Job Overview

Spalding’s population has expanded since 2001 to include significant numbers of people originating from outside the United Kingdom. The town has been identified as one of the least integrated places in England.


Spalding PCC, the management committee for St Mary and St Nicolas Church, wishes to employ individuals on a flexible part-time basis to research the barriers to integration and to identify ways to overcome these by seeking the views of those from the three largest groups now resident in the town: Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian.


There will be three phases to the work:

Phase 1 (from September 2016 to January 2017) – Broad-based information gathering.

Phase 2 (from February to March 2017) – Assessment and analysis of the information.

Phase 3 (from April 2017 to August 2017) – Trialling solutions


You will need to be fluent in spoken and written English and Polish, Lithuanian or Latvian. You will be part of a team of three Community Connectors covering these three groups of language speakers resident in Spalding.


You will work with members of the management committee to plan where to go and who to speak to with. You will need to keep records of conversations and answers to questions. You will assisting with the assessment and analysis of the information you have gathered and help to identify priorities for initiatives in integration.


As a Community Connector you will be expected to promote the project within the local community and regularly provide feedback to the line manager.

Main responsibilities

ï‚· Work with Community Connector Colleagues to identify groups or individuals who will assist with this research by answering questions, sharing their experience and suggesting ways of reducing the barriers to integration.

ï‚· Carry out informal interviews and record the views expressed.

ï‚· Collate this information for the assessment and analysis phase.

ï‚· Trial and seek feedback on initiatives to assist integration


Person specification

Skills

ï‚· Fluent in spoken and written English along with Polish, Lithuanian or Latvian

ï‚· Ability to communicate effectively with people by speaking and listening.

ï‚· Ability to write a summary of information gathered.

ï‚· Ability to work to own initiative in seeking out the views of a variety of people

ï‚· Ability to produce documents electronically and email them.


Personal qualities

ï‚· Approachable and friendly personality

ï‚· Conscientious and responsible

ï‚· Willing to work flexibly

ï‚· A desire to promote greater integration in the local community


Job Title:

Community Connector

Location:

Spalding, Lincolnshire

 Salary:

£7.90 per hour

 Hours:

Working flexibly for approximately 275 hours between September 2016 and August 2017

Responsible to:

Spalding Parochial Church Council

 Line Manager

The Vicar of Spalding

Spalding PCC has recently received funding for this project from the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund which is administered by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

To register an interest in becoming a Community Connector please email CommunityConnectors@StMaryandStNicolas.org.uk with your full name and details of the languages in which you are fluent.

We aim to be a loving and welcoming Christian community:
honouring God in worship, following Christ in our lives and participating in his mission.

The Parish Office, 1 Halmer Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2DR


Tel 01775 722772


parish.office@stmaryandstnicolas.org.uk

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Background

Spalding’s population has expanded since 2001 to include significant numbers of people originating from outside the United Kingdom. The town has been identified as one of the least integrated places in England.


Spalding PCC, the management committee for St Mary and St Nicolas Church, wishes to research the barriers to integration and to identify ways to overcome these by seeking the views of those from the three largest groups now resident in the town: Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian.


There are three phases to the work:

Phase 1 (from September 2016 to January 2017) – Broad-based information gathering.

Phase 2 (from February to March 2017) – Assessment and analysis of the information.

Phase 3 (from April 2017 to August 2017) – Trialling solutions


Phase 1 has now been completed and the draft report can now been downloaded

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS (PDF)


We welcome further comments and suggestions which can be sent to Revd John Bennett


Spalding PCC has recently been awarded funding for this project from the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund which is administered by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.