Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) ONSIDE Project Community Navigator (Sligo / Leitrim)

ILMI Community Navigator Advertisement – Sligo / Leitrim

Responsible to : ONSIDE Project Coordinator ILMI
Location : working in counties Sligo and Leitrim
Salary : €35,000 per anum
Full time 35 hours per week
Terms: This is a fixed contract position until December 2021, with the potential for extension

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as a Community Navigator to carry out key functions as part of the ONSIDE project in Sligo / Leitrim.

The ONSIDE Project has been supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Who is ILMI?
ILMI’s aim is to support disabled people to achieve Independent Living, choice and control over our lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.

As a national representative Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO). ILMI promotes the philosophy of Independent Living and works to build a truly inclusive society. Development of evidence-based social policy is essential to achieving our key objectives in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022. Central to the way we work is ensuring that the policy decisions that impact on our lives have to be directly influenced by those with the lived experience – ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’.

Our Vision
Our vision is an Ireland where disabled people have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals.

We are working collectively to create an Independent Living Movement in Ireland led by disabled people, promoting a rights-based social model of disability, challenging the unacceptable a charity / medical view of disability. We are working towards the removal of societal barriers that prevent active equal participation of disabled people, challenging the denial of people’s rights and the promotion of the philosophy of Independent Living.

Our core values are underpinned by the philosophy of Independent Living and all activities are aimed towards promoting: Independence, Options, Rights and Empowerment.

ONSIDE Project:
ONSIDE is a cross border project led by Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), Disability Action Northern Ireland; Supporting Communities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It will reduce social isolation amongst disabled people through the co-production of a digital inclusion programme, involving community mapping, navigation and peer advocacy. It will result in improved mental and physical health outcomes amongst disabled people, while empowering them to fulfill their potential as active citizens within their communities.

Main Purpose of the Job: The Community Navigator will have the responsibility for providing tailored one to one support to disabled people to help address their social isolation.

Reporting Arrangements & Management Responsibility: The Community Navigator will be responsible and report to the ONSIDE Project Coordinator. The post holder will not have any staff management responsibilities.

Key duties and responsibilities: The key duties and major responsibilities of the Community Navigator will include the following:

  • To provide tailored one to one support to disabled people to help address their social isolation.
  • To organise and deliver a series of 8-week programmes with ONSIDE disabled participants at Sligo / Leitrim mainstream community venues and identify speakers from appropriate local mainstream services with responsibility for social inclusion.
  • To support participants to develop an individual plan to address the barriers they face in being included in their local community that will improve their quality of life and facilitate them becoming active citizens.
  • To proactively engage with disabled people and take positive action to encourage access to services that address their health, social care and isolation needs.
  • To ensure a confidential and person centred approach to accessing and securing the appropriate interventions within or outside the home.
  • To enable disabled people to avail of appropriate services and activities to support health, wellbeing, independence and social inclusion.
  • To comply with all the reporting requirements to ensure robust governance of the project including maintenance of accurate records.
  • To ensure compliance with internal procedures and appropriate legislation relevant to the role.
  • To build trusting and supportive relationships with participants.
  • To work in conjunction with other teams (internal & external) to develop links and partnerships with both statutory and voluntary agencies.
  • To participate in monthly planning and reporting meetings with ILMI community navigators and the Project Manager
To participate in monthly meetings with the ONSIDE Project Team, including the following Project personnel specifically:
  • Digital Inclusion Trainers (Supporting Communities)
  • Website Developer (Disability Action Northern Ireland)
  • Disability Health and Housing Officer (ILMI)
  • Community Navigators (ILMI and Disability Action Northern Ireland)
  • Peer Advocate Co-ordinator (Disability Action Northern Ireland)
To maintain records which will assist in the interim and final evaluation of the ONSIDE Project; and

To prepare and present quarterly progress reports to the Onside Project Manager

To maintain financial records related to the ONSIDE Project expenditure.

To adhere to agreed corporate quality standards.

To undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time by ILMI in line with the status of the post.

NB: – The organisation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions of employment at its discretion in circumstances where such variation is in the interests of improving the efficiency of the organisation’s business. The organisation also reserves the right to review, revise, amend or replace policies / procedures from time to time reflecting the changing needs of the business.

ILMI offers a dynamic and flexible working environment and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to make a genuine difference. Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria.

Essential requirements:
  • A qualification in Community Development, Equality Studies, Disability Studies or a or minimum three years experience in a relevant organisation;
  • A proven commitment to human rights and equality;
  • Proven experience of assessing, identifying and addressing the social isolation needs of disabled people (or other similar disadvantaged or vulnerable groups).
  • Knowledge and understanding of the local, national policy and international fora that relate to disabled people;
  • Commitment to the values of the ILMI and the philosophy of Independent Living;
  • An understanding of the Social model of disability;
  • Proven experience of working in a person-centred context
  • Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level;
  • Demonstrated experience to network;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies.
  • The ability to meet the travel requirements of the post – ie to undertake travel throughout Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

The Community Navigator role will be based in offices in the Sligo / Leitrim and there will outreach to directly engaged disabled people across the region as part of the role and across the border counties and cross-border work as part of the ONSIDE project.

To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th January before 5.00pm

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 20th January 2020. Interviews will take place in ILMI offices.

ILMI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from disabled people for this position. This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland.