Job Description and Person Specification
Bath Mencap Society is a local charity supporting people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, in Bath and the surrounding area.
Our vision is for people in the Bath area with a learning disability to live fulfilling lives, where they are valued equally, listened to and included. We believe everyone with learning difficulties should have the opportunity to be part of the community in Bath.
We are a registered charity and, although affiliate to National Mencap, we do not receive any funding from them. We also receive no government funding and, therefore, rely entirely upon voluntary support from donors, local businesses and grant making trusts.
We believe that people with a learning disability have the following rights (as set out in the National Mencap manifesto):
• To be treated as equal citizens and have control over their lives
• To have a childhood like any other child
• To live independently as adults
• To have support to get a job
• To have opportunities to lead fulfilling lives – both for people with a learning disability and family carers
• To receive good healthcare
• To have sufficient income and be economically active
• To have opportunities for friendships, relationships and a family life
Over the past few years the trustees have reviewed the organization in great depth and have assessed the services that are needed in the local area. As a result the charity is embarking upon a new and exciting chapter, which requires the need for this post.
Job Title: Activities Manager
Responsible for: Developing, delivering and managing the Sunday Lunch Club, and associated social evening activities for Bath Mencap
Reports to: The Chair of Trustees, through a named Trustee, who will be appointed as line-manager.
Hours: Part Time (25 hours/month), including one Sunday per month for the Sunday Lunch Club. Fixed term contract for 1 year. A 6 month’s probationary period will apply.
Salary: £19500 to £23,000 (pro rata), plus a mileage allowance
Holiday: Statutory Holiday (pro rata)
Location: A combination of working from home, working onsite at services and attending meetings across Bath, and the surrounding area.
• Be responsible for the development, delivery and management of the Sunday Lunch Club, and associated Social Evening activities operated by Bath Mencap. The focus of these services is to work to reduce social isolation of people living in the Bath area with a learning disability.
• To deliver the Sunday Lunch Club once a month, with an option to increasing it to twice a month.
• To deliver one Social Evening event per week, eg. Bowling; Cinema; Quiz; Trampolining.
• Be responsible for compliance with current legislation covering each activity offered, and ensure that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken.
• Manage volunteers who may support these services.
• Undertake evaluation of the activities in conjunction with the Trustees of Bath Mencap, and to support the Trustees’ work, together with any fundraising for these activities.
• Be responsible for the activities budgetary control within the agreed annual expenditure plan.
• Be the person designated for contact purposes in respect of any activity provision, or associated administrative issue.
• Ensure that all requirements and responsibilities as detailed within the Safeguarding Policy are adhered to at all times.
• Ensure in-service record-keeping procedures, including names and contact details of all people attending the activities, and that appropriate financial rules are followed. Submit monthly, written reports and financial returns to the Trustees.
• Promote the above activities using the Bath Mencap website, local press, social media, and any other outlets that are deemed appropriate.
• Attend Trustees’ meetings as and when required, meeting with line-manager every 6 weeks, and other relevant meetings as appropriate.
• Be willing to work evenings and weekends, as necessary, in order to deliver the activities.
• NVQ Level 3-4 or equivalent qualification (essential)
• Holds a full driving licence (essential)
• Holds a Food-Hygiene certificate (required for the Sunday Lunch Club)
• Ability to prove training received previously in first aid, health and safety and risk assessment (essential)
• Current DBS certificate, or prepared to participate in the appropriate checking process.
• Social work or relevant professional qualification (desirable but not essential)
• Minimum 3 years working with adults with Learning Disabilities
• Management responsibility or supervising of staff
• Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act, Valuing People, Care Act 2015 and Personalisation Agenda
• Knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with Learning Disabilities.
• The ability to lead services and evaluate the outcomes
• Professional approach
• The ability to manage volunteers who may be supporting services
• Ability to undertake risk assessments for services and situations.
• Ability to work autonomously
• Good Communicator – both written and verbal
• Enthusiastic and self-motivated
• A flexible, imaginative and pro-active approach
• Possess the resilience and ability to deal with pressure within a range of situations
• Happy to work using own initiative, as well as under the direction of the Trustees
• Reflecting the core values of a person centered approach
• Commitment to people with Learning Disabilities
Confidentiality and Data Protection:
The post holder is responsible for ensuring the confidentiality and availability of all applicable society information and documents. Personal information relating to staff, service users and volunteers must be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and 2018 when published, and not released to any third party without the written consent of the individual concerned.
Diversity and Equality:
The post holder will support Bath Mencap in delivering its services to anyone in need of them, regardless of disability, race, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation or belief.
Health and Safety:
The post holder is responsible for ensuring their own Health and Safety and that of their colleagues, members, staff and volunteers by creating a clean, safe, and hazard free working or social environment. Any incident of a Health and Safety nature must be recorded and, if necessary, reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). All accidents must be recorded in the accident book.