JOB VACANCY: Low Carbon Hub – Business Relationships Manager

Job location (usual place of work): Low Carbon Hub, 9 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HH

Pay rate: £35,000 plus 3% employer’s pension contribution

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Business Relationships Manager

Applications close on date: 17th July 2017

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Fixed term

Job summary: We’re looking for a Business Relationship Manager to join our pioneering social enterprise, working for a massive change in the UK’s energy system.
Here at the Low Carbon Hub we think we need to get much more local and much more renewable, so that the benefits of renewable energy generation strengthen local communities. We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to create an energy system we can all feel good about.
Much of our success over the past five years is due to the extraordinary support of individuals and organisations from across Oxfordshire and beyond. Thanks to their support we’ve grown into an award winning multi-million pound enterprise.
As we take on the role as lead partner in a newly launched ERDF funded programme, we are looking for a Business Relationship Manager who will focus on building our network of innovative businesses into a force for change that will make a real impact on the growth of our low carbon economy in the County. The project is called ‘Oxfutures: Growing Oxfordshire’s Low Carbon Economy’, and will run for 3 years to March 2020.

To apply, please contact: Please download the job application form from the Low Carbon Hub website: Then email the application form and a copy of your CV to

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JOB VACANCY: Low Carbon Hub – Communications Executive

Job location (usual place of work): Central Oxford

Pay rate: £25,000

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Communications Executive

Applications close on date: Monday 17 July

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: Low Carbon Hub are looking for a Communications Executive to join our Oxford based team, working for a massive change to our energy system. We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to create an energy system we can all feel good about.

We’re looking for an experienced communicator to keep our Members, supporters and partners informed and enthused, and take our message to new audiences. To find out more – head to our website

To apply, please contact: If you’d like to join our expanding team, the application form for this job is available for download from our website.
To apply, please return your completed application form by email, along with a copy of your CV to

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JOB VACANCY: Forever Hounds Trust office, southern Oxfordshire – Finance & Supporter Services Manager

Job location (usual place of work): Forever Hounds Trust office, southern Oxfordshire

Pay rate: £25-30K per annum, depending on experience and impact in previous roles

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Finance & Supporter Services Manager

Applications close on date: Tuesday 11th July

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: Job Purpose: To provide effective day-to-day management of Forever Hounds Trust’s finance and administrative functions
Salary: £25,000 – £30,000, full-time – depending on experience and ability to demonstrate impact in previous roles.
Reporting to: CEO and Treasurer
Location: Office-based in southern Oxfordshire

This is a great opportunity for someone seeking an interesting, varied and impactful Finance and Administration role within the charity sector. This appointment is part of an ongoing process of moving previously outsourced tasks in-house, in order to boost the charity’s efficiencies. The Finance and Supporter Services Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions; the timely and accurate production of monthly and annual accounts, cashflows and budgets, including of monthly management accounts; and for ensuring the efficient working of our busy administrative office.

Applicants should hold relevant finance qualifications, with strong communication skills, excellent attention to detail, a track record of successful staff management skills and supporter services knowledge, and the ability to continuously evolve systems and effectively implement changes.


1. Day-to-day management of the charity’s finances and all associated processes

• Produce monthly management accounts (including FAR, prepayments, accruals, salary and VAT reconciliations)
• Review monthly budgets with key members of staff, the Treasurer and Finance & Governance sub-committee

• Process invoices and expenses
• Management of
o Bank reconciliations
o Finance processes associated with our online shop and physical charity shop
o Weekly payment runs
o Reclaiming gift aid from HMRC
o Managing VAT returns and partial exemption calculation
o Third party suppliers for providing payroll and pension services

2. Management of the Supporter Services (administration) team to provide a high quality back office function for the charity
• Line management of administrators to provide dog- and fundraising-related supporter services/admin
• Deliver and develop back office processes as needed, to ensure the charity is working as efficiently and effectively as possible
• Providing training and ad hoc support to the administrators as needed
• Work with other staff (in particular fundraising and homing staff) to deliver and schedule back office support to the charity’s activities – e.g. managing responses to fundraising mailings
• Support the charity’s work on donor development e.g. introduction and development of supporter journeys, in collaboration with the fundraising team
• Have a good working knowledge of the charity’s database and how the database fits with the various back office processes; work with colleagues to maximise the potential of the database
• Hands-on delivery of admin as needed

3. Management of office facilities and supplier relationships
• Review annual contracts for various facilities (e.g. franking, photocopier, utilities, cleaner) and ensure the charity has best value for money arrangements in place
• Management of contract with providers of IT support
• Oversight of the processes around the charity’s fleet of vehicles.

Present a professional image of FHT to all internal and external audiences and act as an ambassador for the charity. At all times work in a way that reflects FHT’s values and ethos.

We would expect all our staff and volunteers to conduct themselves professionally, not to do anything which brings FHT into disrepute and not to disclose confidential information relating to the activities of FHT, both during and after the term of their appointment.

Travel costs to locations other than FHT’s office will be reimbursed as per FHT’s expenses policy.

Time Off In Lieu for any extra hours worked may be taken as appropriate.

Experience & skills

• Relevant professional accounting qualifications, preferably ACCA/ACMA/ACA, but AAT or part-qualified candidates will be considered
• Ability to prepare and present budgets and monthly management accounts to a high standard and in a format easily understood by trustees, non-finance staff and volunteers
• Experience of charity and SORP accounting, including gift aid and VAT partial exemption claims
• Ability to prepare annual accounts in readiness for audit or independent examination
• Experience of working with cloud based systems, preferably Xero
• Experience of managing office facilities and staff to a high standard
• Excellent administration skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a professional telephone manner
• Experience in providing effective and efficient financial and administrative support to
an organisation (ideally of similar scope and size to Forever Hounds Trust)
• Excellent written skills, with high level of attention to detail
• Database experience, ideally Donor Strategy, and understanding of the Data Protection Act
and how it applies to charities in particular
• Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Office, email and web administration
• Ability to prioritise with excellent organisation and time management skills to manage a fluctuating workload to agreed deadlines
• Ability to work both independently without supervision and as part of a team
• Flexible approach and willingness to take on additional tasks to meet the charity’s evolving needs
• Resourcefulness and ability to adapt as new processes are adopted
• Ability to identify ways of improving and streamlining administrative functions to aid the effectiveness and efficiency of the charity
• Strong decision making skills, knowing when to escalate issues or seek support
• Ability to quickly form strong working relationships with remotely based volunteers and colleagues
• Experience of managing relationships with suppliers
• Experience of working with volunteers, including remotely.

To apply, please contact: Please submit your CV with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role, by midnight on Tuesday 11th July, to

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JOB VACANCY: Fairshare – Community Coordinator

Job location (usual place of work): Oxfordshire

Pay rate: £21k – £25k

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Community Coordinator

Applications close on date: 26/06/2017

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Fixed term

Job summary: The successful candidates will demonstrate that they have the ability to work collaboratively with others and act with integrity and professionalism. You must have exceptional interpersonal skills to be able to build trusting relationships with a range of stakeholders, and also manage difficult situations when they arise.

Building and maintaining store coverage:
• Identify stores where we need to re-engage and improve charity coverage.
• Work with retail colleagues and stakeholders, communicating and building relationships with stores, focusing on those who are struggling or may need re-engagement with the programme.
FareShare is an equal opportunities employer
• Attend networking events and opportunities with stores to build relationships and long lasting connections and contacts
• Respond to enquiries that may arise from store managers and other retail colleagues, offering additional support when needed.

Charity Engagement:
• Carry out visits to signed up charities who may not be fully complying with our standards and processes, working with them to identify issues and improve food safety, compliance and quality.
• Ensure that we strictly adhere to our high standards of food handling compliance.
• Contribute to the Operations Working Group to raise issues and resolve training needs regarding compliance to food handling

Community Engagement:
• Work with your regional team to continue to build and grow the FareShare charity community.
• Take an active role in community engagement and networking, developing a range of key relationships with charities, organisations and stakeholders in your area.

Partnership working:
• Work with your Regional Officer to liaise with the Regional Centre(s) within your area with the aim of developing and maximising opportunities to enrich and build the FareShare charity community.
• Maintain relationships with Regional Coaches, Stores and other key contacts within the retailers to continue to develop and enhance relationships.

• Support the Regional Officer in your area with line management responsibilities and provide support to the team where required
• Be prepared to support the team in delivery as and when required
• Act as a brand ambassador for FareShare Go and ensure the reputation of FareShare is professionally represented at all times
• Create brand advocates by championing the reputation of FareShare.
• Report to the Regional Officer and other stakeholders across the FareShare network, and inform them of the positive social impact of the project.
• Carry out any other duties as reasonably requested.

Essential Criteria
• Have a valid driver’s licence for the UK, access to your own car and undertake extensive travel across your region.
• Have exceptional relationship building skills.
• Be a strong communicator who is able to engage with a variety of audiences.
• Be confident and assertive in handling difficult situations, whilst demonstrating calmness and professionalism
• Demonstrate strong problem solving skills
• Self-manage your own performance and work load.
• Be organised, with a proven track record of achieving quality results.
• Have a proven ability to create links across teams to share best practices.
• Have strong IT skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Be flexible about your working arrangements as the role may involve high levels of travel to other areas of the UK.

Desirable Criteria
• Level 2/3 Food Safety training is desirable, but training will be provided.
• Have previous experience working with constituent relationship management (CRM) software. Experience using Salesforce is advantageous.
• Be degree educated or have a strong career history doing similar roles in any sector.
• Have some experience of training and managing others

Please Note:
The successful candidate will be required to extensively travel, which may require spending time away from home, in furtherance of the aims of the project.
This role may occasionally require some evening or weekend working hours. You may also be asked to work in different parts of the country from time to time. We will only consider candidates who are flexible with their working arrangements, and we ask that applicants consider this before applying for the role.

To apply, please contact: To apply please follow the below link

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Only 2 weeks left to refer to One-Eighty’s Summer Project

Only 2 weeks left to refer to One-Eighty’s Summer Project
To make a referral, please click here

What is the Summer Project?
One-Eighty’s summer project aims to give young people support over the summer holidays to keep their learning momentum going.

It consists of two educational trips with refreshments, following by two 1:1 sessions with a designated mentor as well as regular check-ins over the summer.

Who should be referred to the Summer Project?
Young people aged 8-16 can be referred to the programme.

It is aimed at young people who you feel have made an improvement over the last academic year and who could be at risk of losing momentum over the summer period.

When will the project run?
The Summer Project begins week commencing, 24th July 2017. A full timetable and further details about trip choices will be provided after a referral has been made.

How much does it cost?
The full cost for a young person is £325.

National Volunteers’ Week is here!

National Volunteers’ Week is here!

There are so many ways you can get involved in this fantastic celebration of volunteering in Oxfordshire. Check out the OCVA page for all the details of our FREE introduction to volunteering workshops, our photography competition to capture your volunteering in action and our calendar of activities so you can give volunteering a go! All the details can be found:

Tesco Community Grant Programme – Bags of Help

Are you looking for funding support for projects or events?

 My name is Lucy Ross-Millar, I am the new Community Enabler for Groundwork South and work in partnership with the Tesco Community Grant programme Bags of Help, covering Kidlington and the surrounding area. I am new to the role and would like to introduce myself to community groups in the areas I work in.

 I am contacting you to let you know about the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme, as you may be interested in applying for a grant of £4,000, £2000 or £1000.

 Applications are currently very low in your voting region, so if you do have a project you could apply for funds, I would positively encourage you to do so. If you apply soon, you would be in with a strong chance of securing funding.

 For more information and to apply for a grant, click on the link below:

 Some examples of suitable community projects include: volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, community garden projects, equipment purchases, improvements to a community building, and running a community event or seasonal activity etc.

 The grant is permanently open and groups can apply at any time as there is no cut off period.

 I work in partnership with Tesco on the funding programme in the South West region. The grant scheme is funded by the 5p government carrier bag levy and runs across England, Wales and Scotland.

 Following a public vote, three projects in each of the Tesco regions will receive a grant every two months, with first place receiving up to £4K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

JOB VACANCY: Getting Heard – Programme Coordinator

Job location (usual place of work): Barton OX3 9LS

Pay rate: £22,268 – £23,518 per annum FTE

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Programme Coordinator

Applications close on date: 09:00 on 03/07/2017

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: Getting Heard (formerly Oxfordshire Advocacy) is passionate about empowering individuals to have their voices heard. Our advocates enable disadvantaged and marginalised individuals to have greater involvement in decisions that affect them.

Our Community Advocacy service has been running since 1996 and offers both telephone advocacy, delivered by the Programme Coordinator, and face-to-face advocacy delivered by up to 45 specially trained volunteer advocates for 1-2 hours per week for up to 6 months per partnership. Each year we support over 265 Oxfordshire adults, who we refer to as our “partners” on issues including housing, benefits and access to services.

The Programme Coordinator has overall responsibility for the Community Advocacy service with a total budget of £41,410 including salary costs. These responsibilities include service promotion, receiving referrals and assessing eligibility, providing telephone advocacy, matching our partners with volunteer advocates for face-to-face advocacy, recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, raising safeguarding concerns when needed and also monitoring and evaluating the service.

Approximately 1/3rd of our partners contact Getting Heard directly for support, and 2/3rd of our partners are referred to us by third party organisations (e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau). The Programme Coordinator has responsibility for promoting the service. Service promotion can be directly with our partners (e.g. stalls at community events) or indirectly through other organisations (e.g. agreeing referral pathways with other charities who are likely to refer).

Our partners can contact Getting Heard by telephone, email or in person at our offices in Barton. If a partner telephones or emails us then their first point of contact is our partner organisation (seAp) who manage a Contact Centre.

The Programme Coordinator is responsible for identifying new volunteers, through advertising and outreach events. Once a potential volunteer has expressed an interest the Coordinator holds an initial conversation to assess their suitability, liaises with the Office Manager to arrange DBS/reference checks and then arranges for them to attend a 3 day initial training programme.

Every year Getting Heard runs at least two 3 day long “Introduction to Advocacy” training sessions for new volunteer advocates. The Programme Coordinator has responsibility for both organising these sessions and delivering at least 1 day of the training. The Coordinator is also responsible for liaising with volunteers to identify additional training needs and arranging follow-up training as and when required (e.g. lone working). Once trained the Coordinator provides each volunteer with a 1:1 induction and partners them with a mentor (a more experienced volunteer).

The Programme Coordinator has responsibility for partnering volunteers with new partners. Once this partnership is established the Coordinator provides the volunteer with telephone support, alongside face-to-face supervision once every 3-6 months. Alongside this 1:1 support the Coordinator is responsible for ensuring volunteer network meetings take place every other month, chaired by volunteer representatives with space for reflective practice.

At the beginning and end of each partnership volunteers gather client feedback to establish the outcome of their support. Our partners are also called by an Office based volunteer when their partnership comes to an end to gather feedback on the volunteer. The Programme Coordinator is responsible for gathering this information, analysing outcomes/feedback and identifying if changes need to be made to improve the service offered. The Coordinator also has responsibility for maintaining accurate partner records on Getting Heard’s database hosted by our partner seAp.

Risk assessments are conducted by the Programme Coordinator before a partner is matched with a volunteer, and appropriate mitigation measured put in place if a risk is identified (e.g. pair working). The Coordinator has a responsibility for ensuring volunteers are compliant with Getting Heard’s safe working and safeguarding policies and procedures, through inductions, training and supervision. All safeguarding concerns have to be raised with the Director within 24 hours.

• Supporting disadvantaged people, with physical or learning disabilities, physical or mental ill-health or other disadvantage either face-to-face or on the telephone (Essential)
• Advocating for another person either in a paid or unpaid capacity, ensuring their voice was heard and their rights asserted (Essential)
• Managing a busy case-load and dealing with competing demands (Essential)
• Working in a team and sharing best practice (Essential)
• Managing other people, either staff or volunteers (Preferable)
• Knowledge of services available in Oxfordshire to support disadvantaged people (Preferable)
• Managing a database and maintaining client records (Preferable)

• Excellent communication and listening skills
• Strong inter-personal skills, demonstrating understanding and empathy
• Commitment to being non-judgemental and working from a person centrered approach
• Ability to manage competing demands, prioritising as required
• Committed to maintaining safe working practices, personal boundaries and confidentiality
• Able to work independently, conducting research as necessary
• Strong IT skills, ideally with databases
• Punctual and reliable

To apply, please contact: For more information a Job Description and an application form please visit
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