Grade 6- £31,557-£34,884pa 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
Havering Council is determined to work alongside communities to deliver services and support relevant to local areas and effective for those who wish to experience a better life.
Our vision is:
· Vulnerable people and their families have resilience and are able to meet the challenges life brings through strong networks and relationships.
· Communities support their own with our support, with local solutions that work, building relationships and wider involvement that strengthens communities, keeps them safe and makes their local area a great place to live.
Partners across the Council, the NHS and other stakeholders are collaborating and investing in Local Area Coordination in Havering, so that we can establish local community-led steering groups supported to recruit their own Local Area Coordinators. Our aim is for our most vulnerable residents to feel supported to achieve their best lives, and our communities are enabled to draw on their own strengths to meet the challenges local people face.
For more information about Local Area Coordination and examples from other places across the UK, please visit https://lacnetwork.org/
About the role
The Local Area Coordinator role is a new and exciting one for Havering. Local Area Coordination is a new approach that is being developed here. It is an innovative way of supporting people experiencing difficult life situations (for example, people with disabilities, mental health needs and older people) to achieve their vision for a good life, to support people to be part of and contribute to their communities, and to strengthen the capacity of communities to welcome and include people.
Havering Council are recruiting 3 Local Area Coordinators to work alongside residents within South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington areas of Havering. Each Local Area Coordinator will have their own ‘patch’ within the area. As a Local Area Coordinator you will “Walk alongside” people to achieve their vision of a better life, assisting that person to deal with the things is their life they want to change.
Residents of South Hornchurch and Rainham have told us that, for them a Local Area Coordinator is someone who:
· Can work to support people from all walks of life, all backgrounds and work at grassroots level in the community effectively.
- Is likeable, a person who is warm, friendly, easy-going and cooperative with others. A person who can join a team and be part of the work family. Does not judge, treats people with empathy and compassion and listens to what people want for their life.
· Is Resourceful, organised and competent, can set priorities and get the job done.
· Understands how to connect people locally, has or has the skills to build contacts and relationships in the community and in local services.
- Inner Strength to have the determination and ability to persevere in the face of adversity, being persistent when the going gets rough by remaining calm, cool and relaxed in challenging situations.
- Is a leader, take charge and achieves results. Is aspirational for people they walk alongside.
The role will be based out in the community, in community venues and building strong long term relationships with people, organisations and businesses in the patch will be key.
You will need experience of working alongside and supporting individuals in complex situations with complex needs, and an understanding of asset-based community development. You will have an understanding and practical experience of advocacy and supporting people to plan and build on or develop their own strengths and assets. You will be a creative thinker who is able to work in innovative ways and you must be committed to working alongside people to help them find solutions to improve their outcomes.
Your communication skills and ability to build trusting relationships across a wide range of people will be essential. You will be solutions focused and resourceful, able to develop a wide range of connection in the local community and ensure that endures.
We are keen to support as many people from the local area to apply as possible. We also want to support all candidates who have the skills to make a good application for the post. For those interested in applying, we will also be offering pre booked appointments for potential candidates who have questions on how to complete the application. If you’ve never applied for a role within the council before, we suggest you take up this offer. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is: Monday 21 December 2020
1st stage interviews W/C 11 January
2nd Stage interviews W/C 18 January
The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.
The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.
Please view Local Area Coordinator Job Profile here