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Carers Engagement Project Officer - JO3034

  • Location: Somerset, Somerset – flexible hybrid working with travel across Somerset and out of county
  • Salary: £22,000 pro rata – 18 month contract
  • Job Type:Interim

Posted 19 days ago

We are working in partnership with a Community Interest Company that helps local people and organisations shape the way health and social care services are delivered in their communities. They provide a consultancy and stakeholder engagement service – specialising in evaluation and public engagement as well as supporting the work of independent health and social care champions.

The charity is now seeking to appoint a Carers Engagement Project Officer to help place the voice of unpaid carers at the heart of Somerset health and social care decision makers. This includes engaging with unpaid carers in creative and diverse ways, increasing awareness of the unpaid carer role, gathering views and experiences, working in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary sector partners already providing support to avoid duplication and ensuring their voices are influencing those who make decisions.

The successful individual will need to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrable experience of engagement with individuals and/or with communities

  • Understanding of safeguarding, health and safety, and data protection practices including confidentiality

  • Knowledge of different engagement methods and techniques

  • Experience of working with external organisations facilitating focus/discussion groups and organising and supporting events

  • Experience and evidence of building effective relationships with colleagues and external partners

  • Understanding of the role of unpaid carers and the issues they face

The successful candidate will be a people centred person willing to listen to other’s experiences, with excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills both verbally and written. You will be motivated and enthusiastic individual able to work as part of team and plan workload to meet tight deadlines. The successful candidate will be confident and persuasive, with excellent relationship building skills with internal colleagues and external partners.

If you feel you have the drive and passion to succeed in this exciting and essential role, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Applications should be submitted via the Charisma Charity Recruitment website, to Sandra Smith, and include your CV and supporting statement.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Closing date for applications: 2 June 2022

Interview date: TBC