We’re Hiring: Gort & Loughrea Inclusion Support Worker

Job Title:                                Gort & Loughrea Inclusion Support Worker

Job Description:

To work with Gort and Loughrea Family Resource Centres, to provide inclusive opportunities and additional supports to members of our local Ukrainian and other New Communities.

This position is also open to those on CE/TUS/RSS Schemes.

Key Areas of Work

  • Coordinate and facilitate groups/ events in the community with a focus on including local Ukrainian and other New Communities
  • Familiarise themselves with the relevant local supports and services
  • Identify the needs of the target group and respond and refer as appropriate
  • Provide support and information to individuals and families who are new to the area
  • Identify factors leading to disadvantage in our communities and work with the Voluntary Board of Directors and the Co-ordinators to raise awareness of and respond to these issues
  • Actively participate in regular support and supervision, planning, review and evaluation of work
  • Ensure that the work of this role is in keeping with the ethos, aims and objectives of the Family Resource Centre Programme

Specific areas of work

  • Develop and support community initiatives that address the needs of children, families and community members who are Ukrainian and Other New Communities in Loughrea and Gort areas
  • To work with both the Gort and Loughrea Family Resource Centre to ensure the successful delivery of the Fáilte Isteach Programme, One Town One Voice Choir in Gort and the Intercultural Arts & Crafts Women’s Group in Loughrea

General

  • Document the work on an on-going basis and prepare regular work / progress reports for the Voluntary Board of Directors and the Co-ordinators
  • Participate in relevant training
  • Any other tasks that may be assigned by the Project Co-ordinators from time-to-time

Other Relevant Information

Hours of Work

The post will be 28 hours per week, of both day and evening work, divided equally between 2 locations
Short Term Contract, which may be extended in 2025 subject to funding

Accountability

The Inclusion Support Worker will be responsible to the Project Co-ordinators and to the Voluntary Board of Directors.
Confidentiality

The Inclusion Support Worker will observe confidentiality at all times in relation to Centre business.

Garda Vetting

The position is subject to the completion of a satisfactory Garda Vetting process
Person Specification

Description of the skills, knowledge and experience required for this position.

Essential

  • A relevant qualification (or working towards) in one of the following: Community Development, Youth Work, Family Support, Human Rights and Inclusion, Gender Studies, etc.
  • Experience of working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and an understanding of cultural diversity
  • Knowledge and understanding of community work principles and practice
  • An understanding of the issues that can impact on new communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable or most severely affected
  • Experience of group development including group facilitation
  • Experience of planning, developing and delivering programmes and activities which meet the needs of local groups/communities
  • Ability to engage with target groups in identifying their needs and assisting in the development of appropriate responses
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with a range of groups and agencies
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office, email, databases and social media
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken
  • A full, clean driving licence and own transport

Desirable

  • An understanding of rural communities and the issues that face them
  • Additional languages an advantage

Personal Qualities

  • Confident in working ‘on the ground’ in the community
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Be self-motivated, flexible and able to work on own initiative
  • Passion for social inclusion and equality

How to Apply:

CV and Cover Letter to coordinator@gortfrc.com Or coordinator@loughreafamilyresoucecentre.ie

Postal Address:
Gort Family Resource Centre,
Church Street,
Gort,
County Galway,
H91 A7XV

Closing date: Friday 21st June