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Job interview, Freelance Development Coordinator

November 19th, West African Development & Heritage Lottery Fund
held interview sessions at Cedar Park for Freelance Development
Coordinator position for Heartbeat Of Africa project 2015/2017.

For those who’s applications were not successful, we will keep the details and we will contact them as soon as we have vacancies available.

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Freelance Project Coordinator – Heartbeat of Africa

Job Role: Freelance Project Coordinator – Heartbeat of Africa

Part time: 14 hrs per week

Salary: £15,000

Term of contract: 18 month  

Start date: November 2015 – May 2017

Organisation 

West African Development was set up in 2005 and has been a registered charity since 2009. We are based in Tameside in the North West. Our aim is to integrate people from different backgrounds and minority ethnic groups to break social barriers improve the quality of life and raise people’s selfesteem by organising meetings and activities such as cultural and educational events such dancing and drumming and sporting and arts activities for all the community and provide information on training, health and social care, crime reduction, employment, benefit advice and volunteering opportunities.

 

We are proud to announce that we have been successful with a Heritage Lottery Fund, through which we will be running an African heritage programme that will enable, inform and educate our community to better understand the deep rooted culture and traditions of the ‘West African’ countries. As part of the delivery, West African Development is seeking a freelance project coordinator to support with the successful running and outcomes of their ‘Heart Beat of Africa’ programme.

 

The Project Coordinator will support the management committee in ensuring work plan delivery over the next 18months, bringing together communities from across Tameside and neighbouring areas to learn more about African customs and traditions. Successful candidate will have experience of working within the third sector, managing voluntary and community programmes to address inequalities affecting African communities and have experience of dialogue, collaboration and partnerships working with various sectors across the area.

 

Key areas of responsibility are to provide:

  • Coordination of work plan delivery to meet outcomes
  • Administration and communication support to management committee
  • Support and development of workshop delivery
  • Coordination and management of events
  • Community consultations and reporting

 

To apply:

Please send your C.V and a covering letter of no more than two A4 sides describing how you meet each requirement in the personal specification. Email to admin@westafricandevelopment.org.uk  with the subject title ‘WAD Freelance Project Coordinator’.

Deadline for application is Friday 13th November 2015 at 5pm.

Interviews to take place Wednesday 18th November or Thursday 19th November.

JOB DESCRIPTION                                                                                                   

POST: Freelance Project Coordinator

HOURS: 14 hours a week

SALARY: £15,000

RESPONSIBLE TO: Management of West African Development.

Primary Job Function 

Overall management and coordination of the ‘Heartbeat of Africa’ program ensuring effective delivery and that outcomes are met.

Working with volunteers, management committee and social media worker to ensure information and marketing is disseminated in a timely manner.

Promoting the program to communities to build stronger links and partnerships.

Coordinating and developing deliver of workshops

Management and supervision of volunteers to undertake assigned roles to support deliver of program.

 

Main duties and responsibilities (together with such other related activities as may from time to time be agreed)

 

Management and meetings  

  • To coordinate the programme of work ensuring smooth administration and management functions are met.  
  • To provide regular updates to the management committee on the activities and delivery to West African Development management meetings and to raise any concerns and/or issues affecting the programme in advance.  
  • To coordinate capacity building including training, where possible fundraise for capacity building projects
  • To recruit, support, coordinate and supervise volunteers for specific roles. Partnership working 
  • To develop relationship with CVAT and other BME communities to identify ways of working together to support programme deliver at events and workshops. Identifying areas of opportunities to engage working with local communities.  Marketing and Publicity  
  • To communicate with social media worker to publish regular information on website and e-bulletin, to report news items, events, opportunities, useful resources and showcase the work of programme through providing regular up to date reports.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • To support the collection of feedback from events, trips and workshops. Coordinating and monitoring any reports and evaluations.

 

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Heartbeat of Africa

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Heartbeat of Africa project will provide a better understanding to the deep rooted culture and traditions of the ‘West African’ countries. The programme will showcase artefacts, pictures and interviews of West African families to inform the public of various African customs and traditions and how families live in our communities today.

West African Development Project ‘Heartbeat of Africa’ wins Heritage Lottery Fund support Main text 

West African Development has received (£48,000) grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a cultural project (Heartbeat of Africa) which will be run Tameside in 2015-2016. The project will be run by volunteers from the local community.

The project will enable the local community to be informed and educated around the customs and traditions of the West African Community. The outcomes of the programme will enable communities to be more knowledgeable about the African way of life through events and workshops that we will be running throughout the course of the 18 month programme. Exhibitions and events will showcase some of the learning and provide further information on the roots of West African origins.

The Heartbeat of Africa project will enable young people develop skills and learning through participating in our programme of activities. The project exhibition will be created for future use by other partners to enable our heritage to be remembered in our area for future generations.

Quotes 

Alade Sanni, Chair of West African Development commented ‘We are really excited to be delivering this project, Just like our traditions are customs runs through our veins to make our heartbeat, we want our communities to hear the sound of the ‘Heartbeat of Africa’.

 

Notes to editors 

West African Development  

West African Development was set up in 2005 and has been a registered charity since 2009. We are based in Tameside in the North West. The West African Development (WAD) group seeks to support all communities. We were set up to work with those of West African origin, but not exclusively and over time our membership has widened and we work with the local community form all backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to integrate people from different backgrounds and minority ethnic groups to break social barriers improve the quality of life and raise people’s selfesteem by organising meetings and activities such as cultural and educational events such dancing and drumming and sporting and arts activities for all the community and provide information on training, health and social care, crime reduction, employment, benefit advice and volunteering opportunities. Participating in and making links with appropriate partners/networks within Tameside and regionally and nationally to ensure that black and minority ethnic people and refugees and asylum seekers to have a voice.

 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund 

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  www.hlf.org.uk.

 

Further information 

For further information, images and interviews please contact Alade Sanni at West African

Development on (07754 715849 or admin@westafricandevelopment.org.uk

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New Course Starting Soon

This course will be held at the address below:

The Pavillon, Oxford Park

Pottinger Street

Ashton-under-lyne

OL7 0PW

WAD will provide support in appointments (hospital and doctor’s appointments, Immigration services, benefits or housing meetings) and we can translate for them. We will also be able to translate information (such as health leaflets, personal correspondence) for our members. Organisations and agencies contact WAD for this service also. We are able to translate around 10 different languages. Sponsor by NLDC, WAD started a Community Interpreter’s course which recognize and accredit bi-lingual skills, increasing basic skill levels in the Community and giving people confidence to progress to further study and employment. For more details please contact Michel on 07404949941 or Daniel on 07983824118 or email admin@westafricandevelopment.org.uk

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