Would you like to be our new Community Engagement Officer?

Gateshead Older People's Assembly is delighted to recruit to the newly created post of Community Engagement Officer.  This post, which is initially funded for two years, underpins our asset-based approach to supporting people aged 50 and over to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.

We are a small charity.  We have a very small team.  But we make a tremendous impact and we’re seeing incredible growth each year.  In 2018/19, for example, attendances at our classes and groups rose by 38% to nearly 18,000 and we anticipate a similar level of growth for 2019/20.

We have been recognised on local and national levels for the positive impact of our work and we are keen to recruit a Community Engagement Officer who sees their role as more than just a series of tasks to be completed.  We are passionate about our work and we truly love what we do.  We’re looking for someone who feels the same.

Hours:  37.5 per week

Salary:  £23,400 per annum

Contact:  Two years with possible extension subject to funding

Our Community Engagement Officer will focus on four key areas:

  • Engagement:  You will create and promote opportunities for over 50s to exercise, socialise, learn, and volunteer with a view to reducing loneliness and social isolation.
  • Evaluation:  You will get to know our beneficiaries to help us better understand how taking part in exercise classes, social activities, and volunteering impacts on their quality of life.
  • Fundraising:  You will work to raise the profile of Gateshead Older People’s Assembly across the borough with a view to generating support from individuals and local businesses who want to get involved with the work we do.
  • Promotion:  You will lead on the publication of our popular monthly activities guide and assist in updating our website and social media channels.

This role is extremely flexible in nature and will require the post holder to be proactive in identifying opportunities to engage with beneficiaries and potential partners.  You will be based in our Deckham hub for up to one day per week, spending the rest of your time out in the field working across the entire borough of Gateshead.  Occasional evening and weekend work will be necessary in order for you to achieve the objectives of this role.

This is an exciting post suited to a dynamic, self-motivated, and driven individual.  You won’t be afraid to take risks, will enjoy meeting new people, and will be passionate about helping to make Gateshead the best place to grow older.

To apply for this role, please email info@gatesheadopa.org.uk to request an application pack.  

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Sunday, 8 September.  Interviews will be held 19 and 20 September.