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Project Lead – Disabled People’s Housing Campaign

Salary:                   £30,000 to £35,000 per annum (15-month fixed term contract)                 

Hours:                   37.5 hours a week (full time)

Place of work:       Action on Disability, Centre for Independent Living, Mo Mowlam House, Clem Attlee Court, London SW6 7BF 

Accountable to:     Chief Executive Officer

Annual leave:        25 days plus 4 recess days plus bank holidays

Please email ellen.barnes@aod.org.uk for an application pack or download above.

Applications (marked ‘Private and Confidential’) must be sent to:

 

Ellen Barnes ,Centre Coordinator, AoD Centre for Independent Living, Mo Mowlam House, Clem Attlee Court, London SW6 7BF

 

Closing Date:         Friday 1st March 2024 (12 noon)

 Interview Date:      Friday 8th March 2024

Finally, Action on Disability positively welcomes applications from Disabled people

Please identify any specific requirements you may have, or wish to bring, to ensure full access at your interview if you are shortlisted              

The Organisation

Action on Disability (AoD), founded in 1979, is one of London’s leading Disabled People’s Organisations.  As we believe in the Social Model of Disability, our values and principles embrace inclusive and accessible ways of working both internally and in all our activities, we seek the participation and contribution of our members, and encourage and respect diversity.

The organisation is a medium sized charity with a Board of Trustees, 24 staff and a strong sessional staff and volunteer base including many with direct experience of disability – all of whom are passionate about removing the barriers disabled people face.

AoD provides five key services: Youth, Employment, Welfare Benefits, Independent Living and Direct Payments.

 

Disabled People’s Housing Campaign

Funded by the Trust for London, this new campaign project will employ a Housing Campaign Project Lead who will develop the campaigning and engagement functions. These functions will be run by, and composed of local Disabled residents and supported by AoD. The project will operate in Hammersmith and Fulham and focus on local housing issues.

This project will enable H&F Disabled residents to campaign and influence policy. The long-term goal is to maximise the availability of appropriate, safe, and accessible housing for Disabled residents.

 

The successful candidate must be highly motivated, experienced in campaigning and training others, with a thorough understanding of the Social Model of Disability and high expectations of Disabled people. They will need excellent networking, problem solving, communication and negotiation skills.

 

The Post

The purpose of the job is to:

  • Upskill and inform Disabled residents in campaign work on housing issues: identify and recruit residents and provide active learning opportunities through campaigning and influencing activities to secure ‘quick wins’.
  • Establish campaign and policy functions at AoD, focused on housing: build an evidence base around Disabled residents’ struggles, and desires; create structures; find a consensus amongst Disabled activists regarding campaign goals; map contacts, and build relationships; and engage staff and campaign volunteers to expedite the issues.
  • Implement and facilitate short term campaigns: make a concrete difference and provide quick wins to stress test the campaign structures. For example, Disabled residents may be able to put election candidates under scrutiny around Disabled People’s housing.
  • Continually assess and evaluate the progress of the campaign: to identify at an early stage the need to secure further funding for a longer-term campaign on housing.

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To engage Disabled residents in person, online, via email and social media.
  2. To research the Borough: relevant policies, structures, key contacts, activity around housing and around disability engagement
  3. To convene appropriate structures for the Campaign
  4. A Steering Group of AoD Chief Executive, the Campaign Project Lead, 2 local Disabled residents (from co-produced groups), external experts on housing and campaigning will provide a reference for key decisions.
  5. A Co-produced Housing Campaign Group of about 10 Disabled residents to provide ongoing leadership for the Campaign.

 

  • To co-ordinate and drive forward the Campaign: 
    1. Survey, case studies, research / evidence findings
    2. Drafting materials
    3. Commissioning policy, campaigning materials
    4. Being a focal point

 

  • To advise Disabled residents during the Campaign.
  • To influence key areas of policy and practice at a local, regional and national levels.

 

Organisational responsibilities

  1. To work in accordance with Action on Disability’s Aims, Objectives and Values
  2. To comply with all organisational and departmental policies and procedures, and in particular to ensure safe, fair and responsible working practices through the implementation of AoD’s Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding and Confidentiality policies.
  3. To promote the work of AoD and promote and implement the Social Model of Disability.
  4. To keep accurate records and provide monitoring statistics and evaluation information as required for internal and external purposes.
  5. To participate in and actively contribute to individual supervision, training, team and organisational meetings.
  6. To work flexibly, being prepared to perform other duties commensurate with the role, which may include new areas of operation following consultation.
  7. Any other task appropriate to the role.

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