Senior Project Officer - New Craigs Greenspace for Health Coordinator

The Conservation Volunteers

£19,612 pa (£15,689 pro rata) - 28 hours/week

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract Dominic Hall

Reference: SPOGSFHC

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 30th May 2018   4 days left

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people's health, prospects and outdoor places.

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

The project will contribute to the ongoing development and delivery of outdoor activities and growing projects with local and on-site services to promote the hospital grounds as a greenspace asset for health, mental health and wellbeing.

Based in Inverness at the New Craig’s Hospital working 28 hours per week, the role will involve developing and delivering a range of outcomes, tasks and activities associated with the New Craigs Greenspace for Health Project, supporting the joint vision of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), NHS Highland Health Board and The Green Exercise Partnership (GEP).

The successful candidate should be an experienced self-starter able to develop a programme of greenspace, gardening and food-growing projects and events; be experienced in working across a range of different constituent groups, including clinicians and volunteers; collaborate in the training and development of existing and new volunteers and in the coordination of events and development of promotional materials. The post holder will work on the New Craigs Campus and other appropriate local sites.

The post is funded by THE GREEN EXERCISE PARTNERSHIP a joint venture between Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and NHS Health Scotland. The Partnership aims to build links between the health and environment sectors, following growing evidence that public health can be improved by getting people engaged with the natural environment. Please note – the core hours of this role will be Monday to Friday and 9-5. However, the nature of the role involves providing activities and events for a range of communities. It is therefore expected that the post holder would support and deliver events during evenings and weekends. This will be planned on a flexible basis and time off in-lieu will be provided. However we anticipate it will amount to approximately 1 weekend and a handful of evening sessions each month.

A bit more about us: We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all. 

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

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