• Organisation: NatCen Social Research
  • Salary: TBC pro-rata
  • Salary info: averaging £8.60 up to £12.00 per hour depending on location
  • Job type: Survey Interviewer (North East England)
  • Status: Part time
  • Closing date: 10/11/2014
  • Reference number: Oct14SGM
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Website: http://www.natcen.ac.uk

Role:

Would you like to make a difference to society and earn money at the same time?

As a freelance interviewer with NatCen you’ll get paid to meet people in your community and carry out important surveys that contribute to social policy in Britain.

Our research has led to millions of people aged 65 and over benefiting from the Winter Fuel Allowance, informed the Government’s decision to make 15 hours of free child care available for all three and four-year-olds and led to doctors being more vigilant for the warning signs of kidney disease amongst older people.

There’s no selling involved and you’ll be well looked after with a competitive rate of pay, training and travel expenses.

We normally allocate work three months in advance, so you’ll be able to fit your work in around other commitments.

What will you need?

  • Access to Broadband
  • At least 20 hours of availability each week to include weekdays/evenings and weekends
  • A full UK driving licence and access to a car
  • Good computer skills

Organisation profile:

ScotCen is a not-for-profit organisation that carries out independent social research on behalf of the Government and third sector.


Application notes:

If you are interested in applying please visit

natcen.ac.uk/careers/survey-interviewer/

Please quote code Oct14SGM when applying.

Senior Housing Support Worker

  • Organisation: YMCA North Tyneside
  • Salary: £21,000 – £21,000
  • Salary info: 37.5 hour working week. Some flexibility is required to cover evening and weekend hours where necessary
  • Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package (Including your birthday off work, free gym membership and discounted accommodation at our Patterdale Estate in the heart of the Lake District)
  • Job type: Senior Housing Support Worker
  • Status: Full time
  • Closing date: 14/11/2014
  • Location: North Shields
  • Website: http://www.ymcanorthtyneside.org

Role:

YMCA North Tyneside is shortly opening a brand new, state of the art supported accommodation unit for young people. The unit is part of the YMCA building in North Shields and contains 15 flats (some with fantastic sea views). In addition we also have a Community House where five young people live together with support from staff.

We are looking for professional, dynamic and committed staff to join our innovative organisation. As well as being kind, patient and dedicated you will be proactive, motivated and enthusiastic to work with young people in this challenging and rewarding environment.

You will be required to have experience of working with young people aged 16-25 who are likely to have experienced a range of life issues. We need friendly and supportive people who can be positive role models, able to relate to young people and build strong relationships whilst having the ability and confidence to effectively address inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.

Your role will be to motivate and encourage young people to plan for their future. You will hold regular keywork sessions with young people and complete support plans to identify their support needs and seek out opportunities for them to access employment, education or training. The ultimate goal is for ‘move on’ to independent living with a positive future mapped out for them. You will have a daily responsibility for managing the safety and security of the building and the young people and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, training and support.


Organisation profile:

YMCA North Tyneside has for more than 130 years provided comprehensive programmes and services to meet the diverse needs of North Tyneside that spans the generations to address needs around; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, The Arts and Personal & Social Development. The YMCA in North Tyneside is a leading local charity committed to making a difference to the people it serves.


Application notes:

For further information on roles and hours available, job descriptions, person specifications and job application forms please contact Housing Services Manager, Nicola Hudspith on nicola@ymcanorthtyneside.org or 0191 257 5434.  Alternatively visit our website for details.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 14th November 2014

Senior Housing Support Worker

  • Organisation: YMCA North Tyneside
  • Salary: £21,000 – £21,000 pro-rata
  • Salary info: 30 hours a week. Some flexibility is required to cover evening and weekend hours where necessary
  • Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package (Including your birthday off work, free gym membership and discounted accommodation at our Patterdale Estate in the heart of the Lake District)
  • Job type: Senior Housing Support Worker
  • Status: Part time
  • Closing date: 14/11/2014
  • Location: North Shields
  • Website: http://www.ymcanorthtyneside.org

Role:

YMCA North Tyneside is shortly opening a brand new, state of the art supported accommodation unit for young people. The unit is part of the YMCA building in North Shields and contains 15 flats (some with fantastic sea views). In addition we also have a Community House where five young people live together with support from staff.

We are looking for professional, dynamic and committed staff to join our innovative organisation. As well as being kind, patient and dedicated you will be proactive, motivated and enthusiastic to work with young people in this challenging and rewarding environment.

You will be required to have experience of working with young people aged 16-25 who are likely to have experienced a range of life issues. We need friendly and supportive people who can be positive role models, able to relate to young people and build strong relationships whilst having the ability and confidence to effectively address inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.

Your role will be to motivate and encourage young people to plan for their future. You will hold regular keywork sessions with young people and complete support plans to identify their support needs and seek out opportunities for them to access employment, education or training. The ultimate goal is for ‘move on’ to independent living with a positive future mapped out for them. You will have a daily responsibility for managing the safety and security of the building and the young people and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, training and support.


Organisation profile:

YMCA North Tyneside has for more than 130 years provided comprehensive programmes and services to meet the diverse needs of North Tyneside that spans the generations to address needs around; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, The Arts and Personal & Social Development. The YMCA in North Tyneside is a leading local charity committed to making a difference to the people it serves.


Application notes:

For further information on roles and hours available, job descriptions, person specifications and job application forms please contact Housing Services Manager, Nicola Hudspith on nicola@ymcanorthtyneside.org or 0191 257 5434.  Alternatively visit our website for details.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 14th November 2014

Waking Night Housing Support Worker

  • Organisation: YMCA North Tyneside
  • Salary: TBC
  • Salary info: 84 hours over 7 nights a week (hours of work to be negotiated). £9 per hour. Hours between 8pm and 8am. Some flexibility is required to cover evening and weekend hours where necessary
  • Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package (Including your birthday off work, free gym membership and discounted accommodation at our Patterdale Estate in the heart of the Lake District)
  • Job type: Waking Night Housing Support Worker
  • Status: Other
  • Closing date: 14/11/2014
  • Location: North Shields
  • Website: http://www.ymcanorthtyneside.org

Role:

YMCA North Tyneside is shortly opening a brand new, state of the art supported accommodation unit for young people. The unit is part of the YMCA building in North Shields and contains 15 flats (some with fantastic sea views). In addition we also have a Community House where five young people live together with support from staff.

We are looking for professional, dynamic and committed staff to join our innovative organisation. As well as being kind, patient and dedicated you will be proactive, motivated and enthusiastic to work with young people in this challenging and rewarding environment.

You will be required to have experience of working with young people aged 16-25 who are likely to have experienced a range of life issues. We need friendly and supportive people who can be positive role models, able to relate to young people and build strong relationships whilst having the ability and confidence to effectively address inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.

Your role will be to motivate and encourage young people to plan for their future. You will hold regular keywork sessions with young people and complete support plans to identify their support needs and seek out opportunities for them to access employment, education or training. The ultimate goal is for ‘move on’ to independent living with a positive future mapped out for them. You will have a daily responsibility for managing the safety and security of the building and the young people and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, training and support.


Organisation profile:

YMCA North Tyneside has for more than 130 years provided comprehensive programmes and services to meet the diverse needs of North Tyneside that spans the generations to address needs around; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, The Arts and Personal & Social Development. The YMCA in North Tyneside is a leading local charity committed to making a difference to the people it serves.


Application notes:

For further information on roles and hours available, job descriptions, person specifications and job application forms please contact Housing Services Manager, Nicola Hudspith on nicola@ymcanorthtyneside.org or 0191 257 5434.  Alternatively visit our website for details.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 14th November 2014

Sleep In Night Housing Support Worker

  • Organisation: YMCA North Tyneside
  • Salary: TBC
  • Salary info: £9 per waking support hours plus £15 per night sleep in. 49 hours per week waking support work. 49 hours per week sleep in (hours of work to be negotiated). Some flexibility is required to cover evening and weekend hours where necessary.
  • Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package (Including your birthday off work, free gym membership and discounted accommodation at our Patterdale Estate in the heart of the Lake District)
  • Job type: Sleep In Night Housing Support Worker
  • Status: Other
  • Closing date: 14/11/2014
  • Location: North Shields
  • Website: http://www.ymcanorthtyneside.org


Role:

YMCA North Tyneside is shortly opening a brand new, state of the art supported accommodation unit for young people. The unit is part of the YMCA building in North Shields and contains 15 flats (some with fantastic sea views). In addition we also have a Community House where five young people live together with support from staff.

We are looking for professional, dynamic and committed staff to join our innovative organisation. As well as being kind, patient and dedicated you will be proactive, motivated and enthusiastic to work with young people in this challenging and rewarding environment.

You will be required to have experience of working with young people aged 16-25 who are likely to have experienced a range of life issues. We need friendly and supportive people who can be positive role models, able to relate to young people and build strong relationships whilst having the ability and confidence to effectively address inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.

Your role will be to motivate and encourage young people to plan for their future. You will hold regular keywork sessions with young people and complete support plans to identify their support needs and seek out opportunities for them to access employment, education or training. The ultimate goal is for ‘move on’ to independent living with a positive future mapped out for them. You will have a daily responsibility for managing the safety and security of the building and the young people and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, training and support.


Organisation profile:

YMCA North Tyneside has for more than 130 years provided comprehensive programmes and services to meet the diverse needs of North Tyneside that spans the generations to address needs around; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, The Arts and Personal & Social Development. The YMCA in North Tyneside is a leading local charity committed to making a difference to the people it serves.


Application notes:

For further information on roles and hours available, job descriptions, person specifications and job application forms please contact Housing Services Manager, Nicola Hudspith on nicola@ymcanorthtyneside.org or 0191 257 5434.  Alternatively visit our website for details.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 14th November 2014

Housing Support Worker

  • Organisation: YMCA North Tyneside
  • Salary: £17,550 – £17,550 pro-rata
  • Salary info: 2 x 16 hours and 1 x 18 hours (Weekend Hours)
  • Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package (Including your birthday off work, free gym membership and discounted accommodation at our Patterdale Estate in the heart of the Lake District)
  • Job type: Housing Support Worker
  • Status: Part time
  • Closing date: 14/11/2014
  • Location: North Shields
  • Website: http://www.ymcanorthtyneside.org

Role:

YMCA North Tyneside is shortly opening a brand new, state of the art supported accommodation unit for young people. The unit is part of the YMCA building in North Shields and contains 15 flats (some with fantastic sea views). In addition we also have a Community House where five young people live together with support from staff.

We are looking for professional, dynamic and committed staff to join our innovative organisation. As well as being kind, patient and dedicated you will be proactive, motivated and enthusiastic to work with young people in this challenging and rewarding environment.

You will be required to have experience of working with young people aged 16-25 who are likely to have experienced a range of life issues. We need friendly and supportive people who can be positive role models, able to relate to young people and build strong relationships whilst having the ability and confidence to effectively address inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.

Your role will be to motivate and encourage young people to plan for their future. You will hold regular keywork sessions with young people and complete support plans to identify their support needs and seek out opportunities for them to access employment, education or training. The ultimate goal is for ‘move on’ to independent living with a positive future mapped out for them. You will have a daily responsibility for managing the safety and security of the building and the young people and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, training and support.


Organisation profile:

YMCA North Tyneside has for more than 130 years provided comprehensive programmes and services to meet the diverse needs of North Tyneside that spans the generations to address needs around; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, The Arts and Personal & Social Development. The YMCA in North Tyneside is a leading local charity committed to making a difference to the people it serves.


Application notes:

For further information on roles and hours available, job descriptions, person specifications and job application forms please contact Housing Services Manager, Nicola Hudspith on nicola@ymcanorthtyneside.org or 0191 257 5434.  Alternatively visit our website for details.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 14th November 2014

 

Housing Support Worker

  • Organisation: YMCA North Tyneside
  • Salary: £17,550 – £17,550
  • Salary info: 37.5 hours (based on 37.5 hour working week). Hours may be between 8am and 8pm. Flexible working is required to cover shifts when necessary, including evening and weekends
  • Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package (Including your birthday off work, free gym membership and discounted accommodation at our Patterdale Estate in the heart of the Lake District)
  • Job type: Housing Support Worker
  • Status: Full time
  • Closing date: 14/11/2014
  • Location: North Shields
  • Website: http://www.ymcanorthtyneside.org

Role:

YMCA North Tyneside is shortly opening a brand new, state of the art supported accommodation unit for young people. The unit is part of the YMCA building in North Shields and contains 15 flats (some with fantastic sea views). In addition we also have a Community House where five young people live together with support from staff.

We are looking for professional, dynamic and committed staff to join our innovative organisation. As well as being kind, patient and dedicated you will be proactive, motivated and enthusiastic to work with young people in this challenging and rewarding environment.

You will be required to have experience of working with young people aged 16-25 who are likely to have experienced a range of life issues. We need friendly and supportive people who can be positive role models, able to relate to young people and build strong relationships whilst having the ability and confidence to effectively address inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.

Your role will be to motivate and encourage young people to plan for their future. You will hold regular keywork sessions with young people and complete support plans to identify their support needs and seek out opportunities for them to access employment, education or training. The ultimate goal is for ‘move on’ to independent living with a positive future mapped out for them. You will have a daily responsibility for managing the safety and security of the building and the young people and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, training and support.


Organisation profile:

YMCA North Tyneside has for more than 130 years provided comprehensive programmes and services to meet the diverse needs of North Tyneside that spans the generations to address needs around; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, The Arts and Personal & Social Development. The YMCA in North Tyneside is a leading local charity committed to making a difference to the people it serves.


Application notes:

For further information on roles and hours available, job descriptions, person specifications and job application forms please contact Housing Services Manager, Nicola Hudspith on nicola@ymcanorthtyneside.org or 0191 257 5434.  Alternatively visit our website for details.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 14th November 2014

Fruitful Durham
Every year, a huge glut of locally grown fruit goes unpicked and uneaten. As a society, we choose to purchase fruit from thousands of miles away. Many people no longer feel they have the time nor the skills to find, harvest and prepare locally grown fruit. This contributes to a massive global wastage of food and a lack of connection to the fresh free fruit available within our own community.  Fruitful Durham is an abundance project offering a local solution in and around Durham city. Using surplus, unwanted local fruit, they produce a seasonal range of products including fruit juices, cordials, chutneys, jellies and jams. Read more >>>>

Star and Shadow Cinema
The Star And Shadow Cinema is a registered Community Interest Company. The company is run entirely by volunteer members, who all have a say. Star and Shadow’s aim is to show a truly independent programme of inspirational and inspired films as cheaply as possible, as well as providing a venue for artists and musicians of all varieties. The members aim to creating a cosy venue to provide a haven from the mundane mainstream of film and music, a nursery for independent creativity and thinking. The Star and Shadow is currently searching for a new home. Read more about this here >>>>

A special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will take place on Thursday 30 October 2014. In this cult classic, musical comedy sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. Newcastle University Film Society has organised this screening as a fundraiser for Unicef and children effected by the crisis in Syria.  Open to all, £3.50 admission fee. Read more >>>>

Kenspeckle
Kenspeckle is an independent artisan band of confectioners based in Northumberland – England’s most northerly, and least populated county. It’s a place of wild contrasts, from rolling hills to miles of sandy beaches – from romantic cliff-top castles to vibrant party cities. We think it’s this diversity which makes the people so individual, and it’s these people who make Kenspeckle confectionery. Read more & shop >>>>

Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire designs and installs bespoke firepits constructed from beautiful, local stone – they aim to inspire modern people to experience something of the way that our ancestors lived in Northumberland 3,500 years ago. Lithic Fire is a trading name of Gaia Wildlife Gardens Ltd, a social enterprise incorporated in England in 2012. The Directors, Ivor Scott and Eve Studd, have between them more than 30 years of experience in traditional stonework, horticulture, and conservation. Read more >>>>

Customs House
Situated on the South bank of the River Tyne in the historic Mill Dam area, The Customs House is South Tyneside’s premier arts centre offering great arts and entertainment for all. This Halloween, Customs House is celebrating with the tale of Wendy the Witch and the Haunted Mansion – when Wendy the Witch moves into a haunted house she casts a spell to rid the place of a ghost, but after realizing she’s made a mistake, she needs the help of the boys and girls to save her ghostly pals. Children are encouraged to dress up with a best dressed competition and great prizes at every show. Read more & book >>>>

 


Worms squirming on a plate where spaghetti should be; the school lunch queue scattering in horror, the awfulness of the whole thing etched on pupils’ faces, possibly leading to a need for counselling in later life.

As a child about to leave the relative security of junior school to the unknown realms of ‘big’ school, this was a scene from children’s TV series Grange Hill which weighed heavily on my mind and, shall we say, caused me a certain amount of apprehension in the summer holidays between the two. This despite the fact that I actually took a packed lunch instead of school dinners.

All of this is a very roundabout way of me getting on to a can of worms, which is perhaps what the shadow social enterprise minister Chi Onwurah has opened up in her recent announcement that Labour would introduce a legally binding definition of “social enterprise”. Now, don’t get me wrong – as a solicitor I love a good definition, and having a neat phrase that we could roll out and apply would, I’m sure, put a spring in to my step. The difficulty is that I think getting everyone to agree on a legally binding definition would be very tricky indeed. After all, the sector (at the very least) encompasses a wide range of people and bodies including sole traders, some charities, and CICs. I have also seen the topic widely debated in places such as blogs and LinkedIn and know the passions that this topic can enflame.

The early drafts of the Public Services (Social Value) Act gave defining social enterprise a go before it was negotiated out as the Bill progressed through parliament. That included the key elements of (a) a business, (b) designed to improve the social or environmental well-being of the UK (or part of it), and (c) the majority of the profits available for distribution are reinvested for achievement of that purpose.

SEUK considers that the key features of a social enterprise are: (a) have clear social and / or environmental mission in the governing documents, (b) generate the majority of income through trade, (c) reinvesting the majority of profits made, (d) be autonomous of the state, (e) be majority controlled in the interests of social mission, and (f) be accountable and transparent.  The Social Enterprise Mark has some similar features but also includes a variation  – that on dissolution all residual assets are redistributed for the purposes.

Now, you’ll see that I’m deliberately not trying to put forward my own definition here. My view is that it’s a bit like trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. After all, whilst the phrase ‘social enterprise’ is relatively new, the sector really has its roots in the Rochdale Pioneers Society of 1844 and to try to bring together everything that has happened since in one easy-to-use definition is not going to be a stroll in the park.

However, if you look at property law the courts are able consider the heart of an arrangement to see what it really is, ignoring the label given to it in the process: is it a lease or a licence? The same is true in employment law – in what might be labelled a secondment arrangement, is a person really a secondee or an employee?

I wonder if the answer is to seek to do the same here, as surely it is what a social enterprise actually does that counts rather than what it is called. This in turn links to a challenge for organisations to be able to clearly demonstrate their social value – something which is at the heart of the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

I appreciate that how you actually go on to demonstrate social value is a different can of worms altogether and, frankly, one can of worms is quite enough for me.


 

Simon Lee, Hempsons Solicitors

Simon has provided legal advice to social enterprises, charities, and other community and voluntary sector bodies for over 10 years. He is passionate about the sector and is able to advise on a wide range of matters affecting such organisations including legal structures, contracts, funding and governance issues.

Contact Simon >>>>

Business Leaders are being sought to help inform and lead a key component of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan.

The North East LEP is looking for passionate, well-connected businesspeople from across the North East to join its Business Support Board. The Business Support Board will lead the formation of the new North East ‘Growth Hub’ which aims to transform access to business support in the North East.

Please click here for the full article >>>>

The deadline to apply for the unpaid Business Support Board positions is Friday October 10. Those interested should download the applicant brief >>>>

For further information, please contact Dinah Jackson, Strategic Economic Plan Policy and Programme Lead at the North East LEP, on Dinah.Jackson@nelep.co.uk.

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