Royal Voluntary Service is recruiting a Service Manager (p/t)

Job title: Service Manager (part-time) 25 hours per week.

Location: The RVS Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire Hub, Bletchley

Salary: £13,687 – £15,512 (FTE)

Royal Voluntary Service is a leading voluntary organisation and charity, delivering services for older people in local communities throughout the UK. We are looking for a Service Manager to manage our Buckinghamshire Good Neighbours scheme organising befriending visits, transport and other community services.

Based in our regional office in Milton Keynes, this exciting role offers the opportunity to work alongside our dedicated volunteers to deliver our valuable service.  This role’s specific tasks include the effective co-ordination, promotion and delivery of the local good Neighbours scheme, maintaining accurate records to provide statistical information, assisting in the recruitment, induction, training and support of volunteers, as well as the promotion and marketing of the service to both clients and referrers.

The role will include responsibility for the day to day management of the service including monitoring, evaluating and continually improving the service. With an understanding of volunteer management, awareness of Health & Social Care provision and pathways and proven ability to work on their own initiative, the post holder will be responsible for the delivery of the service.

Applicants should possess excellent organisational, communication and IT skills, with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint. You will have the ability to work on your own initiative, as well as part of a team.  You will be confident at liaising with external stakeholders and building new networks. You should have experience of managing people and improving performance.

If you are interested in applying for this role you will need to be able to demonstrate a proven track record in service user or volunteer engagement and an ability to communicate with and influence people. You will be computer literate.

The successful candidate must have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle.

This is a permanent, part-time position working 25 hours per week Monday to Friday

Application deadline 15.5.15

For more information about the role and how to apply please email

abigail.hurrell@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Jobs in the VCS

Key Findings of the Largest Voluntary Sector Survey Ever Published

NAVCA has published the findings of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Survey, the largest charity survey of 2014. The findings show that local health bodies need to do more to engage with charities.

The survey was conducted by NAVCA and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership, involving more than 50 charities spanning the breadth and depth of the voluntary sector.

The 720 charities that took part in the survey collectively work with over 11 million people. They ranged from very small to large – 20% had incomes less than £10k and nearly 4% said they had an income over £10 million. Overall, a third of respondents were from charities with an income of less than £50k.

You can download the report here or click ‘READ MORE’ below to see the key findings.

Blog Post Charities & Community Groups News from and for the VCS

Employee Volunteering – Make It Possible!

We recently made a short film about the great stuff Home Retail Group have been up to through our Employee Volunteering programme. The video features their employees talking about volunteering at Sailability MK and Festive Road, as well as people from those organisations expressing the importance of volunteers. You can see the video below or on YouTube.

If your company would like to get involved, please call us on 01908 661623 or email ev@communityactionmk.org.

Blog Post Employee Volunteering

West Bletchley Action Group Discuss their Community Mobiliser

sarah

Sarah Dean, Chair of West Bletchley Action Group

Sarah Dean is the Chairperson of the West Bletchley Action Group. The Community Mobiliser supported the group to become constituted in September 2013. Since then the group have been supported to apply for funding and have run a variety of skill sharing workshops, such as pottery and bread making. Sarah was asked a few questions about the community mobiliser and the impact this had had on her and the rest of the group…

What made you volunteer?

Sarah was keen to see more going on in West Bletchley and wanted to take a proactive role in getting involved and making things happen.

We supported Sarah to become a constituted group along with several other members of the community as she wanted to run community projects.

How did the community mobiliser help you to volunteer?

Mim has pointed me in the right direction- supported me to get funding, connected me to other groups, helped me to access Community Action: MK 1:1 support around laws and regulations etc. She has been my back up. I would never have known where to start. she has supported me and pointed me in all the right directions.

What happened next?

We started the group last September, West Bletchley Action Group, for skills based learning, pottery, bread making and activities for all ages.

How did that make you feel?

Having someone like Mim to call and ask to pop round, or call with a question, is so important.

You need a pat on the back sometimes, you do fail sometimes and it can be disheartening but Mim focuses you on the positive and gives you the encouragement to keep going. I don’t know what I would have done without her!

I wouldn’t have done it without Mim. I wouldn’t have known where to start. There is no manual for this stuff. A Community Mobiliser like Mim says ‘I don’t know but I will find out’ and she always comes back with an answer. Lots of people don’t know about any of this stuff, and don’t realise they can do it.

Enjoyed taking part in the phone survey as it has been her way to give back to Mim and the CM’s, people often moan but they don’t say thank you enough- SO THANK YOU!

What are you looking forward to in the future?

We took part in the MKCF Car Raffle to raise funds and we are now working with West Bletchley Council to run a Craft Fair/Farmers Market in the fifth weekend of the summer holidays. All funds from the Fair/Market will come back into the WAG, and Community Action: MK have supported me in learning the laws and regulations around Food Hygiene and other things to do with the event.

Blog Post Communities

New Knitting & Crafts Group has arrived in Beanhill!

woolMoorlands Children’s and Community Centre has a new and exciting addition to its already busy calendar of events and activities.

The local residents have set up a new knitting and crafts group and proudly called themselves: ‘Creative Stitches’.

Residents involved in creating the group have described it as an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to unleash their creativity, spend time with fellow residents and, most importantly, develop new skills.

A number of residents offered their time, skills and even materials to make the initiative successful.

At the first meeting the group facilitators printed out some useful patterns and guidelines for the beginners. The more experienced knitters were helping those new to knitting by showing them techniques and patterns. All this was accompanied by interesting conversations (and a lot of laughs!) as well as tea/coffee and cakes!

Creative Stitches will be meeting every Tuesday 4-5PM at Moorlands Children’s Community Centre: Dodkin, Beanhill,  MK6 4LP.

Blog Post Communities News from and for the VCS

Dementia Awareness Workshop for PCSOs

Dementia

Ruth from the Alzheimers Society helping PCSOs to better understand dementia

Recently 12 PCSOs attended an Engage MK workshop facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society to learn more about how to support people in their communities who may have dementia.

Ruth used activities to help the PCSOs understand some of the signs and symptoms, and how to best support people they come across who may have dementia.

To find out more about the services available locally through the Alzheimer’s Society visit their website.

Blog Post Engage MK