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Meet our NEW Community Development Administrative Officer!

I came across Thames Ward Community Project through a summer programme for children. I took my younger brothers to a cooking session at the Sue Bramley Centre where I met Rahela – the Health Outreach Officer who shared her vision with me and filled me in on all the amazing future projects. I was immediately interested and exchanged contact details with Rahela to find out more information and next steps on how to get involved in resident led projects. Soon after, I was invited to the first Healthy Thames Working Group meeting, which was an event dedicated to residents and partners interested in improving and developing opportunities around health in the local area. We discussed ideas and looked at ways to support future projects.    

I was considering volunteering as a wellbeing navigator after attending the meeting, but I then heard of the community administrative vacancy and decided to apply for this role as I’ve had previous experience working as a personal assistant and had completed an apprenticeship with Westminster City Council when I was younger. I knew this was going to be a great way to understand how community projects operate, support the team, and become more familiar in this area of work.  

I become interested in this role for various reasons, the main one being wanting to be part of an organisation with a strong focus on improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. My desire to work for a charity originates from my background in Nutrition and Health where I’ve had the opportunity to connect with various individuals and understand their needs, goals, and occasional barriers when trying to create positive health changes. I am particularly keen in supporting individuals through any type of health-related activities and feel most content when I can make a positive impact on others.  

As a local resident in Barking & Dagenham, I feel proud to be working for the Thames Ward Community Project where I can add value to my community and be part of a very rewarding cause. I’m excited to see the future changes and growth in the borough and within the organization. 

Nia Lopez

Community Development Administrative Officer

Job Vacancy: Thames Life Administrative Officer

At Thames Ward Community Project we believe that long term sustainable change is only possible when it is defined and led by local people, who initiate their own agenda and build it from within the local community.  Our vision is to be a catalyst for sustainable community-led change and our mission is to bring together schools, community groups and residents from across the Thames Ward of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to develop initiatives that will ensure residents have a strong voice and can influence change in the area.  To achieve better health outcomes and quality of life for residents and increase residents’ skills and job opportunities and improve the local environment.  We have established a resident-led Community Development Trust to develop this work.   

The administrative officer will support the director in day-to-day activities, including governance, monitoring and finance responsibilities and provide support for the development of the Thames Ward resident-led health outreach project.  The purpose of the project is to connect both local people and the local groups who are interested in improving the resilience, skills and health of their community by working with a resident trustee board, local community groups and wider statutory and private sector partners.   

The school is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and as such all appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.  Appointments are also subject to satisfactory references/medical clearance. 

Reports to: Matt Scott (CEO)

Salary: £21,408.00 pro rata (28 hours per week (4 days a week))

Location: Thames Ward, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Closing date for applications: 16 July 2021

To apply: In the first instance, please submit a CV which must be accompanied by a covering letter, clearly demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the role description.

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