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Community Shelter Development Officer

£20,345 - £21,525

Fixed Term two years

Westonbirt The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS


Love trees? Bursting to share your passion with others?


Do you have the skills, creativity and empathy to forge strong community partnerships and develop collaborative personal relationships that support people to improve their wellbeing? We’re looking for someone who can do all this and more; someone who’ll love the challenge of working with a diverse range of audiences from all backgrounds.


Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the world’s finest temperate tree collections and an internationally important landscape of incredible beauty. But we know not everyone is able to enjoy Westonbirt currently. Your job will be to help reach out to groups and individuals to overcome the barriers they face, so that together we can make the most of Westonbirt’s remarkable assets to improve mental health and wellbeing. Your work will directly support the delivery of our Mission; ‘to connect people with trees to improve the quality of life’. The role sits within the Learning and Participation team, which is responsible for the development and delivery of public engagement programmes, including formal education, interpretation, family events and community programmes, as well as coordinating volunteer activities across the site.


This role will support the redevelopment of the community shelter area; a key asset that facilitates the delivery of our community programmes. In line with our ethos of collaborative working / community empowerment we intend that the building of the new shelter will be carried out as far as possible by the community groups themselves. These facilities will provide the operational ‘heart’ for our ongoing work with ‘hard-to-reach’ audiences that are often marginalised / excluded from wider society (for example individuals with mental health conditions, people recovering from addiction, young people at risk of exclusion, people with dementia / autism).


Working closely with the Community Coordinator and Project Officer, the Community Shelter Development Officer will help to deliver the new facilities and encourage their ongoing use by: recruiting / coordinating community groups to get them involved; supporting the participants on a daily basis so that they are fully integrated into the build process; and by delivering a range of community activities to ensure the shelter is fully operational. The post holder will be an experienced community worker, with demonstrable knowledge of working with disadvantaged communities and audiences on practical / environmental projects to support wellbeing and mental health. Essential to this will be an open and collaborative approach that listens to and responds to the needs of participants to ensure all those involved feel welcome and confident that Westonbirt has something to offer them personally. As well as being an inspirational communicator, the post holder will be well organised and adaptable; able to plan and balance coordination / administration of visiting groups with the day-to-day delivery simultaneously.


Closing date: 10 July 2019.


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