Friar Park Project Background Information - Sandwell Consortium

Friar Park Project Background Information - Sandwell Consortium

Friar Park Project Information Pack Back ground to the Project A key driver for the project is that over the next few years there will be significant ...

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Friar Park Project Information Pack Back ground to the Project A key driver for the project is that over the next few years there will be significant number of new job opportunities created near to Friar Park - an area of high unemployment, low incomes, low levels of educational attainment and significant disadvantage. More information about the ward can be found at We want to ensure local residents get as many of those jobs as possible. In addition the project through a mix of funding from Sandwell Council and Sandwell Financial Services Hub (SFSH), will widen the range of services on offer, to extend the reach of the project and to look at other ways to improve the quality of life of local residents. Activity so far The project has kicked off with the employment of a Community Coordinator Janet Foster, who has been in post since January 2016. She has begun by developing a series of community development and employment initiatives to maximise engagement from local people not only in relation to job opportunities, but also other elements of the project. Advice services help with addressing financial and digital exclusion and activities to encourage healthier lifestyles. This will continue to be the focus for the first 12 months. Sandwell Consortium is the project lead but we very much recognise that to be effective it will require a real multi-agency approach. To this we are working closely with aging local organisations for e.g. Friar Park Children’s Centre, Friar Park Millennium Centre, local schools, as well as borough wide organisations from both the statutory and voluntary sectors – Sandwell Council Economic Regeneration and employment support teams, it’s Welfare Rights team, Sandwell Financial Services Hub, various consortium members, Learn Direct, Sandwell College, Sandwell Adult and Family Learning as well as various training providers. The project is funded initially as a pilot for 12 months during which time we will test what works, measure impact and look at ways for the project to build up momentum, find ways to sustain the best initiatives, develop new ideas that may come out of engagement with local people. Friar Park Team So far we have Janet Foster in post as a Community Coordinator, In addition Sandwell Council Welfare Rights team have seconded a dedicated Welfare Rights Officer, Kashmir Sanghera to the project. Sandwell Council Employment Team, Think Local are running a jobs clubs and employment support sessions. The team are based at Friar Park Children’s Centre with activities also run from Friar Park Millennium Centre. We are now advertising for Financial Capability Worker and a Community Health Worker. These new posts are an exciting and crucial part of the development of the project. They will also provide the successful candidates with the opportunity to help shape and develop a new project and service from the outset. See also a short report of some activities over the first three months from Janet. Sandwell Consortium We are a Consortium of not for profit voluntary organisations from across Sandwell that have together formed a Community Interest Company. Our aim is to deliver quality services and to 1

reinvest financial surpluses for community benefit. We aim to address unmet need, tackle disadvantage and advance social inclusion across the borough – by:  Acting as a point of coordination between public sector funders and commissioners of services,  Enabling Third Sector organisations to access competitive and grant aid funding from within Sandwell, regionally, nationally and through European funding  Acting as a ‘bidding’ consortia, research opportunities and submitting bids and applications for public sector, governmental and other service contracts  Ensure that that the consortia is owned and controlled by its members  Maintain consistent achievement of high standards of quality and performance across members and for all those who receive our services More information about our servies and our members and out team can be found on our website General Employment Terms & Conditions: Financial Inclusion Worker & Community Health Worker  Salaries are circa £22,000 pro rata for both posts.  The Financial Inclusion Worker is a full time 37 hours per week  The Community Health Worker is for approximately 18- 21 hour per week and there is some negotiation with interested applicants  The contract for both posts is initially on a 12 month fixed term basis. We are committed to look for funding for both posts to continue as part of sustaining the project.  There is a probationary period of 2 months with one week’s notice required either way, after which notice is one month.  Holiday entitlement is 20 days per year plus 8 public bank holidays, and 1 additional discretionary day at Christmas determined by the Consortium Board and 1 discretionary day after 6 months service for your birthday.  There are no pension provisions currently offered with these posts  Posts are based on Friar Park, desk space provided at Friar Park Children’s Centre.  You will also be very much a part of Sandwell Consortium’s wider team working across the borough and with Consortium member organisations and particularly for the Financial Capability Worker working closely with the SFSH team. For an informal conversation contact Janet Foster, on 07867 952 774 To Apply for either post - please complete all of the following (i) a covering sheet, (ii) our monitoring form downloadable form our website (iii) a comprehensive CV (iv) supporting statement (maximum 3 sides of A4) explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification. Please send to [email protected] By 9.00 am on Tuesday 31st May 2016. Interviews are scheduled for Friday 3rd June for Community Health Worker and Wednesday 8th June for Financial Inclusion Worker