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‘LIBRARY OF THINGS’ DEVELOPMENT AND COORDINATOR OFFICER, LLANYMDDYFRI/LLANDOVERY

HOURS: 32 hrs per week (on a 4-day working week contract). The nature of the work entails that the person employed would work most Saturdays as a part of this role.

SALARY: £30, 000 p.a.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 months. This is a funded role for 12 months, although there will be the possibility of developing the role for a longer period after initial funding ends.

START DATE: May 2024.

LOCATION: Llanymddyfri/Llandovery    

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Developing, launching, promoting and managing a new ‘Library of Things’ in Llandovery town. Collaborate with environmental, sustainable, nature and climate change groups and support projects to decarbonise the county’s communities. The position will also involve communicating and promoting Ynni Sir Gâr’s work, the Bwrlwm project and help promote our work generally.

LINE MANAGED BY: Ynni Sir Gâr’s Coordinator

REPORTING BI-MONTHLY TO: Ynni Sir Gâr’s Board of Directors

 

 

BACKGROUND

Ynni Sir Gâr (YSG) is a Community Benefit Society that works with communities to reduce energy costs, boost energy efficiency, tackle fuel poverty, generate clean renewable energy, install locally managed and locally owned electric vehicle charging points, and keep profits and jobs local.

 

YSG works collaboratively with communities, organisations and businesses within and beyond the county to discuss and tackle local issues and solutions to climate change, from the ground up. YSG aims to equip communities with skills and knowledge in a large range of sustainability topics to take ownership of the climate change agenda. YSG’s greatest asset is its community 500kW wind turbine in Salem, Llandeilo. The turbine was funded through community shares, and the benefits from the turbine have contributed towards the instalment of green energy technology, the creation of community funds and contributed towards job creation within YSG. YSG has been awarded funding from the Welsh Government to establish and run a Library of Things/Lending Library in Llanymddyfri/Llandovery. This is a project that directly links with the decarbonising goals of the organisation – the lending and sharing economy having a direct impact on decreasing carbon and encouraging more sustainable behaviours that benefit people and planet.    

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Ynni Sir Gâr is looking for an enthusiastic, flexible, creative, and motivated individual to develop a new Library of Things in Llanymddyfri/Llandovery town. This person will lead on developing a schedule of events on circular and sharing economy issues (working for example with the local Repair Café and the Bwrlwm project), as well as developing the structure and running of a Library of Things. A Library of Things is a lending library from which items that tend to only be used on an occasional basis, can be borrowed. This approach decreases the need to buy such items, decreasing waste and encouraging a more sustainable approach to the use of resources. We are looking for a person who is enthusiastic about working in the community on circular economy action. We will support an employee’s original ideas, so that they have the opportunity to act creatively in this area.

Apart from establishing and running the Library of Things, the officer will also seek to develop a series of events and workshops on repair and reuse – the purpose of which is to upskill the local community as well as embed and normalise the benefits of a sharing and circular economy. The officer will also collaborate with a number of other groups in the town (including the local Repair Café and the Criw Amgylchedd Llanymddyfri/Climate Action Llandovery group) and work on engaging with groups that are currently disengaged with circular economy and climate related matters. Part of the role would also include engaging with potential volunteers in the community that can help run the Library of Things, create a business model and access grant funding that can help create a sustainable future for this venture.  

We are seeking a person with experience of developing and running community projects and events, and who can work positively with others to achieve common goals. Experience of project management and establishing similar projects would be highly desirable. We would expect that this person to have a strong understanding of how the sharing economy can have numerous benefits for people and planet. The ability to communicate around these issues, and to communicate creatively to attract contributors to the project is essential. An awareness of groups local to and around Llandovery and Carmarthenshire would also be an advantage (although support and familiarisation of the area and local groups will be provided).

 

MAIN DUTIES

  • Work with Ynni Sir Gâr and Carmarthenshire Council staff to carry out community research into the kind of items local people want available for hire,
  • Work with Ynni Sir Gâr and Benthyg Cymru to adopt and implement all necessary policy and procedures for the safe running of the project,
  • Recruit, induct and manage a group of volunteers to take on a range of tasks related to the development and delivery of the Library of Things,
  • Develop and manage effective storage for library items,
  • Identify and acquire a range of items for the library through purchase and donations,
  • Publicise and promote the project using a range of approaches, including social media,
  • Keep an up-to-date inventory and booking system for library items,
  • Manage the safe return and maintenance of library items,
  • Monitor and evaluate member experiences of the Library of Things, supporting Ynni Sir Gâr to feed back to the funder and working with the volunteers to learn and develop the project,
  • Create a road map for the longevity of the Library of Things after the initial year of running.

 

 

OTHER

  • To keep accurate records including statistical information where appropriate.
  • To provide written reports and information as requested.
  • To attend supervision, training and meetings as and when required.
  • To work flexible hours as appropriate to the needs of the post (including weekend and evening working if required).
  • Any other reasonable duties requested by the line manager.
  • Connect with partner organisations to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Help to embed the values and principles of community development and circular economy concepts into all aspect of the work.
  • To work with colleagues, community organisations and others in identifying and securing appropriate funding streams to ensure the projects longevity.
  • Any other work to support the organisation.

 

TRAINING

  • To undertake training and development events with Benthyg Cymru and others as required.
  • To undertake PAT testing training, to gain an understanding of how to maintain items.

 

SKILLS

 

  • Highly organised, good time-management, project development, managing and cooperating with people from all walks of life and self-motivated.
  • Evidence of good communication skills, developing and/or promoting projects, collaborating with people from all walks of life and a wide range of organisations and initiatives.
  • Welsh language skills are essential. Support for Welsh language refreshing and development is available within YSG should the employee need it.
  • Strong writing skills with experience of drafting and pitching press releases and writing for a range of different audiences.
  • A flexible approach to dealing with tasks, with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a busy environment.
  • IT skills including Microsoft, Google, Canva (or other design tools)

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

We want to hear from people who share Ynni Sir Gâr’s values and are passionate about working with communities to tackle the climate change and cost of living crises at a local level. We want people who are committed to creating a fair, local, circular economy and who wish to contribute towards the development of more renewable energy projects for the benefit of communities in Carmarthenshire. The desired employee will also have a passion for contributing towards the normalisation, support, and use of the Welsh language. Ynni Sir Gâr is committed to embedding the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act in all that we do, and the prospective employee will contribute to ensuring this as a part of all our work.

 

To apply, please submit your CV and a one-page cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, the skills that you can bring to the organisation and this particular project. If you have any further questions about the role or application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch (contact details below).

 

Please send your application to Ynni Sir Gâr’s Coordinator, Sioned Haf: sioned@ynnisirgar.org / 07529901523.

 

The closing date for applications is: 5pm, Friday, 12th April

Interviews: 19th of April

 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Ynni Sir Gâr recognise the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. YSG is a real Living Wage employer and supports flexible working and a 4-day working week. Job shares will also be considered for this role.

 

This project will be co-funded by the Welsh Government through the Circular Economy Fund.