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Community and Maternity Champion Project Worker 

Part time - £21,002.00 per annum pro rata (actual pay £9,901.32 per annum)

16.5 hours per week 

This role is term time only plus two weeks in the Summer holidays. This means your actual working hours in weeks worked would be 18.5 hours.

Paddington Development Trust runs a Community and Maternity Champion project in Mozart Ward in partnership with Bi-borough Public Health. We are recruiting a term time only (with an additional 37 hours over school holidays). Project Worker to help to co-ordinate and manage a team of 15 –20 volunteers and work with the Community Champions Project Manager to deliver an agreed set of project outputs and outcomes. These positions will be based at PDT’s Beethoven office.

Paddington Development Trust

PDT was formed in 1998 by local residents who remain at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to bring people together and support them to take charge of their own individual and shared futures. Our work is informed by local people telling us what matters most to them and all our projects enable local people to lead and be involved in the quality of their area and lives.

We provide progressive opportunities extending from parents and children projects, structured volunteering and training with our Community Health and Maternity Champions through to employment skills training, local job club, and specialist advice and guidance in getting a job and qualifications. We work with local people who want to set up their own business and run monthly seminars on business planning. 

Over the years we have been instrumental in raising investment into the built environment - our most recent project is the £7.3m refurbishment of St Mary Magdalene Church and the construction the Paddington Living Heritage Centre adjacent to the church.

General Information about Champions

Community and Maternity Champions are local people who volunteer their time to connect local communities and residents with local services. The Champions are successful because they know and understand local communities and are able to tune into the needs and aspirations of local people.

The Champions reach out to the community and local services in different ways.  They meet people on the streets, knock on their doors and can use the rich insight they gain from residents to work with commissioners and other professionals to influence services and messages. The Champions also support local residents to make informed choices about a range of issues linked to their health and well-being and access local services.

Through the programme the Champions are supported to gain vital skills, training and experience to help them progress in their role and their own lives and careers.

Project staff develop professional and supportive relationships with local Champions. They inspire local residents to join the Champions team, seeing their potential and giving Champions confidence to step outside of their comfort zone.  They use their high levels of interpersonal skills and understanding of each individual to manage complex team dynamics and ensure that Champions continue to be inspired and excited about the work they do, as a team. 


This job description does not constitute a 'term and condition of employment'.  It is provided only as a guide to assist the employee in the performance of their job.  Paddington Development Trust is an evolving organisation and therefore changes to the employee’s duties may be necessary from time to time.  The Job Description is not intended to be inflexible or a finite list of tasks and maybe varied from time to time after consultation/discussion with the post holder.

PDT has Investors in People accreditation and a strong focus on training and development. Where people are successful in their role we always look for opportunities for them to progress and develop within PDT. 

Key areas of work 

With support from the Project Manager:-

  • Recruit and induct Community and Maternity Champion volunteers 
  • Co-ordinate volunteer outreach and engage hard to reach communities to promote local health and wellbeing
  • Effectively manage volunteers and actively encourage them to take ownership of activities where ever possible whilst retaining oversight and accountability  
  • Manage project delivery including community research, events, regular activities and public health campaigns to a high standard and in line with targets. 
  • Record all petty cash expenditure
  • Work with partner organisations to maximise the impact of the Community Champions and foster good working relationships between volunteers and local organisations
  • Capture case studies and news and publicise to residents and stakeholders via the Community Champions website and newsletter
  • Monitor, capture and record outputs and enter data onto the online WISH database and to complete quarterly monitoring reports.
  • Ensure that there is diverse and equitable access to volunteering opportunities 
  • Undertake any other duties as directed by the Community Project Manager
  • Be willing and able to work flexibly with occasional evenings or weekends 
  • Ensure that PDT policies and procedures are followed

  • Friendly warm personality and positive can-do attitude 
  • Non-judgemental, empathetic and aware of your impact on others
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of IT packages (word, excel)
  • Highly organised and able to manage time and resources and work well under pressure
  • Ability to take initiative, problem solve and work with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and feedback
  • Understanding of the challenges involved with engaging deprived inner-city communities
  • Highly motivated and passionate about improving health and wellbeing
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others when delivering projects
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidentiality, information sharing and boundaries
  • Committed to the principles of equal opportunities and diversity 
  • Ability to speak Arabic or a second language desirable

To apply please write a statement on why you think you would make a good Project Worker. This statement should give examples of how you meet each point of the person specification. Please also attach your CV containing details of previous employment or voluntary experience and details of two referees. 

Please email to [email protected] by 12pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Interview dates: January 31st and February 5th