Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church, Closing date: On request

Cafe Oasis is a non-profit making community cafe at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church. The Community and Volunteer Support Worker is a key role in providing support for our volunteers (some with learning difficulties) and customers (many elderly) and developing links with wider community groups, from fledgling self help groups looking for support to set up to charities and community groups that can assist our volunteers and cafe customers.

The post of Community & Volunteer Support Worker is based at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church in the centre of the Royal Town and open to applicants from all faith and none, and all who respect the faith of others.

To further develop the Café Oasis team, we introduced a Community and Volunteer Support Worker (CVSW) to:

• connect and build relationships with other community groups enabling the provision of assistance, support and encouragement for the continuing and increasing needs of the café service users, its volunteers, and their carers
• develop links with smaller charities and self-help groups and help people develop such groups to try out their ideas through building community relationships, forming new links with other groups in our local community through local networking
• working together with the existing Café Oasis team to assist in attracting new volunteers; while developing the necessary pastoral and developmental support for existing volunteers
• Working to support the needs of the Café customers many of whom are elderly and feel isolated

The role also includes developing links with:

• the Parish Nurse, based at the church centre, to improve health care where needed and to develop health education for all involved at the café
• café volunteers
• food bank
• local Neighbourhood Networking Scheme
• other community links (e.g.Town Council, Community Hub)
• customers receiving home delivered meals as well as those attending on site

The CVSW will need to be energetic, curious, and committed to supporting people to reach their full potential and adaptable to respond to the developing situation and the reopening of the café and meeting facilities.

This is a part time role, 18 hours a week, working normally Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9am to 3 pm, but with some flexibility. The post is currently funded until September 2023. Salary Real Living Wage (Currently £9.90 per hour).

Application packs available by emailing [email protected]