Sahir House are Recruiting a New CEO – Closing Tuesday 6th March 2018

Sahir House has been offering HIV support, information and training across Merseyside since 1985. It offers a wide range of services to people living with or affected by HIV; HIV related training; up to date HIV information; prevention and testing; and opportunities to volunteer.


Chief Executive Officer – Full time £45k per annum

They are looking to recruit a suitably experienced CEO to guide the charity through its next stage of development. In particular they are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

  • Significant senior management experience in the voluntary sector (or closely related filed)
  • The ability to work with stakeholders including: service users, volunteers, politicians, clinicians, commissioners, staff and supporters
  • Strategic awareness and the ability to lead change in the organisation and in the sector
  • Good core senior management skills, including strategic management of: finance, marketing and human resources

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating both: how they meet the criteria in the person spec and their vision for how they would take the charity forward (another two pages max).

‘Sahir House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We especially welcome applications from groups which reflect Sahir House service user groups – HIV positive people (and other disabled people), people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and refugee communities.’

The post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Tuesday 6th March 2018

Shortlisting: Later that week

Interviews: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Full job description and person specification can be downloaded from the website here

For more information call Sahir House on; 0151 237 3989 

Volunteering opportunities with Merseyside Offender Mentoring (MOM)

Sefton CVS’s ‘Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project’ has been successful in securing National Lottery funding to work with offenders released from HMP Liverpool (regardless of sentence/ license circumstances), to deliver a mentoring service which will respond to individual offender needs (including employment, addiction, housing, education and training).

This service is further supported by a bank of Volunteer Mentors who will help and stabilize the offenders on release and help them with their action plans to reduce re-offending.

There may also be opportunities to volunteer with young offenders subject to completion of a probationary period.


Organisation Description

To provide one to one support to a newly released offender, through a befriending relationship, enabling the mentee to re-integrate back into their community, support them with identified issues and guide them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate them into leading a more stable and secure future.

Skills and Qualifications

o Must be able to relate and communicate well to build a rapport with offenders.

o Strong personal and professional boundaries

o Non-judgemental attitude towards Mentee but has ability to judge a situation.

o Experience of dealing positively with challenging situations and people.

o Experience of the criminal justice system preferred but not essential.

o Passionate about supporting the community and the ex-offender in helping to reduce

Additional/Specific Suitability’s

Training; 6 mandatory modules including safeguarding, confidentiality and criminal justice. Plus we ask other agencies to come in and give additional training.

Expenses are covered ( travel and other out of pocket.)

Contact Info

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project
Burlington House, Suite 3B
3rd Floor, North Wing
Crosby Road North
Waterloo
L22 0LG

Email:  merseyside.mentoring@seftoncvs.org.uk 
Tel:
0151 920 0726 ext. 229

Click here for a Role Description 

NCVO: “A Snap General Election – What Should Charities Be Doing?”

Source: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2017/04/18/a-snap-general-election-what-should-charities-be-doing/ 

In a political world where leaks are routine, Theresa May’s announcement of an election campaign seems to have caught everyone by surprise. Charities will not have made detailed plans for an election, so it’s worth thinking about what we should be doing to make sure we’re part of the debate.

What happens next?

The first hurdle to cross will be to call an election under the procedure set out in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Labour’s announcement that they will be voting for a motion to call an early election means it should be a formality to get the two thirds of MPs required to satisfy the requirements of the Act, avoiding the need for a formal vote of no confidence and a 14 day period in which another party could seek to form an alternative government.

Parliament will dissolve 25 days before the nominated election date, but this can be amended by statutory instrument, as was done in 2015 to allow a longer campaign. We’ll have to wait to see when the campaign begins in earnest, but in practice it has already begun.

How can charities prepare?

The first thing for charities to do is refamiliarise themselves with Charity Commission election campaigning guidance to ensure they are compliant with charity law surrounding campaigning during elections and the Lobbying Act.

Much has been made of the effect of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigning during elections and you should make sure you are familiar with the law, but remember that most charities are unlikely to meet the definition of controlled expenditure if they campaign on a cross-party basis on the substance of policies.

The dynamics of a snap election are going to be very different than normal, when we have a rough timescale even if we don’t know the exact date. Candidate engagement is going to be much harder, not least because a significant proportion of those who will be standing on 8 June will not have been selected yet, and a major hustings plan will be more difficult to co-ordinate.

Manifestos

One of the key milestones of any campaign is the publication of party manifestos. When an election date is known, parties will be working on the policy contained in those manifestos for a year or more beforehand. Obviously that detailed work can’t be completed before June, so expect shorter Brexit-focused manifestos that draw a lot on 2015 policies.

The parties’ policy gurus will already be thinking about what goes in, so finding out quickly who to submit recommendations to will be important for charities that want their voice to be heard in the campaign and in the next parliament. One word of caution, approval for new radical ideas is going to be much harder to achieve in such a short timescale, so aside from the obvious need to influence policies around Brexit, I would focus on encouraging parties to reaffirm existing commitments.

What will we be doing?

For our part, we’ll be making the case for the voluntary sector and volunteering to help solve many of the country’s problems. We know that volunteering can be an amazing route to improving skills and making new connections, changing people’s lives and bonding communities closer together. We know that voluntary organisations can run high-quality, efficient public services, for example, but that they’re often excluded from doing so. And most pressingly on the policy front, we’ll be highlighting the important role that the sector has to play in shaping Brexit policies. We want to make sure that Brexit doesn’t mean weakening or removing important safeguards for people and the environment. Charities must be involved in advising on and scrutinising proposals at every step of the way.

NCVO’s chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, has already called for European nationals in the UK to be allowed to stay. Charities will need visa arrangements that work for sectors such as social care and medical research, which depend on the involvement of staff who’ve moved here from around Europe. And charities must be involved in designing replacements – better targeted, more coherent ones – for EU programmes in areas such as employment and skills training.

It’s going to be a much busier couple of months for charity campaigners than we were expecting, but as always an election provides an excellent opportunity to make the case for the changes we want to see, and to make sure that the voice of charities is heard loud and clear.

Job Vacancy: Community Foundation Finance Manager (Deadline: 12 September)

FINANCE MANAGER- FULL TIME (35 hours a week)
MANAGEMENT LEAD FOR FINANCE, OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Community Foundation for Merseyside are currently recruiting for a new finance management lead.

Under the guidance of the Finance Director, you will support the operational delivery of the Community Foundations’ Finance & Operations Strategy and support Growth Plans.In particular, your priorities will be operationally managing the internal administration and operations of the organisation, including finance, human resources, corporate governance, IT and facilities management, though primarily finance, as well as taking responsibility for internal and external special projects relevant to your area to fulfill the Mission & Vision.

Click here for more details and to download a candidate pack