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Leicester City Council

Programme Officer (Public Health)

Job description

Do you have the desire to support our community to really make a difference for vulnerable people across the city. 
We are looking for a Programme Officer Lived Experience and Engagement to join our drug and alcohol team within public health. The successful person will recruit volunteers with lived experience of drugs and alcohol and support them to share their experiences with us. Their views will help public health to continue to deliver the services people need to recover from addiction and to support people affected such as family members and communities. 
Your work will influence how we work now and in the future, bringing about lasting and beneficial change.
The role is for 22 hours per week. With our flexible working scheme, you’ll have the opportunity to work from home and our offices, whilst also travelling to multiple venues within the city undertaking engagement work.
The role is fixed term until March 2025 subject to government funding.
What you’ll be doing
Leicester has a strong network of people with lived experience of drugs and alcohol who volunteer to support public health’s commissioning of services. You will work collaboratively with this network and the people and organisations within it. You’ll also work to increase the number of people within the network, particularly those from under represented groups and communities. You’ll do this by working with our public health team to understand where there are gaps in our lived experience voice in the city and developing opportunities to fill these gaps. You will co develop processes and protocols to ensure that people with lived experience are enabled to get involved in our work and the work we commission, providing support to individuals with lived experience to enable this to happen.
Alongside colleagues, you will set up a small grants programme to raise awareness of drugs and alcohol, and support the distribution and monitoring of awarded grants.
What you’ll need
We are looking for a compassionate individual who has some experience or insight into working to recruit and support volunteers who have lived experience, though this does not need to be within drugs or alcohol.  
You will have the ability to build strong relationships with our local partners, be approachable and be able to communicate with people at all levels and across different communities, including speaking to large groups of people. You will be a confident communicator and be comfortable working with different people with differing needs. 
As a result, you will have an adaptive, flexible approach to your work.
You will have good project management skills needed to set up our small grants programme and will be able to monitor and report on progress. You will be able to analyse and present data to different audiences to help promote understanding of drugs and alcohol services in the city.
You will have the character to deliver a non stigmatising and compassionate approach to individuals who need our support.

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