Tech to Community Connect Project Manager

9 month fixed term contract, 28 hours per week over 4/5 days
Astolat, New Inn Lane, Burpham, Guildford, GU4 7HL

This vacancy is for a joint project between Surrey Coalition of Disabled People and Action for Carers and is being advertised on behalf of Surrey Coalition of Disabled People. This is an exciting new opportunity to tackle loneliness amongst disabled people and unpaid / family carers using technology. This innovative pilot project within East Surrey will provide people at risk of experiencing loneliness with simple technology and the support and training to use it to meet with others virtually in a range of interest and activity groups.

We have secured 9 months of funding for this new project, which means the successful applicant will need to initiate the project and deliver clear and positive outcomes at pace, with the intention of securing funding to make the service on-going in East Surrey and providing learning to improve the model before it is rolled out in other areas.

In this rewarding role, you will initiate the project and establish referral pathways before recruiting and training a team of volunteer ‘tech angels’ who will support project participants in learning how to use their device and join the virtual groups. You will coordinate and host a range of virtual interest groups and encourage project participants to consider taking on a role in facilitating these.

You will be homebased in the East Surrey area with regular travel across the East of the county and occasional travel to our office in the Guildford area. There will be some flexibility with how your working hours are structured, with a commitment of working at least one evening a week.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall project initiation and project management.
  • Design project tools and resources including outcome measurement tools, referral forms and process and policy development.
  • Volunteer recruitment, selection, training, development and line management.
  • Promotion of the project.
  • Coordination of referrals including data input.
  • Facilitation and coordination of a broad range of virtual interest, activity and support groups.
  • On-going monitoring of project participants and their use of the groups and the outcomes the project is having on their feelings of loneliness.
  • Coordination of technology equipment including placing orders, logging technology and ensuring the safe return.
About You

You must have:

  • Excellent communication skills with a confident and persuasive presentation style.
  • Excellent self-motivation and project management skills with demonstrable experience of leading projects from initiation to close.
  • Volunteer Management and / or line management knowledge and experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with people with care and support needs and/or carers.
  • Good level of computer literacy including all Microsoft packages with experience of using a range of databases.
  • Excellent report writing skills with experience of writing evaluations and/or impact reports.

See job description and person specification for more details about the role.

The successful applicants will be DBS checked to an Enhanced level.

 

About this project

This is a joint project with Surrey Coalition of Disabled People and Action for Carers Surrey.   The Tech to Community Connect Project Manager will be employed and line managed by Surrey Coalition of Disabled People.  Surrey Coalition of Disabled People is led by disabled people for disabled people. The coalition aims to ensure that disabled people have equality of opportunity and independence. They are a passionate, inclusive and diverse organisation and proud of the work of their members across Surrey.

 How to apply

If you are self-starter who can make this project a reality, and in doing so make a real difference to people within your community, please complete the Application Form and return it to Surrey Coalition of Disabled People by email clare.burgess@surreycoalition.org.uk or by post to Clare Burgess, Surrey Coalition of Disabled People, Astolat, Coniers Way, Burpham, Surrey GU4 7HL.

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