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Location : Civic Dr, Ipswich IP1 2DX

Hours/Days per week : 35 hours per week

Interview date and Location : Thursday 16th, Friday 17th of December, 2021

Volunteering Matters

At Volunteering Matters, we use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK. We bring people together to resolve some of society's most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness, to improving health and wellbeing, to building skills, confidence and opportunity and to ensuring young people can become change-makers in their community; the impact that we have is great. And we won't stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

People-led and impact driven, we are a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK. We operate in five regions: London and the South East; Wales and the West of England; East of England; the Midlands and North West England; and Scotland and North East England. We also have an Employee Volunteering Team, with over 25 years' experience, acting as a broker of tailor-made solutions to employers. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.

Volunteering Matters is looking for a values-led and proactive Project Manager to join our Eastern regional team. We are a values-driven organisation, and are looking for someone who is compassionate, empowering, straightforward, inclusive and positive when working with different groups of people - including young people, communities and staff.

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to manage Youth Social Action projects and Community-based Projects within the East Team, as well as the staff team for the programme.

Peer Research and Youth Social Action

Volunteering Matters has excitingly been awarded funding from the Youth Endowment Fund to conduct peer research for young people in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex. The project team will be divided in to two place-based teams, one covering Suffolk & Norfolk, the other covering Essex. Each team will be made up of a Project Manager & an Engagement Manager with the former line managing the latter. The Project managers will be line managed by the Delivery Lead for the East of England who Is based In Ipswich.

The project will look at recruiting young people to be involved in a Peer Research and Youth Social Action across the three areas. The young people will be empowered to be changemakers and have direct influence in the place they are living by being peer researchers and leaders of Youth Social Action in their area whilst also reducing serious youth violence

For more information, please refer to the job description

In return for your commitment we offer 25 days holiday per year (FTE) plus discretionary festive leave + public holidays. We also offer a 3% employer pension contribution, flexible working opportunities and enhanced employee benefits.

Your supporting statement is of equal importance to us as your CV and is a key part of our shortlisting process. It is an opportunity for you to outline your experience and credentials directly to the details of the post.

To apply, please send your CV, supporting statement & recruitment monitoring form.

Volunteering Matters is committed to the provision of equal opportunities in employment and accordingly wishes to ensure that no job applicant is treated less favourably on unjustifiable grounds. To assist in the monitoring of our performance in relation to equal opportunities you are requested to complete the enclosed monitoring form. The questionnaire is for statistical purposes only. Upon receipt it will be separated from your CV and cover letter and will not form part of the selection process.

Our Values & Way of Working:

In all that we do, we embrace a philosophy of 'Freedom within a Framework' and are guided by our values: Empowering, Inclusive, Compassionate, Positive & Straightforward.

Diversity & Inclusion:

Volunteering Matters welcomes all applicants and are keen to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the UK and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from disabled, LGBT and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, along with candidates with any protected characteristics and from disadvantaged groups.

Disability Confident & Reasonable Adjustments:

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. Please provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required in the "Experience/Skills and attributes" section of the job description.

To be considered for a guaranteed interview or to discuss any reasonable adjustments during the process, please state this in your application or contact please visit our website for more information.

We have also committed to the following pledges which positively encompass our recruitment and selection processes and methodology: The Promise (Scotland), Show the Salary, Salary History.
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