DBS4156 Community Reading Worker

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
25/04/2021 23:59
£20,092 - £20,903 pa
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Any location within North Tyneside
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Closing date:
25 Apr
Further Information

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative project with the Cultural Services team at North Tyneside Council. The community reading project, initiated by best-selling author Ann Cleeves, is part of a programme with five North East Councils, focused on supporting access to books to improve health and well-being and reduce health inequalities. The programme will be evaluated through Newcastle University and outcomes shared with Public Health England to assess the potential for further investment.

The project will provide opportunities for people living in areas of high social deprivation to engage with books, learn through stories, build self-confidence and increase self-care and health outcomes. There will be a focus on working with families with young children.

The Community Reading worker is aligned to the social prescribing model which aims to empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing. You will take a holistic and personalised approach to understanding health and care needs. This involves developing trusting relationships and using ‘what matters’ to people to help motivate them to make positive changes in their lives.

You will be kind, reflective and self-aware and will enjoy working with a wide range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds. You will have good communication, negotiation and people management skills and a firm belief that people have untapped resources within them, that can be unleashed by providing a high quality, non-judgemental service.

A good knowledge of and passion for books & reading is essential. You will understand reader development principles and the value of reading and libraries in improving health and wellbeing and combatting social isolation. You will have the ability to develop and deliver innovative reader development initiatives.

The ability to work confidently and effectively in a varied, and sometimes challenging environment in all areas of North Tyneside is essential. You will be proactive, flexible and committed to developing and working within a network of partners.

Some weekend and evening work may be required.

The post is fixed term for 12 months, 37 hours per week.

For background information please click on the following links
Twitter - https://twitter.com/NTCouncilTeam/status/1379740986704855041
Facebook - https://fb.watch/4JhUDayhyk/

For further information please contact Steve Bishop (07979 401875), Andrea Stephenson (07866850712) or Rachel Warkcup (07962812598)

Please be advised that this position will require an Enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

North Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

In addition, staff and volunteers are expected to familiarise themselves with all relevant policies, procedures and guidance in relation to safeguarding children and safe practice with vulnerable adults. Within North Tyneside, safeguarding is everybody’s business.