We’re Hiring! Peer Support Services Coordinator

About the role:

You would lead Vision North Somerset’s peer support services for people who are visually impaired. This will involve training and managing a small team of existing and new volunteers to effectively deliver services reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing.

Our Peer Support services currently include several telephone support groups, a small telephone and/or in-person befriending service and several face-to-face social groups around the county. We are particularly looking to grow and develop our social/ support groups into new areas and grow the befriending service, developing service parameters based on best practice.

About you:

You will be a caring, well organised person with the ability to develop and grow a team of volunteers in various service models. You will work closely with the CEO, other staff and local partners to plan and prioritise work developing and growing our peer support services.

This is an ideal opportunity for the right person to land a flexible, part-time, rewarding role in the charity sector. You might be looking to move up from an entry-level position in the charity sector, to get back to work after a gap or move to work locally in North Somerset rather than needing to commute.

While professional peer support, service delivery or volunteer management experience would be extremely helpful, we are open to candidates with transferable experience. We will provide training and induction as needed – you would need to be proactive, quick to learn and implement your knowledge. See our Person Specification below:

About us:

Vision North Somerset are a small but established local charity supporting around 1500 people with vision impairment and hearing impairment from our office base and across the county. We have recently appointed a new CEO and are at an exciting stage of development in our service offer and income streams. This role offers the chance to contribute to a great cause, working flexibly and gaining a range of service planning and delivery experience.

Practical bits:

You will be based at our office near the train station in Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset with regular homeworking and some flexible hours available by agreement with your manager.  You need to be able to regularly travel across the county.  If you have a disability this can be arranged via the Access to Work scheme.

This is a permanent role, currently funded by a mix of trusts.

Vision North Somerset strives to be diverse and inclusive a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We particularly encourage applications from people who have lived experience of sight loss or disability, who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic backgrounds and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+, who are currently underrepresented in our organisation.

Please forward a tailored CV and cover letter of no more than 1000 words detailing how you meet the requirements of this role. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying, please contact CEO Lauren Williams at Vision North Somerset on lauren.williams@visionns.org  

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th July.