ROLE PROFILERole Name / Big Local Worker – North Meets South
Key Focus/ Role Purpose / The primary purpose of this role is to support the Partnership to continue start to deliver the actions in the Big Local Plan
Rate / £28,000 pro rata, 3 days per week
Contract / Fixed term (1 year, 3 days per week)
Area / Barking and Dagenham
About Big Local Funded through the Big Lottery Fund, Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m over 10 years to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
The four programme outcomes for Big Local are:
- Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
- People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
- The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
- People will feel that their area is an even better place to live
The Big Local Worker will be employed by The London Community Foundation. The Big Local Worker’s programme of work will be shaped by the priorities within the Big Local Plan and will report to the Big Local Partnership group. Day to day management will be administered by LCF.
The Big Local Plan for the North Meets South area was developed through consultation with residents and prioritieshave been highlighted as:
-Provide support and activities for people of all ages particularly the young people of all ages living within the Big Local area. Young people have been identified across all engagement as the focal point for both aspiration and challenge.
-Improve the green spaces; local outdoor environment and facilities available in the area so that more people can benefit from them and want to use them for a variety of social, health related and other activities.
-Ensure that the community continues to identify and refineitsneedsand take action to meet these. Provide a Voice to enable local people to access information and influenceservice delivery
-Access to informationandservices, affordable finance, training, employmentand enterprise opportunities
-Accessible transport services
a)To work with residents, local organisations and statutory services to promote the coordination of activity across the area relating to the Big Local Programme. To provide co-ordination of the Big Local programme in the area;
b)To raise awareness and engage local residents with the Big Local Programme for North Meets South. Introduce new residents to the Partnership and encourage them to become involved within the delivery of the programme;
c)To organise the Partnership’s contribution to and delivery of various community events in collaboration with the Partnership and LTO including publicity, displays and entertainment. To include recruiting volunteers and coordinating steering group involvement;
d)To update local notice boards and shop windows with current information about Big Local;
e)To maintain the NorthMeetsSouth website and social media accounts with up to date information in conjunction with LCF;
f)To attend local events to re-raise the profile of Big Local in the area;
g)To engage directly with local residents to understand their priorities, encourage participation in local activities, consultations and forums.
h)To support effective communications in the area to increase resident involvement in Big Local, including but not exclusively, via 3 annual newsletters, website and publicity, and to arrange distribution.
i)To report to the Big Local Steering Group on activities, partnershipsand developments on the ground.
j)To perform other tasks consistent with the general responsibilities of a community supportworker and responding to new challenges in the area as they arise.
Key Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Experience of community co-ordination, empowerment, engagement, consultation, and development
- Knowledge and/or experience of working in the NorthMeetsSouth area or Barking & Dagenham is desirable, alternatively experience of working in a challenging urban environment, including areas with limited infrastructure, diverse communities and high deprivation
- Understanding of the challenges of the voluntary sector
- Ability to think strategically and apply innovation and creativity to solving problems
- Strong interpersonal skills at all levels with an ability to negotiate effectively across organisational boundaries
- Sense of diplomacy with sound political awareness/sensitivity and excellent communication and advocacy skills
- Ability to motivate and inspire people
- A commitment to equal opportunities
To apply for the role please complete an application form (download from and submit to ong with a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to by 5pm on Monday 16th May 2016.
Map of the NorthMeetsSouth Big Local area: