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Community Champions Officer

Job Introduction

Diabetes UK has a commitment to reaching, engaging and improving the health of people from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities with or at risk of diabetes. We are currently delivering ambitious plans to reach more people through our Community Champions programmes.

Community Champions are volunteers from communities who provide information and support on diabetes management and risk. The programmes are delivered in partnership with local NHS and local authorities. We are also working hard to make sure we support BAME communities through all the work of Diabetes UK.

Interview Date: week commencing 4 March 2019

Role Responsibility

  • To lead on developing the right approach to the recruitment and retention of Community Champions that meet the needs of people living and at the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • To work with closely with our communities and partners to understand their needs, translating these into practical actions in recruiting appropriate community champions.
  • To recruit and train community champions to the required standard.
  • Developing key community champions to act as ambassadors, media spokespeople, case studies and provide insight into communities – enabling Diabetes UK to better meet the needs of diverse communities.
  • As and of when required to lead on specific commissioned projects, ensuring the most effective deployment of community champions.
  • Ensure robust administrative systems are in place to manage records, reports as well as to measure the impact of our work with Community Champions.
  • Ensure that monitoring systems are up to date and comply with the relevant provisions of the Data Protection Act and to produce data analysis reports as required.
  • To take the lead on organising annual event for the Community Champions with the primary objective of strengthening our relationships, rewarding and recognising the efforts made by champions and providing an opportunity to meet a range of stakeholders.
  • To participate in and undertake speaking at events and confident in delivering presentations to stakeholders

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a self-motivated Community Champions Officer who has a passion for people and community engagement.

This role will lead the Community Champions programme delivered through local NHS partnership and Local Authority Organisations. You will work with both internal and external organisations connected to local communities to recruit, train and support our Community Champions.

You will be confident engaging diverse communities, voluntary and statutory organisations and be persuasive in encouraging people to sign up. You will also be able managing your work using project management tools to plan, monitor and develop the work.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments) 
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working 
  • Discounts on gym membership and days out 
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan 
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and permanent health insurance 

About the Company

Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest growing – health crisis of our time, requiring ongoing high-quality care and support. There are currently 4.6 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 12.3 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition. 

Diabetes UK is a forward thinking and commercially focused organisation, and is the leading charity for the 4.6 million people with the condition in the UK.

As we continue to improve our processes, through continual development and change, this is an exciting time to join us. With established funding streams and following on from the success of our previous five-year plan, we are in a strong position to continue developing and responding to changing environments.

We rely heavily upon the expertise and motivation of our staff in order to work towards our many aims and meet objectives. We aim to be an equal opportunity employer; the organisation recognises and respects the value and diversity of all. We gladly make the adjustments required for people with disabilities to join us. Our diverse functions mean that we can offer you a wide range of rewarding career opportunities.

Diabetes UK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable and expects all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment. 

Diabetes UK recognises and respects the value and diversity of all. 

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm – if you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

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