12 July 2018

Newground No Background (4)

Sustainable Communities Project Officer

Location : Blackburn 

Salary: £22,081 p/annum

Benefits: 27 days holiday + 8 bank holidays. Contributory pension scheme. Health care package. 

Closing Date:   25th July 2018

Interview dates:  Week commencing 30th July 2018

Hours: 37 hours p/week

Type: Temporary - December 2019

Newground CIC, a member of the Together Housing Group, is an award winning social enterprise, delivering professional products and services in a competitive marketplace and supporting the creation of sustainable communities. We are currently looking for a Sustainable Communities Project Officer with a particular focus on engaging vulnerable young people to join our team, working out of Blackburn. The key duty of the role is to work closely with local families, neighbourhoods & in particular young people within identified neighbourhoods in Blackburn and Darwen, East Lancashire. Working with these people you will be providing a wide range of diversionary activities and environmental interventions to the identified areas.

The successful candidate could expect their day to day activities to consist of:

Through consultation and partnership working make a full assessment regarding the needs of young people and families within the identified neighbourhoods, ensuring that all delivered interventions relate to and address those needs, reviewing on a regular basis. To develop and deliver a range of interventions and personal development activities and projects for young people (14-25 years), their families and local residents within identified neighbourhoods ensuring safe and effective target outputs and outcomes are achieved. To develop positive relationships with key agencies including Youth Justice Service, Schools, Police, Neighbourhood Officers, Health, Connexions and other local partners to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach meeting the needs of the local area.   To actively recruit people into the projects, retain their engagement and encourage them to participate in sessions and activities which raise aspirations, challenge them physically and emotionally enabling them to reach their full potential. To determine and implement effective approaches which will help people and families develop confidence, overcome barriers and achieve successful transitions.

The successful candidate would be required to have the following skills / training / experience:  

  1. Experience of working with people aged 14 – 25 and their wider families
  2. Experience of working with and supporting a wide range of developmental disorders, mental health & complex needs
  3. Experience of developing positive working relationships with young people
  4. Experience of delivering needs led interventions, distractions & diversions as well as programmes of activities for young people and families are a whole neighbourhood level
  5. An NVQ 3 or equivalent in Youth & Community Work (or an equivalent relevant qualification)

Due to the nature of the role, the successful candidate will require a full driving license with a vehicle insured for business purposes.

The successful candidate will also be required to undertake a full DBS check.

Please note that this role will require twilight, weekend & evening work (including Friday nights)  


In return we can offer you a great set of benefits which includes;

  • 27 days holiday (rising to 32 over 5 years service) + bank holidays
  • A great flexible working environment, with a range of family friendly policies
  • Great new comfortable and modern offices
  • A huge scope of personal development opportunities
  • A very attractive pension scheme & healthcare benefits as well
  • For the more active minded we also offer a “cycle to work” scheme

In order to apply please either send a CV & covering letter to or upload a copy of your details here using the button in the top right of the screen – please ensure you download a copy of the Job Description first so you know what we are looking for.

This Post is funded by the European Social Fund from April 2012 until 31st December 2019.  The continuation of the post after that date will depend on alternative funding and activities being identified.


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