Involve Community Services is a local infrastructure charity that supports the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sectors of Bracknell Forest and Wokingham Borough. We offer development and governance support, funding advice, grant writing, volunteer and trustee recruitment, and a comprehensive training programme. We also run several well-being projects that include Community Navigation, Cancer Support and Social Prescribing within Wokingham Borough.
The Grass Roots Development Worker will reach into the communities of Wokingham Borough, assisting charities, community groups and social enterprises who have a health and well-being focus, as well as those organisations who aid residents with protected characteristics. The postholder will assist each given organisation to find solutions to existing challenges, overcoming barriers so to optimise their delivery. In addition, they will act as a voice for marginalised groups so to aid inclusive decision making and delivery of services across the borough. The postholder will develop a broad, informed view of the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and will communicate this to colleagues within Involve, the wider Friendship Alliance (a collective of charities who have a shared interest in addressing loneliness and social isolation), and to statutory partners.
To assist local charities, community groups and social enterprises to thrive in their purpose, overcoming potential barriers e.g., sourcing volunteers, committee members, funding opportunities, forming simple governance structures, and seeking premises, whilst advocating for members of the community with protected characteristics as well as those whose voices are seldom heard.
The postholder will also identify gaps in provision, voicing this, whilst helping to develop or enhance existing partnerships so to optimise their impact to residents.
Essential experience, skills and attributes:
- Knowledge of the local area and services
- Experience in engaging and advocating for people with protected characteristics, and those seldom heard
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally
- Capable of maintaining appropriate written records
- Awareness of confidentiality and data protection
- Ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team
- Awareness of health and safety issues for self and others
- A commitment to equal opportunities
- Personal commitment to improving own knowledge and skills
- Effective problem solving and negotiation skills
- Good written and verbal literacy with ability to engage confidently, employing actively listen and advocating for others as required
- Sound IT skills, particularly office 365 applications
- Personable, friendly, respectful, and courteous
- Empathy to the needs and feelings of others, with ability to engage vulnerable people
- Reliable with a mature disposition and a caring nature
- Requirement to undertake training, including safeguarding and any other appropriate learning which may support the delivery of the role
- Requirement to work to all involve policies
- Access to a car is essential as travel will be required.
NB: Some flexibility will be required when delivering your role and occasional evening or weekend work may be needed.
Candidates should attach a supporting letter to their CV’s outlining their suitability to the role and send to Jo Mason, Operations Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a question? Call our office on 01344 304404.
We encourage applications as soon as you can submit them as we will review applications on a rolling basis.