Volunteer and Activities Project Worker

Salary: £20,000 per annum pro rata (22.5 hours per week – ideally 4.5 hours per day, 5 days per week)

Location: Bournemouth

Closing date: 29th April

Interview date: We expect interviews to take place between 9th and 13th May.

About Access Dorset

Access Dorset was formed in 2010 and is now recognised nationally and locally as the leading user-led, pan-impairment disability rights organisation in Dorset. Access Dorset is a disability rights organisation. Through our vocational training services, our community café, our activity program, our crisis advocacy service and our information and advice service, we daily support disabled people.

We have created a vibrant therapeutic community hub called The Bridge, where local people come to us for support and to access activities that reduce isolation, improve self-esteem and wellbeing, build resilience, and develop independent living skills.

The Post

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering Access Dorset’s Activity Program, which includes our Build/Grow vocational training opportunities and social activities. The postholder will report to the Volunteer and Activities Coordinator and will also support delivery of the Horizons Café when necessary. These opportunities are aimed at supporting disabled people, older people and carers to build their confidence, self-esteem, skills, and stamina. The aim is to work towards employment, training, or further volunteering. This role, which will involve both group work and work with individuals, recognises that disabled people face multifaceted barriers. The role therefore requires the post-holder to work holistically with members and support them to develop their social/vocational skills and confidence, set and review goals and monitor progress using the outcome star.

The focus of the role is to expand the woodwork and gardening enterprise. The role does not demand that postholder is necessarily experienced in woodwork or gardening, but rather has the skills to supervise and coordinate volunteers in group work. The postholder will work on their own initiative and with volunteers to proactively build the enterprise: building prototype woodwork products, creating a catalogue of products, pricing products, developing ‘flat- pack’ kits, creating a public product display point, growing produce for the café in the polytunnel and planning planting schedules.

An enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) police record check in relation to vulnerable adults (previously known as CRB check) is required for this role.

For an application pack please call Karen on 01202 771336 or email: karen.davies@accessdorset.org.uk