Communities Manager

Job title: Communities Manager, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

Hours: 21 hours per week (flexible working hours to be agreed on confirmation of post)

Salary: SO1 point 24, part-time 21 hours per week £18,667.25 (full-time equivalent £32,001)

Contract: Permanent

Location: Holloway, Islington N7. During the Covid-19 restrictions our staff are able to work from home. We expect to return to in person working at the centre after this time.

Manor Gardens is looking for a strong leader to bring together and lead our new Communities team, within our Health and Wellbeing Services. This new role will bring all our community-facing work into a cohesive team, and ensure that we respond to the needs of our diverse communities. This team is responsible for our front-door and open-access services, including the oversight of our universal referral service, our outreach, engagement events and activities, and our volunteering offers.

The Communities Manager will lead the team to ensure that all individuals who come to Manor Gardens have a positive experience and can improve their own health and wellbeing, from initial contact and referral, through to short and long term service offers and involvement in our broader community. The role will also ensure we provide innovative and community-driven services that focus on early intervention and prevention, with a particular focus on people who experience identified barriers and difficulties in accessing support and services. This role will work alongside our bilingual staff, volunteers and residents, to design and deliver services in a collaborative and community-led way that meets the real needs and wants of communities themselves. We currently have bilingual staff who work with our Spanish and Portuguese speaking, Eastern European, Arabic speaking, Somali, Turkish and Albanian communities, and volunteers who work across other languages and communities.

You will be a strong leader with experience working at local community level, able to lead a successful team of staff and volunteers, and design and develop an ambitious strategy and approach for all that we offer for our communities within Islington.

About Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust is a charity with an excellent history of supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing since 1913. Our mission is to work with people and communities to take action and enable good health, resilience and opportunity.

Our organisation is made up of three areas: our health and wellbeing services, our Early Years services, and our buildings offer as a landlord and a local community centre. Our health and wellbeing services operate across London, with our main base in Islington. We offer a variety of services to people of all ages and all communities, with a particular focus on those that experience identified barriers and difficulties in accessing support and services. This includes but isn’t limited to those living with long-term physical or mental health conditions, refugee and migrant communities, survivors of or those experiencing abuse, those who are socially isolated, and others who for many reasons are experiencing poor health and wellbeing.

We work from the approach that wellbeing and good health means different things to different people, and address this through working alongside communities, and recruiting many of our staff from the communities we serve. We work creatively and with flexibility, and having a positive impact on those we work with is at the heart of all we do.

In any role at Manor Gardens Welfare Trust, you will be encouraged to contribute across the organisation and grow and develop as a professional in this field, and we offer regular training and development opportunities in order to do so.

How To Apply

Closing date for applications: Monday 11th January 2021, 9am

Interviews: w/c 18th January 2021

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust is committed to valuing, respecting and celebrating diversity, and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities with which we work. We recognise the value of lived experience in any role we offer, and we welcome and encourage applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation or religious belief. We do not expect candidates to have experience in every aspect of the job description, or to meet every requirement in the person specification – all we ask is a willingness to learn and develop in any areas you may have less experience in.

We also encourage potential candidates to contact us for an informal conversation or email response to any questions you may have. For further information or an informal conversation to discuss this post please contact Alex Britten.  

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust follows safer recruitment procedures, and all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Any disclosures within a DBS check do not necessarily prevent an individual from taking up a position with us, and we encourage those with questions about this to contact us to discuss further.

Please send your completed application to

About Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

Applicants Guidance Notes 

Application Form

Communities Manager Job Description

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Form

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust follows safer recruitment procedures, in accordance with the DfE statutory guidance, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, and all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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