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Ageing Well in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay – Community Builders

£20,253, full time, 2 year contracts

Torbay’s Ageing Well Partnership has been awarded £6 million from the Big Lottery Fund for a six year programme to reduce social isolation experienced by people over 50. We want to reach every front door, building a sustainable neighbourhood network, valuing the contributions that people over 50 have to make to each other and the wider community, stimulating new activities and ensuring people know what is available and can participate.

We are currently looking for up to 10 Community Builders to work at the neighbourhood level, or with existing associational groups, to engage with isolated older people and to support people in building connected and caring communities that are welcoming places for people to grow older together.

We are not looking for qualified social workers, but a team of motivators, connectors, communicators, tacticians, peacemakers and storytellers. Confident, kind, resourceful, courageous, warm and encouraging people that can grow capacity, weave relationships and help local people build their communities. Tell us what you could bring to this Programme.

The Torbay Community Development Trust is the lead organisation for Ageing Well and is recruiting on behalf of the Partnership. Please contact Tracey Cabache, Community Development Manager on 01803 212638 for an informal discussion and submit an application form demonstrating why you would like the job.

Hours: 37.5 – job share considered

Starting salary: £20,253

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th March 12 noon

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Title:   Community Builders   (Neighbourhoods or Associational)

Salary: £20,253

Contract term: 2 years – renewable by negotiation

For this initial term the post will be employed by the Torbay Community Development Trust

Hours: Full time – 37.5 hours a week

Reporting to:  Community Development Manager – Torbay Community Development Trust

Please return completed applications to:

Hannah McGugan

Torbay Community Development Trust

4-8 Temperance Street








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Information and Advice Project Manager

Torbay Community Development Trust is recruiting a short term Project Management role for six months, which may be extended subject to further contract negotiations with partners. We have been facilitating a co-production steering group to improve access to information and advice and have agreed that phase 1 is to develop a new website that provides a more coherent starting point for people that links to other sources of information. This project manager will lead the development of the new web solution and integration with a directory of services and activities. We are open to potential secondments, short term contract of employment or contract for services and can pay up to £15,000.

Hours:  Full time 37.5 hours, 6 month fixed contract

Starting salary: £30,000 per annum pro-rata

Based:   4 - 8 Temperance Street, Torquay

Closing date:    12pm 2nd March 2015

Interview date:     5th March 2015

Project Manager/Development Worker for the Information and Advice Co-Production Transformation Project


The post holder will be supporting a project to improve information around both the statutory and voluntary services, activities / groups and events available in Torbay.   The Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) has been asked to run this development project on behalf of both Torbay Council and Torbay & Southern Devon Health & Care NHS Trust (TSDHCT) and other partners. 

The impending Care Act (April 2015) requires local councils to ensure that adequate and appropriate information is available to all of its residents.  This has prompted the need to expand upon existing sources of information and to develop a single point of information for the people of Torbay, which would enable easy access to up-to-date, accurate and quality assured information about the services, community groups and social networks available to them. 

It is really important to us that this work is developed in a way that builds strong working relationships between statutory and voluntary organisations through co-design and co-production. Current structures have facilitated this thus far but we now need to move to the next level in these relationships and produce an environment in which “co-delivery” is achievable.  This will need to be done in a way which does not result in a return to command and control type relationships which – in the past – have characterised relationships between statutory and voluntary sectors. 

Based upon the above text, what would you consider to be the three major challenges of the role over the next 6 months? Please answer within 500 words

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Torbay’s Voluntary, Community and Social  Enterprise Sector has been experiencing a  period of significant change, in part in  response to those severe reductions in the  public sector that are having such a major impact on local life - with more, of course, to come. A series of open discussions over a  period of  many months and involving more than  100 voluntary sector representatives has  resulted in our establishing a Community Development Trust for Torbay (Torbay CDT), its intention being to make Torbay a place where all people feel included and can become involved in growing a thriving local community.

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