Community Worker - Exciting new Position
We are looking for a Community Worker to fill a new position working in partnership with our existing Leadership Team. Our vision for the future is that alongside our existing model of church we want to develop new ways of “being church” that directly and positively impact the lives of people in our local community.
Based on our own recent research we are aware that loneliness and social isolation is a very real problem. The Community Worker’s main focus will be to introduce and run new initiatives that seek to enhance the lives of local people who feel socially isolated. This could include establishing a Support Café for new Mums to run alongside our existing Toddler Group, a Dementia Café, Intergenerational Activities and a Craft Club for young adults with disabilities.
The successful candidate does not have to be a committed Christian but would be expected to be caring and empathetic, with a genuine interest in people and concern for the issues of loneliness and isolation. They would also need to be comfortable with GURC’s understanding of mission, which is that a church can be a supportive and positive presence in a community without any need to “push” its religious beliefs.
Principal responsibilities and duties
- To develop and support new initiatives that aim to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in our local community.
- To provide a link between the existing congregation, other users of the premises and new groups developed through this community work.
- To work with local agencies and voluntary organizations, other churches and faith groups whenever possible.
- To work in partnership with GURC’s Congregation, Minister, Children & Families’ Worker and Leadership Team.
- To meet and get to know key people within the church and local community
- To become familiar with the research already carried out by the church
- To identify 3-5 possible target groups based on these meetings and our previous research
- To research relevant initiatives to these groups and identify possible partner organisations
- To initiate pilot groups
Terms and Conditions
- Terms of appointment: we initially have funding for 3 years. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
- The salary will be up to £26,000 pro rata depending on experience.
- Normal working pattern: 18 hours per week, subject to discussion about mutual convenience of working hours with successful candidate.
- Full T&Cs: please see website