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Hunter Friends of L'Arche seeks to appoint a Project Co-ordinator to assist in development of the community

Hunter Friend of L'Arche are excited about the unanimous community decision to appoint a part time Project Coordinator to assist us in progressing our future vision. This position will be supported financially with some of our funds that have been raised and donated in recent years. We hope that we will be able to gain some additional financial support to expand this role as our plans develop.

Hunter Friends of L'Arche Inc. PROJECT COORDINATOR   

Job Description
• Develop relationships and assist existing community members with and without intellectual disabilities
• Create a greater awareness of L’Arche in Newcastle and the Hunter through presenting to a broad range of organisations, Church congregations, University and TAFE students and other appropriate groups
• Expand our current community through increased awareness, organizing events and activities and through publications
• Attract committed, able and enthusiastic people who will try to develop relationships and offer support to existing community members and to the community as it develops in the future
• Pursue links and funding options with political and government personnel
Essential Criteria
• Awareness /interest and a willingness to develop the experience of living in a L’Arche community
• Proven experience relating to people with intellectual disabilities
• Proven ability and creative approach to present confidently to groups, identify, establish and foster external networks
• Sound interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a team member.

The appointment will be on a part time, one day a week, basis for a period of one year, with a possible option for an extended period. Salary and other conditions are subject to further discussion. 
Expressions of interest should be directed to Dr.Geoff Rigby, Chairman, Hunter Friends of L’Arche (02 49430450), 36 Creswell Avenue, Charlestown NSW 2290 ( Applications close on 28 February 2012

The purpose and priorities of Hunter Friends of L'Arche are summarised below;  

Our purpose
• Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities
• Engage with our core members in meaningful relationships
• Grow our community
• Establish our first home   

Our priorities for the next year
We will;
• appoint a part time Project Coordinator to assist us in achieving our goals
• submit a proposal to government seeking some financial support for the developing Coordinator role as part of the Stronger Together initiative
• implement ways of engaging our core members in meaningful relationships with other people in the local community and growing our community
• embrace a true sense of belonging and participation by all of our family members and introduce new and innovative ways of developing independence for each member
• continue conversations with L’Arche Sydney to progress possible ways of positioning ourselves for the establishment of our first future home .




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