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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The Emerging Innovations Conference: Improving mental well-being and behaviour in children and families

One-Eighty and The Art Room are proud to be hosting

The Emerging Innovations Conference:
Improving mental well-being and behaviour in children and families
Monday 9th October 2017

After the success of The Advanced Skills in Education Conference last October, One-Eighty and The Art Room are pleased to be working together to produce an Emerging Innovations Conference: Improving mental well-being and behaviour in children and families.

We aim to offer delegates a choice of 14 different sessions on a range of topics that support mental well-being and give you practical skills that you can take away and immediately use in your workplace.

We are currently finalising the programme but read below for an advanced preview about some of our innovative and informative speakers.

To secure your place at our Early Bird prices,
 please book here

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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Oxford City Farm’s Crowdfunding Campaign is LIVE!

Oxford City Farm’s Crowdfunding Campaign is LIVE!

 Oxford City Farm wants to bring all the proven health, social and environmental benefits of city farming to our urban community.

We have just taken on a 40 year lease on a piece of derelict land in East Oxford (just off Cornwallis Rd, OX4) and thanks to our lovely volunteers we have already made some real progress. We have growing spaces, a polytunnel, bee hives, and for the last few months some pigs-on-loan from a local farmer!

But we need to raise significant funds if we are to realise our vision of a free to access space where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn to grow and have fun together, through hands-on experiences with farm animals and food production.

Through this Crowdfunding Campaign we hope to raise £12,000 to bring water and electricity onto the site – two essentials for moving the project forward. We will be able to scale up our community growing, install toilets and handwashing facilities and be in a position to look after animals permanently on the site!

If we exceed our target it will mean we can do even more!

We have got some great rewards including generous donations from local foody businesses, lovely experience days and fair trade organic tea towels and tote bags with beautiful designs on.

Please share the campaign far and wide!

Oxford City Farm Team

Chance to become a governor of your local ambulance service

Chance to become a governor of your local ambulance service
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is looking for governors and we are encouraging people to put their names forward as candidates at our autumn 2017 election.
This is a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in the future of local health services, in particular of your ambulance service, to make a difference.
Our Governors have an important role: as well as collectively holding the Board of Directors accountable for our performance, they also ensure that the interests of the Trust’s members are taken into account.
You must be 16 or over and reside in (or have a connection with) one of our four counties (Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire).
Vacancies to be filled are as follows:
Berkshire x 1
Buckinghamshire x 3
Hampshire x 3
Oxfordshire x 1
Governor workshop
We recommend that you attend our Aspiring Governor Workshop event.
There will be the opportunity to learn more about the election process and how to fill in your nomination form, along with lots more information on being a governor. Details are as follows:
Thursday 6 July 2017
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
To book a place, please email by Monday 3rd of July.
Attending the workshop doesn’t mean you have to stand for election as a governor afterwards, the session will be for you to find out if you might be interested in the role.
If you are unable to attend the workshop but wish to register your interest please email
Monica Moro ACIM | Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 | | |Twitter – follow us @scas999

Thames Valley 111 contract award SCAS

Alliance led by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust awarded the contract for new Thames Valley 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service ‘The new front door to urgent care’

Patients across the Thames Valley will be opening a new front door to urgent care services from September 2017.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has been awarded the contract for the new Thames Valley 111 telephone service by the 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the Thames Valley. SCAS leads an alliance set up to deliver the service, which also includes Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The alliance brings together the relevant skills and expertise from local NHS providers needed for patients to access a wide range of medical disciplines.

Thames Valley 111 will now offer patients a seamless 24/7 urgent clinical assessment and treatment service – bringing together NHS 111, GP out of hours and other clinical advice, such as dental, medicines and mental health.

A team of clinicians will be available on the phone when needed, and will be linked into a new NHS Clinical Hub – a group of healthcare professionals who can help get patients the right care, at the right time, in the right location.

A thorough and rigorous procurement process took place involving clinicians, specialists and NHS managers from across the Thames Valley in the decision-making.

The focus was on selecting a provider which will work across all CCGs to support the development of an integrated 24/7 care service on a local basis.

Sam Burrows, the senior responsible officer for the procurement process, said: “We are pleased to announce that the Thames Valley 111 Partnership, led by SCAS, has been awarded the contract. This is an exciting time and one which is going to improve patients’ experience by getting people to appropriate care more efficiently by this integration of urgent care services.

“We undertook a comprehensive procurement process, which included engaging with clinicians, patients and members of the public to identify issues, address them and design a new integrated urgent care service which will revolutionise the experience for those calling 111. The Thames Valley region will be an early adopter of this new approach which will be rolled out throughout England by 2020.

“During the summer of 2015 the 10 CCGs in the Thames Valley undertook widespread public engagement with key stakeholders, as well as a review of feedback from existing users of the current 111. This gave us a picture of patient experiences and desired improvements to NHS 111, as well as gaining an understanding of public knowledge of urgent care services.

“I would like to thank all those local residents, stakeholders and clinicians who took the time to give their views and feedback during the engagement process. Your valuable contribution will help shape this integrated service and confirms our commitment to ensuring that patients are at the heart of the services we commission.”

Philip Astle, Chief Operating Officer at SCAS, said “We are delighted to be at the heart of these exciting developments of the NHS 111 in the Thames Valley. SCAS has a strong track record of working with healthcare partners to deliver outstanding care to the people of the Thames Valley, and this transformation of NHS 111 will enable us to build on that record.”

A detailed mobilisation plan is now being implemented; working towards the launch in September 2017.

The national Commissioning Standards for Integrated Urgent Care published in 2015, describe an ambitious model of care for the future in support of the Urgent and Emergency Care Review. Commissioners across Thames Valley are committed to delivering a regional service that meets the full potential of these standards.



Are you interested in becoming a trainer for Oxfordshire safeguarding children board (OSCB)?

Are you interested in becoming a trainer for Oxfordshire safeguarding children board (OSCB)?
OSCB Trainers comprise police officers, teachers, social workers, front line workers and clinical leads from health settings. OSCB trainers work with children, childcare professionals, and safeguarding issues on a regular basis. Many are specialists in their own setting. The OSCB would like to increase the number of trainers from voluntary and community settings who can deliver the generalist safeguarding course material.
The OSCB has a ‘train the trainer’ programme to help new colleagues become fully fledged trainers.  They are first trained by the OSCB on delivering the information and the content, they then observe a safeguarding course and then co-train with an experience trainer before they are fully fledged. Courses are always delivered by two colleagues.  Materials, activities and all logistics are managed by the OSCB. The OSCB Training Co-ordinator is their port of call for any queries that they might have.
Trainers are kept up to date on the learning from case reviews, new guidance and local tools endorsed by the OSCB through 3 development days per year. At these sessions trainers can ask questions, share any concerns and find out the latest safeguarding information. A training agreement is set out so that the commitment is clear and well managed. Trainers get involved in the OSCB conference and are valued members of our local safeguarding partnership.
Training appeals to people who communicate well, are passionate about safeguarding and like a new challenge. If you would like to be considered for the training pool please contact the OSCB Training Team on 01865 815843 or email:

Job Vacancy: Healthwatch Oxfordshire Community Involvement Officer (Localities)

Healthwatch Oxfordshire Community Involvement Officer (Localities), Office in Witney, 30 hrs p/w £26.8k pro rata
Healthwatch Oxfordshire exists to find out what local people think is good and bad about health and social care in Oxfordshire and to lobby for change on their behalf. We are a well-respected charity and we use our reputation, the statutory powers granted to us by the 2012 Health and Social Care act, and our media relationships, to hold organisations to account for delivering change. We also signpost people to local services.

This is a newly defined part-time post. The Community Involvement Officer (Localities) will provide support to the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) six locality forums and to work with each forum to support the development of the patient participation network in Oxfordshire. The aim of the locality forum is to ensure that the views, concerns, experiences and ideas of patients inform and influence OCCG commissioning and redesign of services.

The Community Involvement Officer (Localities) will: attend all six locality forum monthly meetings which are held across Oxfordshire; to provide full secretariat to these meetings; to support the locality forum to deliver outreach events across the localities; to work with the Forum to conduct a piece of research to enable a better understanding of how the Patient Participation Groups can be more involved in the work of the forum; to work with the Communications Manager to increase awareness of HWO with the general public.
S/he will work closely with the Community Involvement Officer (Organisations) and will report to the Executive Director.
A full recruitment pack is attached and it contains:
1.    Information about the Community Involvement Officer (Localities) Role
2.    Information about HWO
3.    A diagram showing our staff structure
4.    A summary of our terms and conditions
5.    Details of how to apply
6.    The job description and person specification for this post
For more information about us and the work that we do please go to our website For an informal chat about the role please call the Executive Director, Rosalind Pearce on 01865 520520. Applications should comprise a CV and a covering letter setting out clearly how you meet the person specification for the post and why you want this job, and should be submitted by 9 am on Friday 7th July.
Carol Ball
Business Manager
My working hours are Monday –Thursday, 8am-4pm.
Healthwatch Oxfordshire, Registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee, No: 8758793
Registered Charity number 1172554