Making Connections are looking for a suitably qualified self-employed sessional worker to work with older men, focussing particularly on the diverse communities of South Walsall.
Hours: Approximately 3-6 hours per week
(flexible by agreement up to a total of 110 hours over 6 months)
Rate: £20 per hour
Length of contract: 6 months
Total Fee available: £2200.00
Caldmore Community Garden (CCG) is a volunteer-led project situated in South Walsall. It is the only green space within the built-up inner-city environment that fosters growing, cultivation, outdoor activity and informal education. It was founded in 2011 and focuses on environmental education, community growing, community development and cohesion, and promoting health and well-being. We develop a range of year-round activities engaging local communities and for the benefit of local people. These include regular community open days, Women’s Tuesdays community café, Men’s Shed intergenerational men’s engagement project, volunteering days, Forest School and outdoor / environmental education activities for children and families, horticultural training, holiday and summer clubs for children, as well as a regular youth club. It is a space shaped and led by volunteers of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Its prime focus is supporting health and wellbeing and building relationships between people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Making Connections is a project focussing on the health and wellbeing of older people to engage older people through CCG’s Men’s Shed Project, Women’s Tuesdays, our Wellbeing Café and our intergenerational activity days. The Making Connections Men’s project aims to engage older men’ particularly those over 60 to participate in Community Garden Activities, particularly as part of the Men’s Shed Project.
Making Connections – Men’s Project
Men’s Shed is a Caldmore Community Garden project focused on the engagement of men of all ages and backgrounds, with a particular focus on those over 60. Men’s Shed was formed in the belief that men do not access services related to health and wellbeing or welfare, and many live an isolated, lonely existence, finding it difficult to engage with community projects. Men’s Shed provides a meeting place that is open, friendly and informal, which aims to provide a focus to engage men in planning and developing projects for the benefit of the community garden and the wider community. Activities we have developed over the last year include: vegetable growing, development of a workshop area, one day music festival and a building of a tree-house. The focus of Making Connections is to raise the profile of the Men’s Shed project and of Caldmore Community Garden with the local community, particularly focussing on BAME communities; with the aim of engaging them and supporting them to be part of Men’s Shed activities.
We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced worker to work alongside the Community Garden community development worker:
· To develop and deliver a strategy for engaging older men from the local diverse communities.
· To liaise with community groups, places of worship, service providers, residential homes etc. to promote Caldmore Community garden and Making Connections with local men.
· To develop and deliver an outreach programme to engage men from targeted groups.
· To support men to attend to attend “Men’s Shed” sessions.
· To work alongside volunteers currently engaged in the Men’s Shed project.
· To listen to men and develop new projects and activities based on their needs.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate
· Experience of working with in diverse communities
· Experience of working with older men
· Experience of Community development work
· The ability to support men to become involve in practical projects
· The ability to work as part of a team including volunteers
· Ability to work flexibly and to be able to attend some Men’s Shed Sessions (Currently Monday mornings)
How to Apply
Please write a letter of application explaining why you would be suitable for this position. Please include a CV and full contact details. Please submit applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit your application by Midnight on Friday 23rd March.
Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend an interview and should be prepared to make a presentation
For more information and for an informal discussion you can call the Community Garden Community Development Worker Anna Webster on 07871813252.