Sheltered Housing - Activities Co-ordinator
Full time 37 hours
£21,748 - £24,491
Are you looking for a rewarding role that can really make a difference? This is your opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team who work together to make positive changes for people in Reading. As a Sheltered Housing Activity Coordinator, you will lead the successful delivery and implementation of activities for older people based at the Council’s 10 sheltered housing schemes and 1 extra care housing scheme. This service will help to maintain the independence, improve wellbeing and reduce the social isolation of tenants and older people living in the community.
The post holder will be responsible for recruiting volunteers and the management of activities they provide.
About the role
Take the lead and overall responsibility for developing a range of activities (both individual and group) across the sheltered housing and extra care schemes. These activities will be developed from needs identified in support plans as well as consultations with tenants and will build on the existing programme of events.
Main duties and responsibilities
- Ensure risk assessments are in place and regularly reviewed for all social events, whether scheme based or outings from the unit.
- Develop activities for those tenants who do not currently participate and who wish to socialise in their home rather than take part in communal activities
- Promote equality of access to activities e.g. providing support to people with a learning disability, hearing/visual impairment or from a different ethnic background.
- Promote digital inclusion amongst tenants through partnership working internally and externally
- Liaise closely with the Sheltered and Extra Care Housing Team who will help to deliver the activities in partnership with volunteers
- Recruit and develop a volunteer base to assist with providing activities. This will include ensuring that volunteers have relevant training and have DBS checks.
- Lead in accessing funding opportunities for activities and to advise the social committees on how to access funding to sustain activities where appropriate.
- Observe the general ability and response of tenants, recording and reporting information to colleagues as appropriate, including any concerns relating to safeguarding
- Ensure that the safety and welfare of people attending the activities is maintained accepting shared responsibility for health and safety.
- Obtain information from tenants and their relatives, colleagues and other professionals regarding their interests and skills, developing a rapport with them and encouraging their interests and skills.
The following experience is required for this role:
- Good literacy and numeracy skills.
- Basic IT skills
- Plan and organise an activities programme that will stimulate interest and enhance older people’s quality of life.
- Pro-active community participation/engagement work
- Working to and achieving targets.
- Maintaining computer-based records and managing a high workload.
- Working in partnership with other services and agencies, both internal and external.
Hold or be prepared to attain relevant training within a sheltered housing setting, such as First Aid at Work Certificate, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, Diversity, Safeguarding Adults and Understanding Cognitive Impairment
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
For more information on this position please contact Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 31st July 2021
Interview Date: 18th August 2021
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities. We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is the key to our success.