Vacancies

Project Development Officer

If you are passionate about seeing marginalised people included, building confidence in others through passing on practical skills and fostering creativity, we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for a Project Development Officer to join our team, based in Gateshead.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, flexible Monday to Friday (with occasional evening and weekend call outs)
Location: Handcrafted Gateshead Hub, travelling to our Durham Office and other areas for meetings as required
Salary: £22,440 to £25,240 depending on experience

The Project Development Officer will manage our Gateshead Hub:

  • Devising and delivering activities and programmes which equip trainees and residents to turn their lives around.
  • Building relationships with a diverse cross section of people, from trainees with complex needs through volunteers to referrers and other partner organisations
  • Managing, training and supporting  a team of volunteers
  • Supporting trainees and residents to develop practically, emotionally, socially and spiritually through mentoring, training, work experience and practical assistance

Email recruitment@handcrafted.org.uk to request a recruitment pack.

The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on Friday 29th June 2018.  We will be interviewing shortlisted candidates on Tuesday 10th July 2018 (afternoon and evening).

Volunteering Opportunities

We have a range of rewarding opportunities for volunteers who share our passion to work with people who are turning their lives around.

The workshop is open from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.  Volunteers are welcome for whole days on one or more days per week. All volunteers are also welcome to share a free lunch with trainees on the days they volunteer.

Get in touch with us if you can help us in any of the following ways:

Woodwork Workshop Volunteers

Volunteers help to supervise the Woodwork Workshop, under the direction of the Workshop Manager.

Training in woodworking techniques, machinery operation and health and safety are provided.

Requirements:

  • Aptitude for practical skills: able to pick up easily how to do woodwork projects and use the machinery
  • Able to explain to trainees skills you have learned
  • Able to relate to people who have had significant disadvantages in life and are in the process of turning their lives around
  • Personal Christian faith or sympathy with the ethos of the charity

Driver Volunteers

Driver volunteers typically collect trainees and bring them to the workshop in the morning and then take them home at the end of the day.

Car mileage expenses are available.

Requirements:

  • Able to use own car
  • Able to relate to people who have had significant disadvantages in life and are in the process of turning their lives around
  • Personal Christian faith or sympathy with the ethos of the charity

Cooking Volunteers

Volunteers cook lunch in the workshop kitchen.  A simple one-course lunch is produced for about 12 to 18 people each day, sometimes using food donated by supermarkets.

We serve lunch at about 12.30 each day.

The charity meets the cost of all food, within a set budget.

Requirements:

  • Able to cook lunches for 10 to 18 people, to a defined budget
  • Able to do shopping for the food required would also be an advantage, but not essential

Optionally, volunteers could help teach trainees to cook and involve a trainee in cooking and/or shopping each day, with the additional requirements:

  • Able to relate to people who have had significant disadvantages in life and are in the process of turning their lives around.
  • Personal Christian faith or sympathy with the ethos of the charity

If you are interested in finding out more: