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VACANCY - BIG WORLE JOB CLUB MANAGER - Salary: £22,000 to £24,000 pa (pro rata). 

The Big Worle Partnership was set up as a result of a Big Local lottery grant and brings together residents and supporting agencies who live, work and volunteer in the Big Worle area. A result of joint working between the Partnership and local residents identified the need for support in getting into work. Therefore, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Manager with The Big Worle Job Club.This brand new post involves development work with The Big Worle Partnership in identifying skills gaps in the area and delivering training and employment opportunities.
In addition, supporting Westonworks, with the delivery of an employment, training and skills information service for the community. The post holder will be employed by VANS (Voluntary Action North Somerset) and seconded to Big Worle and Westonworks.
Duties will include:
 Development and delivery of a Job Club at the Big Worle Hub.
 Engaging with local employers to increase employment opportunities for local people.
 Actively supporting people from the local area into training, volunteering and employment (across both locations).
 Working with and supporting a team of volunteers in providing the service.
 Building relationships with partners and referral agencies to ensure services are responsive to the needs and requirements of the local community.
The role encompasses time spent working with both The Big Worle Partnership (16 hours per week, including Fridays) and Westonworks (4 hours per week). For an application pack, including application form and full job description, please either telephone 01934 416486 or email:
If you would like to talk to someone informally about this role, please contact Lorraine Bush on 01934 634888. Closing date for applications is Monday, 24th August, 12 noon. Interviews will be held on Friday, 4th September 2015, at The Big Worle Hub, and shortlisted applicants will be informed by Friday, 28th August.
FREE Allotment course taster sessions
Wednesday 19th and 26th August, 10am – 1pm Rectors Way Allotments (off Drove Road) Weston-super-Mare
Come along and see the Carlton Centre award winning allotments and find out more about the Horticulture courses they are running from September 2015. These tasters will give an introduction to horticulture in a hands on, practical way in a therapeutic environment.
For more information, or to book a place (ESSENTIAL), please contact the
Carlton Centre on 01934 426 442.

Advice North Somerset Annual Conference

Like it or not, the World is Going Online, so How Do We Meet the Challenge?

Registration is now open for Advice NS Annual Conference on Wednesday 16 September where this will be the theme of the event.

It runs from 9.15am to 1pm and will be followed by a light lunch. They are again holding it at Knightstone Housing in Worle. Please contact

North Somerset Online Directory

North Somerset’s new online directory offers you FREE advertising for your service. The aim is to have all the information that people in North Somerset might want about their local community in one place. By registering, you are adding to the picture and can ensure the correct details are held.

 How to register: The web addresses are:  

North Somerset CCG announces ‘preferred bidder’ for community health services contract
North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with NHS England and North Somerset Council, has today announced that North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) is its preferred bidder in the tendering process for the provision of community healthcare services for North Somerset.

National Youth Social Action Fund - Grants are available to charitable organisations working with young people in lower socio-economic areas in England for projects that help young people (aged 10-20 or up to 25 with disabilities) in more deprived or rural areas to get involved in social action.
Placemaking Awards Open for 2015

Entries are now invited to the annual Placemaking Awards. The Homes and Communities Agency and Regeneration & Renewal magazine are now inviting entries to the 2015 Placemaking Awards. The Awards aim to identify and celebrate the very best projects that have combined innovation and dedication to improving communities in order to make them more sustainable. 

* NHS England Launches Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grants NHS England is launching a new community grant opportunity to showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare. Applications are being invited from not-for-profit organisations that can tell the story of their patient and citizen engagement work in a creative and interesting way.  This can be in a wide variety of ways, such as through videos, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or other formats. 

* British Film Institute Programming Development Fund Reopens to Applications. The Fund will support programming initiatives of cultural significance, high profile and wide reach, encouraging curatorial ambition, achieving economies of scale and bringing films to audiences across the UK in a fresh and original way.

Charity workers are concerned about the current media climate facing charities.
71% of those interviewed believe that charities and the voluntary sector are not fairly represented in the media, with only 29% agreeing that charities are fairly treated.
Charity workers are also determined to make sure that charities are able to speak up in support of their beneficiaries, and do not want charities to be the target of spending cuts.
Read more about the results from this study, including an insight into what charity workers see as priorities for this sector in the years ahead.


Vision wins Regional Charity Achievement Award
Vision North Somerset has been selected from charities across the South West as the regional winner of the Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards. In addition to a prize of £1,000 Vision will now compete against charities from across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for six overall prizes which will be announced at the UK Final awards ceremony in London on 8th October 2015.

Chief Executive of the Foundation, Paul Streets, OBE, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. Vision North Somerset has demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice and has set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives.”

We are really thrilled to have the hard work of our staff and volunteers recognized and we are looking forward to the finals in London.

Community Funding Project launched

COMMUNITY groups across North Somerset are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 by Addaction. The drug and alcohol treatment charity based in the Boulevard, Weston, has this week launched its new Community Funding Project.
Groups can pitch for funding towards a project which will benefit people who have or are recovering from drug or alcohol issues. This could involve anything from hosting a one off event to launching a series of workshops.
Addaction service users can also apply for up to £500 towards something which will support their recovery. This could be for anything from a new laptop for a college course to some specialist counselling that would require a funding grant. The overall funding pot is £27,000 and Addaction is looking to fund a number of projects. The scheme will run for three years and applications will be taken annually.

Deadline for applications is September 4. Application form here 

Grow Your Own Youth Project

The Grow Your Own Youth Project is a Big Lottery Funded Youth Project delivering a range of youth work, youth volunteering and youth training activities to young people aged 11-19years living on the Bournville, Coronation and Oldmixon Estates, Weston Super Mare.   The project will encourage and support young people into becoming young volunteers and will deliver formally recognised and accredited training opportunities including Introduction to Youth Work and level 2 Youth Work.
The project is managed  by Boomsatsuma Creative CIC.

Ideal candidates will have experience of working with young people in a range of youth work settings, knowledge of the issues effecting young people and the skills to empower and inspire young people to make a positive difference to their lives.
* Youth Worker –  JNC Professionally qualified , 18.5 hours per week, £24,050 Pro rata
* Youth Engagement Worker -18.5 hours, £21,740 Pro rata
* Youth Support Worker – 2 x 3 hours, £9.45 per hour
* Youth Support Worker – 1 x 3 hours, £9.45 lead on working with young people with Special Educational Needs.
* Assistant Youth Support Worker – 4 x 2.5 hours, £8.40 per hour

All posts are fixed term for one year and continuation will be subject to further external funding. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real positive difference to the lives of young people. You will need  to be passionate and committed to working with young people, be non-judgemental and be able to inspire and challenge young people.
You will receive support and training and opportunity to work as a member of a dynamic team putting young people at the heart of everything we do.
 All posts subject to enhanced DBS Checks. All posts subject to Fixed Term contracts as indicated within Job Descriptions. Closing date for return of completed applications: 18th September 2015
To apply for a post and request an application form, job description and person specification please  contact Elaine Harris, Project Manager 


Support Worker   
Salary £16,494 per annum    37 hours per week (full time)    Pension Weston Super Mare

Join Curo at this exciting time in our history.  Already a leading provider of housing and support services across the west of England, we’ve big plans to grow and develop our business into the future.  We’re a modern, ethical organisation taking on new ideas and looking beyond our sector for fresh approaches.  At Curo we’re about people. We want to give every one of our customers the very best service we can, and we’ve got a great set of colleagues working to make this a reality.
An exciting opportunity have arisen in our North Somerset services providing accommodation based support for single people who are homeless and/or have mental health needs.
We are looking for candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who are passionate about making a real difference to peoples’ lives. We provide a package of resettlement and independent living skills for residents striving to reach personal goals and aspirations through re-engagement in education, training or work.
It is important that you have experience of working in a supported housing, social care or community environment. You will also need a good understanding of the challenges affecting homeless people and vulnerable clients from diverse backgrounds as we support them to find sustainable re-housing options.
Flexibility will also be essential as the hours of work are on a 3 week rolling shift pattern, including evenings up to 10 p.m., weekends and bank holidays.
If this sounds like the exciting new challenge you’ve been waiting for, and you’ve got the passion, the ideas and the energy, we’d love to hear from you.
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check is required for this role. For further details about this role, please call Michelle Jacobs, on 01934 647779.
Closing Date: Midday on 24th August 2015   Interviews: 1st interview: 1st September 2015, 2nd interview: 11th September 2015

Bank Support Workers    £9.27 per hour    37 hours per week
B&NES, Wiltshire and North Somerset

Join Curo at this exciting time in our history.  Already a leading provider of housing and support services across the west of England, we’ve big plans to grow and develop our business into the future.  We’re a modern, ethical organisation taking on new ideas and looking beyond our sector for fresh approaches.  At Curo we’re about people. We want to give every one of our customers the very best service we can, and we’ve got a great set of colleagues working to make this a reality.
Are you passionate about helping people and looking for flexible hours to fit around your own commitments?
We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our Bank Staff team. You need the ability to contribute to a fast paced team and enjoy working from your own initiative.
Our services, support people who are capable of doing amazing things when they are given the support, encouragement to do so. Do you have the commitment and drive they need to enable them?
You will assist in delivering support plans around housing issues and move on arrangements. You will also signpost customers to specialist services to meet their needs and assist with looking for training and employment opportunities.
Full training is available to candidates with the desire to work in a setting supporting vulnerable people and the ability to develop relationships and motivate others.
Is this you?
Successful candidates will require an enhanced disclosure and barring check.
For an informal discussion about the role please give us a call on 01225 366195 to have a chat about the role. 
Close: midday on Monday 17th August 2015   Interviews: 1st stage TBC
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