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Traveller Community Liaison Officer

Full Time Temporary

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Seven Resourcing is recruiting a Traveller Community Liaison Officer to work a locum contract with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

This is an exciting project that is full-time 38 hours per week to start as soon as possible.

The role:

Working within the council to deliver the vision of creating strong partnerships across all sectors to provide provision that addresses inequality and creates community cohesion within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (GRT), local residents, local councillors and businesses. The GTLO is responsible for the safe and effective operation of Dudley Council's permanent site, transit site and any tolerated sites ensuring: – the site is providing a decent environment in which to live, – effective proactive and responsive site management and communication for tenants and the Council. – a cohesive and engaged site-based community development and effective implementation of Dudley Council's allocation policy and adherence of the Mobile Homes Act and related legislation. The GTLO will assist with enforcement action, as required, including unauthorised encampments and attending court as necessary. To provide an adequate number of pitches across Dudley Borough in well managed site provision. This includes private and public sites; permanent, transit and stopping sites.

Key Responsibilities:

– To provide effective and visual site management including rent collection at all Council Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites, ensuring standards are maintained and prompt remedial action is taken where required within a balanced budget.

– To increase the number of well managed permanent sites under private ownership by supporting private sites to develop effective policies and processes. Protect law abiding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, local residents and businesses through close working with landowners to ensure there is a robust legal framework that addresses anti-social and criminal behaviour.

– To improve the conditions of public owned sites and pitch facilities

– Timely and effective enforcement action of any anti-social behaviour or criminal offences impacting settled Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, local residents and businesses by supporting the enforcement officers to ensure robust enforcement action against those that are affecting the wellbeing of other residents on the site and within the vicinity

– Increased occupation rates of Local Authority Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites through proactive engagement and site management of all Local Authority sites ensuring residents are supported to be safe, healthy and independent. To recognise and positively promote the culture and traditions of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities and address discrimination.

– Work with partner agencies and local communities to establish a series of community engagement programmes that helps to create stronger links and a better understanding of the culture and identity of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community.

– Work with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community to report incidents of hate crime, discrimination and to work with partner agencies. To address the health, social and economic inequalities that exist in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

– Reduce the health inequalities within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities occupying settled sites by promoting and increasing health support provided.

– Support and promote the work of the education officers to increase the number young people within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community who are engaged in education and have obtained qualifications

– Support and promote the work of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller liaison officer, within colleges and work readiness providers to increase the number of young adults aged 16-24 who live on settled sites, to be in full or part time employment.

– To work with Managers to develop and implement measurers to reduce site expenditure increase rental income, with legal services address rent arrears and develop and implement payment plans.

– To work with managers to apply for appropriate external funding when applicable.

– To ensure Health and Safety Risk assessments are maintained and adhered to and provide assessments to other council departments as required.

– To provide expert advice and support in relation to the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community for the benefit of Dudley Council, other local authorities, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and the general public.

– To lead and direct all site management activity.

– To work with and support the wider Directorate with duties as required.

– To work unsociable hours.

Applicant Requirements:

Qualifications: Minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent with GSCE Grades A – C in both Maths and English
Experience: A knowledge or Equality and Diversity and working in the direct support of deprived and/or excluded communities. If you have any experience of working within a traveller community that would be ideal but not essential.
Compliance: Up to date Passport and DBS.
Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
Hours: 37 hours p/w.
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