SWF H&SCG Administrator

Closing date: 1st March 2020
Location: South Woodham Ferrers, from home
Hours: 4 hours per week, flexible
Salary: £12.50 per hour
Contract: Self-employed, paid monthly on receipt of invoice

South Woodham Ferrers Health & Social Care Group (SWFH&SCG) are looking for an Administrator to help facilitate open discussions around health & wellbeing issues in the local area as well as working with local organisations to assist in hosting relevant events and consultations in the Town.

About the Organisation

SWFH&SCG was established to look after the health and social care interests of the people of South Woodham Ferrers, recognising the roles of health and social care related professionals, volunteers and the Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). SWFH&SCG leads on non-GP services whilst the PPGs lead on GP services.

The SWFH&SCG Management Team is made up of 3 volunteers who dedicate varying amounts of time to their respective roles:

  • Chairman 5 – 8 hours per week
  • Task Force Chairman 3 – 4 hours per month
  • Minute Secretary 3 – 4 hours per meeting

More information about the group and our work can be found on our website: swfhealthsocial.co.uk

About the Role

The ideal candidate for this role would be someone who is located within South Woodham Ferrers and has an interest in the health and social needs of its residents.

Applicants will ideally have:

  • Good communication, public relations, website, social media & ecommunications skills & experience
  • Either good knowledge of health & social care or proven ability to master a brief quickly & effectively
  • Good organisational experience & skills.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain group’s contact database using Mailchimp
  • Maintain group’s automated weekly newsletter and send ad-hoc mailings to database using Mailchimp (to include meeting invites & minutes)
  • Distribute group’s articles and press releases to local newspapers and magazines
  • Maintain group’s website and add news articles using WordPress
  • Maintain group’s social media presence and engage with local residents and organisations to ensure relevant information is available to all
  • Record group’s activities and financial incomings & outgoing in preparation for annual report
  • Connect with relevant organisations and build relationships – invite appropriate persons to join the Task Force, and assist organisations to hold appropriate events within SWF (i.e. consultations and awareness campaigns)
  • Book rooms and organise refreshments for meetings (of public, Task Force and Management Team, as required; 1 x AGM & Public Meeting per year)
  • Attend Management Team meetings and make notes thereof as necessary
  • Receive and count votes for annual election of Officers
  • Any other administration and action agreed with the Management Team

How to Apply

Please send an email expressing your interest to [email protected]

After the closing date, suitable applicants will be contacted by our Chairman and/or existing Administrator to arrange an informal discussion.

For further information on this role, please read through the information on our website and social media pages or email [email protected]

Author: Steering Member
Categories: Opportunities, Third Sector Jobs

Why Volunteer?

This week, we’ve been discussing the benefits of volunteering, for the volunteer. These could include:

  • Time Credits / Time Banking
  • Giving back to, or improving, the local community
  • Work experience or improving your CV
  • Feel-good factor
  • Increase your confidence or self-esteem
  • Learn new skills

What do you think are the key benefits? To have your say, email us at [email protected] or join our Facebook group – Essex Charity Chat.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Alert for charities – fraudsters impersonating staff

Content from The Charity Commission

This alert provides information and advice to charities about mandate fraud (impersonation of staff).

We have received several reports from charities who have been targeted by fraudsters impersonating members of staff, specifically attempting to change employees bank details. In all these cases the request was made through an email.

What to look out for

Requests to your HR department, finance department or staff with authority to update employees bank details, usually from a spoofed or similar email address to that of the subject being impersonated.

With a strong social engineering element, the fraudster often states that they have changed their bank details or opened a new bank account.

Protection and prevention advice

  • review internal procedures regarding how employee details are amended and approved, especially those in relation to verifying validity
  • if an email is unexpected or unusual do not click on the links or open the attachments

Email addresses can be spoofed to appear as though an email is from someone you know. Check email addresses and telephone numbers when changes are requested. If in doubt request clarification from an alternatively sourced email address or phone number.

Sensitive information you post publicly, or dispose of incorrectly, can be used by fraudsters to perpetrate fraud against you. The more information they have about your charity and employees, the more convincingly they can appear to be one of your legitimate employees. Always shred confidential documents before throwing them away.

We issued an alert in May 2019 that provides information and advice to charity trustees about cyber crime and how to report it.

Read Alert for charities – cyber crime and how to report to the Charity Commission

Reporting fraud

If your charity has fallen victim to this type of fraud, or any other type of fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud.

Charities affected by fraud should also report it to us as a serious incident.

Serious incident reporting helps us to assess the volume and impact of incidents within charities, and to understand the risks facing the sector as a whole. Where appropriate, the Charity Commission can also provide timely advice and guidance.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Policing Precept Survey 2019

Message from Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex

Paying for Policing #MakeADifference

Thanks to your strong support, we have rebuilt the resources of Essex Police with 150 extra officers being recruited, trained and deployed in 2018-2019, and a further 218 currently being recruited. This extra strength is going predominately into local policing with the introduction of new town centre teams, a business crime team, growing the Rural Engagement Team and towards the end of the year, the introduction of 21 extra Children and Young People Officers.

Combined with the 135 officers being funded by the Government as part of the first wave of the 20,000 extra officers, it means we will be recruiting 503 extra officers by April 2021. Taking into account recent investments in technology and improved efficiency this will make Essex Police as strong as it has ever been. In the most recent HMICFRS inspection, Essex Police has been found to be ‘good’ and we expect to see further improvements in this rating. This has been achieved while still being the second lowest funded force in the country. Essex Police is efficient and effective and continues to focus on identifying better ways to protect the public and use the resources we have wisely.  Over the last two years I carried out surveys asking whether or not residents would pay more to increase investment in policing in Essex. Last year 4187 people completed the survey and 71 per cent of the people who responded said they would be prepared to invest more in policing to help improve the service provided.

Prior to the setting of the policing precept for 2020-2021, I am again asking for residents’ views to help inform my approach.

People can fill in the survey online via this link: https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/policing-precept-survey-2019/

Hard copies are also available.  People can contact my office on 01245 291600 or email [email protected]  to request a copy. People can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Sunday, January 12.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: Consultations, Opportunities

Annual Tendring Fear Of Crime Survey

People in Tendring are being invited to have their say about their fear of crime.

The Tendring Community Safety Partnership (TCSP) is preparing to set its aims and priorities for the coming year.  Based on crime figures and information from partner agencies, including the police, TCSP has identified protecting vulnerable people; tackling anti-social behaviour and acquisitive crime; and reducing reoffending as its key priorities.  Now it wants to find out whether the public agrees with those priorities, and is giving residents and businesses the chance to help shape the way forward.  To give their views, people are being encouraged to carry out a short online survey.  The survey is quick and simple to complete, and looks at how safe people feel, whether that has changed over the last year, if they or a family member have been a victim of crime, and what they think is the main source of crime in Tendring.

To take part visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7YTXQ5J

The closing date for people to have their say is January 31, 2020.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: Consultations, Opportunities

Essex Community Foundation Annual Review

Our new annual review, grants supplement and annual report and financial statements are now available to view on our website.

The review shares stories about our work and grants, including young people who want to make a difference in their community, voluntary organisations raising awareness about the dangers of gangs and county lines and projects helping people in crisis to get back on their feet.

To access these documents, click here.  If you would like to receive a copy by post, please email Kate Cornish.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

West Essex Mental Health Forum 2020 Dates

Organisations working to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing in West Essex are invited to attend the West Essex Mental Health Forum in 2020.

The group meets every 2nd month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at The Wellbeing Centre, 10-11 Corner House, Bush Fair, Harlow, Essex CM18 6NZ. The meeting dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Thursday 13th February
  • Thursday 23rd April
  • Thursday 11th June
  • Thursday 20th August
  • Thursday 15th October
  • Thursday 10th December

If you’d like to attend, please contact Lois Sparkes, Community Services Manager, Health, Safety and Safeguarding Officer and Mental Health First Aid Trainer for Mind in West Essex. Email [email protected] or call 01279 421 308.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Briefing note: Reducing Social Isolation & Loneliness Forum

“The latest meeting of the Reducing Social Isolation & Loneliness Forum took place on December 3rd at County Hall. Attendance at this meeting seemed to be greatly reduced from previous meetings and may be a result of the forum having been influential in designing the current commissioning approach by County Hall which has resulted in the launch of the United in Kind campaign and associated support staff roles.

“The meeting received an update on the UiK forthcoming promotions. The campaign is focussing on “Learn Together” but has also including a Christmas theme of “Be Kind at Christmas” the latter of these will launch on the 9th December. There will be Adwalkers in locations across Essex on the 9th giving out Christmas themed promotion materials including recipe cards and shortbread. This pairs with a short video clip that will be promoted on social media to inspire people to make shortbread to share with friends, family or the wider community.

“UiK coaches are out and about across the county showcasing and facilitating community acts of kindness and were present to give an update. All partners are encouraged to feed into their local coach or to Provide good examples of acts of Kindness and community events so they can be shared on the UiK social media pages, they are also looking for case studies to feature. Templates for this and other useful tools are on the shared Google Drive. If you don’t have access to this contact [email protected] to request access. This is also the email address to send any event information or case studies.”

Sarah Troop, Co-Chair of The Essex Alliance & Director of Maldon CVS

Our Project Lead, Emma Wardall, was also present at the event and has been working to promote The Essex Map alongside the United in Kind Project. Attendees of the Reducing Social Isolation & Loneliness Forum were invited to add listings to the map for their organisation, and encourage others to do the same.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News