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We currently have the following oppotunities.

Job Title:                  Social Action Coordinator
Reports to:              Chief Executive
Working Week         35 hours
OPAL mission statement:
‘To allow people with learning disabilities and /autism the right to be heard loudly and clearly by those who plan and deliver services which impact on their quality of life and to claim the rights and privileges to all members of society’
People tell us they want to have the same opportunities and life chances as everybody else, have a job, volunteer, get married, go on holiday.
Historically OPAL developed opportunities for people to fulfil these ambitions, have fun and make sure their voice was heard loudly and clearly across Oldham.
Having worked with people who come to OPAL to establish Your Day Your Way offering a wide range of activities designed and decided by them, we want to expand the activities on offer to include social action/volunteering.
This will mean that people with learning disabilities and/autism will become more visible in Oldham playing an active role in the wider community, showcasing their skills, talents and making a valued contribution to society.

Job Objectives
Working as part of the YDYW delivery team you will work with local charities and voluntary organisations in Oldham to identify opportunities for small groups of people (2-4) with learning disabilities and/autism to undertake social action /volunteering with your support.
This will be part of the YDYW programme and people will use their IB to fund their participation in this activity.
Part of your work will involve delivery of the ‘Bridge that Gap Project’- developing ‘learning disability and/autism friends’ within voluntary/community groups, delivering learning disability and/autism awareness training/telephone support and ensuring that the directory of ‘badged’ organisations on the website is up to date.
Underpinning all of this work will be the promotion of Voice, Choice and Independence.

Duties and Responsibilities

1 Social action/volunteering

  • Develop positive, professional links with community organisations in Oldham to identify opportunities for members of YDYW to undertake social action/voluntary work
  • Create a congenial and supportive environment which fosters friendships, aspiration and achievement for people taking part
  • Work with people to help them recognise their skills and the contribution they are making to society through this activity
  • Link with training providers eg lifelong learning/Oldham College to identify opportunities for people to undertake further training and qualifications
  • Co- produce and deliver the ‘introduction to learning disabilities and/autism’ resource pack with members of YDYW for the Bridge project
  • Deliver a range of activities on the YDYW programme
  • Undertake risk assessments and implement agency strategies to promote individual safety and ongoing participation in activities
  • Liaise with family members/carers, advocates and other professionals as required
  • Contribute to the development of the charity through good, safe, person centred practice
  • Conduct risk assessments and maintain accurate records and documentation.

3 Administration

  • Make accurate written records of all relevant information and keep case notes and files up to date
  • Maintain records of activities undertaken

4 Equal Opportunities and conduct

  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of OPAL’s equal opportunities policy in all aspects of work relating to people using our services, staff, outside agencies and the public
  • Behave, at all times, in a professional manner and in accordance with the value base of the organisation
  • Ensure that all matters relating to the work of OPAL and your role within OPAL are handled with the appropriate degree of confidentiality

5 Health and Safety

  • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work
  • Implement OPAL’s health and safety procedures and ensure that they are adhered to by employees and visitors
  • Support infection prevention by ensuring that hygiene regulations are adhered to at all times

6 Personal Development

  • Complete the AYSE programme for newly qualified social workers, in house tutor will be provided
  • Attend training courses as agreed with your line manager
  • Participate in team meetings

7 Other features of the job including working conditions

  • Based in Oldham. Frequent travel to other sites will be required
  • Evening and weekend work may be required for which time off in lieu will be granted
  • 25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays
  • Permanent contract
  • Salary £21,500  per annum
  • Contributory pension
  • 6 month probationary period


  • The duties described above are not an exhaustive list, but are intended as being illustrative of the level and type of work required.
  • The Job Description may be subject to amendment from time to time after discussion with the post holder.
  • This job description does not constitute part of the contract of employment.
  • Details are correct as at 9th October 2018.

Application closing date: 23rd October – 5pm
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Person Specification:
Social action Coordinator




  • Degree/equivalent
  • Newly qualified social worker

Technical skills

  • Good standard of IT skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills within a range of settings
  • Excellent skills in accessible communication
  • Ability to deliver high quality training and presentations within small group setting in an accessible format
  • Good understanding and experience of safeguarding vulnerable adults

  • Experience of working in a voluntary sector learning disability organisation
  • Good understanding of data protection


  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills and the ability to work to multiple deadlines
  • Experience of leading group work activities with people with learning disabilities
  • An understanding of the motivations and expectations of people with learning disabilities
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience  of safeguarding and risk assessment 
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other organisations across all sectors (community/voluntary, statutory, private)

  • Experience of working within a learning disability voluntary organisation

Personality characteristics

  • Ability to work as part of a team and in collaboration with other teams
  • Highly effective motivator of people with learning disabilities
  • Highly motivated with the drive and determination to see things through to completion
  • A demonstrable passion for the development of opportunities for people with learning disabilities and the value of social action/volunteering
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build relationships at all levels
  • Present a person centred approach to work
  • Ability to manage working time effectively and prioritise projects appropriately
  • An ability to demonstrate the organisational values in all work activity
  • A willingness to undertake the AYSE within the first year of employment (in house tutor will be provided and fully funded)
  • A dynamic, people focussed approach to work
  • Enthusiasm for the AYSE and willingness to undertake additional personal development opportunities


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