Project Development Officer, Social Inclusion

Age Cymru Sir Gar
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
17 May 2019
30 May 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

A new and exciting opportunity to make a difference to lonely older people has arisen with Age Cymru Sir Gâr in Carmarthenshire.  The charity is recruiting a dynamic, enthusiastic and skilled project development officer with a strong knowledge of social inclusion, to start a befriending service and develop funding streams to support the service.  In this role you will have the opportunity to shape the foundations of evidence gathering to support and develop a sustainable befriending service as well as being able to bring fresh ideas in addressing loneliness.  You will also be responsible for developing a focus group of volunteers and clients to help shape the service. 

The hours for the post are 25 per week and the salary (actual) is £16,894 (FTE £25k), plus 10% pension and statutory annual leave allowance.  This post is funded by Nationwide for a period of 12 months fixed term.   For an application pack, email or visit

The deadline for application for this post is Thursday 30 May 2019 at 4pm.  Expected interview dates are 19 and 21 June 2019.    Registered charity: 1106321, Company 5207722

All applications must be on the charity's application form which is available on the charity's website.

Project Development Officer, Social Inclusion

This role will coordinate and manage a limited (capped) befriending project and manage and develop sustainability for this service to older clients who are expressing a feeling of loneliness and a desire for support because of geography, physical and/or mental health challenges                                                

Supervisory responsibility:      Volunteers

Requirements:                          An enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service is required for this role.  The role holder will not be liable for any related costs.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. To deliver and manage a capped befriending and support service
  2. To capture, manage and analyse data from the project that will confidently provide evidence of need to support funding asks.
  3. Using data captured, to work as part of a team to develop and deliver a fundraising plan for a sustainable befriending service
  4. To identify funding opportunities and take responsibility for developing funding to sustain the service 
  5. To research examples of sustainable befriending models and gather best practice
  6. To work with the staff of the rest of the charity to ensure all clients receive a holistic service
  7. To work within relevant quality standards

Main duties

Working with Older people:

  • Carry out an assessment with older people, matching them to a suitable volunteer.
  • Liaise with the older person throughout the match, linking relevant services outside of befriending.

Working with Volunteers:

  • Promote volunteering, recruit, induct, train and support volunteers for the project (within regulatory requirements and the organisations policies and procedures).   
  • Promote the continuous improvement and engagement of volunteers.

Working with Stakeholders:

  • Promote the service with the statutory and 3rd sectors to achieve the target number of clients.
  • Develop relationships with potential health and social care commissioners working to achieve

funding streams from health and social care


  • Develop corporate relationships to support corporate funding of the service

Administrative duties:

  • Ensure all relevant project data is uploaded and up to date on the charity’s database 
  • Generate reports for the project board, trustees and funder
  • Contribute to measuring the impact of the service based on data collected during project delivery.

Key personal skills:                


  • A strong interest or background in health & social care and addressing the needs of the lonely
  • Excellent organisational skills, report writing, solution focused skills and multi-tasking skills
  • A proven ability in understanding the use of data
  • A proven ability and experience in fundraising through grants or other avenues
  • The ability to prioritise workflow
  • Experience in working with volunteers
  • A positive and enthusiastic attitude with a passion to succeed
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of database systems, Microsoft packages and related IT
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Strong administrative skills


  • Full driving licence and access to a car
  • Educated to a good standard

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