Vacancies

About The Woodworks Project

The Woodworks Project runs Furniture and Upholstery workshop projects from our professionally equipped workshops. The projects are designed to help those who have faced difficulties through their mental or physical health or history of addiction, to move forward in their lives in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.

We aim to create as realistic a work experience as possible for our clients, doing genuinely meaningful and engaging work in structured full-day sessions. The people who come to our projects work on making, renovating and upholstering furniture. Along the way, they will learn all the woodworking and upholstery skills needed to produce work to a high standard from our experienced and expert tutors. 

The Woodworks Project was established in August 2014 to continue the successful furniture workshop project which previously ran for ten years under the umbrella of The Genesis Trust. During that time, the project helped over 200 of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the local community to move forward with their lives, and since opening our doors again to clients as The Woodworks Project in September 2015, we have received over 170 referrals and become a highly respected organisation within the local health and social care network. 


Impact of Covid and Hibernation

2020-2021 has been tough and has seen COVID-19 force many charities into a state of temporary closure, including the WWP. The Board of Trustees decided to use this time to put the charity into a state of hibernation to protect clients and preserve funds until such a time as the charity could reopen safely and to the benefit of its clients.  

The charity is now seeking to reopen its doors and is hiring for a number of vacancies.

Upholstery and Woodworking Tutors

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job title:                      Upholstery/ Woodworks Tutor

Reporting to:  CEO

Hours:                         Ideally 3 days / 22.5 hours per week but we are happy to consider applicants who would prefer to work 1 or 2 days per week / fewer than 22.5 hours per week.  

There is the opportunity for working hours to increase as the charity expands 

Some flexible working possible around core operating hours.

Salary:                         Salary scale £26k-£28k per annum, pro rata.  Depending on qualifications and experience.

Location:                     Roseberry Road, Bath BA2 3DX

Purpose of the Roles

The role of the Tutors is to create a workshop environment that is inclusive, supportive and unpressured and teach upholstery and furniture making skills to a professional standard in a way that is achievable and stimulating for each client.  

Clients who attend our workshops, join with us a variety of needs and benefit from our programme in different ways.  The role may involve making accommodations to ensure all clients can participate fully in our projects.

The role involves working closely with our Wellbeing Officer, who provides pastoral care to our clients.  The Wellbeing Officer and others within the charity will provide support and training to the Upholstery Tutor to help them understand the needs and work through how to best tailor tuition to support clients’ needs.  

The role involves liaising with other workshop tutors and our admin team to ensure clients are safe, gain maximum benefit and the best positive experience of their time with us.

The role reports to the CEO.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Delivery upholstery/woodworking tuition to our clients in an inclusive, supportive and unpressurised manner.

Teach upholstery and furniture making to a professional standard in a way that is achievable and stimulating for each client. 

Ensure a safe workshop environment, with appropriate checks and risk assessments in place.  Adherence to and promotion of statutory and charity’s Health and Safety procedures. Regularly audit and review these measures.

Maintenance and ordering of supplies, tools and equipment.

Supervise and guide volunteers so that they are able to provide meaningful support to our clients and help in the workshop more generally.

Assist the Wellbeing Officer manage our waiting list effectively, particularly in relation to anticipated placement time frames.

Work closely with the Wellbeing Officer in initial client assessment, to ensure a tailored programme is delivered to suit the needs of the new client.

Ensure the workshop specific elements of client induction are conducted thoroughly, in a timely manner, are fitting for the client’s needs and are recorded appropriately to ensure a safe working environment and one in which clients feel comfortable to participate and learn.

Liaise with the Wellbeing Officer to ensure the safeguarding and wellbeing services and systems are delivered within the workshop.

Develop lesson plans and maintain records of teaching.  

Manage workflow through the workshop.

Liaise with Wellbeing Officer to support client’ learning journey with the charity and evaluation of their achievements.

Work with the Head of Charity and others within the charity to help recognise the quality of our clients’ work and to sell furniture to the public to generate revenue and help build the charity’s profile.

Liaise and advise customers commissioning re-upholstery in our workshops in a positive and timely manner.

Work with the Head of Charity and Admin Team to develop and deliver workshops for the public to generate revenue and help build the charity’s profile.

General 

Undertake assigned responsibilities effectively and efficiently, and within regulatory and legislative requirements; achieve individual targets within the Charity’s annual planning and staff performance review processes and budgetary constraints:

•Everything we do has a Client Focus, with the following core values: Respect, Compassion, Inclusion, Purpose, Creativity and Growth.

•Ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of this post, in keeping with the Charity’s existing and developing quality assurance systems. 

•Be committed to professional development, through participation in the Charity continuing professional development programme which includes staff learning days and training events appropriate to the job role. 

•Comply with and promote Charity’s Safeguarding (including prevent), Data Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended training as and when necessary.

•Identify and manage risk effectively. 

•Undertake such other duties as required, commensurate with the grade of the post, as 
may be reasonably required at the initial place of work or at other locations in the 
College. 

•Adhere to and ensure compliance with all Procedures and as detailed in the 
Client Handbook and Staff Handbook.

NB: This job description outlines a range of main duties. It is not exhaustive and can be varied in consultation with the post holder in order to reflect changes in the job or the organisation. 

Woodwork Tutor Person Specification

Personal Qualities

Essential

Desirable

Honest, with integrity and commitment to the values and aims of the charity.

X

Warm, approachable and empathetic.  Able to build trust and rapport with clients with a range of different needs.

X

Open and approachable.  Able to build trust and rapport with employees and volunteers.

X

Flexible and emotionally resilient.  Able to maintain a sense of perspective and prioritise the needs of clients.

X

Committed to equality and diversity, able to sensitively accommodate different needs and circumstances.

X

Knowledge and Experience

Essential

Desirable

Good working knowledge and experience in the use of woodworking hand and power tools.

X

Good working knowledge and experience in the use of professional woodworking machinery.

X

Good knowledge of traditional woodworking and cabinet making techniques

X

Experience / knowledge of Safeguarding and Health and Safety policies and procedures

X

Experience of working with vulnerable people and / or those with specific needs

X

Education and Training

Essential

Desirable

Recognised qualification in woodworking / furniture making and/or experience working in a relevant woodworking industry

X

Qualification in Teaching or Learning and Development.

X

Qualified First Aider

X

Full clean drivers’ license, in order to drive van from time to time

X

Upholstery Tutor Person Specification

Personal Qualities

Essential

Desirable

Honest, with integrity and commitment to the values and aims of the charity.

X

Warm, approachable and empathetic.  Able to build trust and rapport with clients with a range of different needs.

X

Open and approachable.  Able to build trust and rapport with employees and volunteers.

X

Flexible and emotionally resilient.  Able to maintain a sense of perspective and prioritise the needs of clients.

X

Committed to equality and diversity, able to sensitively accommodate different needs and circumstances.

X

Knowledge and Experience

Essential

Desirable

Good working knowledge and experience in the use of upholstery hand and power tools.

X

Good working knowledge and experience in the use of professional upholstery machinery.

X

Good knowledge of traditional upholstery techniques

X

Experience / knowledge of Safeguarding and Health and Safety policies and procedures

X

Experience of working with vulnerable people and / or those with specific needs

X

Education and Training

Essential

Desirable

Recognised qualification in upholstery and/or experience working in a relevant upholstery industry

X

Qualification in Teaching or Learning and Development.

X

Qualified First Aider

X

Full clean drivers’ license, in order to drive van from time to time

X

Interested in one of these roles?

Please contact david@thewoodworksproject.org for application form and further details.

1st stage interviews planned w/c 31st Jan 2022.  Intended start date w/c 28th March 2022


Senior Administrator

Job title:                      Senior Administrator

Reporting to:              CEO

Hours:                         Initially 3 days / 22.5 hours per week.  

Opportunity for working hours to increase as the charity expands.

Some flexible working possible around core operating hours.

Salary:                         Salary scale £20-21k per annum, pro rata.  Depending on qualifications and experience.

Location:                     Roseberry Road, Bath BA2 3DX

Purpose of the Role

The role of the Senior Administrator is to provide the highest level of administrative support to the charity so that we are able to provide the maximum benefit and best possible experience for our clients.  

We aim to create an environment for our clients that is inclusive, supportive and unpressured, the smooth running of the charity’s admin is integral to this.  

The role involves handling some sensitive and confidential information in a discrete and appropriate manner.

The role involves working closely with our Wellbeing Officer, who provides pastoral care to our clients, and our tutors who run the workshops in which our clients learn and develop woodworking and upholstery skills.

The role reports to the Head of Charity.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Managing the charity’s communications including telephone, email, written correspondence, social media and website in a timely and appropriate manner.

Support the Wellbeing Officer with client referrals process.

Support the Head of Charity and Bookkeeper with regulatory requirements as needed, including, but not limited to, Charity Commission annual return submissions, corporation and VAT tax returns. 

Support the Head of Charity with HR administration, including (but not limited to) contractual letters, HR filing, placing recruitment ads, timesheets, recording absence, lateness, DBS admin.

Support the Head of Charity with funding application administration.

Ensuring that administrative matters are managed efficiently, including, but not limited to, management of utilities, van maintenance, insurance and tax, charity insurance.

Ensuring that the charity remains compliant with key regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, Health & Safety laws and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Be the first point of contact for office tenants (sub-let) and escalate any issues that are unresolved.

Designing office workflow and providing feedback to improve internal performance.

Managing inventory of office supplies, including stationery and multimedia equipment to ensure smooth office operations

Supporting the Head of Charity with ad-hoc administrative matters such as coordinating Trustee meetings, note taking, policy and governance documentation and research as directed.

Work with the Head of Charity and Tutors to develop and deliver workshops for the public to generate revenue and help build the charity’s profile.

Where required, supporting Woodworks Project Shop team administratively and working at Southgate in Bath on an ad hoc basis.

General 

Undertake assigned responsibilities effectively and efficiently, and within regulatory and legislative requirements; achieve individual targets within the Charity’s annual planning and staff performance review processes and budgetary constraints:

•Everything we do has a Client Focus, with the following core values: Respect, Compassion, Inclusion, Purpose, Creativity and Growth.

•Ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of this post, in keeping with the Charity’s existing and developing quality assurance systems. 

•Be committed to professional development, through participation in the Charity continuing professional development programme which includes staff learning days and training events appropriate to the job role. 

•Comply with and promote Charity’s Safeguarding (including prevent), Data Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended training as and when necessary.

•Identify and manage risk effectively. 

•Undertake such other duties as required, commensurate with the grade of the post, as 
may be reasonably required at the initial place of work or at other locations in the 
College. 

•Adhere to and ensure compliance with all Procedures and as detailed in the 
Client Handbook and Staff Handbook.

NB: This job description outlines a range of main duties. It is not exhaustive and can be varied in consultation with the post holder in order to reflect changes in the job or the organisation. 

Person Specification

Personal Qualities

Essential

Desirable

Honest, with integrity and commitment to the values and aims of the charity.

X

Warm, approachable and empathetic.  Able to build trust and rapport with clients with a range of different needs.

X

Open and approachable.  Able to build trust and rapport with employees and volunteers.

X

Flexible and emotionally resilient.  Able to maintain a sense of perspective and prioritise the needs of clients.

X

Committed to equality and diversity, able to sensitively accommodate different needs and circumstances.

X

Knowledge and Experience

Essential

Desirable

Good working knowledge of Word, Excel and an aptitude for new IT applications

X

Experience of handling sensitive and confidential information and working with discretion.

X

Experience of both independent and team working

X

Experience of working within a charity and / or with vulnerable people or those with specific needs

X

Education and Training

Essential

Desirable

Good basic education to GCSE standard or equivalent.  (GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths)

X

NVQ Level 2/3 in Administration or other secretarial qualification

X

First Aid Qualification

X

Interested in this role?

Please contact david@thewoodworksproject.org for application form and further details.

Closing date for applications: 30th Jan 2022

Interviews planned: w/c 14th Feb 2022.  Intended start date: w/c 28th March 2022.