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Project Coordinator, City Bridge Trust



This role is funded over three years from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust.

Reports To: People & Projects Manager

Salary: £24,000 per annum pro rata (includes London weighting)

Hours: Part Time:  14 hours per week in years 1 and 2 and 10.5 hours per week in year 3.

Duration: 3 years

Location: Croydon, London

It will suit a resilient self-starter who is prepared to be based from home. You will be required to work within the community in Croydon, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to run shared reading groups for older people. To do this you will be required to network and build good links with organisations who can refer people into the groups, host groups, and provide volunteers. Full training will be given.

This post calls for an exceptional person: we are looking for someone who is able to connect with great literature personally and who believes in its power to change lives, but who also has a clear, strong and practical sense of how best to create the volunteer and community networks through which Shared Reading can flow.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, contact and build relationships with organisations who we feel have base that can benefit from the work of our national volunteer-led projects
  • Create a publicity plan to raise awareness of the project, and run taster sessions to demonstrate how our shared reading groups work.
  • Nurture existing relationships with organisations who have benefitted from our work, and build new relationships with those who might
  • Keep partner or possible partner organisations and commissioners informed of progress and responses.
  • Recruit, coordinate, support, and mentor Volunteers
  • Deliver The Reader’s training and CPD provision, working and collaborating with colleagues across the country (training provided)
  • To work with the People & Projects Manager and the Associate Director for Operations to ensure that the work is carried out effectively and efficiently, and in line with departmental changes
  • Work with a Practice Mentor to support volunteers to deliver a quality service
  • Plan and deliver group Shared Reading sessions with identified client groups by choosing and presenting a wide range of reading material, including poetry, in order to generate free-flowing conversation
  • To provide cover for groups as and when necessary
  • Recruit community members to reading groups/inclusion events
  • Manage the administrative process underpinning the project
  • Keep up to date records of activities, groups and volunteers in line with organisational best practice
  • Keep the funder up to date on progress contribute to project reports
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation processes are followed as required
  • Attend and contribute to staff meetings, feeding back useful information
  • Other duties as designated by Line Manager

How to Apply

Note: Please do not just send in a CV. We will only consider applications that adhere to the following process:

Download the the full job description, details of the literary task and the application form below.

Please complete the application form, equality and diversity form, literary task and submit a covering letter, explaining how you meet the requirements of this role, emailing

Your covering letter is an opportunity for you to include any additional information which could not be explained within the application form.

Deadline for applications: 9am Thursday 25 May 2017. Applications arriving after 9am will not be considered.

Interviews: Monday 5 June 2017 in London

Successful applicants will be invited to interview by 5pm on the 30 May 2017. If you have not heard from us by this date, then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

Role begins: As soon as possible thereafter





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