressure,and prioritise and manager your own busy workload & schedule effectively
  • Demonstrate personal resilience and the ability to use initiative to overcome difficulties.
  • Experience of working within or in partnership with the health & social care sector, and of developing and delivering social prescribing models and interventions is desirable.
  • Driving licence is required
  • As this role is on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Exception Order applicants must state the details of any cautions or convictions whether spent or unspent on the self-disclosure section of the application form.

    This job involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

    Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment.

    A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. HR will advise and decisions made on a case by case basis.

    Application Timelines

    Closing date : 23 : 59, 23 February 2021

    Interview date : will take place early March 2021

    Interview Location : Due to social distancing requirements & government guidance our interviews are currently being conducted virtually using MS Teams

    What We Offer

    In addition to your salary we offer access to a generous contributory DC Pension Plan, and excellent annual holiday entitlement.

    More information on our benefits can be found .

    We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

    We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.

    All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job.

    Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.

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