Job Opportunity with Dudley Voices for Choice

Job Description

Introduction

The Regional Project Worker is expected to be a self-starter capable of both taking the initiative and working closely with colleagues. The post-holder will need to display a ‘can do’ approach in line with the organisation values. Dudley Voices for Choice emphasises a team approach to work.

Overall Job Purpose

To support people with a learning disability and autism to be involved in the work and plans of the West Midlands self-advocacy network, agreed Self Advocates forums and community groups, and other agreed Task Groups and consultations. Priority will be given to regional work and regional plans.

Line Management

The Regional Project Worker reports to the Project Manager.
Final responsibility for DVC’s activities rests with a voluntary Board of Trustees who delegates day to day operational management responsibility to the Project Manager.

Hours

The Regional Project Worker post works flexible hours, totalling 25 hours.
Dudley Voices for Choice operates flexible working hours and the post will involve some unsocial hours working. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period.

Location

The post is based at Dudley Voices for Choice, as this is a community post travel across the West Midlands region will be necessary. A clean driving licence and use of a vehicle is an essential part of the job.

Training

Appropriate training to facilitate development in the post will be available.

Specific Responsibilities

To enable people with a learning disability to be involved in the work and plans in and around the West Midlands Region, agreed Self advocacy forums, and agreed consultations. Priority will be given to regional work and regional plans.

In consultation with the Project Manager and all other relevant parties the worker will:

• Support and facilitate the meaningful involvement of people with a learning disability in the planning of the forums with the regional champions.
• Work/liaise with other agencies including voluntary organisations, statutory agencies, families and providers as necessary to facilitate the attendance of people with learning disabilities at meeting and events.
• Work within the boundaries of the role and refer to other agencies as appropriate with the person’s consent.
• Provide performance information as required
• Provide monitoring information to the Project Manager to include in the Annual Report
• Attend training and maintain professional development
• Adhere to all of Dudley Voices for Choice policies and procedures
• Undertake any other task appropriate with the role.
• Complete relevant Big Lottery paperwork and reports in line with the project agreement.

The worker will support people with learning disabilities to:

• Express their views in their role as a member of the West Midlands Self Advocacy network.
• Support the regional champions to plan their work with the assistance of their local self-advocacy groups.
• Understand and discuss papers/notes in preparation for meetings, to prepare questions/comments and to discuss points after the meetings.
• Access the website as necessary
• Have access to information in relevant accessible formats and promote this to relevant parties.
• To attend meetings which are held in an accessible manner and location and to promote this to relevant parties
• Support people with a learning disability to be involved in agreed meetings, training and workshops and undertake professional development relevant to the role
• Support people with a learning disability to undertake related tasks which are in addition to their job role as regional champions.
• Access relevant support to balance workload and maintain wellbeing while participating in their role as a member of the groups.
• Produce information in a format that is easy to understand and clear.
• Communicate effectively.

Team

• To participate in team meetings
• To take an active part in the annual general meeting planning process
• To work in accordance with Dudley Voices for Choice policies and procedures
• To share good practice with the team
• To be actively engaged in your own learning and professional development, including participating in your own quarterly supervision and annual appraisal meetings and attending training courses.

Other Duties

• To undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required.

To apply please email a cover letter and CV to dudleyvoicesforchoice@gmail.com.
Closing date Friday 31st May.

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