Community Neighbourhood Sessional Assistant
£12.25 per hour
Sessional assistants are a vital part of the Resident Engagement and Participation service providing ad hoc cover for a network of 10 libraries, 8 community centres and 2 Town Halls. Successful candidates will have a base library but will be expected to work across the borough in different libraries and community centres as required. As duty managers, sessional assistants may be required to open and close buildings; take bookings and payments; oversee staff activity; and carry out cashing up / banking functions. When working in a library they will carry out the full range of library tasks including but not limited to: assisting customers with transactions; providing digital assistance and basic digital skills sessions; information provision and sign-posting; running or supporting events and activities; and promoting books and reading. In community centres and Town Halls the main role is to facilitate private hall hires through opening and closing buildings and being the key contact for hirers on the day, but may also include running or supporting events and activities or reception duties. On occasions sessional assistants may also be required for outreach activities or supporting resident forums.
The candidate will have excellent customer care skills and experience and be genuinely passionate about the role of libraries and community centres in providing a range of opportunities for our residents. They should have libraries or community centre experience, love reading and talking about books, have a good level of literacy, numeracy and IT skills, experience of organising events and activities, and enjoy working with the public.
The post requires a high degree of flexibility to cover sessions at short notice including evenings and weekends with the potential for some lone working. In turn, it is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking for a varied and interesting role but does not want to commit to a regular pattern of working hours. Sessional assistants can choose to accept or decline shifts on offer with no minimum number of hours expected per week (although there is a maximum of 48 hours per week).
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Closing date 30.1.22
The London Borough of Newham 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.
Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham 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).
In line with Government legislation, if the post you are applying for requires you to visit a registered care home as part of your role it is a legal requirement to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status or an exemption certificate to work for the Council. With effect from 1st April 2022, this requirement will be extended if you are applying for a job in a CQC regulated service
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