Vacancies & Opportunities

Arawak Walton is the largest independent black and minority ethnic (BME) Housing Association in the North West. Working mainly in the inner cities of Manchester, Trafford and Stockport, our head office is in Ardwick, Manchester. With its roots in the African Caribbean Community, the association champions the provision of quality affordable homes and services in sustainable multi-cultural neighbourhoods. With over 1000 homes in ownership and management, our asset base is £55 million and turnover is in the region of £5 million. We are currently seeking a:


Salary: c£58k pa

Based in Ardwick, our Board is looking for a dynamic Finance Director who’s interested in more than just numbers and spreadsheets.  We need someone who can really make a difference to the way we operate, understanding and rising to the challenges we face in providing excellent services within a value for money environment, as well as making sure that we’re operating within the financial and regulatory constraints required of all housing associations.

As part of a small senior management team you will be expected to get involved in networking and promoting the work of Arawak Walton to a number of stakeholders, on occasions deputising for the Chief Executive in an ambassadorial role. The role will involve effective management of the finance and IT functions of the association.  We’re looking for a qualified accountant who is a strategic thinker with excellent communications skills and also a good negotiator and analyst.

This is a unique opening for someone who wants to push the boundaries of the conventional role of a Finance Director and maybe prepare for a future role as a Chief Executive. Someone who is committed to customer service, equality and diversity who wants to use their professional skills to make a difference to the lives of the customers we serve.

If you feel this exciting challenge could be for you, then don’t just send us your CV, send us something that will make us sit up and take notice, something that will make us want to meet you.

For an informal chat with our Chief Executive, Ms Cym D’Souza, please contact Bindu Pandya, PA on 0161-272-6094 who will arrange a mutually suitable time and date.

Please email your submission to Angela Maher, or send to Angela Maher, Margaret House, 23 Manor St, Ardwick, Manchester, M12 6HE in an envelope marked P&C by 5pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017. Note: submissions via recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Job Description
Mission Statement
Benefits of working for Arawak Walton


(12 month contract)

Full Time, 35 Hours per week

Salary: £15,379 per annum

Are you looking to start a career in Customer Service? This is an excellent opportunity to learn on the job, working alongside experts and senior managers, to gain a solid background in the field of housing services.

We are looking for a self motivated, naturally inquisitive individual who is confident to work in a team committed to Customer Service Excellence.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation which provides employees with variety, early responsibility and the ability to make a real difference to the lives of people in our local communities. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity to get a real head start in your career. With on the job learning supported by a structured training plan to help you kick start your career.

 For an informal discussion contact Jo Moon on 0161 272 6094

 Closing date for all returned applications is: Monday 17th April 2017 at 5pm

 Interviews will take place Tuesday 25th April 2017, please ensure you are available if selected for interview or note on your application soonest available date.

Note: CV’s will not be accepted.

Application form

Trainee Information Pack


We are hiring: Senior Welfare Benefits Advisor
People are facing greater and greater hardship as a result of cuts in benefits, homelessness, uncertainty at work, and escalating racism. Legal Aid – which is an essential part of the welfare state – has been cut again and again. The people most in need across the ten districts of Greater Manchester are being deprived of access to justice.

Greater Manchester Law Centre has been set up to challenge this situation. We now have premises (on the main Princess Road in inner city Moss Side), a full time solicitor and volunteers providing legal advice (welfare rights, with sessional solicitors offering more widely). We are now looking for an experienced Welfare Benefits Advisor/team leader to work alongside the Supervising Solicitor and to assist in supervising and regulating all our advice and representation work.

You will be expected to provide support to the advice service and provide training where necessary. Ideal candidates will be experienced welfare benefit advisors and will be able to complete full benefit check for clients. If appointed, you will be expected to manage a workload of welfare benefit cases to agreed quality standards and to act as an advocate at Tribunal hearings. Ideally, we are looking for candidates with LAA supervisor status or the experience needed in order to obtain this.

You must have significant experience of managing your own case load and recent experience of giving welfare benefit advice (within the last 12 months). Experience of staff supervision is also desirable. You will be expected to train and mentor new volunteers.

Knowledge of case management systems, such as AIMS and the relevant IT skills is desirable.

This position is a part-time role for 17.5 hours per week and is offered on a fixed term basis for 12 months (in the first instance)

Read more and apply:

Manchester International Festival (MIF) are recruiting now for the following temporary roles:-
Ground Transport Manager
Artist Liaison Officer
Artist Liaison Front of House & Technical Teams (open call-out)
Click the link to read more about the roles and apply. Closing dates are imminent.
MIF are also recruiting Hospitality Staff to work at the festival between 24th June and 23rdJuly.
Working hours include evenings and weekends.
Job specifications for these roles are not yet listed on the MIF website.
Applicants must simply have some hospitality experience and Bar Staff applicants must be aged 18+.
Interviews for the Hospitality roles will take place at the Jobcentre Plus Employer Suite at Manchester Town Hall Extension on Tuesday 25th April.
To apply, email your CV to
Read more about the Festival on

Job Opportunities from Manchester Community Central
LGBT Accommodation Caseworker (Domestic Abuse) at the LGBT Foundation
Salary: £23,122, Hours: 37 hours per week
Deadline: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 17:00 Read moreVoluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Secondment into the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Team
Salary: Backfill costs (budget approx. £40,000), Hours: Full time
Deadline: Tuesday 18 April 2017, 9:00 Read moreIndividual Giving Fundraiser at Henshaws
Salary: £23,496 per annum, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Tuesday 18 April 2017, 12:00 Read moreEmployment Project Manager at N-Gage
Salary: £11.20 per hour, Hours: 15 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 21 April 2017, 12:00 Read moreOperational Team Leader at N-Gage
Salary: £23,500, Hours: 37 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 21 April 2017, 12:00 Read moreSenior Community Youth Worker at N-Gage
Salary: £11.20 per hour, Hours: 15 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 21 April 2017, 12:00 Read moreOrganisational Development Worker at Macc 
Salary: £24,646 – £26,276 pro-rata, Hours: 28 – 35 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 24 April 2017, 12:00 Read moreHead of Membership at ANTZ
Salary: £20,000+ subject to experience
Deadline: Monday 22 May 2017 Read more

 Manchester City Council  Work and Skills Team Weekly Bulletin 10th April 2017

Manchester Community Central Training Bulletin –
April – June 2017
The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

Our new Training Programme for April to June 2017

All the courses we are delivering in April to June in one handy programme.

Download our Training Programme here

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 Job Opportunities from Manchester Community Central

Mental Health Practitioner at African and Caribbean Mental Health Services
Salary: £23,151 per annum, Hours: 28 hours per week
Deadline: Thursday 13 April 2017 Read more
Technical Theatre Apprentice at HOME
Salary: £14,456 per annum, Hours: 40 hours per week
Deadline: Saturday 15 April 2017, 17:00 Read more


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Please follow the link below to view this week’s round up of vacancies, apprenticeships and other opportunities open to Manchester residents.

 GMCVO Featured Vacancies/Opportunities

Social Care Workers, Shift Leader, Care Assistants, RGNs, Family Support Workers
Various hours
Salaries: competitive rates of pay
These posts are ongoing vacancies
Oxfam Chorlton are launching an online shop for their two shops based on Wilbraham Road. They are looking to recruit a new and enthusiastic volunteer team to photograph, research, price and describe the very best donated items from their fully-equipped hub above the Chorlton Standard shop. They are currently recruiting for the following five roles:

  • Online Photography Volunteer
  • Online Volunteer
  • Online Photography Volunteer (Bookshop)
  • Online Volunteer (Bookshop)
  • Oxfam Online Shop Dispatch Volunteer

Location: Chorlton
Contact Sarah Mason – or the Chorlton shop on 0161 861 0108

Peer Mentor
Manchester Carers Forum supports all unpaid carers. The Dementia Peer Mentoring and Befriending Project offers support to unpaid carers who are caring for someone with dementia. Peer Mentors provide 1-1 support to carers and they also will visit carers or speak to them over the telephone at times convenient for the carer and volunteer. When required they will also refer carers to groups, services and information that may prove useful and help them feel less isolated.
Location: Manchester
For more information contact Anne or Ian on 0161 819 2226 or
The WCBS has the second largest collection of former working wooden canal boats in UK. Not only do The WCBS restore and preserve boats but they also find new uses for them and put them to work on behalf of the local community. Becoming a volunteer for The WCBS provides opportunities for people to learn new skills and make friends all whilst do something useful and rewarding. The WCBS are looking for adaptable, reliable volunteers who can work as part of a team but also work alone on something when necessary.
Location: Tameside
Manchester Settlement is one of the oldest charities in Manchester. For 120 years local people have volunteered to be trustees of the charity. Being a trustee is fundamentally about ensuring that the charity stays on course to impact positively upon the lives of the residents of Manchester. After initial induction trustees will work with fellow trustees as a group around 6 times per year.
Location: Manchester

Information on other vacancies with charities in the North West can be seen at:

Manchester City Council
Vacancies at various levels and fields.
Click here for more details and to apply.


Work and Skills Team Weekly Bulletin

Please follow the link below to view this week’s round up of vacancies, apprenticeships and other opportunities open to Manchester residents.

Work and Skills Team Weekly Bulletin 27th March 2017:

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Home Start


Born to Read trains volunteers to read with children on a one-to-one basis developing their skills and confidence.  Across Manchester there are opportunities for local residents to give back to their community and volunteer for Born to Read, a partnership between Save the Children and Beanstalk. They are looking for members of the local community who could spare some time sharing their love of books with pupils.

Schools across Manchester are looking for new Born to Read volunteers. Potential volunteers must be able to commit to visit schools twice a week during term time and receive training so they can deliver reading support to primary school children.

For more information about volunteering for Born to Read in Manchester call Save the Children’s volunteer support team on 020 7012 6997 or visit their website.

For further information about these and many other volunteering opportunities, see our

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Anyone can make great ideas happen through crowdfunding! What could you or your organisation do to make to transform Manchester’s parks, open spaces and other areas of the city?
Come to this practical workshop and find out how you can:

  • Find out more about the project and what you have to do
  • How the match pledging works
  • What makes for a successful crowdfunding campaign

We’ve got £60k to pledge to crowdfunding projects that improve parks and greens spaces in Manchester alongside up to £125k from partners including Growing a Greener Britain, Esmee Fairbain and Better for projects across the city.



Vacancies from the GMCVO website (from external sites)

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PSS Shared Lives

We’re looking for people who want to support others with the flexibility of working from home and being paid a fair wage while meeting new people and changing lives for the better.

Sound like you? If so, becoming a Shared Lives carer might be the change you’re looking for.

PSS developed the UK’s first Shared Lives service in Liverpool over 30 years ago but today it is a nationwide programme. Shared Lives is a form of support where vulnerable adults and young people over 16 are supported by a specially recruited and trained carer.

The service comes in many different formats, from day support to short breaks to longer term placements. Shared Lives carers roles vary depending upon which format is preferred for example, a day support carer might only support people during regular working hours whereas a longer placement carer would have individuals staying with them in their own home full time.

Our carers come from all walks of life. Some people have had experience of caring for others in the past, but many haven’t. Some have grown up children who’ve left home, some have large families who help to care, others live on their own with the person they support.

First and foremost our carers are committed to improving the lives of others. People who are caring and willing to go that little bit further to make a difference to someone else’s life. Our carers just have to be keen to learn and take part in our training programme

Find out more: PSS Media Pack

English corner

Use art and objects to practise English

Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 13 April 2016, 1pm–2.30pm


English corner is a free English conversation class for people learning English.  Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

English corner takes place four times a month:

First Tuesday of the month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum

Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery

Third Thursday of each month from 6.30-8 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fourth Friday of the month from 10.30-12 at the Whitworth

Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but you must book. Please contact Ruth Edson for more information.

Tel: 0161 2358877


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Kind hearted, friendly and reliable people to become Caregivers – we are Home Instead and we aim to support elderly people in our community to remain happy and independent at home – minimum one hour visits, continuity of Caregiver so relationships can be developed.

£7.50 an hour plus holiday pay and mileage.

Click on Job Description/Application Forms below:

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Catering Assistants x 40 across  schools. See: P/Time, term time

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