Walking Well Carmarthenshire Project Development Opportunity
Contract Value: £3,750 payable over ten months paid monthly in equal instalments, plus reasonable travel expenses.
Hours: Flexible, but a minimum of 40 hours per month is expected to be spent on the project
Contract: The contract is fixed term for a ten-month period with a one-month notice period for termination on either side, unless the contractor is in default of the contract whereupon termination would be immediate.
Responsible to: The Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum Steering Group
Location: Home-based but travel around the county is to be expected for which reasonable travel costs will be met (based on actual costs of public transport or mileage at 35p/mile)
Walking Well Carmarthenshire (WWC) is a project of the 50+ Forum. A small co-ordination team deals with day-to-day issues but this is insufficient to develop the project, hence the contract now on offer. The development work described herein is a pilot project funded by Public Heath Wales Primary Care Carmarthenshire (PHWPCC).
WWC aims to encourage as many people as possible in the County of Carmarthenshire to enjoy the benefits of walking in groups of like-minded people. It is well-known that there are significant physical, mental and social health benefits to be gained from such activity.
There are currently six groups in place around the county each run by volunteers – in St Clears, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Llandeilo and two in Llanelli, one of which is a Wildlife Group that tends to travel across the County as well as holding walks in Llanelli itself. It is hoped that further groups will start soon, notably one based on a Family Centre in Llanelli – a development which is relevant to the project to be undertaken under this contract. By March 2018, the six groups had recruited some 545 members and, during the year to that date, a total of 226 walks had been completed.
The new pilot project is now tasked with spreading this success by establishing family-friendly groups across the whole of the County, both in conjunction with existing Groups and in new places. This task is the primary purpose of the contract being offered here.
- The overall development and promotion of the Walking Well Carmarthenshire project on a day-to-day basis such that it meets the targets set by its funders in respect of the project’s development.
- The key task is to increase walking in parents with young children and babies, and in pregnant mothers, by setting up walking groups across the county. The contractor will set up new WWC walking groups by engaging with settings and groups, e.g. ante-natal classes, family centres and pre-school settings and by recruiting volunteers. The contractor will arrange for volunteers and staff to be trained appropriately (e.g. in walk leading and first aid) and assist them as necessary. The contractor will also help existing groups to develop, specifically in the direction of providing activities for families with children in their first 1000 days, and encourage families to take advantage of all of the new opportunities.
- The targets for this pilot project are:
- To engage meaningfully with a minimum of 20 appropriate organisations/activities
- To establish a minimum of 10 sustainable groups walking regularly
- To recruit and arrange training for a minimum of two walk leaders per group
- To report on progress to PHWPCC in mid-August 2018 and mid-March 2019
- To produce an end of pilot report to include final figures, case studies and anecdotal evidence of what has worked well and where obstacles have been encountered
- A key part of developing the WWC project will be to significantly increase its media and public presence which should, in turn, increase awareness of and interest in the project and help with the recruitment of new volunteers. This will include maintaining the parts of the project website relating to the development project, the production of associated leaflets, posters and other promotional material and the development of an appropriate social media presence for the project either alongside or as part of those of its funders, supporters and the individual groups themselves. A suitable written and photographic record of the project should be made available, preferably as part of its web and/or social media presence.
- Maintaining contact with all WWC groups and volunteers, specifically to encourage their involvement with the target audience. Creating opportunities for the sharing of ideas and best practice. Also encouraging groups to apply for their own funds to complement those available from WWC and to have plans in place to become self-sustaining in the medium-term.
- Working with the overall WWC co-ordinator to ensure that the funds available to the development project are spent properly, including identifying any specific items required, ensuring that WWC has in place health and safety and volunteer policies that are appropriate.
- Reporting on progress to the Steering Group on a quarterly basis through the lead member on the Steering Group with responsibility for the WWC Project, currently Andy Kurzfeld, the overall WWC Project Co-ordinator. Andy will continue to run the core project and will be the main contact with funding agencies. He will monitor the contractor’s performance and authorise payments made under the contract.
Contractor Specification – Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience of or at least a demonstrable interest in working with young families
- Good organisational and planning skills, ability to prioritise workloads and manage competing demands
- A friendly, open and persuasive personality and used to developing and maintaining relationships with colleagues, volunteers and organisations
- A hands on approach with the ability to use initiative and a flexible, ‘can-do’ attitude
- Excellent team player with good motivational skills
- Ability to work without direct supervision, take responsibility and show leadership
- Good administrative skills and computer literacy, though training will be given on specific software packages needed for the project (e.g. to update the website)
- Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion
- Flexible working hours, including some weekends and evenings
- Driving licence and own transport
- Experience in volunteering
- Experience in recruitment, support and management of volunteers
- Experience of facilitating training and inductions
- An interest in and knowledge of walking, nature and the environment
- An ability to speak Welsh
Applications – maximum of five A4 pages – are invited from organisations or individuals who feel that they are well-qualified to take on the tasks described. Applicants should describe how the specified tasks would be approached and give detailed evidence to support that they meet the contractor specification. The application should include details of relevant experience and the names of two responsible referees who can vouch for recent work done that is relevant to the task.
For an informal discussion about the tasks to be undertaken under this contract, you can contact the voluntary co-ordinator, Andy Kurzfeld, on 07791 504980 or, preferably, by email to email@example.com – all applications should be sent by email to the same address. The Closing Date for Receipt of Applications is 29th June 2018.