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Jobs at Birmingham Asian Resource Centre

Birmingham Asian Resource Centre has been operating continuously since 1977. It is staffed by multilingual workers from across the BAME communities. It is managed by elected representatives of the local communities.

We serve some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the City and aim to support and empower people who face multiple disadvantages.

The majority of the communities we serve are Asian and from other BAME communities. We strive to cater for their needs by providing a broad range of support services that are delivered in community languages, and which is anchored with a deep understanding of our communities cultural norms and aspirations.

We have recently secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a 3-year project to run a programme to help the BAME communities, especially elder’s over 60 and their carers (19+) to manage and deal with low level mental health, anxiety and depression, complementing and supporting the work done currently by the primary health care services, to prevent conditions from worsening and preventing individuals from being hospitalised short or long term. Also to improve quality of life, by delivering health and well-being, skills development and welfare benefits advice work.

We are now seeking to recruit the following 4 posts: –

Project Coordinator - £27,000 PA – 35 hours per week

Job Title: Project Coordinator

Responsible to: Chairperson

Accountable To: Management Committee


Purpose of the Job

To manage and coordinate all activity of Birmingham Asian Resource Centre, its
staff , projects and partnerships.

To lead the organisation’s strategic development ensuring it meets its aims
objectives and responsibilities to funders and members.

To provide overall strategic management and leadership of Birmingham Asian Resource Centre using an entrepreneurial approach, and working with the Management Committee to ensure the continued long term financial sustainability of the organisation.

To determine, develop and implement a fundraising strategy to achieve annual revenue fundraising income targets and capital programmes to support the delivery of services identified in the business plan

To develop relationships and networks with a wide range of statutory bodies, voluntary and community organisations and private sector organisations.

To effectively manage the development and delivery of services offered by the organisation

Special Conditions

This post is initially for 3 years

The Post holder will be required to work unsociable hours as and when required.

Casual car user allowance will be payable for the duration of the project.

The successful applicant will undergo a CRB check and personal references, which need to be satisfactory before appointment.

Key Relationships:
The post holder will work closely with the Chairperson, Management Committee and BARC staff; will form working relationships with a wide range of statutory agencies and voluntary community organisations.

Hours:
35 hrs per week, (will include some evenings, weekends and bank holidays)

Salary:
£27,000 PA

Main duties and Tasks of this Job will include:


1. To act as the lead person to implement and deliver all the output and outcome of the Big Lottery Funded project—-‘ You Me Mind and Body’.
2. To establish and implement a fundraising strategy for Birmingham Asian Resource Centre that will exploit the potential of the organisation to achieve annual revenue income targets.
3. To develop strategies for capital projects and developments.
4. To develop new income streams through determining, developing and implementing strategies to nurture income generation.
5. To maximise the income from trusts, foundations and grant giving bodies through building and nurturing existing relationships and development of new ones.
6. To lead on the strategic development of Birmingham Asian Resource Centre, prepare reports for Board meetings and work with the Board in developing income generation activities for the organisation.
7. To work with external consultants and staff to understand and establish needs and opportunities for funding for revenue and capital projects and develop cases for support.
8. To establish systems for capture of data to support research, record fundraising activity etc .
9. To establish annual targets for fundraising and income generation with the Chief Officer.
10. To be responsible for managing budgets relating to funding secured and ensuring all objectives are achieved within the budget to ensure that funds raised are used in the manner agreed with funding bodies and to provide regular accounts.
11. To be a strong advocate for Birmingham Asian Resource Centre, undertake presentations, prepare written material to promote projects and programmes to potential supporters.
12. Oversee the development and implementation of projects delivered by the organisation, ensuring targets and outcomes are achieved.
13. To prepare clear and concise reports for BARC’s Committee Members and funding agencies on the performance of individual projects and on future developments. Including having an oversight of all necessary reports and returns to funding agencies.
14. Provide line management and supervision to staff, including dealing with grievance and disciplinary matters in the first instance.
15. Understand and comply with BARC’s Aims and Objectives and assist with the implementation of BARC’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety Policies.
16. Ensure that the Policies & Procedures of the Birmingham Asian Resource Centre are implemented.
17. To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grading of the post.

General

The list of duties in the job description should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. There will be other duties and requirements associated with your job and, in addition, as a term of your employment you may be required to undertake various other duties as may reasonably be required.

Please note that the organisation reserves the right to update your job description, from time to time, to reflect changes in, or to, your job.

You will be consulted about any proposed changes.
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PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications & Training.
● A good level of General education and Training in Management.
● A commitment to undertake appropriate training and to develop and keep up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant to the post.

Experience

● Proven experience of organisational development, developing working partnerships with external organisations and consultants
● Proven experience of raising significant funds from statutory bodies, grant giving trusts and through income generation activities.
● Proven experience of the management of grant and trust funded projects.
● Project planning and Management including people management.
● A proven successful record in fundraising, preferably in voluntary and community sector organisations.


Skills and Abilities

● Good administration and organisational skills.
● Good ICT skills including word processing, excel, email, internet and fundraising databases.
● Good communication, presentation and public speaking skills (written and verbal) with the ability to communicate with people on all levels both inside and outside of the organisation.
● Good negotiation skills for establishing partnerships.
● Proven ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines.
● Proven team working and team-leading skills.
● Good understanding of voluntary sector finance including budget management.
● Ability to communicate in at least one South Asian language.

● Total commitment to the principles of Equalities and nonjudgmental work practice.

● Willingness to work weekends and evenings as required.


Knowledge

● A good understanding of the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.
● A good understanding of voluntary sector organisations .

For further information about the organisation please visit www.asianresource.org.uk

To apply for one of the posts please send your CV with a personal statement explaining your suitability for the job and your abilities to perform the tasks of the job as described in the relevant Job description: to,
barc@asianresource.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022, 5 pm.

Health and wellbeing Worker : £18,000 pa - 30 hours per week

Job Title: Health and wellbeing Worker

Responsible to: Project Coordinator

Accountable To: Management Committee

Hours: 30 hours per week, (will include some evenings, weekends and bank holidays)
Salary: £18,000 PA

Job Overview: The primary aim of this job is :

To provide a range of health and wellbeing activities to people aged 60+ and their carers as described below in the main duties of this Job.


Special Conditions :This post is initially for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.
The post holder will be required to work unsociable hours as and when required.


Key Relationships, and Job summary:

The post holder will work closely with the other staff of the centre to deliver outputs of the project whose overall aim is to :
.Reduce isolation
.Improve health and wellbeing through reduced weight, more effectiv ways to avoid or manage diabetes, more effective COVID-19 safety measures and vaccine take-up, and greater openness in addressing mental health issues.
. Improve English language and IT skills enabling increased communication.
.Reduce poverty by increasing beneficiaries’ understanding of benefits and of money/debt management techniques.
. Improve access to health, training, housing and other mainstream services.
. Improve confidence.


Main duties and Tasks of this Job will include :

1. To organise appropriate activities to Improve health and wellbeing through reduced weight,more effective ways to avoid or manage diabetes, more effective COVID-19 safety measures and vaccine take-up , and greater openness in addressing mental health issues.
2. To devise methods to increase access to healthcare for people whose mother tongue is not English.
3. To engage people in health and wellbeing activities such as exercise classes,lifestyle and health advice and diabetes awareness .
4. To organise appropriate ESOL training and basic digital skills training to improve English language and basic IT skills of our service users.

5. To familiarise yourself with the main output and outcome of the project and devise delivery methods, output and outcome recording systems.
6. To contribute to reduction of isolation and improvement of confidence of our service users.
7. To work with other workers of the centre to deliver a range of support to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our service users . Support will include: one to one short term support, a programme of health improvement and wellbeing activities, signposting to community services and activities.
8. To liaise with organisations and develop partnerships with key groups such as service users, their carers, voluntary and statutory organisations.
9. To support the process of consultation and involvement with local communities and groups, to enable local people to identify and articulate their own health needs and find ways to meet them.
10. To identify the information needs for health promotion and facilitate the development of both information and access routes to this information.
11. To assess the needs of the target groups and develop activities and projects to address those needs.
12. To develop effective links with primary structures, Health Development Workers and other networks.
13. To implement procedures, recording and paperwork for the service.
14. To promote the service to local partner organisations.
15. To accept referrals into the service
16. To meet with and assess people who would like to use the service
17. To ensure that good practise standards are maintained within the service
18. To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of all activities ensuring support is reviewed on a regular basis
19. To collate and analyse evaluation feedback regarding the service to learn and to improve them.
20. To assist the development of funding reports
21. To attend local groups as and when required
22. To undertake quarterly monitoring of the project and provide accurate and comprehensive statistical information by agreed dates.
23. To evaluate the impact of the projects and promote projects with service providers, users and funders.
24. To undertake any other duties consistent with the main tasks of this job if needed.


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Person Specification


Qualifications & Training
● Good level of general education
● A commitment to undertake appropriate training and to develop and keep up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant to the post.


Experience
● In delivery of the main duties of this project as described above.
● In the development, implementation and evaluation of health projects.
● In working with marginalised groups.
● In developing and implementing community-based projects
● In partnership working and community engagement.

Skills

Ability to:

● Communicate effectively – both written and verbal
● Think laterally and prioritise issues
● Write reports and analyse information
● Seek out and implement innovative practice
● Work on your own initiative and as part of a team.
● Meet deadlines
● Speak and communicate in a South Asian language
● Use computer and IT equipment.

Knowledge
● A good understanding of the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic communities
● An understanding of the community, voluntary and statutory sectors

For further information about the organisation please visit www.asianresource.org.uk

To apply for one of the posts please send your CV with a personal statement explaining your suitability for the job and your abilities to perform the tasks of the job as described in the relevant Job description: to,
barc@asianresource.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022, 5 pm.

Interviews will be held soon after the closing date.
Please note that this is a re-advertisement, previous applicants do not need to apply again, their applications will be automatically considered along with the new applicants.

Welfare benefits Advice Worker: £18000 pa - 30 hours per week

Job Title: Welfare benefits Advice Worker

Responsible to: Project Coordinator

Accountable To: Management Committee


Hours: 30 hours per week, (will include some evenings, weekends and bank holidays)
Salary: £18,000 PA

Job Overview: The primary aim of this Job is to develop and provide comprehensive welfare benefits advice services to the service users of the centre.
and To provide a range of support and wellbeing services to people aged 60+ and their carers as described below in the main duties of this Job.

Special Conditions: This post is initially for 3 years and maybe extended subject to securing funding.
The post holder will be required to work unsociable hours as and when required.


Key Relationships and Job Summary:

The post holder will work closely with other workers of the Centre to deliver outputs of the project whose overall aim is to :

The purpose of this Job is to maximise benefit income from statutory and non-statutory sources for the users of the centre and to provide a comprehensive, accurate and reliable welfare rights advice service on social security benefits.

MAIN DUTIES AND Tasks of this Job will include :

1. To provide a comprehensive, accurate and reliable welfare rights advice service on social security and welfare benefits direct to the users of the centre in person at advice surgeries, by telephone and letter, and by home visits, when necessary

2. To Interpret and explain legislation, official documents or the content of letters and communications addressed to clients.

3. To follow up information and queries on behalf of clients.

4. To make available, appropriately displayed, a range of resources and materials relating to welfare benefits advice work.

5. To direct members of the community to the resources they need to enable them to address issues themselves.

6. To make links with specialist agencies and organisations that provide specialist advice and support services.

7. To Identify and develop targeted benefit take-up initiatives.

8. To Identify ways in which the project can be further developed including working with the project coordinator in identifying sources of further funding to expand service delivery and ensure sustainability of the service.

9. To develop all necessary systems, policies and procedures to obtain Quality Mark and accreditation from national and regional bodies.

10. To use computer and traditional paper-based systems as appropriate to keep clear, accurate and up-to-date records of output and outcome .
11. To provide statistical information and progress reports as required by the organisation for monitoring and strategic planning of services.

12. To familiarise yourself with the main output and outcome of the project, and devise delivery methods appropriate to the project beneficiaries.

13. To keep yourself up to date with and maintain knowledge of all aspects of social security and welfare benefit policy, practice, and law.

14. To develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant external agencies, welfare rights advisers and agencies.

15. To undertake all administrative support for your work and to support the objectives of this role.

16. To maintain the highest standards of confidentiality at all times.

17. To be non-judgemental and non-discriminatory at all times in dealing with service users and other workers of the centre and to ensure that the policies of Birmingham Asian Resource Centre are implemented at all times.
18. To undertake any other duties consistent with the main tasks of this Job if deemed necessary.

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Person specification


Qualifications & Training

● A good level of General education and Training in welfare benefits laws.
● A commitment to undertake appropriate training and to develop and keep up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant to the post.

Experience

● Of working in a community support setting.
● Of welfare benefits advice.
● Of working in the advice sector.

● Of working with BAME communities.

● Of project delivery.

Skills And Abilities

● An understanding of the welfare benefits system.

● Ability to interpret Social Security legislation, rules and regulations .

● Ability to represent clients to social security Tribunals.

● Ability to work on your own and as part of a team with good interpersonal and communication skills.

● Ability to communicate in English and in at least one South Asian language.

● Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines.

● Ability to use computers with workable IT skills.


Knowledge

● Knowledge of the range of benefits available, and the main sources of information on benefits.
● Demonstrable knowledge of current welfare rights issues.
● A good understanding and working knowledge of welfare rights, housing and benefits system

For further information about the organisation please visit www.asianresource.org.uk
To apply for one of the posts please send your CV with a personal statement explaining your suitability for the job and your abilities to perform the tasks of the job as described in the relevant Job description: to,
barc@asianresource.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022, 5 pm.

Interviews will be held soon after the closing date.
Please note that this is a re-advertisement, previous applicants do not need to apply again, their applications will be automatically considered along with the new applicants.

To apply for one of the post please send your CV with a personal statement explaining your suitability for the job  and your abilities to perform the tasks of the Job as described in the relevant  Job description: to,

barc@asianresource.org.uk

Deadline for applications Friday 28th January 2022 , 5pm.

 

Interviews will be held soon after the closing date