Job vacancy: Dementia Friendly Community Coordinator (Reach South Sheffield)

Based at: Various
Hours: 18 – over 3 days
Salary: £21000 FTE £10,800 Pro rata actual
Reporting to: Health & Volunteering Manager
Contract Period: 3 years

Aim of the health project at Reach South Sheffield

  • To improve the health and well-being of people in south Sheffield with a particular focus on –
  • Supporting clients to manage mental health issues including anxiety and depression
  • Enabling clients to live active, independent, fulfilling lives
  • Supporting clients to make healthy life style choices
  • Reducing the frequency of client visits to GPs and emergency health services
  • Improving knowledge and understanding of the impact of one’s decisions on health and well-being.
  • Improving knowledge of and access to health related services available locally and citywide

Background

Reach South Sheffield is a key deliverer of health focused interventions in south Sheffield. We are the lead organisation of the local People Keeping Well Partnership, covering Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Beauchief & Greenhill. We have a contract to deliver activities and raise awareness to better support people living with dementia and their families in their local community. This post will coordinate that project.

Purpose of the role

The post holder will coordinate the Dementia Friendly Community project in Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Beauchief and Greenhill. This role will manage referrals from the specialist advice service and will work with local partners to signpost people living with dementia and their families to dementia friendly activities and services near to where they live.

This will be a busy role, covering a large area.

Key task areas

Core
  • To establish and coordinate the Dementia Friendly Community project in the project areas listed above.
  • To proactively involve people living with dementia in the project as often as possible in a meaningful and valuable way.
  • To create a clear referral pathway from the new Specialist Advice Service to local partner organisations.
  • To ensure best practice around working with people living with dementia is adhered to at all times, and that local organisations employ a person centred approach.
  • To keep up to date with current best practice, local, regional and national forums and information sources around working with people with dementia.
  • To develop referral relationships with local GP practices and other health professionals.
  • To work closely with local People Keeping Well partners.
  • To work with partner organisations and ALL local services to increase levels of dementia awareness.
  • To deliver Dementia Friends sessions to a range of organisations in the area.
  • To support other Dementia Friends to deliver sessions locally.
  • To work closely with the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance.
  • To work with local Community Support Workers to ensure that referral pathways are clear and effective.
  • To work under the line management and guidance of the Reach Health & Volunteering Manager to align the project with other services being delivered via People Keeping Well.
  • To create effective links between the project and other Reach services.
  • To actively network with a wide range of organisations from grass roots groups to citywide and regional agencies and develop partnership working opportunities.
  • To actively seek out future related funding opportunities and pay attention to the sustainability of the project.
  • To ensure equal opportunities is embedded in all aspects of work.
  • Any other tasks that your line manager reasonably requests that you undertake.
General
  • To work collaboratively as part of the Reach team including attending team meetings and People Keeping Well network meetings as required.
  • To compile and provide monitoring and feedback as requested by funders.
  • To feed into Reach reporting systems including the Senior Management Team report.
  • To undertake project and practice evaluation as directed, monitoring your work and writing reports as required.
  • To assist in the publicising of local groups including via social media where appropriate.
  • To work occasional weekends/evenings as required.
  • To undertake any staff development and training which is required, to enable the job to be performed in the best possible way.

Person specification

Contact details

For an application pack, please contact Lewis Bowman on: livebetterco@gvcf.org.uk or call 0114 2657093 For an informal chat about the role, please contact Maria Flude on: health.coordinator@gvcf.org.uk or call 0114 2398946

Closing date 28th February 2019