Community Development Worker Job Opportunity at Bristol Disability Equality Forum

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Text: We are looking for a Community Development Worker! We're looking for someone who'd be able to lead on an exciting new community development initiative to build community among, and resilience of, Bristol’s Disabled people who identify as Clinically Extremely Vunerable (CEV), working within the social model of disability. 
The postholder will be responsible for developing and delivering a community engagement model that addresses the impact of Coronavirus on Disabled people who identify as CEV and builds on the Forum’s peer-led approach to community development work. It will focus on building relationships with this underserved community through deep and broad community engagement. The post will also include developing a new Access Reference Group. 
Contact our Administrator Beth for the application form and job pack (no CVs).
bristoldef@gmail.com 0117 914 0528

We are pleased and excited to be recruiting a Community Development Worker to work with Disabled people across the city.  

This is a new post at a wholly Disabled people organisation, based in Bristol but with a growing national profile.  We are a growing organisation with a number of highly-regarded projects, a significant ‘voice and influence’ role locally and an innovative project that includes setting up a Disabled people’s social enterprise.

Salary – £24,000-£25,000, depending on experience. 

Duration – Permanent, subject to funding.

Hours – 37hrs pw [incl. some evening and/or weekend working]

Based – St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Rd, BS2 8XJ, but often out in the communities across the city.

[Please note that it is an occupational requirement of this role that the successful applicant identifies as a Disabled person, whether that be due to physical impairment, neurodiversity, mental health difficulty, health condition, or other impairment.]  

Main Purpose of the Community Development post

To lead on an exciting new community development initiative to build community among, and resilience of, Bristol’s Disabled people who identify as CEV, working within the social model of disability.  

The postholder will be responsible for developing and delivering a community engagement model that addresses the impact of Coronavirus on Disabled people who identify as CEV and builds on the Forum’s peer-led approach to community development work.  It will focus on building relationships with this underserved community through deep and broad community engagement.  The post will take an holistic approach, using the ABCD community development model, to meeting the needs of the project beneficiaries – including supporting Disabled people to access existing, or set up new, activities/groups that meet their needs, increase their voice and influence and support their inclusion in their local communities, and citywide.  It will also include developing a new Access Reference Group.

To work with CEV-identifying Disabled people from across the city, and in particular geographic and intersectional communities e.g. BAME Disabled people, young adult Disabled people, Disabled refugees and asylum seekers. 

You will recruit and maintain a group of volunteers to assist you in this work, and other Forum activities.

The post-holder will lead on the effective delivery of the project, and use local intelligence and data to focus on particular communities of Disabled people who identify as CEV.

Application Details

Criteria and flexibility notes:

a. It is an occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 that the successful applicant for each post identifies as a Disabled person.  This means any applicant who doesn’t identify as a Disabled person will not be considered for the roles.

b. If a suitably experienced Disabled person meets the criteria for the half-time Deputy role and the full-time Community Development worker role, we are happy to consider a partial combination of the two.  We are also open to applications for the Community Development role on a job share basis. 

However, be aware that we cannot promise that an applicant will get the combination of roles, or the Community Development worker job share they would prefer, as it will depend on the applications received and the best interests of the work to be undertaking.

c. As those who are Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) are underrepresented within the Forum, we particularly welcome applications from Disabled people within these communities.

Please indicate whether you would consider a job share [You don’t have to be willing to consider it].

New Extended Deadline for applications: Wednesday 17th August.

[Please note, all applications must be submitted using our Application Form; no CVs will be accepted.]

Interviews: Week beginning Monday 5th September.

For more information about the position, please download and read the following documents.

To apply, please download and fill out the following documents. Completed applications should be returned to: bristoldef@gmail.com

If you will need a BSL interpreter, should you be shortlisted for interview, please inform us as soon as possible, so we have enough notice to be able to source one for you.

If you would like to discuss the post before applying, email bristoldef@gmail.com .

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