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Project Officer – Growing Communities Health & Wellbeing based in Adur & Worthing

Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers

Salary: £14,400 per annum

Closing date: 23/02/2018 at 5pm | Interviews will be held on 1 March 2018

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone – communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key part of a developing project which will operate across Adur & Worthing, initially over the next three years. The project, Growing Communities, is funded by Big Lottery and we are working in partnership with Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils.

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TCV are looking to recruit a Project Officer who will be part of a core team who will provide the driving force behind the delivery of Health & Wellbeing improvements through physical activity.

The Growing Communities Project will radically transform the health and happiness of individuals in coastal community areas of Adur and Worthing. They want people to be more in control of their lives and actively engaged in the decisions and actions that affect them. This will lead to a better quality of life, where early action prevents more costly consequences, both in social and financial terms. Using green spaces as a platform they will deliver projects/activities identified by local people that address local needs.

TCV are looking for enthusiastic and energetic individual to develop effective working links with communities and partners and build strong and trusting relationships between key stakeholders and individuals.

The successful applicant will have:

  • The ability and experience to engage communities including hard-to-reach people through sports and recreational activities, community projects and event
  • Experience of facilitating and delivering sports/physical/recreation activity sessions in a community setting focusing on improving the Health & Wellbeing of those local communities
  • The ability to encourage feedback from participants after delivery of projects/activities and respond accordingly
  • Build a good understanding of local networks and partnerships and that they will ensure that activities will link in with & complement existing services and activities
  • The ability to work to deadlines, ensuring monitoring return forms are completed promptly and accurately
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and Health and Safety with relation to practical activities, raising any issues and concerns following TCV policies and procedures
  • Excellent communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills with a thorough understanding of communication to a variety of audiences in a diverse community
  • The role involves some evening working, and occasional weekends.

A bit more about TCV
TCV recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst their activities vary, their inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

Application information

A full, clean or near clean UK driving licence is required for this post, which has been held for a minimum of one year.

Closing date for completed applications is 5.00pm 23/02/2018

Criminal Record Check:

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check. As this post requires a Criminal Record Check, please view TCV’s Ex-Offender Policy.

TCV are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children – Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. Familiarisation with, and adherence to, the organisational Safeguarding policies and procedures is an essential requirement of all employees, as is participation in related mandatory training.

Please note:

Unfortunately, due to the necessity to keep costs down they are not able to respond to everyone who applies. Interviews will be held on 1 March 2018 at the TCV Worthing office. Therefore, if you do not hear from us by this date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

You can download an application form in Adobe Acrobat format or Word format and you can download a full job description for this post here.

Alternatively, you can request an application pack via 

Completed applications forms must be returned to John Haigh at or by post to John Haigh, TCV, c/o Adur & Worthing Council offices, 9 Commerce Way, Lancing, Worthing, BN15 8TR by 23/02/2018.