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New Posting: Part-time Project Coordinator

Project title:- Sensing the Wild - connecting visually impaired people to nature

About the Project

The Going For Independence CIC has been successful in a Heritage Lottery Fund Application to run a project called - Sensing the Wild - connecting visually impaired people to nature.

Funded by National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this one year pilot project will provide a programme of indoor activities and outdoor walks to help build the confidence and enjoyment of blind and visually impaired people in entering the natural world.  Visually Impaired groups will be supported to visit their local green spaces and wildlife, connecting them with nature, as well as with other blind and partially sighted people and groups of volunteers who are active in managing wild green spaces.  We are recruiting a part-time Coordinator for this project.

We will focus on four Tees Valley wild green spaces, working with the active volunteer Friends Groups supporting them to build lasting relationships between visually impaired people and the nature in their local environment.

Part-time Project Coordinator

Salary/rate:     £12.00 per hour

Contract:        16 months part time. …0.25 fte / 9 hours per week       

Location:        Brotton, Redcar and Cleveland

Summary Job Description -

Reporting to the GFI Managing Director, the Project Coordinator will be required to both lead on and assist with aspects of the delivery of the Sensing the Wild Project across the Tees Valley Region, working with the GFI Management Team, the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Friends groups linked to the Parks and Woodland identified for the project.

Planning and facilitating indoor and outdoor activities for the Sensing the Wild Project in the Tees Valley region for people with visual impairments including arranging transport for the participants.

Typical duties:

  1. Planning, organising and supporting Disability Awareness, Guiding and Outdoor First Aid training for the Friends Group volunteers.
  2. Assisting with the organisation, promotion and delivery of the Project’s wildlife walks, working with the Friends Groups and leading network meetings and taking minutes.
  3. Engaging with and supporting volunteers assisting with the project.
  4. Contributing to the management of the project budget, monitoring income and expenditure, and working with the Managing Director to prepare and submit quarterly reports and claims to HLF and other funding sources as required.
  5. Monitoring and reporting on project outputs and outcomes as outlined in the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
  6. Taking the lead in establishing communication and promotion of the Project, including the development and management of websites, e-bulletins, use of social media and press work.
  7. Developing project resources including those for the Friends Groups and Memory folders for Participants.
  8. Working directly with the GFI Managing Director on setting out and implementing the Project Evaluation plan and end of project report.


  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience of disability and sensory loss and working with older people
  • Experience of delivering lifelong learning/training
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Knowledge of and interest in parks and woods across Tees Valley region
  • Demonstrable organisational skills, administration, office and time management skills.
  • High standard of computer literacy, good knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.

GFI is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

Apply in writing including an up-to-date CV to:

Managing Director

Going For Independence CIC

32 Marshall Drive,


Saltburn by the Sea

Cleveland TS12 2RD


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