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Active Recreation Officer – Derry City & Strabane District Council Area

Live Active NI is a Community Interest Company recently established by Disability Sport NI to run health and wellbeing related active recreation projects which will benefit everyone in the community, with a particular focus on people with disabilities, people with long term health conditions and older people.

Live Active NI has recently secured funding from the “Spirit of 2012 Trust” to deliver the Get Out Get Active Project in the ‘Derry City & Strabane District Council’ area and the ‘Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council’ area.

In order to deliver these projects we are currently recruiting the following posts:

Active Recreation Officer (2 posts) 

Salary Scale NJC 22 – 28:  £20,456 – £24,717

The post holder will be responsible for the development of existing and future active recreation projects. This will involve working in partnership with funders, district councils, health trusts, voluntary and community organisations, sports clubs, schools and adult centres throughout Northern Ireland to implement active recreation projects and events which actively improve the health and wellbeing of inactive people.

Essential criteria for the above post will include:

  • A degree or 3rd level qualification which can be demonstrated is relevant to the post.
  • Two years full time (or part time equivalent) experience of sports development, sports coaching or community development.
  • Two years full time (or part time equivalent) experience of working with people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position:               Active Recreation Officer – Derry City & Strabane District Council Area

Location:              Derry City

Reports To:          Live Active NI Manager

Salary:                   Salary Scale NJC Point 22 – 28 (£20,456 – £24,717)

Hours:                   37.5 hours per week. Hours of work will be those necessary to carry out the full responsibilities of the post, some of which may be in the evening and/or weekends. Time-off-in-lieu will be allowed in respect of working evenings and weekends.

Duration:              Fixed Term Contract to 31 August 2019

Background Information:

Live Active NI is a Community Interest Company recently established by Disability Sport NI to run health and wellbeing related active recreation projects which will benefit everyone in the community, with a particular focus on people with disabilities, people with long term health conditions and older people.

Disability Sport NI is the main disability sports charity in Northern Ireland working to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adults with disabilities through sport and active recreation.

Live Active NI has recently secured funding from the “Spirit of 2012 Trust” to deliver the Get Out Get Active project in the ‘Derry City & Strabane District Council’ area and the ‘Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council’ area.

Job Purpose:

The post holder will be responsible for the development of existing and future active recreation projects. This will involve working in partnership with funders, district councils, health trusts, voluntary and community organisations, sports clubs, schools and adult centres throughout Northern Ireland to implement active recreation projects and events which actively improve the health and wellbeing of inactive people.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Communication & Engagement

  • To contribute to the development of a communications and engagement plan in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area which will make inactive people aware of active recreation opportunities and support them to take practical steps to become active.
  • To develop a database of existing local and inclusive active recreation opportunities, sports and activity clubs, sports providers and community groups in Derry City & Strabane District Council areas.
  • To provide an information service on both existing and new active recreation opportunities via social media, ‘Live Active NI’ website and other methods of communication.
  • To directly engage with and disseminate information on active recreation opportunities to community organisations, adult centres, residential homes and schools.
  • To facilitate the local ‘Get Out Get Active’ forum and other relevant forums and committees.

Inclusion Initiatives

  • To work with existing active recreation and leisure providers to support the development of inclusive programmes for inactive people including sports clubs, schools and adult centres, disability organisations, Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Authorities and Health Trusts.

 

Active Recreation Programmes & Events

  • To plan, organise and deliver active recreation opportunities, activity sessions and events in the local community.
  • To organise an annual ‘Get Out Get Active’ day in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area.
  • To ensure all sports and active recreation sessions and events are organised safely in line with the Live Active NI’s health and safety policies and procedures.

Safeguarding

  • To prepare and run all sessions in a safe and appropriate manner in line with Live Active NI’s policies and procedures designed to protect the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
  • In liaison with the Live Active NI Manager to ensure that all project volunteers are trained in the areas of safeguarding.
  • In liaison with the Live Active NI Manager to ensure Access NI checks are carried out on project volunteers in line with Access NI guidelines.

Training & Volunteering

  • In liaison with the Live Active NI Manager to organise and deliver a local programme of training, education and learning opportunities for club coaches and volunteers, to include the organisation of workshops and seminars.

Other Responsibilities

  • To undertake training as required by Live Active NI and Disability Sport NI.
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of the post.

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 2 September

Further information and an application pack are available from:

The Monitoring Officer
Live Active NI
c/o Disability Sport NI
Portside Business Park
189 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9ED

Tel: (028) 9046 9925          [email protected]

Application packs can also be downloaded from our website www.dsni.co.uk or via the following links:

Active Recreation Officer Derry & Strabane – Application Form
Active Recreation Officer Derry City & Strabane – Personnel Specification