Community Connector

Lyde Green Community Association
£25,000-£28,000 pro rata, depending on experience, plus pension
Closing Date: 
Sunday, 25 February, 2024 - 23:45
Contract Type: 
Part Time
22.5 hours (0.6 FTE) Hours will include evenings and weekends
Details of Role: 

The role (what you will be doing)

You will work to create a strong sense of belonging and community cohesion in Lyde Green and the surrounding area, helping Lyde Green be a great place to live, work and play.

You will do this by embedding our strengths-based approach to community development and building a sustainable approach to volunteering, community engagement, and support.


You’ll champion that people know best what is needed in their local area and that they have the ideas, skills, and talents to make it happen, connecting like-minded individuals together and encouraging people to engage and act on things that matter to them.

The LGCA (about the charity)

Lyde Green Community Association CIO (LGCA) is a charity that has been set up by residents for the benefit of the community in Lyde Green and the surrounding area. It is run by local volunteers, with the objective of generating community spirit and making Lyde Green a great place to live and visit. As well as organising community events, we support a community partnership that meets regularly to solve problems that matter to residents and help the whole community shape its future.


The LGCA run and operate Lyde Green Community Centre, situated at the heart of Lyde Green near the local primary school and nursery. It is an exciting time to be working in Lyde Green, and the LGCA have received lots of support from both residents and local partners to date.

Your responsibilities


  • Work closely with the Charity Manager and Trustees to ensure the outcomes of the Community Connector project are delivered
  • Lead and embed the LGCA’s strengths-based community development approach
  • Work as the Charity’s Volunteer Coordinator, developing and maintaining guidance and encouraging active participation in the community
  • Help plan and support charity events
  • Being an initial point of contact for the charity’s community engagement work, dealing with enquiries across multiple channels


  • Report on and monitor project progress and agreed KPIs at the quarterly partnership meeting and via grant funding reports
  • Ensure notice boards, website and social media are up-to-date with opportunities to get involved
  • Work within LGCA’s policies and procedures
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as required

Explore and discover

  • Develop a good understanding of Lyde Green and the surrounding area
  • Find out what is already happening in the area
  • Listen to local people and find out what they care about, what their hopes and dreams are for the area, and what they’d be willing to take action on
  • Build trusted and respectful relationships with residents, services and partners in the area


Make connections

  • Connect people together based on their interests or ideas
  • Connect people to existing groups or organisations
  • Signpost people to relevant support services eg employability, training
  • Encourage people to try new things
  • Promote use of Lyde Green Community Centre as a safe, warm space and use it and other local assets to bring people together
  • Share knowledge on how to access funding and guidance so that people can get started with their ideas or projects

Celebrate success

  • Help people share and celebrate their stories of success and encourage more volunteering
  • Work with those already linked to and engaged in Lyde Green to understand the role they wish to play in the wider community
  • Share what has worked well with other volunteers, groups and projects

Build momentum

  • Support the design of project outcomes when working with people
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation requirements of a project
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal learning
  • Increase the number of people volunteering and actively engaging in the community
  • Help demystify volunteering and overcome barriers (eg setting up groups, navigating processes, assessing risk, accessing funding etc)


Your skills and experience



  • Experience of working with a wide range of people
  • A good general education
  • Motivated and self-reliant
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage time


  • An energetic, personable, and engaging communicator
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to proactively facilitate conversations in the community
  • An understanding of Asset Based Community Development/‘strength-based’ working
  • Good digital skills, including the ability to lead on-line meetings and interactions
  • Ability to build networks and work with a range of people and organisations
  • An understanding of safeguarding


  • A good knowledge of Lyde Green and the surrounding area
  • Experience of working with people in a community setting
  • Experience supporting people with the cost of living, employability or other appropriate services
  • Experience working in teams and with a range of partners
  • Experience of managing Health and Safety requirements, including risk assessments
  • Fundraising experience
How to Apply: 

Please send to

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A covering statement explaining why you want this role and how you meet the criteria (2 A4 pages maximum)
Contact Person: 
Laura O'Brien
Contact Email:
Postal Address: 
Lyde Green Community Association, Community Centre, Thistle Close, Emersons Green BS17 7GW