Sunnyside recruitment

HEAD of SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT                        Added 20th January 2022

based in Dacorum, Hertfordshire

We are looking for a Head of Supported Employment to join at an exciting and crucial time in the charity’s growth and trajectory. Sunnyside Rural Trust in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and SPS Training Ltd have been successful in securing funding from the European Social Fund to run alongside our existing supported employment contracts.  Helping those furthest from the job market to build self-esteem, create opportunities and get into work. You will be responsible for managing the mentors within Sunnyside supporting people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, to gain paid employment. To work alongside the senior management team to secure future funding.

You should have an understanding of working with people with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum. We want someone who resonates with our vision and values to join our senior team. We hope you are excited about the work we do and feel you have something to contribute.

Salary: £33,000       Contract: Permanent                                                                  Application deadline: 28th January 2022  Interviews week commencing: 7th February 2022

To apply please refer to the job description and other links below for further information about this position and the application form. For an informal discussion and more information please contact: Keely Siddiqui Charlick, CEO via email keely@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk

Advert details

Head of Supported Employment job description

Organisational structure 2022

Sunnyside Application form

Sunnyside Competency Framework LEADERSHIP LEVEL

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CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER                                                     Added 17th January 2022

based in Dacorum, Hertfordshire

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a charity which supports young people & adults with learning disabilities, those people on the autistic spectrum and associated mental health issues to develop their skills and work experience within a range of social enterprise settings.

We truly believe everyone has something brilliant about them. It’s our vision to provide opportunity, bespoke support and training so people can build self-confidence, live independently and shine!

Our social enterprises include a range of horticultural and agricultural work e.g.  growing and selling fresh produce, gardening design and maintenance; allotment makeovers; warden work for local councils and growing and selling a wide range of perennials plants and bedding. We also have a small number of livestock including chickens, pigs, goats and sheep for therapeutic purposes. We have cafés/ barista coffee shops, PAT testing, woodwork and gift production. We sell our produce and services through our farm shops, markets stalls and local events. Each of these businesses create experience, skill development, paid work for our trainees and sustainable income for SRT.

We have remained open during Covid-19 and have offered an increasingly amount of therapeutic support through animal care and horticulture to meet the significant rise in people’s anxiety levels and the challenges they face. We currently support over 150 people a week to access our services and this is largely County Council commissioned placements.

Our values:

We value our people and work as a team. We:

  • Listen to each other and show respect.
  • Empower people to reach their goals in a safe environment.
  • Support everyone in a fair and inclusive way.

We care deeply about our environment. We offer inventive and sustainable services to the community. We stand for:

  • Quality & stewardship
  • Enterprise
  • Reliability

We have a passionate, “can do” approach to our work. We are:

  • Resilient
  • Creative
  • Dedicated

We want someone who resonates with our vision and values to join our senior team. We hope you are excited about the work we do and feel you have something to contribute.

We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer to join at an exciting and crucial time in the charity’s growth and trajectory. The right candidate will be a tactical and strategic thinker, whilst having a tight grasp on the intricate day-to-day operations of the organisation. This is a rare opportunity to join the charity and make a lasting difference.

Key Details
Chief Operating Officer – SRT
Salary: £40,000- 45,000
Location: based in Dacorum, Herts
Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 4th February 2022    Interviews week commencing: 21st February 2022

The Chief Operating Officer will drive the effectiveness of SRT, through service provision and communications. You will play a significant role working with the Chief Executive on the strategic direction of SRT, overseeing critical operations of the charity. You will be supporting people with learning disabilities, our team and volunteers to reach their potential.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable leadership and management experience and be able to demonstrate collegiate working at a senior level. You will have relevant and recent experience of working at a senior level in operations and support preferably, in the not-for-profit sector. You should have an understanding of working with people with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role, with details on how to apply please contact

Keely Siddiqui Charlick  – Chief Executive, Sunnyside Rural Trust

SRT operates an equal opportunity policy and commits to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

220117 Chief Operating Officer Job description

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EMPLOYMENT ADVISER                                                            Added 14th January 2022

Hertfordshire wide caseload – based in Dacorum

We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce

Sunnyside Rural Trust in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and SPS Training Ltd have been successful in securing funding from the European Social Fund. The European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

You will be responsible for delivering an Employment Adviser role within Sunnyside supporting people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, to gain paid employment.

Our Advisers support people disadvantaged in the labour market to find and sustain appropriate employment commensurate with their skills and abilities. You will deal with a range of tasks, which will include vocational assessments, assisting with C.V’s, interview practice, engaging with potential employers and undertaking assessments in an employment setting. You may also be required to work alongside clients in their new jobs, training them until they are able to undertake the tasks independently.

The ideal candidates will have experience in working to overcome the challenges faced by people furthest from the job market. They will possess a wide range of skills and capabilities, such as effective communication, negotiation, sales, flexibility, training, motivation and be able to challenge misconceptions. They must be highly organised, able to work on their own initiative and the ability to generate their own workload.

Please refer to the job description for further information about this position. For an informal discussion and more information please contact: Keely Siddiqui Charlick, CEO via email keely@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk

Closing Date: 4th February 2022            Interview Date: Mid-February 2022 – dates to be confirmed
Salary Range: £25,653 per annum        Hours: 37.5 per week, full time contract

Contract:  Fixed Term Contract (February 2022 to 30th December 2023)  We also offer a range of attractive staff benefits and great development opportunities.

To apply please view the Job description, then complete the application form, from the links below.

Employment adviser job description

Sunnyside Application form

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PROJECT WORKER/GARDENER RECRUITMENT                    Added 13th January 2022

Based in Northchurch, Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a registered charity and has built an innovative model of care-based support around offering training and work experience to adults with Learning Disabilities, within a social enterprise and horticultural setting.  Across our services we grow a range of fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants including a large number of bedding plants for Dacorum Borough Council, and perennial plants for a variety of local buyers, coppice wood, conservation projects and we have 2 farm shops. We also look after pigs, sheep, goats and chickens.

We are looking for new project workers/gardeners to join us. You will be offering support to groups of young people and/or adults with learning disabilities to develop their work skills.  We are looking for people who are passionate about improving the lives of people with Learning Disabilities and creating opportunities for them to develop.

The ideal candidate will need to be enthusiastic and motivated. You will be working within a supportive team to deliver high quality services.  Excellent communication, an open & inclusive working style and team working skills are essential. You will need a pragmatic and creative attitude with the skills to empower people. Experience with working with people with Learning Disabilities as well as horticultural skills are desirable, along with the ability to work outdoors in a horticultural environment. You will need to be willing and able to drive our minibuses and work vehicles.

Salary is dependent upon skills & experience and within SRT Project worker salary band – starting salary £19,305 pa. We also offer a range of attractive staff benefits and great development opportunities. We will consider full and part-time hours and have 0 hour contracts available.

Closing Date: Friday 4th February 2022 6pm.  Interview date: 8th February 2022.

To apply please view the Job description and Personal spec., then complete the application form, which can all be downloaded from the links below.

Project worker Job Description 2021

Project worker Personal Spec 2021

Sunnyside Application form

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As a busy charity with ambition to grow, we do from time to time have new roles or vacancies to fill. Please keep an eye on our website if you are interested in working for us. We are always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for people, environmental care and working with the community.

We hold the Gold Standard in Investors In People. Only 5% of companies our size achieve this and it is wonderful recognition for the strong leadership, systems and teams we have built over many years.

“Laughter, banter, friendship, acceptance, empathy, understanding and humour. A splendid cocktail of plants and people mixed with a huge sense of enjoyment. These are the memories I take from Sunnyside.”

Peter Cotton, Project Worker

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