Kickstart Community Development Assistant

At Save the Children. Together, we fight for children every single day so that they can make their mark on the world and build a better future. This role will be based in our Wallsend Team which is responsible for working with partners to create fairer childhoods by tackling poverty and ensuring all children have the start in life.

Job Purpose:         

We are looking for an individual who is interested in gaining experience in working in the charitable sector to join us for 6 months as a Community Development Assistant to support our work.

Wallsend Children’s Community works with people and organisations in the communities of Wallsend to collectively deliver better outcomes for children and young people. Our vision is by 2030, to build a Wallsend where all local children and young people have access to exactly the same high-quality chances as those in more advantaged areas.

To help us understand our communities ‘Story of Place’, we would like to engage a Kickstart role as part of this pioneering piece of work that supports and underpins the work of the Children’s Community.

Wallsend is identified by its NE28 postcode and hosts four wards – Wallsend, Howdon, Battle Hill and Northumberland – whilst sharing boundaries with two others – Riverside to the south east and Collingwood to the north east covering an area of 4.2 square miles. In this area, there are over 900 individual postcodes, covering over 21,985 residential addresses with a population of circa 44,200 of which circa 11,000 are between the ages of 0 and 19. Mosaic Public Sector has identified 5,263 households that have children present, almost 24% of the total number of addresses.

Whilst ‘Story of Place’ is about the whole of Wallsend, particular focus is given to the wards of Howdon and Wallsend Central, both very different in their demographics, yet both sharing high levels of deprivation.

The role is a really exciting opportunity, working alongside our current community development practitioner to develop skills and competence around community engagement and development work, whilst gaining experience and knowledge in a highly concentrated way to truly understand the lived experience of families, children and young people.

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