Hall Green Families is Recruiting: Community Connector
We`re a small, caring team here to help families andthose that support them connect to support locally.
Can you help us build strong and inclusive family support networks?We are looking for an enthusiastic, empathetic and equalities driven Community Connector to help build the Early Help (age 0-25 years) capacity and connections. Working for Accord`s Hall Green Families Team the role involves building working relationships for Children, Young People and Families across Community, Voluntary and Statutory Organisation locally including: schools, nurseries, colleges, Health Providers, Business and community stakeholders. Community language skills, such as Mirpuri, would be desirable.
Birmingham is ayouthful diverse and creative city currently delivering a programme of early help support for the young people (0-25) and families across health, education, vocational training & social care. This new `Early Help` programme is being established across the 10 localities, led in part by the voluntary sector - helping to create local networks of support for families where it can be most effective. We are currently seeking to employ a number of `Community Connector` roles to map voluntary and community organisations in each locality, and to share this information across all services.
Our vision is one where families, whether they are asking for early help support or are in specialist services, can get support or help in their neighbourhood, and where they can be connected to all the wider opportunities that are available in the city, arts, leisure, sport, recreation.
The post holder will play an exciting role in helping to re-engineer a step-change in community and family-focused support for children and families and the post holder will need to demonstrate a wide understanding of the diversity of the city and an ability to work with all communities. Accord`s New Initiatives Team is the voluntary sector lead and Community Connector employer for the Hall Green locality.
We are looking for dynamic and energetic communicators, capable of engaging with key stakeholder organisations as well as vulnerable individuals across defined locality regions. You will need to be digitally literate; with a deep understanding of the importance of inclusivity, equalities and diversity, able to clearly articulate the delivery of network training to a wide range of stakeholder organisations and positive about change.
Community Connectors are responsible for building Early Help (0-25 years) capacity, connections, community agency and resilience within the 10 designated Localities in Birmingham. The role involves building working relationships for Children, Young people and Families across Community, Voluntary and Statutory Organisation (including schools and training providers, Health Providers, Business and community stakeholders within the Locality Partnership).
What we have learnt in the work so far in the city is that many staff working across the public sector and voluntary sector don`t know what support, or organisations are available in a neighbourhood. The Community Connectors role is to change this situation, and make sure all families can connect to support, help, activities, interests as part of a range of early help support.
This is a key element of our Early Help Programme for Birmingham. Our intention is to enable communities to work collaboratively and seamlessly with all the relevant statutory agencies and third sector organisations to identify early those most in need of support and enabling the most appropriate health, education, vocational and social support & interventions within a localised community setting. This forms part of our vision to apply a family centred and preventative focus in tackling need and inequalities though partnership working.
- The post holder will engage with all the many and various community and voluntary organisations in a locality
- The post holder will work with all communities in the city, particularly ensuring that the diversity of the city is reflected in the mapping of assets and support
- The post holder will engage and interact with a broad range of health, education vocational and social care organisations and networks that make up the Early Help Network in their Locality
- The post holder will liaise closely with the Early Help Lead Community Coordinator & relevant Public Sector services alongside Accord`s New Initiatives, housing and related team members
- The post holder will engage and interact with Youth and Family forums in the locality to help establish community priorities and need
- The post holder will interface with digital self-help and social prescribing resource leads and local stakeholder organisations and individuals
- The post holder will work closely with the Locality and cross-sector organisations staff teams; and develop mechanisms for cross-connections working
- Supervision and line management will be through Accord`s New Initiatives Team structures
-Community Mapping & Engagement : To map local community assets of all relevant organisations and service providers in the locality
- Support the translation of mapped community assets into a responsive digital network resource, and share widely across the locality
- Support fluid and responsive `community prescribing` resource for locality schools and community stakeholders that is easily shared and accessible
- Support work with community providers to enable a `live` understanding of community needs and resource capacity as part of a `gaps analysis` of the Early help offer across the locality
- To assist individuals and families/carers to engage with and utilise personal and local community networks to develop solutions to meet their personal aspirations and needs
- Develop an informed understanding of the key issues within the local area for Children Young People and Families
- Consider the impact of safeguarding whilst planning activities for Children young people and Families
- Work with the Early Help teams and networks to develop appropriate volunteer opportunities which help to deliver outcomes of the Locality Partnerships
- To support professionals and staff across the locality to find solutions and support for families, but it is not the role of community connectors to carry a case load or work with individual families.
- Manage social media platforms to support community mapping and engagement.
Training & Education
- To build links and relationship with all services in a locality so that children, young people families can be connected to support, activities, interests in their immediate locality.
- Build close links with and offer training/support to schools, early years providers and education stakeholder groups to ensure that all providers are informed of key community assets and developments
- To work with colleagues to ensure SEND, Social care, Health plans have complementary resources (a community offer) which will build on the child`s needs, harnessing appropriate support from the local community
- Support the identification of organisations which need capacity building, funding and or governance support to help them deliver the outcomes of the Early Help Offer through accessing appropriate funding sources
- To work with Community Connectors across the city to staff a `request for information` email and phone number - to respond to professionals asking for connections, (help) for families
- Support the Locality Early Help Leads in developing a community family forum
- Support the organisation of community events with Stakeholders which promote the work of the Early Help partnership and share good practice
- Support the planning and deliver creative and engaging consultation events and activities, to understand and gather information from a diverse range of people on local needs and issues.
- Work with colleagues to support the development of an accessible digital programme for social prescribing for children, young people and families with links to existing social prescribing resources
- Support work with existing social prescribing activity and frameworks in the city within Primary Care Networks and Older people`s services and help to adapt this for children and families
- To support the identification of community stakeholders who may be disadvantaged in relation to digital / online access to information and support, and work with the Early Help teams to enable locality solutions
- To support the linking of digital and social prescribing networks to enable awareness of local service provision in health, education and leisure activities for external staff and stakeholders
- Support the evaluation strategy and identification of case studies which contribute to the monitoring of the Early Help Offer
- Good honours degree in a relevant discipline such as youth or community work; social care; psychology or teaching
- Have experience of working in an engagement role with diverse community settings with statutory and third sector organisations
- Recent experience of working with organisations that support vulnerable children, young poeple, families or groups
- Have experience of engaging with young people, families and organisation professionals through online communications and social
- Experience of responding effectively to safeguarding issues and concerns
Terms & Salary:FT Equivalent of £25,000 based on 35hr week. Six months fix-term with scope to extend contract for three years beyond April 2021.
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