NGAGE, the community organisation and volunteer Centre for Thurrock has been chosen to take part in the national Community Organisers’ training scheme, and is starting the hunt for community organisers in Thurrock.
Community Organisers is a government funded scheme which aims to train 5,000 ‘community organisers’, individuals who will work in local communities around the country to bring people together, listen to ideas, build networks and support people to tackle the local issues which are important to them.
ngage was selected by Locality, the organisation chosen by the government to deliver the scheme, which together will recruit and host the first community organisers in Essex. ngage will help the community organisers get off to a flying start as they have strong community knowledge and networks, find a base where community organisers can work from and a range of practical support and management already in place.
Jacqui Payne, Programme Manager for ngage said: “We’re really pleased that the Community Organising scheme is coming to Thurrock. There are so many people out there who are dedicated, motivated and really care about making their neighbourhood a better place to be. We’re very much looking forward to getting the recruitment process underway to identify Thurrock’s community talent.
“We’re looking for resourceful, outgoing people with the ability to empathise and encourage, and who have a wide range of practical skills – from one-to-one listening to supporting volunteers.”
Jess Steele, who leads the Community Organisers programme at Locality said: “We selected ngage in Thurrock as a host for Community Organisers because of the key role they play in the local community. They are a locally rooted, vibrant and respected organisation. We know they’ll select some fantastic community organisers.”
ngage will host the community organisers while they undergo their training with Locality’s national training partner Re:generate. Whilst they train, the community organisers will work in neighbourhoods where they will develop their skills whilst listening to the community and supporting social action.
The recruitment process has just begun, and anyone interested in applying or finding out more should contact Jacqui Payne, ngage Programme Manager on 01375 389893 or email: Jacqui@ngagethurrock.org.uk or visit www.ngagethurrock.org.uk.