Volunteering and Support Officer, Blackpool

Closing date: 10am, Wednesday 23 October 2019

Salary: £25,000 per year pro rata (0.6 FTE)

Contract: Fixed-term for one year

Hours: Part-time, flexible, 21 hours per week

Location: Based in Blackpool

Interviews: Thursday 31 October / Friday 1 November 2019

Do you have excellent administration skills and experience of recruiting and supporting community volunteers? Could you work in partnership with schools and other partners to support family literacy and parental engagement in Blackpool?

We are recruiting a Volunteering and Support Officer to join our new team in Blackpool and support the Get Blackpool Reading campaign. You will be responsible for delivering the School Gates Volunteers programme, recruiting volunteers who will develop and deliver activities that promote literacy in their communities. You will work with education settings from early years to secondary schools, and provide training and ongoing support. You will also support work with teenage mothers, and provide general support to the Project Manager.

You will need experience of delivering community programmes, working with schools and providing administrative support. Knowledge of the Blackpool community and its challenges will be essential, as well as understanding of good practice in volunteer management and safeguarding.

One person in six has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication skills will struggle to succeed at school, and as an adult they could be locked out of the job market. Poverty doubles the likelihood that, by the age of five, a child’s literacy skills will be below average.

We are an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools. Our mission is to give young people the literacy skills they need to get a job and lead a successful life.

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous leave allowance totalling 39 days (including bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year), pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary, a cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans and other health and wellbeing benefits.

Application details

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