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BCHA What we do blog by Laura Jump – Could you be BCHA’s next Communications Manager?


The past 18 months have been a challenge for all of us, but for those who are at risk of homelessness or rough sleeping it's been a very daunting time. BCHA works closely with partners to provide support to individuals faced with homelessness regardless of how or why they are in that position.

The 'Everyone In' Initiative was proof that as a country we can house everyone in a crisis. But now we have a duty to follow that up with something more permanent. At BCHA we work alongside individuals, providing or linking to the necessary support, to enable them to achieve stable independent living. In order to do this, we need to make sure everyone is aware of the services we provide, we need to continue to work with partners to increase understanding of these issues and we need to advocate for improved provision. Communications is central to our work and we are blessed with committed passionate colleagues who appreciate the value of storytelling.

BCHA is looking for a new Communications Manager. Could it be you? Or do you know someone who would do a great job?

The excellent, Richenda Oldham, is moving on to a fantastic new role. She will be greatly missed but of course we wish her the best of luck, and know that she will always remain one of the BCHA family.

The past 18 months has been an exciting time for our external communications with coverage in the local media, a burst of engagement through our social media channels, the launch of our own podcast and the telling of our customers and colleagues stories. [add links to each of these] And we've got even more planned for the coming years.

Are you a communications expert with experience of social media, media management, content creation and brand management? Do you have experience in or an understanding of the social sector? Are you passionate about storytelling and the value of lived experience? Then consider applying for this unique opportunity today. The future Comms Manager will get to work alongside passionate colleagues to build our profile, helping people to better understand the complex realities of homelessness.

The role will allow you to shape and create the communications for a growing organisation with an explicit commitment to growing our profile in order to influence attitudes, policy and practice (see Goal 8 of our business plan). Both the Board and the Executive Team appreciate the importance of communications and see it as a critical in helping us achieve our mission of ending homelessness.

You will also be in the position to not only increase BCHA’s influence but also achieve change by developing positive partnerships and working collaboratively with key partners across the South West and nationally.

This role closes at 5pm on Tuesday 21 September. Please get in touch with Jamie Furer 01202 410646 or email for more information or read the job description on the BCHA website.

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