The Reader Organisation can announce two new job vacancies, for a Big Lottery Project Volunteer Assistant in Merseyside, and a Team Leader in the South West of England.
Big Lottery Project Volunteer Assistant
- Based: The Friary Centre, Bute Street, Liverpool, L5 3LA
- Hours: Full time
- Contract: until July 2016
- Salary: £15,000 per annum
We recognise that volunteering has a key role to play in our future and are seeking to appoint an additional Assistant to our Volunteer Managers funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Our Big Lottery project engages people experiencing or at risk of experiencing mental health problems in a range of volunteering opportunities across TRO in Merseyside. Its focus is to deliver volunteer-led reading groups in care homes for older people.
The post holder will provide administrative support to the Volunteer Managers and also have a key role to play in the on-going support of volunteers on the project.
The post holder will be required to work in our three Merseyside offices: the project is based in Everton, with staff required to travel to our head office in Calderstones Mansion House and our Wirral office, in Birkenhead.
A full Job Description for this role can be found on our website
Deadline for applications: Friday 12th September, 9am
NB: applications arriving after 9am will not be considered.
A high volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible.
Interviews date: Wednesday 24th September 2014
Interviews will include a short IT test
Role begins: Beginning of November
South West Team Leader
- Based in the South West (Plymouth/Exeter preferred)
- Reporting to: Head of Operations
- Salary: £22,000-£24,000 per annum
- Hours: 35 hours per week, 30 days annual leave
- Duration: Fixed-term 12 month contract
This role calls for an exceptionally highly-motivated and dedicated person. You will be responsible for the successful management of a team in the South West alongside some delivery of shared reading.
Specific responsibilites will include:
- Manage the work of the staff team, including recruitment, allocation of responsibilities, objective setting and development reviews, staff support and supervision, budget management, IT (including Dynamics), Communications, Quality, Monitoring and Evaluation, dealing with day to day issues and concerns
- Arrange and lead team meetings
- Manage, support and supervise volunteers
- Liaise with host organisations and ensure best practice, including Service Level Agreements and Risk Assessments
- Ensure a high standard of delivery of Shared Reading by ensuring groups meet quality standards; that staff and volunteers are well trained and engage in continuous professional development and that regular monitoring and evaluation takes place
- Seek to raise the profile of The Reader Organisation throughout the South West
A full Job Description for this role can be downloaded on our website.
Deadline for applications: Monday 22nd September, 5pm
NB: applications arriving after 9am will not be considered
A high volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible.
Interviews: Thursday 9th October 2014, Thistle Hotel, Exeter City Centre
Role begins: As soon as possible thereafter
How to apply:
Please do not just send in a CV. We will only consider applications that adhere to the following process -
To apply for either of these roles, http://www.thereader.org.uk and select Job Opportunities underneath the ‘Working With Us’ tab where you will be able to view the full job description and download an application form. Please complete the application form and submit a covering letter, explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your covering letter is an opportunity for you to include any additional information which could not be explained within the application form.
We are also currently looking for interns in the roles of Arts Administration and Communications. Internships at The Reader Organisation last for sixteen weeks for a total of 21 hours per week, with flexibility allowed. Roles are unpaid but all travel expenses will be recouped, and interns will gain practical and stimulating experience of a dynamic and growing charity.
Deadline for applications to both Internship roles is Monday 22nd September, 5pm. Interviews will take place on Monday 29th September. For more information on applying and to download role full role descriptions, please visit the Internships section of our website.
We read this poem in a communications team meeting a few weeks ago and found it a captivating one to explore, and have since found it to be a poem that really stays with you after reading. Written by Victorian writer Thomas Hardy – known for his dark, gothic style – we hope you find today’s featured poem an interesting read.
Here is the ancient floor,
Footworn and hollowed and thin,
Here was the former door
Where the dead feet walked in.
She sat here in her chair,
Smiling into the fire;
He who played stood there,
Bowing it higher and higher.
Childlike, I danced in a dream;
Blessings emblazoned that day;
Everything glowed with a gleam;
Yet we were looking away!
After a fabulous few days hosting our Children’s Literature Festival -The Secret Garden of Stories – it feels fitting to continue enjoying the wonders of Children’s Literature in this week;s Featured Poem. For this reason, we have chosen one of our favourite Children’s poems, Escape at Bedtime by R.L. Stevenson. We hope you enjoy!
Escape at Bedtime:
The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.
The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shown in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
After a road trip covering quite a number of miles (most coming from the journey between Liverpool and Suffolk for our Comms team), we arrived at the festival site to set up home at the Shed of Stories, a haven in Henham Park:
Over four days, festivalgoers could escape for some peace and quiet and a good dose of great literature as Lois, our South London Project Coordinator, read a selection of stories and poems aloud in special shared reading sessions on the theme of ‘Secrets, Lies and Surveillance’.
Take a peek inside…
Amongst colourful mats and comfy Latitude cushions, our readers cosied up and enjoyed the texts that were on offer throughout the day – as well as enjoying some tea and biscuits.
It was great to be able to bring shared reading to a new audience at Latitude, with the Shed of Stories proving a resounding success. Whether staying for a few minutes or nearer to an hour, it was wonderful to be able to offer some pure escapism to those at the festival, and we’d love to be able to make shared reading a fixture for all festivals in future!
Our friends at City of Readers also got in on the festival action recently, bringing the best beach reads to the Liverpool International Music Festival at Sefton Park over the bank holiday weekend. Reading and festivals – clearly the perfect combination.
See what we’ve got coming up this Autumn on the Events section of our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/events