Local Area Coordinator - Stanwell
The starting salary for this role is £36,989 per annum based on working 36-hours per week.
Are you passionate about the power of local community? Are you motivated by being alongside people and families, helping them as they achieve their vision of a good life?
We want Surrey to be a place where everyone has a great start to life, people live healthy and fulfilling lives, and can achieve their full potential and contribute to their community. To help us make this a reality in Surrey we have introduced Local Area Coordination as a partnership initiative with the help of the national Local Area Coordination Network.
We are now recruiting for a Local Area Coordinator to work alongside local communities within Stanwell in Spelthorne, a fantastic part of the county.
As the Local Area Coordinator in this area, you will be aiming to:
- Take introductions from services, organisations, and local people to support people in the local area to stay strong, build their personal capacity and prevent any need for service interventions by building on their strengths and natural support through local relationships,
- Walk alongside people facing personal crisis, supporting them to achieve person-centred services within the context of a supportive community network around them,
- Help our public services to learn, understand and transform so they are integrated, person centred, and co-produced with communities.
The Local Area Coordination approach has had a positive impact for communities in other areas of the country and we are excited to see this starting to happen in Surrey too.
Day to day you will be based in the local community working closely alongside colleagues from Spelthorne Borough Council, other County Council services, NHS partners, and the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector.
From a small initial team of four Local Area Coordinators, we are now looking to expand and introduce the role in more areas of the county so you will be part of a growing team, helping embed and champion this approach. This is part of our wider efforts, as set out in our Surrey and Spelthorne Health and Wellbeing Strategies, to support people earlier and more effectively within their homes and local communities.
This role is hosted by Surrey County Council but is being recruited and supported in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council and other key local partners, with the overall initiative overseen through a Surrey wide partnership group.
Please note: While Surrey County Council's main office is in Reigate, this is a community-based role and so you will be working exclusively in the Stanwell area.
To be considered for interview, your application will clearly evidence:
- Experience of working alongside and supporting a diverse range of people, including those experiencing mental health issues, older people, people with physical disabilities, families, carers, and their local communities,
- Understanding and practical experience of advocacy and supporting people to plan for their future in a strength-based way,
- Ability to work creatively and independently,
- Experience and ability to work with a broad range of professionals within the health and social care sector as well as elected members, community leaders, third sector, voluntary, community and faith sectors as well as other organisations.
Find out more
We will be holding an informal briefing (Monday 5th June at 17.15 - 18.15 via Zoom) about the role for anyone interested to hear more and ask questions prior to the closing date. Please contact us if you would like to receive an invitation to this.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Tuesday 13/06/2023.
Interviews will include two stages:
- A community recruitment day with lunch (date to be determined but likely to be the end of June) - attendance at this is essential to be able to progress to final interview
- For those who pass the community assessment, a panel interview (by remote video link)
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our website.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.