Chief Executive

After a successful 9 years in post our Chief Executive Phillip Watson is stepping down, and the Board of Trustees are seeking a new Chief Executive. We are looking for somebody who can, within our broad strategy, advise and guide the Board on the development of future projects and services. To do this effectively you will need to be externally focused engaging with relevant committees and other stakeholder groups across Islington and neighbouring London boroughs, including Islington CCG, Healthwatch Islington, and the Islington Community Network, and in understanding the local agendas and challenges, identify where the opportunities for future services will be. You will line manage service managers and support their service planning and management issues, as well as attend to day-to-day challenges of being a landlord, and of running a range of services in an organisation with 300+ volunteers.

We are looking for somebody who will bring passion and enthusiasm to support the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups in the community. A strong customer-focussed approach to delivering people services in the community, as well as leadership experience, are desirable. The ability to lead and develop services, and work closely in partnership with commissioners, staff, service users, the Board of Trustees and other key stakeholders is essential.

This is a highly visible leadership role requiring you to be both strategic and hands-on in equal measure. You will need to be self-sufficient and be motivated by being able to make a real difference to people’s everyday lives. You’ll be happy to be operational and accessible when required as this role is at the centre of the daily running of the organisation.

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For a confidential conversation please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners: Grant Taylor on 07958 690 184 / or Sarah Bolton on 07841 01704 /  

Closing date -  9am on Wednesday 28th June 2017


Bright Beginnings – Arabic and/or French Bilingual Maternity Mentor

Hours: 16 hours per week
Salary: £9,557 (pro-rata for 16 hours per week based on full-time salary of £21,503.25)

This is an exciting opportunity for committed and motivated individuals to join our new and innovative Bright Beginnings Project, which will improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, new mothers and families from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Islington and neighbouring boroughs.

Responsibilities will include:
•    Arranging and facilitating workshops for local refugee and migrant communities on relevant topics in partnership with specialist / mainstream services;
•    Identifying women and families who require additional assistance;
•    Providing bilingual support and advocacy to women and families;
We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:
•    Established links and networks within refugee and migrant communities in Islington, Camden and Haringey.
•    Ability to speak a relevant community language(s) and to speak and write English to a high standard;
•    Experience of bilingual community work and providing support to community members;
•    A good understanding of maternity and early childhood services in the UK and the challenges refugee and migrant women / families may experience in using these services;
•    Excellent organisational skills, the ability to work as part of a busy team and juggle a variety of tasks;
•    A commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of refugee and migrant communities;
•    An understanding of and commitment to safeguarding and child protection and the ability to put this in to practice in day-to-day work.

Initial training and on-going support for these roles will be provided.

Due to the nature of this role, it is for female applicants only and is exempt under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 21th June at 5.30pm.  
Provisional dates for interviews: Monday 26th June / Tuesday 27th June.       






Stroke Club volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to take a leading role in our Stroke Club every Friday. Here are some of the things you would do:

  • To facilitate Stroke Club on a weekly basis including preparing the room and tidying up at the end.
  • To work with the staff in managing volunteers to ensure all tasks that need to be done at club and related administration are completed.
  • To help staff and organise any outings, parties and other events, ensuring that all venues and transport are accessible, creating and sending invitations to potential attendees, coordinating transport for clients who require support and managing volunteers on the day.
  • To be accessible to and communicate with clients at Stroke Club or at events to ensure they can alert you to any problems they may have and the Stroke Service can work to support them with their issues.
  • To work with clients and staff to create club schedules with exciting, healthy and educational variety of activities.
  • At all times work with staff to ensure that Stroke Club and Events are held in a safe way.
  • To notify a member of staff of any problems, incidents or accidents, with clients or volunteers and at club or events.
  • To manage the petty cash at club/events ensuring all money spent has a receipt to account for it.

If you are interested contact or ring her on 020 7561 5269.

Mental Health Champions

We are recruiting volunteer Mental Health Champions to champion positive mental wellbeing in our local community for colleagues, clients, patients or people they encounter on a daily basis. Champions are people who live or work in Islington and are provided with training and support to:
• Promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing;
• Help their organisation or community to respond to people who may be showing early signs of anxiety or depression;
• Be able to recognise signs of other mental illness and what to do in a crisis situation;
• Help people understand and to tackle the common myths, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues.
• Signpost and support people to access mental health services/activities through our Wellbeing Service.

Every Champion is provided with free training and are then part of a network of Champions with ongoing support, training events and information to help people in Islington develop and maintain good mental wellbeing. We may ask you to assist us with events and activities, such as helping with a stall or a promotional event.

There are four types of Champions:
Work-based Champions

Outreach Champions

Community Champions

Support Champions

See here for more information

If you are interested contact lauren@manorgardenscentre.orgor ring her on 020 7561 5299.

Volunteer Receptionists

We are looking for volunteers who want to brush up their admin skills by volunteering in our busy public-facing community centre.

Tasks are varied and range from meeting and greeting, doing the post, topping up the tea bags and updating databases. You’ll also be answering the phone, taking deliveries and helping people find their way around.

It’s a lively, busy environment and gives an opportunity to meet a wide range of people in North Islington. It’s also a great chance to brush up your skills and help you get (back) into work.


Basic administration skills. Ability to use a computer. Good organisational skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of people.

If you are interested and have some time to spare on a regular basis, please contact to find out more.


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