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Work as part of our Team to enhance the lives of older people living in care homes.

Job Description for FaNs Projects Coordinator for Braintree and Colchester

Known locally as Friends & Neighbours (FaNs), our projects help older people living in care homes across Essex to enjoy the best possible quality of life through meaningful engagement with their wider communities. These connections, which are often tailored to individual interests, give residents a sense of purpose, enable them to make independent choices and help to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Our projects aim to reduce loneliness, social isolation and importantly, improve happiness.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing relationships with local care homes and using these relationships to identify needs of their elderly residents.
  • Developing relationships with local communities, including community groups, individuals and companies who can support our FaNs projects.
  • Gaining commitment to FaNs projects from everyone involved. Completing risk assessments where necessary.
  • Producing project plans, regular progress reports and gathering evidence of outcomes to align with funder reporting.
  • Assisting the charity with social media updates and providing information to help the charity with its reporting to funders.
  • Attending regular meetings within North/Mid Essex.

This role will suit someone who is driven to achieve outcomes, able to work independently and as part of a small team, able to plan projects and communicate effectively, is passionate about helping others, can build successful relationships and work flexibly.

A successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following behaviours:

  • Attention to detail and excellent organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Flexibility

A successful candidate must also:

  • Hold a valid UK driving licence and have access to a reliable vehicle to be able to regularly visit local care homes, and associated venues, within the Braintree and Colchester districts.
  • Be DBS checked within the last 6 months. This can be paid for by the charity if one is not available.
  • Have a reliable mobile phone service to keep in contact. We will pay you a monthly allowance for your phone and reasonable travel expenses.

Who are the My Home Life Essex Community Association (MHLECA)?

MHLECA are the charity behind FaNs Network, operating predominantly across North-East and Mid-Essex, covering Braintree, Maldon, Colchester, and Tendring. We are recognised as the 'go to' charity for Essex statutory organisations (including North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Essex County Council and Local Community Volunteering Services) needing to connect to a diverse care home sector.

Hours: 21 hours per week flexibly over 3/4 days per week, Mondays compulsory.

Pay: £15 per hour plus travel expenses and allowance for phone charges.

Please email a covering letter and your C.V. to

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