Self-employed Development Worker – Disability Partnership Calderdale

Contract type: Self-employed

Annual Contract Value£26,755 for 30 hours per week

Closing date Monday 22 April 2019, 5:00pm

Disability Partnership Calderdale is pleased to announce that it has been successful in attaining a National Lottery Community Fund award of £186,000 over three years. We wish to thank those who take part in the National Lottery for their support.

The award includes funding for new communication equipment for open meetings, venue hire, and the employment of development and administration workers.

Disability Partnership Calderdale’s Secretary, Malcolm Kielty MBE said, “Our aim is to reach communities from all areas across Calderdale and connect with people with a range of physical and/or sensory impairments, enabling them to have a voice, be listened to, respected, valued and able to make a difference.”

The organisation works in partnership with commissioners, planners and service providers to raise awareness of issues of concern to disabled people. Many improvements can be made to the way facilities and services are planned and delivered to remove barriers and maximise access to mainstream and specialist services for disabled people.

Malcolm said, “We want to enable disabled people in Calderdale to live as independently as possible, and to create a better future for disabled people in Calderdale”.

Development worker – will be responsible to the secretary and chair, and working from home.

(a) Outreach work: meeting and liaising with numerous voluntary sector groups across all wards in Calderdale, to set up lines of communication with them and work with them on improving issues of disability access and information. Some individuals may join DPC, in other cases it may be a matter of reaching them through their own organisation. Examples may include organisations involving local community groups; local access groups; local interest groups; local sports groups; environment groups; ethnic and religious minorities, especially women.

(b) Meeting and liaising with numerous people commissioning, directing and managing services: Council (health and social care, highways, parking and taxi services, housing, leisure and tourism); NHS hospital trust and CCGs; fire, police and ambulance; WYCA; housing associations, and more. Arranging their attendance at our meetings to discuss services and any proposals for change and listen and respond to our members’ concerns. Our members want us to improve follow-up and feedback on all matters. This is an important area for improvement.

(c) Community Development: Holding smaller ad hoc meetings with impairment specific groups of members to drill down in detail an understanding of issues of concern for discussion with service providers. For example – wheelchair users, taxi users, assistance dog users.

(d) Planning, outcomes, evaluations and recording:
Work plans will be developed with the secretary from issues highlighted by our trustees on its members’ priorities. The post holder will record activities, outcomes and impacts and write evaluation reports.

(e) Facilitation: The post holder will work from home and meet people in their own locations, or in the very accessible meeting facilities at the King’s Centre and also ad hoc meetings in accessible venues across Calderdale.

(f) Remuneration: The self employed post holder will have the responsibility for their own NI, Tax and Pension contributions.

Regarding the post holder’s expenses, reasonable travel and out of pocket
expenses will be reimbursed.