Heritage Link Worker job description

Job Title:                      Heritage Link Worker

Location:                      Great Yarmouth

Salary:                          £22,000 pro rata

Contract:                      Fixed term 2 Years (4 days a week) from March 2022

Reporting to:                Restoration Trust Project Manager

The Restoration Trust has a grant from Historic England to pilot a Heritage Link Worker role that will be a way for local people who are referred to social prescribing services to access interesting heritage activities for their mental health and wellbeing.

It is a pilot project and there will be opportunities to suggest, develop and implement ideas which will forward the Restoration Trust and Historic England’s aim to make heritage an integral part of provision for people with mental health problems.

We welcome applications from people from black, brown and minoritised communities, as they are under-represented in our organisation, and also from people who have lived experience of mental health challenges. 

Job Description

This role will involve connecting people with heritage activities in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, so that we can support people living with mental health problems by encouraging their participation in heritage. We believe that enjoyable experiences of heritage will strengthen people’s sense of belonging to their place and community. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • To work across the Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council areas, including in the Heritage Action Zones in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
  • Co-locate with our Social Prescribing Health partners in the locality, providing dedicated time to referrals, sharing information with other Link Workers, linking referrals to heritage activities and assisting sustained contact between referrals and these activities.
  • Connect with primary care and wellbeing services, collaborating as part of the wider multi-disciplinary structure within the locality.
  • Build relationships with social prescribing networks and local Voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE), encouraging partnerships to develop new heritage-related opportunities. 
  • Connect and build relationships with key heritage and associated agencies such as our funders Historic England and agencies including the Broads Authority, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and local museums, archaeology and archives services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
  • Contribute to the Restoration Trust’s mapping of local heritage and related resources, and of health and social care referrers, thereby identifying gaps and opportunities.
  • Gather data for Evaluation, assist in active learning and assessing the impact of the project on the health and community engagement of people who have used the service (following the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018)
  • Contribute to reports and documents created by the project, including to Historic England, as part of Evaluation, and developing guidance on heritage engagement for social prescribing.

Job Requirements

  • A keen desire to support people, especially those dealing with mental health problems.
  • Good people skills and the ability to quickly connect with others to get them the help they need.
  • Experience of supporting people in community, health, social care or information and advice settings.
  • A sound knowledge of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Area and of local heritage
  • An interest in history and in working to involve a wider range of people with heritage. 
  • Ability to work flexibly from home and in other locations.
  • Ability to learn quickly and understand what you need to do within your role.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Good IT skills with the ability to find and record information quickly and efficiently.
  • GCSEs in English and Mathematics will be advantageous.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Apply with a CV and covering letter by email to laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Closing date for applications Monday 31st January at 5pm.

Interviews online Friday 18th February.

Heritage Link Worker in post before Friday 1st April.

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