Community Development Worker (temporary, PT)

Posted 3 years ago

                                                                                                            Ref: EMCONET 2018/11

Community Development Worker (sessional)         


Salary:                         £8.50 per hour

Hours of work:           total 16 hours per week flexible over the week.

Responsibilities:         The post holder will be requiring to assist with delivery, coordination and facilitation of one to one and group sessions at our office based and at community-based venues across Sandwell and North-West Birmingham.

Reporting:                  The line management in day-to-day matters provided by the Managing Director.

The Managing Director will hold regular fortnightly meetings with post-holder and carry out 6 monthly performance appraisals

Duration:                    To 1st July 2018, which may be extended subject to securing further funding.

Location:                     The office base is in the Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ, however the work required to be provided across the Sandwell area and North-West Birmingham

On Wednesdays the participation will be required in the Drop In sessions in Smethwick Council House, Smethwick, B66 3NT


Job brief:

EMCONET is Eastern European charity based in the Smethwick and proud itself in providing free and holistic support to vulnerable people from Central and Eastern Europe for 10 years.

We are seeking to appoint a committed and enthusiastic part-time Community Development Worker to support Eastern European communities (Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovakian and Polish speaking) in particular vulnerable men and women and families with children living in Sandwell and North – West Birmingham area


Primary Aim

To identify socio-cultural, physical and psychological barriers preventing migrants to access existing services and to develop empowering ways & methods to overcome these barriers, with the aim of improving the quality of the life of vulnerable migrants and their families.


Primary Objectives

 Raising awareness about services available and improving access to services available for the Eastern European communities.

  1. Provide an advocacy service in Sandwell area to help people find the support they need from voluntary and public services.
  2. To deliver targeted one to one sessions and/or targeted group programmes to migrants, affected by hate crime to increase the safety and wellbeing.


Primary Duties:

  1. To assess the needs and abilities of clients, seeking support through the Hate Crime project and agree on an individual action plan for each young person
  2. To promote the scheme to referring agencies and to liaise regularly with the designated gatekeeper
  3. To develop, organise and deliver a personal development programme, be-friending and support sessions, in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. on both a group and one to one basis
  4. Co-facilitate structured abuse prevention group work programmes for men and women who have been experienced hate crime, with the sessions focusing on exploring the impact hate crime on the community.
  5. To participate in observing the hate crime prevention group work sessions to provide constructive feedback to facilitators.
  6. To take part in casework meetings with other Community Development Workers and volunteers about the progress of clients and issues from work with partners to safeguard partners and their children.
  7. To implement actions agreed in casework discussions
  8. To support and monitor the client’ progress through the Project.
  9. To conduct meetings with clients and liaise with other agencies as appropriate.
  10. To ensure personal safety and welfare and that of other staff at all times.
  11. To assist with collecting and reporting information needed for monitoring and evaluation by funders and EMCONET.
  12. To maintain appropriate client records.
  13. To attend and contribute to Team meetings when required and line management and supervisions sessions to provide information on client work, service delivery and organisational issues.
  14. To work within EMCONET’ Policies and Procedures and in a way that reflects the aims and principles of EMCONET
  15. To keep up to date with issues affecting Eastern European communities and participate in relevant training as required.
  16. To submit timesheets, annual leave and claim forms as appropriate.
  17. To undertake other duties as reasonably required.

This job description outlines the general ways in which it is expected you will meet the overall requirements of this post.

This job description is subject to regular review.


15 October  2017





  • Experience of working with individuals/communities from Eastern Europe and ability to communicate in at least one of the Eastern European languages, ideally both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the issues affecting individuals/communities from Eastern Europe, additional knowledge or experience of working with victims of hate crime and domestic violence would be desirable.
  • Non-judgemental, non-directive and anti-discriminatory approach to empowering individuals/ communities.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation relating to hate crime and domestic violence, housing and welfare benefits and substance would be desirable.
  • Ability to maintain boundaries and work with individuals who may at times display challenging behaviour would be desirable.
  • Experience of working with problematic individuals who use substances, would be desirable
  • A creative and enthusiastic approach to service user involvement
  • Experience of risk and needs assessment and individual support planning
  • Knowledge of The Children’s Act (1989), would be desirable.
  • Ability to critically assess own performance and experience of delivering services to meet quality standards and agreed outcomes and outputs
  • Good communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively
  1. with service users and statutory, voluntary and other stakeholders verbally and in writing
  1. advocating for service users, raising awareness of gender hate crime & domestic violence issues and representing EMCONET
  • A broad base of administration skills including ability to maintain records and use IT and paper-based systems proficiently
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and relevant professional qualifications/ training
  • Able to work at evenings and weekends occasionally when required.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, to plan and manage a complex workload, meet deadlines, problem-solve and respond to unplanned demands
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to think creatively with a ‘can-do’ attitude that can inspire others
  • Hold a current driving license and have access to a vehicle. This criterion may be wavered, if a disability prohibits driving. In this case, please demonstrate how you would meet the mobility requirement of this post.




Travel Expenses:

Responsibility is on the employee to ensure that when using the car in the course of business, that proper insurance cover is acquired, and that the car is maintained in a roadworthy condition.



The successful applicant will be asked to declare all pending prosecutions, convictions, cautions and bind-over orders and their name will be submitted to Access NI for a check to be carried out



There is no entitlement to overtime payment to reflect the requirements of the post.  However, you are entitled to receive time off in lieu of hours worked in excess of your normal working week.


Equal Opportunities Policy:

EMCONET is an equal opportunity employer.  The aim of its policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of nationality, race, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or political opinion, nor should they be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which are neither justified nor relevant to the job.

It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure a harmonious working environment in which the dignity of all employees and services users is respected.

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