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Community Development Worker

Date Added: 25/04/2022

Specialist Roles Job

The person appointed will work with the mobile sight loss centre to maximize footfall to the centre and be responsible for setting up support networks for people with sight loss in identified rural areas of Kirklees. The post holder would need to work closely with existing local community groups, residents, and other charities to build up a timetable of visits to suitable local community visits.


Sector: Commercial
Type: Specialist Roles
Location: Huddersfield
Salary: £25-30,000

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand the role of the Outlookers charity in the lives of people with sight loss.
  • Be able to motivate and empower local people to take advantage of what Outlookers has to offer and where possible to create new volunteer/user-led groups to extend that offer to rural areas.
  • To work with Outlookers mobile sight loss centre to coordinate venues and groups to come together to benefit from the equipment and tuition available.
  • Be able to motivate and empower groups of volunteers and residents.
  • To be aware of community funding that might benefit the work of Outlookers in rural communities.
  • Promote the benefits of working with technology to enable people with sight loss to retain independence.
  • Set up 1:1 appointments for people wishing to work closer with the organisation.

Key Skills and Experience


  • Excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with professional, medical and senior social care staff, statutory authority officers, councilors and staff from both private and voluntary sector organisations.
  • Ability to handle difficult situations.
  • Good presentation skills – verbal and written.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Ability to understand and demonstrate commitment to Outlookers Policy on equal opportunities and to ensure all activities are consistent with the Policy. This includes all user and volunteer activities and their interface with service users and the general public.
  • Good communication skills including time keeping and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Knowledge of project and operational planning
  • Knowledge of publicity methods including social media.


  • Ability to be self-supporting in administrative work including the use of email and report writing, capturing essential figures and information from people engaging in the services for the purpose of feedback to grant funders.

Personal Qualities


  • Community Development Experience.
  • Experience of working with community groups and charitable organisations and volunteers.
  • Experience of leading a small team including volunteers to meet an organisation’s aims and objectives.
  • Ability to drive a long wheel-based van when required.
  • Knowledge of Kirklees districts and areas.


  • Experience of working in the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of working with people with sight loss.
  • Experience of working as a volunteer or a trustee.

Closing Date

25/05/2022, 12:00


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