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Community Connector

Job Title:                                                     Community Connector

Responsible to:                           Community Supporters Project Manager

Salary:                                                                         £21,000 pro rata

Hours:                                                           1 day/ 7 hours a week.

Contract duration:   26 weeks after appointment to the role; with potential for extension



We are recruiting for a part time Community Connector to provide outreach and support to the Connected Hackney Wick project. This role will require a good level of communication skills and the ability to show understanding of people with support needs but in particular people who suffer from social isolation.


The project is funded by the Wick Award, which aims to build community connections and promote wellbeing for all residents in Hackney Wick. Connected Hackney Wick is part of the wider Community Supporters programme delivered by Volunteer Centre Hackney and aims to provide support to local Hackney Wick residents who have been identified as socially isolated and find ways to build their confidence and engage them in the community.


The role of the Community Connector will be to provide a high quality outreach support enabling residents who may be isolated to access local services or increase their participation in community activities. The Community Connector role will aim to increase social and support networks for Hackney Wick residents and identify and make contact with formal and informal community organisations and networks in Hackney Wick.


Duties and Responsibilities


  •  Provide a sensitive, caring approach to support to diverse needs of the community.
  • Engage and build trusting relationships with local residents.
  • Support individuals to develop a plan to help them develop and maintain community connections.
  • Share knowledge of any barriers for individuals accessing services.
  • Signpost individuals to local services.
    • Develop and share a portfolio of opportunities for residents including information about local community groups and activities.
    • Provide information and support to volunteers.



  • At all times abide by Volunteer Centre Hackney’s policies on Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality and observe the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • Actively participate in supervision and appraisal sessions with the Project Manager.
  • Be able to meet deadlines on time or work flexibly to complete a project.
  • Undertake other work appropriate to the post or organisation as required.





The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job.  It has been used to draw up the advert and will also be used in the short-listing and interview process for this post. 

You should demonstrate on your application form how you meet all of the following criteria. All are essential for the job and will be scored depending on your answers.


  1. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  2. Ability to put people at ease, particularly vulnerable people with high level support needs, and identify their strengths and barriers to progression
  3. Well organised with an ability to work individually and proactively.
  4. A good knowledge of local health and social care and community services.
  5. Commitment to empowering individuals.
  6. An ability to carry out good record keeping.
  7. Understanding of the principles and practice of equality and diversity.



To apply, please send your CV and cover letter outlining how you meet each point of the person specification to by Friday 24th Nov 5pm. If you have any questions or concerns about completing this cover letter, please call 020 7241 4443 ext 207.

Sign up to sing with Wick Singers HERE

Source By: Wick Award

Wick Singers
A new community choir for Christmas 

Led by award winning choral conductor Hannah Brine

Love to sing? We would like to invite you to join our new friendly choir for all - Wick Singers. 

Sessions will be at the Trowbridge Centre, (Hackney Wick, E9 5LD) on Fridays from 4-5pm

17th November
24th November
1st December
8th December

There will be an informal performance on the 8th December for family and friends.
The sessions are free and there are no auditions. Previous experience is not necessary!

Managing Your Money Workshop

With real incomes falling and personal debt at a record high, there has never been a better time to improve your personal financial skills. 

When: 15 November 2017

Time: 12.30-2,30pm

Where:Princess May Primary School, Princess May Road, London N16 8Df 

What will the session cover? To book your place call: 020 7249 5748 or 07863 234832 or email: • Know what you want to do with money; • Know where your money goes; • Know how to save money for your goals; • Plan your spending in advance; • Know exactly where you need to put control; * This workshop is part funded by The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund for economically inactive and long term unemployed Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women who have the right to work in the UK.

To book your place call: 020 7249 5748 or 07863 234832 or email:

Free Self-Development Workshops from the Women's Trust

Woman`s Trust is proud to announce that we have Free Self-Development Workshops for West and East London for the months of November and December.

To see our Free workshops for women affected by Domestic Violence 
please find attached our flyers for East and West workshops.

 To reserve your place on any of these workshops,

please ring Iara or Motunrayo on

020 7034 0303

 If you are in receipt of state benefits, or have no recourse to public funds,

you may be eligible for travel expenses refunds. Please mention this at time of booking.

Availability is limited and booking is essential.



Children will not be allowed to attend the workshops


Children and Young People’s Plan 2018-21: Engagement and issues

Children and Young People’s Plan 2018-21: Engagement and issues


 The City of London’s current Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) was signed off by the Children’s Executive Board on 26th June 2015. The Plan covers the three year period from 2015-2018. The plan is owned and overseen by the Children’s Executive Board. An associated action plan has been developed to aid delivery of the Plan.


Current Position


  1. The new CYPP will be produced in the coming months. The final draft is due to be agreed at Grand Committee in April 2018.


  1. We want the City to be the best place it can be for children to grow up, and the CYPP will be the overarching strategy that outlines how we will achieve this aim. We want to explore what more is required and what needs improving/changing from the perspective of our stakeholders.


  1. Consultation with CYP in the city has begun, the issue that have emerged are outlined below:


Youth Clubs

What they don’t like about living in the City:

  • Too much Traffic
  • Can’t play football late
  • Don’t listen to young people (e.g. requests for more football pitches ignored)


What they would change about the City:

  • More outdoor play space- football pitches, outdoor gyms
  • Better youth facilities- improve Greenbox.
  • Better street and estate lighting
  • Cheaper gym/ swimming pool membership



What are the main issues you face as a looked after young person/ care leaver?

  • Status
  • Having enough money
  • Benefits system
  • Health
  • Education
  • Learning English


What do you think would improve things for you?

  • Status: getting passport and papers – need help from City of London
  • Having enough money: to be able to do different things, to get what I need
  • Benefits system:  understanding how it works, having it explained. Understanding changes and ‘the cuts’
  • Health: to get answers to questions worrying me. To understand what the impact of health issues will be on my future
  • Education: being able to go to college/university
  • Learning English: having more lessons


Sir John Cass

Like about going to school in City

  • Connections with City Corporation- visits with police, events and workshops at Guildhall, Lord Mayor show, Concerts
  • The museums and attractions
  • History and historic buildings


Don’t like about going to school in City

  • Not enough green space and playgrounds
  • Pollution
  • Fear of terrorist attack
  • Too many cars
  • Too much building work



  1. Child Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)


The CHNA reviews recent evidence, policies and guidance that inform the provision of services for children and young people in the City of London. Information on some key health issues are outlined below. 



The City of London has a high rate of air pollution-attributable mortality at 8.4% of deaths. This is both higher than the London average of 6.7% and many of our nearby boroughs.



Figure 20: Fraction of mortality (in those aged 30 and over) attributable to particulate air pollution, 2013


According to the NCMP data, in 2013/14- 2015/16, 13.3% of Reception pupils and 28% of Year 6 pupils in the City were obese.  These are both higher than the London average (however the City’s small figures mean a small change in number can produce a large change in percentage and can be misleading).



2010/11 to 2012/13

2011/12 to 2013/14

2012/13 to 2014/15

2013/14 to 2015/16














% excess weight in Reception children