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Community Grocer Project Assistant (0.6fte)

Healthy Me Healthy Communities Ltd
Various sites across Manchester

Posted: 09/01/2020

Deadline: 27/01/2020

Compensation: Actual salary £12,600 (£21,000 fte)

Paid Fixed term / contract


Job description

We are recruiting a passionate Project Assistant who will be part of the award-winning Community Grocer team, a project for tackling health inequalities through social action. You will be responsible for a small number of Community Grocers across Manchester, supporting members and volunteers, developing activities and collaborating with neighbourhood partners. 

Salary: Actual salary £12,600 (£21,000 fte) 

Location: Working across Manchester from various locations. Access to vehicle required. 

Position type: Maternity cover post, fixed until December 2020. Anticipated start date of March 2020.  

Working hours: 22.5 hours a week.  Core working times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 3pm with remaining hours negotiated between Monday – Friday.  

Other details: 

  • 5% employer pension. 

  • 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays (pro-rata for 0.6 post) rising 1 day per year to a maximum of 30 days. 

  • Plus 1 leave day for employee birthday and 1 wellbeing day accompanied by £100 wellbeing budget. 

  • 4-weeks full-pay, 4-weeks half-pay followed by statutory sick pay (subject to satisfactory probation period). 

Equal Opportunities: 

HMHC strives to be an equal opportunities employer and celebrates diversity. We welcome applications from people looking to return to work and may not have continuous employment history.

We will be very pleased to arrange telephone discussion with you to discuss this post - please email hollie@hmhc.co.uk 

with your contact details and title of the role.

Background

Healthy Me Healthy Communities is a not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 making a positive difference to people’s health, lives and local communities. HMHC operates on the principles of coproduction, bringing together a range of partners, resources and assets for achieving positive outcomes in neighbourhoods across Manchester. At the heart of our work is involving people who benefit from our work, believing everyone has the skills and capacity for improving their own, families and communities’ outcomes. 

HMHCs’ Strategic Vision is: 

“Enabling people to improve their own and communities’ life expectancy and quality of life by reducing health and life inequalities, resulting in health and social-care savings” 

So “everyone enjoying a long, healthy and happy life.” 

An integral part of our work is our Community Grocers. They are projects for community organising redistributing surplus food and household items that would otherwise go to waste, tackling poverty, strengthening communities and reducing health inequalities in Manchester. Importantly, the Community Grocers are volunteer-led and controlled, improving the skills of local people for community organising and social action in their own community.  

During the last few years we have experienced accelerated growth and increasing our team to reach more people and widen our impact, with recent investments from the Lottery, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning and Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust. 

Role Description: 

We are recruiting a passionate Project Assistant who will be part of the award-winning Community Grocer team, a project for tackling health inequalities through social action. You will be responsible for a small number of Community Grocers across Manchester, supporting members and volunteers, developing activities and collaborating with neighbourhood partners. 

The key-tasks include: 

  1. Managing and supporting Community Grocer neighbourhood volunteer teams with the day to day running of the grocers. 
  2. Recruiting and retaining members. 
  3. Ensuring the projects are safe being FSA and Environmental Health compliant. 
  4. Carrying out volunteer and member monitoring, evaluation, collating data and producing monthly membership reports. 
  5. Supporting volunteers and members to develop and deliver neighbourhood activities. 
  6. Coordinating a programme of healthy lifestyle activities and partner activities. 
  7. Partnership working with neighbourhood statutory, voluntary, community and business partners. 
  8. Undertake other duties as required to meet the organisational needs. 
  9. Collecting and distributing stock to the projects using a ‘Transit’ size van.  

Other activities may include: 

  1. Supporting volunteer led fundraising initiatives. 

For this post, successful candidates will need to demonstrate their skills and experience of the following: 

Essential Criteria: 

  1. Experience of supporting volunteers and knowledge of how to make effective use of volunteers. 
  2. Skills and experience for planning community activities.  
  3. Good organising and project planning skills. 
  4. A good working knowledge of health & safety enabling the safe delivery of activities. 
  5. Passion for supporting people facing social exclusion and inequalities. 
  6. Able to engage and motivate people of all backgrounds to participate and become involved. 
  7. Knowledge of how people can make small but important lifestyle changes. 
  8. Professional attitude and conduct. 
  9. Experience of working on own initiative with minimum supervision. 
  10. Energy, enthusiasm, creativity and tenacity. 
  11. Professional attitude and conduct. 
  12. A good standard of education with evidence of professional development. 
  13. Good IT skills. 
  14. Access to vehicle for work. 
  15. Willingness to drive Transit size van. 
  16. Entitlement to work in the UK. 

All Healthy Me Healthy Communities post-holders must be able to demonstrate their commitment to: 

  1. Health, Safety and Safeguarding  
  2. Reducing disadvantage 
  3. Equal opportunities 

Application information

Application and recruitment details: 

  • A word-document detailing your education, work and volunteering history with a statement about how you meet the essential and desirable criteria as outlined in the ‘Job Description and Person Specification’ available from www.healthymehealthycommunities.co.uk. This document should not exceed 3-pages, A4, 12-font. 

  • Complete Applicant Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form available from website above. 

  • Submit application to hollie@hmhc.co.uk by 5pm on Monday 27th January 2020. 

  • Shortlisting will take place by 29th January 2020 .Please note that feedback will only be provided for applicants attending interview. 

  • Interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th February 2020.  

  • Appointment subject to the receipt of satisfactory references. 

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About Healthy Me Healthy Communities Ltd

Healthy Me Healthy Communities is a no for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 making a positive difference to people’s health, lives and local communities. At the heart of our work is involving people who benefit from our work, believing everyone has the skills and capacity for improving their own, families and communities’ outcomes.