Locality Manager: Northumberland J1150

    * Location: Northumberland
    * Salary: £25,000.00
    * Hours worked: 35
    * Contract: Permanent
    * Closing Date: 11th March 2013, 17:00

WRVS is a major national charity whose volunteers and services help older people at home, in their community and in and out of hospital. We have created a new organisation where all of our services will be managed by this new role, so that we can do more, much more.
Managing our services is a challenge
It is about leading teams of people, volunteers and staff, making sure they are well informed and trained to deliver our trusted brand.
It is about managing resources, being confident about income and expenditure and delivering in a professional business-like way
It is about flexibility with management information systems, to generate reports and monitor KPIs flexibility with spreadsheets is essential
It is about building constructive relationships, with NHS and local authorities
Above all, it is about passion to lead our volunteers, you must share our passion to ensure that older people in this community enjoy the best services.
To win an interview, your application must demonstrate how you meet these challenges.
Interviews will take place w/c 18th March 2013.
About the Organisation

How to Apply

visit www.wrvs.org.uk/jobs and complete the Locality Manager Application form. Please return your completed form to recruitment@wrvs.org.uk.

    * Contact Details: Recruitment, WRVS
      Tel: 029 207 39000
      Website: www.wrvs.org.uk/jobs4
      Email: recruitment@wrvs.org.uk

HR Administrator

    * Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
    * Salary: £15,950 pro rata
    * Hours worked: 22 hours per week
    * Contract: Permanent
    * Closing Date: 4th March 2013, 12:00

Reporting to the Assistant HR Director, the role will provide day to day HR administrative support to ensure that high quality HR management services, learning and development activities are consistently delivered across all areas within The Cyrenians.
About the Organisation

 Contact Details: Recruitment, The Cyrenians      Website: www.thecyrenians.org4      Email: recruitment@tcuk.org

Health Trainer

The Centre offers a wide range of informal learning based activities, supported by New College Durham and volunteer tutors. These activities including a Health Trainer service support personal development and recovery, and help to reduce isolation and social exclusion. There are over 30 activities/courses per week ranging from psychology to cookery, from football to glass workshops.

In addition the Centre has a Housing section offering accommodation and floating support services to mental health service users and a caravan that is available to let for low cost holidays to people using mental health services in County Durham.
How to Apply

Applications through agencies or third parties not accepted.

For an application pack or an initial informal discussion please contact:

Steve Wakefield, Manager
Waddington Street Centre Limited
3 Waddington Street
Durham DH1 4BG
Tel. 0191 3860702
E-mail. swakefield@waddingtoncentre.co.uk

Support Worker [Westbridge]

    * Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
    * Salary: £15,950 – £18,233
    * Hours worked: 37 hours per week
    * Contract: Permanent
    * Closing Date: 4th March 2013, 12:00

To work with The Cyrenians clients in order to improve their quality of life and to deliver an excellent service for our clients in line with the organisation�s mission, service goals, values and associated regulations, guidance and legislature.
About the Organisation

How to Apply

To apply for this role please complete an application form which can be downloaded from our website.

    * Contact Details: Recruitment, The Cyrenians
      Website: www.thecyrenians.org4
      Email: recruitment@tcuk.org

The harsh lives of the forgotten rural poor

It's hard to imagine a time in which it's been tougher to live in the countryside. It's not just a question of the usual complaints: that access to services – transport, hospitals, schools, even mobile phone coverage or broadband – is patchy. It's not just the fact that the countryside is suddenly vulnerable to all sorts of diseases: to ash dieback, to bovine TB and the Schmallenberg virus. It's that there's acute poverty in rural areas and it's a poverty that is seemingly invisible.

At least one-quarter of all farming families live on or below the official poverty line and, as the Observer reports today, many endured a rough 2012. The levels of borrowing that farmers require in order to run their businesses is mind-boggling; it's not uncommon for farmers to have debts well into six figures. The cost of animal feed seems to rise exponentially each year (an almost 40% increase in the two years I've been breeding pigs). The weather means many of us grew nothing other than a bumper crop of slugs last year, while the paperwork required for livestock is byzantine.

Farming used to be a communal activity, involving dozens of people sharing the highs and lows. Now, it can often be a lonely, isolated career. Farmers are often proud, private and practical people; their instinct is that an animal in distress should be put out of its misery. Little wonder that suicide rates among them are some of the highest in the country.

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