Local Voluntary and Community Sector Job Opportunities

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Job opportunities with Harrogate & Ripon CVS and with our member and partner organisations will appear on this page.

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If you belong to a local voluntary organisation which is a member of Harrogate & Ripon CVS and you would like to include an opportunity on this page, please email the details to us. 


Ripon Community Link
Learning Disability Community Support

A dynamic community-based support service for people with learning disabilities, “enabling people to achieve their life goals”

Ripon Community Link provides a day time support service for people with learning difficulties, offering a wide range of community-based activities and opportunities. Our aims are to maximise independence, health, well-being, skills and fulfilment for our members.

We are based across three sites: two in Ripon centre and also Ripon Walled Garden, our local garden nursery with shop, café and garden maintenance business.

Support Assistant – Relief (Walled Garden and/or Link)

Negotiable hours, apply any time.

Pay from £7.67/hr, plus payment in lieu of annual leave.

A great opportunity to enable others to thrive in community based learning and activities, whether gardening, cooking, sport, art, literacy, or much more. You will be working with a group of people with learning difficulties engaged in an activity in line with your interests and skills, enabling them to achieve their life goals and in some of our enterprises also delivering products or services to customers.

For more information and an application pack for Ripon Community Link vacancies  please contact info@riponcommunitylink.org.uk.

For informal discussion contact Louise Bowman on 01765 609034  or Lindsay Tanner on 01765 607461/01765 609229

Claro Enterprises
General Manager

Claro Enterprises is a registered charity based in Harrogate. It supports people with long-term and severe mental health problems by offering a range of activities and work experience opportunities. Due to retirement, we are currently recruiting for the post of General Manager.

The General Manager has full authority delegated by the Board of Trustees and will be responsible for financial, people and resource management, as well as the provision of excellent customer service to service users and external customers.

The post holder will need to communicate effectively with external bodies, including North Yorkshire County Council, and maintain good relationships with stakeholders, including local businesses, Community Mental Health Teams and funders. In addition to supporting the staff and trustees to deliver the charity’s strategic goals, the post holder will be required to oversee the operational aspects of Claro Enterprises’ work.

The post holder will manage the small team (four supervisors, a cook and an accounts manager) and enable them to carry out the duties required to run the charity and to provide a positive working environment.

This is a key post for the charity and we seek someone with the drive, experience and track record to build on the success of Claro and develop the charity going forward.

Full details can be found, including an Application Form, under the Vacancies tab on  http://www.claroenterprises.co.uk/ 

The closing date for applications is August 31st 2016.


Women’s Support Worker
Early Intervention Worker
Children’s Support Worker

IDAS is a charity that provides comprehensive support services to all those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. Our services include refuge accommodation, outreach support and access to a free, confidential helpline. We employ a team of accredited specialist workers to support people who need support through the criminal justice system.

We are currently recruiting to the following positions;

Women’s Support Worker (18.5 hrs) based in Harrogate,

Early Intervention Worker (18.5 hrs) based in Selby,

Children’s Support Worker (maternity cover 18.5 hrs) based in Harrogate.

Please click on a job title below to download the relevant job application pack.

Women’s Support Worker job application pack

Early Intervention Worker application pack

Children’s Support Worker application pack

Applications for the Women’s Support Worker and Children’s Support Worker posts should be emailed to andrea@idas.org.uk or posted to PO Box 309, Harrogate, HG2 0XF no later than noon on the 9th of September 2016.

Applications for the Early Intervention Worker post should be emailed to chris.davies@idas.org.uk or posted to PO Box 487, York, YO26 0AS no later than noon on the 9th of September 2016.


Nova Wakefield District Limited
Nova Adviser (Development)

Location: Central Wakefield

Hours: Part time 22.5 hours per week

Salary: £30,000 per annum (pro rata)

Closing date: 12pm on 12 September 2016

Nova Wakefield District Limited is seeking to appoint a Nova Adviser to:

·         Provide tailored development support to voluntary and community organisations to enable organisational growth and quality of service delivery.

·         Combine the development support with advice around income generation and enterprise so that organisations are able to take advantage of new developments.

·         Secure resources for Nova and Nova members to support sustainability.

Find out more on their website  http://bit.ly/2bOtqkc

Freelance Project Coordinator
for the North Yorkshire Youth Commission

The Opportunity 
Leaders Unlocked is seeking a freelance Project Coordinator in North Yorkshire to join our team to work on an exciting initiative to enable young people to inform the strategy for policing and crime prevention in North Yorkshire. This two-year initiative runs from August 2016 to July 2018. The successful candidate will be a proactive and experienced youth engagement professional, with a passion for empowering young people to influence change.

The North Yorkshire Youth Commission (NYYC) aims to enable young people aged 14-25 years to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, and North Yorkshire Police. The project will build on the lessons of a successful pilot, in which 30 young people were recruited to the North Yorkshire Youth Commission. With professional support, these Youth Commissioners carried out peer research to engage over 1,600 young people across North Yorkshire in a ‘Big Conversation’ about 6 priority topics: Relationships with the Police, Cyberbullying and Internet Safety, Hate Crime, Vulnerable Young People, Preventing Youth Crime, Drug Abuse and Legal Highs.

The specific objectives of the next phase of the NYYC initiative are to:
• Recruit a new cohort of Youth Commissioners from diverse backgrounds and communities across North Yorkshire.
• Equip these Youth Commissioners with the research skills, tools and ongoing support to engage 2,000 young people annually in peer-to-peer research about priority issues.
• Enable the Youth Commissioners to inform the strategy for policing and crime prevention in their region, working as partners to the Police & Crime Commissioner and North Yorkshire Police.
• Raise young people’s awareness of policing and crime issues and the support that is available to them.
• Create an effective channel for communication between young people and North Yorkshire Police.

Role specification
• Be the day-to-day lead for the project in North Yorkshire – with young people, partner organisations, and key stakeholders.
• Be the main point of contact for Youth Commissioners and their parents, carers and key workers.
• Represent the project with local organisations and stakeholders, e.g. colleges, youth organisations and community groups.
• Manage and maintain an up-to-date schedule of activity for the Youth Commission in North Yorkshire.
• Work in a supportive manner with the Youth Commissioners to deliver peer consultation events and outreach activities in education and community settings. The schedule of events will be agreed with the Leaders Unlocked Project Manager.
• Collate consultation data gathered from young people in a clear and consistent manner, and submit this at regular intervals to the Leaders Unlocked Project Manager.
• Report progress in North Yorkshire to the Project Manager at regular, agreed intervals.
• Coordinate content (e.g. photographs and blogs) for the website and social media about Youth Commission activity in North Yorkshire.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
We are looking to recruit an individual who is based in North Yorkshire for this role, and is willing to travel around the region to attend events. This individual should possess the following qualities:
• Highly organised and highly personable with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
• Strong planning and organisational ability.
• Highly effective written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
• Highly accurate and excellent attention to detail.
• Experience of working with young people and communities particularly hard to reach groups.
• Good administration and project coordination skills.
• Technically competent in Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Experience and familiarity with blogging and social networking.
• Proven ability to work effectively with young people.
• Sensitivity to diversity and an ability to work effectively with people from a range of cultural backgrounds.
• Understanding of, and commitment to, the principles behind the Youth Commission on Police and Crime.
• An understanding of Safeguarding principles particularly in relation to protecting Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Please note: The successful candidate will be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and North Yorkshire Police vetting procedure as a part of security clearance prior to appointment.

Education and experience
• Educated to at least degree level or equivalent.
• Experienced in the coordination and administration of projects.
• Experience of working in a youth or community engagement role.
• Experience of research, particularly peer research/consultation, and an understanding of research methodologies, research ethics, data collection and interpretation.

• It would be an advantage if the degree or other qualifications were in a relevant field such as youth work, criminology or law.
• Experience of working on crime and policing issues
• Experience in events management.
• Experience of designing and delivering training would also be an advantage.

Location and duration
This freelance contract is offered in the first instance from mid September 2016 to mid May 2017. The intention would be to renew for a further year after this point, subject to the successful fulfillment of the first year’s contract. The Project Coordinator will work 10 days per month over this period (days to be agreed upon appointment). The Project Coordinator will be asked to work flexibly. The Coordinator will need to travel to attend meetings and events across the region, and will also need to work from home sometimes. The Project Coordinator will be able to use office space the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Harrogate, although we do not think that it will be practical for them to be based at this office most of the time. We can discuss alternative office arrangements with the successful candidate on appointment.

The Project Coordinator will be paid a fee £100 per day and will need to invoice Leaders Unlocked at the end of every working month. This fee does not include travel and expenses, which will be claimed in addition, in line with the Leaders Unlocked Expenses Policy.

Tax and insurance
As a freelancer, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for their own tax and insurance arrangements.

To apply
To apply for this position, or ask any questions, please email your CV and a covering email about why you are interested in the role to Rose Dowling at rose@leaders-unlocked.org 
The deadline for receiving responses is 5pm on Wednesday 7th September.
Interviews will be held on Monday 12th September in the afternoon.

For more information
To find out more about Leaders Unlocked please see http://www.leadersunlocked.org/ 
For more information on the North Yorkshire Youth Commission please see http://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/youthcommission/

The Avalon Group
Finance Assistant  

30-37 hours per week (Vacancy Code H138)

£15,996 - £18,755 per annum dependent upon experience (pro rata for part time)

The Avalon Group is an award–winning Social Care Charity providing the highest quality care and support for over 20 years to a wide range of individuals including those with learning and/or physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.

We are looking for a Finance Assistant, primarily Purchase Ledger, to work in our busy finance department at our Head Office in Harrogate. Key tasks include processing all purchase invoices, selecting items for payment and processing supplier payments, dealing with supplier queries and maintaining an accurate and tidy purchase ledger along with undertaking miscellaneous tasks, such as supporting the housing benefit process, where required to keep the department running smoothly.

The ideal candidate must have practical experience of working in all aspects of purchase ledger (preferably with the use of Sage 50), demonstrable intermediate IT proficiency and a great “can do” attitude.

For more information please call Susan Edwards on 01423 530 053 or visit our website.

Please apply online at: http://www.avalongroup.org.uk/

Closing Date: Monday 5 September 2016

Interview Date: Monday 12 September 2016

We strive to ensure equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality or religion.

Harrogate Homeless Project
Temporary Bank Staff
Shift Supervisors

Harrogate Homeless Project operates the district’s only cold weather provision, providing emergency overnight accommodation for homeless people over the winter months, on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council.
The provision operates between 8.30pm and 8.00am for anyone who would otherwise be sleeping rough, regardless of their local connection to the area. We help homeless people with a range of support needs and low to high risks and endeavour to help them access other services, such as our resettlement scheme No Second Night Out.

We are looking for a reliable team of temporary bank staff who will supervise the shelter overnight, working alongside a colleague. Previous direct experience is not essential, however you will have some experience of dealing with the public, coping in a busy and often demanding environment, and working effectively in a team.  In addition we are seeking suitable candidates to act as shift supervisors. 
Rotas will be agreed each week from November to March, depending on whether the service is activated or not (according to temperatures), however the service will open continuously between 19th December 2016 and 29th January 2017.

For a full information pack and application form, please email liz@hhphostel.org
Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 23rd September 2016.


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