Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Project Manager
£28,121 per annum, based at our Huntingdon office.
You will be responsible for developing, co-ordinating and delivering our new 'Our Health Matters project’ supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
- Recruit and support a small network of community volunteers to gather feedback about local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people’s experiences of health and care
- Support the volunteers to help people in these communities access the services they need
- Facilitate and support the roll out of bespoke cultural awareness training about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities for frontline health and care staff.
About the project
Gypsies, Roma and Travellers make up the largest ethnic minority groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, yet they are more likely to experience significantly poorer health than the general population.
This project has developed from work we started in 2016 to listen to the experiences of local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, which culminated in the publication of the 'Our Health Matters' report.
On a Traveller site we visited as part of our initial project, we were told that it been noted by several families that when they called for doctors’ appointments, they were often refused but if an outreach worker rang on their behalf, they were successful.
People found it harder to access care because they did not know what services were available. And because they found a lack of cultural understanding of their needs.
Since then, we have worked with the local Traveller Health Team to help improve access to health and care services, including raising our concerns in a 2019 Parliamentary committee.
This project aims to tackle the issue of cultural awareness. We will also be signposting people to services available, and gathering their insights to help the NHS and care services better meet people's needs within these communities.
You will have
- An awareness of the issues in accessing health and social care faced by people in these and other minority communities
- An understanding of how health and social care services are commissioned and delivered - and a good knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector
- Strong organisational and planning skills
- A proven ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels
- Experience of working with and supporting volunteers
And a willingness to travel across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as part of the role.
How we support our staff
We offer a friendly, supportive work environment to all our staff, who get together regularly to share ideas, experiences and mutual support.
We have a flexible working policy which helps our team balance family and caring responsibilities alongside work – particularly during these tough times. And our team of mental health champions are always developing ingenious ways to keep us motivated.
We are part of a national network of local Healthwatch organisations. And you will get the opportunity share ideas and learning with colleagues in similar roles across the country.
You’ll also be encouraged to undertake training to improve your skills and develop in your role.
How to apply
More information about the role and the person we are looking for can be seen in the job profile below.
For an informal chat about this role, speak to Jo McHattie, our Business Development Manager on 07368 163434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the Gyspy, Roma Traveller Project Manager job profile to find out more about the role.
Click the link below to complete the online application form. You will be emailed a completed copy of your application form once you have submitted it.
Apply by Sunday 27 June 2021
Interviews on Thursday 15 July 2021
Note: This post is normally based in our Huntingdon office, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, all our staff are currently working from home.