Contract: Contract/Temporary (1year fixed Term)
Salary: £22,000 - £25,000
Reporting to: Thriving Communities Regional Lead
Hours and location: Full time (37.5 hours per week) based from our Bournemouth office at Slades Park Pavilion. Flexible working hours are supported along with an agile working pattern with a mix of home and office based working each week.

Closing date: Sunday 4th December 2022

Diverse talent is underrepresented in Active Dorset. Active Dorset is committed to diversity and equal opportunities and want to build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We welcome applications from individuals representing different race, ethnicity, disability, or any protected characteristics, to help us understand and work with all communities.

About us

Active Dorset CIC is one of 43 Active Partnerships across England. We work collaboratively to create the conditions for an active nation and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. The team is focused on learning what works locally and driving collaboration and impact across the network.

Our Vision

People in Dorset choose to enjoy an active lifestyle through participation in sport and physical activity.

Our Mission Statement

Supporting strategic leaders with high quality advice and advocacy so that people in Dorset choose to enjoy an active lifestyle through participation in sport and physical activity.

About the role

Active Dorset has an annual contract with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) to deliver the Thriving Communities Programme across the South West of England until April 2024. The successful applicant will help coordinate the delivery of the programme, which aims to support the development of social prescribing by working with people, places and local systems.

We are looking for a self-driven individual who is happy to work in partnership, building relationships across sectors like arts, nature, health and physical activity to form inclusive networks of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) organisations across the region.

This role needs an adaptable communicator who can recognise and respond to the changing needs of a compassionate, diverse and resourceful voluntary sector. By working in partnership across sectors such arts, nature, health and physical activity the post holder will aim to form inclusive networks of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) organisations across the region.


Company pension, with 5% contribution from Active Dorset
Up t0 30 days holiday per year plus bank holidays.
Agile and flexible working supported
Free eye care vouchers
Employee assistance programme
Enhanced maternity/paternity and sick leave policies (subject to eligibility)

Key responsibilities

• Support the delivery of the thriving communities programme in the South West through a mixture of both online and in person meetings and events
• Maintain up-to-date records of regional infrastructure, learning and development opportunities across the South West
• Shout loudly about social prescribing and the benefits it can bring to both individuals and communities
• Build and sustain relationships with a wide range of VCFSE organisations and existing networks across the region
• Provide consultation and guidance to VCFSE sector partners who are aiming to connect with their social prescribing ecosystem and wider health structures
• Create content and manage subscriptions for a thriving communities regional e-newsletter
• Ensure web content for the South West regional microsite is up-to-date, relevant and beneficial
• Engage in relevant national and regional based webinars for learning and development
• Facilitate regional online networks, meetings, workshops and events
• Work with both the NASP comms team and Active Dorset marketing & communications officer to create engaging social content for the benefit of the VCFSE sector and wider stakeholders
• Help to identify areas for improvement within the programme and work alongside the regional lead to problem solve and maximise impact
• Regularly feedback both social prescribing and VCFSE sector insights and learning to the wider Active Dorset team
• Contribute to the future planning and development of the regional workplan
• Deputise for thriving communities regional lead at meetings and events when needed

Please note: The duties and responsibilities of this post are not restrictive, and the post holder may be required on occasion to undertake other duties. This will not substantially change the nature of the post.

Person Specification

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of demonstrating that they fulfil the following criteria in their application form and should include clear examples of how they meet these criteria.

Values and Personal Attributes

1.1 Competent using Microsoft office packages such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook (essential)
1.2 Educated to GCSE standard or equivalent (essential)
1.3 Good standard of numeracy and written literacy skills (essential)


2.1 Understanding of social prescribing, personalised care and the wider health landscape (desirable)
2.2 Understanding of the VCFSE sector and community support (essential)
2.3 Awareness of health inequalities and the wider determinants of health (desirable)
2.4 Knowledge of different organisations, systems and structures that exist within the South West (desirable)


3.1 Excellent communication skills – written, telephone, verbal and non-verbal, and listening skills (essential)
3.2 Kind, empathetic and approachable when building rapport with VCFSE organisations and groups (essential)
3.3 Ability to identify and process relevant information quickly from a range of sources (desirable)


4.1 Interest in and a passion for working with VCFSE groups and organisations (essential)
4.2 Confident when speaking to a wide range of people at all levels of seniority and from different backgrounds (desirable)
4.3 Previous experience of working on multi projects and prioritising a varied workload (essential)
4.4 Evidence of working in partnership towards a shared a shared vision and objectives (desirable)

Other Requirements

5.5 Ability on occasions to travel to events or meetings that may take place across the South West (desirable)
5.6 Capability to work in a fast paced and busy environment (essential)

For an informal conversation about the role, or to express an interest please contact James Day; [email protected]

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