Community Engagement Officer

About Us

Blue Sky Trust has been supporting and connecting people living with HIV at every step of their journey for 30 years. HIV, for most, is now a well-managed and treatable condition, however, an HIV diagnosis can still be a huge shock and HIV stigma in society can lead to negative reactions from family, friends and work colleagues. Blue Sky Trust provides a safe and confidential space for people to come to terms with HIV, access support from our experienced team and from peers and start the process of rebuilding their lives and confidence post-diagnosis.

Our members (people living with HIV) tell us that Blue Sky Trust helps them to become more confident, resilient, connected, empowered and able to thrive. Engagement Officers play a crucial role in this, providing support and encouragement as well as practical support to overcome challenges. They work particularly closely with members who are hard to reach and affected by additional challenges such as poor mental health, social isolation and drug and alcohol misuse.

We engage with people in their homes, in the community, on zoom, via telephone and in our meeting space in Newcastle city centre (which our members call the living room). We cover the geographical areas of North East England and Cumbria.

Blue Sky Trust has a Christian ethos. You can find out more at www.blueskytrust.org

About the Role

The Engagement Officer role involves working closely with people living with HIV who have the greatest level of need, providing individualised support to improve adherence to medication, access to services and quality of life.

The role also involves leading peer support groups alongside volunteers, ensuring people from diverse backgrounds have a wide variety of opportunities to come together for support, learning, meaningful involvement and fun.

Engagement Officers will work from both home and the Newcastle based office as well as travelling across the region to meet with clients.

The successful applicant will have excellent social & communication skills, must be able to work with diverse groups in a non- judgmental way and have a high level of integrity.

They also must have a positive outlook, be solution focused, flexible and willing to think creatively to achieve the best outcomes for our members. They will show a commitment to involving and empowering people living with HIV.

Applicants must be confident car drivers with regular access to a car.

Requests for part time hours will be considered.

How to Apply

For more information and an application form, contact us at info@blueskytrust.org

Office based
Location

Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Salary
£20000.00 to £21000.00
Category
Compensation
Salaried
Hours
Full Time
Deadline
Contact Telephone
Contact E-mail Address
helen.anderson@blueskytrust.org