Community Link Officer

Llanrhian Connected Community – Community Link Officer Job Description

Funded through Pembrokeshire County Council’s ‘Enhancing Pembrokeshire’ Grant, and supported by Llanrhian Community Council, the Llanrhian Connected Community project has been awarded £11,536 of funding to facilitate the establishment of a community hub utilising Ysgol Croesgoch’s School hall, the appointment of a Community Link Officer for one year, and provide funding for two print-runs of the Llais Rhian newsletter whilst developing its digital presence. The project will be supported by ‘in-kind’ voluntary contributions from local residents in the areas of business mentoring, environmental services and wellbeing and volunteering. The project will also consider establishing a Steering Board to help create momentum, provide direction and foster a sense of community ownership.

There a number of aims of the project, which are to promote:

  • Community cohesion – a community that is characterised by a common community identity and sense of belonging to the area for all residents;
  • Community resilience – to take collective action to increase the community’s resilience, to come together to identify and support vulnerable individuals,  and to take responsibility for the promotion of individual resilience;
  • Raising overall standards of achievement – through the business and professional mentoring scheme that we plan to run, supporting local people and by helping people to contribute to protecting our environment.

Funded for one year, the Community Link Officer is essential to the cohesion of the project with responsibility for a number of activities. The role is remunerated and will report to  Llanrhian Community Council.

The Community Link Officer will:

  • Be responsible for the development and coordination of programs and events;
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan to create awareness of and engagement with the project within the community;
  • Ensure the successful sharing of information and coordination of events;
  • Research and implement a community calendar to share projects and events with the community via every accessible method;
  • Take bookings for the community hub at Ysgol Croesgoch;
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with community groups, key members of the community and local government agencies;
  • Remain aware of potential volunteer and financial opportunities that may help maintain the project in the future;
  • Report progress to Llanrhian Community Council, and the Llanrhian Connected Community Steering Board (once established);
  • Have the opportunity to shape the role to ensure that the project meets its objectives.

The Community Link Officer role will be ideally suited to someone who:

  • Lives in the Llanrhian Community Council area;
  • Is an active and engaged member of the community;
  • Is a Welsh speaker;
  • Has experience of and can evidence community engagement;
  • Has marketing experience, including online marketing;
  • Is able to work with community groups and local government agencies;
  • Can work flexible hours when required (including evenings and weekends);
  • Is digitally competent and comfortable using video-conferencing technology;
  • Is reliable, diligent and passionate about the area we live in.

This role is for an initial period of one year to prove the concept, and will offer a salary of £4,320 for 240 hours work (20 hours per month). It will be paid by Llanrhian Community Council as gross, not PAYE, so the individual appointed will need to take responsibility for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you would be the ideal candidate to the Clerk of Llanrhian Community Council, Vanessa Walker, via email to vanessa.walker@outlook.com by 5pm, Friday 27th November 2020. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom following submissions and shortlisting, with a decision being made by Friday 11th December.

The starting date will be agreed with the successful individual following their appointment, but this is likely to be January 2021.

For an informal conversation and to find out more, please contact Neil Prior on cllr.neil.prior@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or 07834 093181.

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