Part-Time Community Assistant Vacancy
Location: Mane Chance Sanctuary, Monkshatch Garden Farm, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DL.
Hours: Part-time - 24 hours per week, working three out of seven days on a roster.
Start Date: As soon as possible
This is offered as a Live Out position only.
About the role:
This role is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in the community. Working in our community team alongside our equine team, you will lead a wide variety of sessions at the Sanctuary for children and adults alike, enabling both educational and respite visits with our animals as well as assisting with our on-site fundraising events.
We work with a range of visitors including young people referred to us for their poor mental health such as high anxiety, low self-esteem, high anger issues, self-harm and eating disorders etc. We also work with pupil referral units supporting young people excluded from mainstream schools or those who are simply not able to attend at all. Having teamed up with the AQA Unit Award Scheme, we are able to offer an alternative learning experience where they can work towards achievement certificates in an environment very different to the classroom which they find so hard to cope with.
In addition, we open our doors to charities and community groups supporting young people such as Young Carers, children who are deaf and/or blind, those who are living with domestic abuse, or who have been bereaved.
But it is not only children that we work with. We also host visits for residents from local care homes, particularly those specialising in dementia care. We have visits from companionship groups, and those supporting adults who are living with brain injury, physical and mental challenges, disability or recovering from strokes etc.
Whether it is an educationally based visit (working towards our AQA awards) or the hosting of a simpler meet-and-greet opportunity, the time spent with our horses can have an amazing calming and therapeutic effect for our visitors and we provide a range of services to suit all needs. We do not ride our horses at the Sanctuary and all interaction is done at ground level.
We hold a number of events each year on site, welcoming supporters to our Sanctuary to learn about the work we do and to encourage fundraising. This role would assist in the preparation of the site for such events and support the team in welcoming and hosting the public at these events.
The community assistant role involves not only the practical leading of the visits but will also ensure the completion of associated paperwork with support from our charity administrator. This includes booking contracts, health, safety and safeguarding paperwork as well as monitoring reports.
You have great team-working skills and can motivate yourself and others in a working environment. You can work under instruction but also enjoy contributing ideas to team discussions.
You have experience with working in either an educational or similar setting where you have led activities with young people and know the skills required to effectively engage with this age group. Experience with those who are older or have physical or emotional challenges is desirable but not essential.
You are a fit and energetic person who has confidence with horses - our herds live out in fields and tracks over 80 acres and much of your time is spent out with them in all weathers and can be physically demanding! You do not need to be an expert horse-person, but as the leader of a session where you will be responsible for both the safety of the participants and the horses themselves, you will need a basic equine understanding.
You also understand the importance of having a relationship with the animals themselves. At the Sanctuary, we have a bespoke method of horse care which you will have to learn and engage with to get the best out of the horses, whilst also prioritising their wellbeing.
You are prepared to engage with the different programmes we offer at the Sanctuary (including Chance2Be and AQA Unit Awards), for which full training will be given.
You will be required to drive on-site vehicles and so will have a current driving licence and be prepared to undertake an enhanced DBS check.
Please see the attached job profile which contains all the duties expected in the role.
How to apply:
To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date copy of your CV, together with a brief statement of why you would like to apply for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to apply as soon as possible as we will regularly complete shortlisting and invite for interview.