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Job vacancy details

Community Practice Development Lead

Department:
Community Action
Salary:
£37,917 per annum FTE
Type:
Fixed Term - Full Time or Part Time
Hours:
36 hours & 21.6 hours per week
Location:
Sydenham
Closing date:
25 January 2021

About us

We are a world-leading hospice aspiring to a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it. St Christopher’s Hospice was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders and formed part of the modern hospice movement. Proudly celebrating over 50 years and with a turnover of over £20 million, we provide invaluable care and support to over 7,500 people across the five London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. We seek to work in partnership with communities to find ways to respond to societal need and create change, and to develop a mutual response to a population which is living with growing challenges.

Your new role

As part of our commitment to societal change, we have two exciting new roles for two self-motivated and innovative people to join our Community Action Team, working closely with The Community Action Lead and other supportive Community Action team members to ensure that the way we do things is participatory, shares leadership and looks for opportunities across all our work. You will be responsible for initiating and developing community-based projects which seek to widen participation, explore new modes of care for others and ourselves at the end of life, and build confidence for a range of community members across our catchment area in end of life processes and planning. You will need to build strong relationships with community members, and support people with lived experience to address their own ambitions for helping themselves and each other.

Please note that these posts are being offered on a 3-year Fixed Term Contract, and there will be an opportunity for flexibility regarding work hours.

To succeed in this role

  • You will be committed to societal change and of working together to take new approaches to seemingly entrenched challenges.
  • You should feel comfortable and reflexive about changing power and leadership in healthcare and keen to learn and help others understand the potential of these approaches.
  • You’ll be an experienced facilitator in community-based approaches to societal challenges, with a track record of working in an area like community development, participatory research or social innovation, of creating local charities or working with others to try new approaches.
  • You should have both a working knowledge of community studies or similar approaches, relating to inequality, social trends, for example a degree in social sciences, and also a range of putting participatory community-based techniques into practice, for example PAR of community-led innovation.
  • You will have a track record in delivering projects and bring with you experience working with a range of community members e.g. public, volunteers, community groups, and thus be an excellent communicator and maintain an approachable demeanour.
  • You will also need to feel comfortable and reflective about learning, end of life and death, dying and loss, and appreciating intersectional experiences of life, death and loss.  

If this sounds like you, we will be excited to hear from you!

We particularly welcome applications from BAME and LGBT employees, individuals that reside in the five London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, in addition to people who have experienced death, dying or loss. We also welcome applications.

St Christopher’s is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age

Benefits of joining St Christopher’s

  • You will gain a stimulating and rewarding role with an opportunity to influence and make a real difference in the community
  • Access to excellent training and development opportunities
  • A number of health and wellbeing schemes
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme and life assurance scheme with generous beneficiary plan
  • Access to plenty of free local street parking.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Mary Hodgson, Community Action Lead on 0208 768 4761 or M.Hodgson@StChristophers.org.uk

Please have a look at our website for further information on all aspects of St Christopher’s at www.stchristophers.org.uk and to apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply Online’ button below.

Closing Date:  25th January 2021 at Midnight

Interview Dates: 10th & 11th  February 2021


Apply online
For any queries, please contact our recruitment line on 0208 768 4680

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