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Link Workers – Home Presence

Hours: A range of full time (37.5) or part time options
Pay: £18,115 – £19,000 per annum or pro rata
Job Type: Fixed term contract, initially for 12 months

Play a part in changing lives – Helping people to help themselves.

We are seeking Link Workers to mentor struggling parents, young people and individuals
– often living in challenging and unimaginable circumstances.

John Venn founded Hereford City Mission in 1856 to save families from the workhouse. Today there is no workhouse yet families and individuals with multiple and complex needs face unprecedented struggles with little or no support. Today Hereford City Mission is renamed Vennture and, like our founder, we want to show The Power of Jesus Love in practice.

We are determined to make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable people – parents, or young people or adults. Before they lose their job, home or children, or are forced onto the street or into the criminal justice system we want to come alongside them. We want to show them unconditional love, help them rediscover hope and support them in making different and often challenging choices for themselves.

 Due to increasing demand for our high impact relational approach, Vennture has a range of full or part time Link Worker posts. With the support of well-trained volunteer mentors, you will work directly with these people. You will follow and deliver a proven process that helps people face their problems, realise their own resources and support them to help themselves in taking a new direction. You will work with many agencies across the county. You will attend meetings to work together to find appropriate support for the individuals. You will monitor progress towards the outcomes the family or individual has set for themselves and evidence change to our funders and partner agencies.

The role requires excellent communication skills, the ability to manage a demanding workload and most important of all – genuine hard-edged compassion and understanding. It requires a resourceful, creative approach to problem solving and the ability to stick with people through thick and thin. You will be working in a supportive team, with strong, appropriate professional supervision and clear ethos based on ‘Loving People Better’.

Christian vision, ethos and principles underpin the way Vennture operates, and it is expected that the successful applicant will have empathy with and be able to embrace our Venn values of Responsibility, Family, Industry and Enterprise.  They will connect to our sense of purpose and vision and be able to integrate swiftly and successfully into our hard working and friendly team and enjoy being part of a challenging and ground breaking initiative.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details on this role or e-mail hilary.thomas@vennture.org.uk if you would like further information.

The closing date for applications for this post is 4pm on Friday 15 December and interviews are scheduled for January 4/5.

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Leader – Daytime Street Presence (Hereford)

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours/week, sometimes worked flexibly – may include weekend and evening work.
Pay: £19,000 pa initially
Job Type: Fixed term Contract – 3 years

Create a city known for Christians who care!

Vennture are teaming up with Hereford Cathedral Almshouse Charity to build a caring presence in Hereford’s daytime economy. Over the next 3 years, together with the city’s churches, we will provide meaningful pastoral care for everyone working in The City Centre, grow a deeper sense of a caring City Centre community and build a dynamic volunteer Ambassador team.

The Ambassador team will provide a calm, reassuring, uniformed presence. They will transform the shopper, visitor and tourist experience by listening, caring and helping. They will support the vulnerable – especially those suffering from emotional or mental impairment. They will provide a responsive, caring capability to the City’s CCTV, help Hereford Business Improvement District improve the City and integrate the role of The Cathedral and City Centre Churches with ‘Team Hereford’ – the cross-agency team leading change in the city.

This position is an opportunity for a capable candidate to create a tangible legacy of care and invest in making a Christian difference. You will be inspired by bold ambition and have a ‘can-care’ attitude. You will be down to earth person of faith – able to inspire others – commanding the confidence of people at all levels of society.

You will be a vital resource to the Cathedral and Church Leaders. You will link the church – in its broadest sense, with those running the city centre. You will recruit, lead and manage 80 volunteers – ensuring the team’s capacity and flexibility to sustain an impactful presence. You will be thrilled by helping people daily while shaping the city centre’s culture over time.

You will possess strong presentation skills, experience of growing networks and managing volunteers effectively. You may have worked in an outward facing Christian setting or be able to demonstrate bringing Christian leadership to a secular context.

Vennture is committed to working with and serving people of all faiths and none. In this instance, the post holder will be an ambassador of Vennture and of the Hereford Cathedral Almshouse Charity. They will be required to promote the Christian ethos of the charities, speak at churches, connect with church leaders and be required to lead prayer. It is therefore an Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010 – part 1, schedule 9), that the post-holder is a committed Christian and sensitive to its various expressions across all church backgrounds.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details on this role or if you wish to discuss any aspect of the role or require further information please e-mail robert.thomas@vennture.org.uk

The closing date for applications for this post is 5pm on Tuesday December 19 and interviews are scheduled for Tuesday January 9 2018.

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