Bonny Downs Community Association (BDCA) is a dynamic community-led charity that has been serving the residents of East Ham since 1998.

We strive to make a real and lasting difference to the quality of life of local people by promoting community cohesion, tackling isolation, encouraging healthier lifestyles and addressing the root causes of poverty.

Person specification

BDCA is seeking a passionate and community focused Activities Co-ordinator to coordinate the delivery of the ‘Newham Voices’ programme of activities and services which will empower disadvantaged residents in Newham to collaboratively rebuild a better and healthier community as we recover from being one of the worst affected boroughs in the UK by Covid-19.

We are looking for someone with a desire to provide excellent customer service and treat individuals with dignity and respect, with a welcoming, non-judgemental, and relational in approach. They will need to have a willingness to engage in relevant training, a readiness to work within the policies of the BDCA, including Equality, Diversity & Inclusion,  and identify with the ethos, aims and values of BDCA.

You will have experience of working with disadvantaged & vulnerable people, and an understanding of the challenges faced by ‘harder to reach’ residents ie; People with English as an Additional Language, Adults experiencing homelessness/ poverty, Lonely elders, Disadvantaged children, Youth at risk of violence.

for further information, please download the full Person Specification (.docx).

About the role

‘Newham Voices’ will provide opportunities for local residents to reconnect through positive health-boosting and recreational activities, with built-in opportunities to build friendships, share their experiences, set their own priorities, envision our community’s future, and help shape the next steps we will take towards achieving it together.Your main task will be to coordinate the delivery of a programme of activities and services to for local residents.

This will include setting up of new services and the adaptation of existing services as follows:

  • Intergenerational ‘Community Conversations’ with refreshments and children’s activities to listen to lockdown experiences and future priorities of marginalised residents.
  • Inclusive non-contact ‘Sport and Chat’ groups including yoga/ Tai Chi/ Zumba/ Walking Football followed by refreshments, health kiosk and facilitated conversations to boost health and social reconnection.
  • ‘Garden and Chat’ sessions where volunteers can make friends and learn skills while growing vegetables for our foodbank.
  • ‘Virtual Coffee Mornings’ for housebound people feeling forgotten and depressed while watching less vulnerable residents enjoy lockdown lifting.
  • Intergenerational ‘Remote Reading Support’ sessions where isolated elderly volunteers are loaned laptops and given 1-2-1 digital skills training so they can provide virtual literacy support for local primary pupils to help them catch up on learning time lost during school closures.
  • ‘Newham Youth Voices’ virtual music production workshops led by experts from Community Albums so at-risk teenagers can create a high quality original song and music video reflecting on life in lockdown.
  • Multifaith ‘Community Celebrations’ to create joyful unifying events that praise diversity while counterbalancing recent stress and hostility.

For more details please download the full Job Description (.docx).

How to apply

Visit our website to find out more about BDCA.

Download the full job description and person specification from our Team page.

Send your CV and covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification to sarah.laing@bonnydowns.org

Applications close 9am, 23 September 2020.

Interviews will be the week commencing 5th October 2020.

Please note

We value diversity, promote equality, and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds