22.5 hours p.w, £9.75 p.h., flexible working hours

Working closely with both internal and external stakeholders, the Community Wellbeing Organiser will further develop SMH’s community engagement aspirations, strengthening and establishing relationships/partnerships with the communities in and around Bethnal Green.

At the heart of SMH’s community engagement plans are our community projects. Our newest project, the Yoganest, is a community wellbeing studio whose purpose is to help improve the health and wellbeing in the local area, by providing low cost/ free yoga, dance, ballet, meditation, tai chi etc classes or workshops.

Our aspirations for the Yoganest reflect our ambitions for SMH. We believe that by working with the local community, through the Yoganest, we have the opportunity both to help tackle wellbeing issues and to engage the community with SMH’s work.

A priority task for the Community Wellbeing Organiser will be to manage the Yoganest. The CWO reports to the Communications Manager and works closely with other members of the SMH team, colleagues from partner organisations, local stakeholders and community organisations, and external professional advisors where appropriate.


Specific objectives will include, but not be limited to:

1. Developing, implementing and evaluating the SMH’s community engagement activities

2. Managing the Yoganest, our wellbeing studio

3. Act as a first point of contact for residents and instructors, providing excellent service and knowledgeable support, information and guidance

4. Providing support to local residents to transform ideas into projects and enterprises, which build on strengths, meet needs and aspirations and tackle wellbeing concerns in the community.

5. Developing strategic relationships with local stakeholders (including local residents and their representatives, community/third sector organisations, and local authority public health teams)

6. Attend residents/local organisations meetings and share information about our activities. Liaise continuously with residents during the development process particularly those living in Bethnal Green.

7. Act as an ambassador for the Yoganest and St. Margaret’s House, representing it at relevant local events and delivering presentations to promote our projects

8. Commissioning/co-producing community health and wellbeing projects

9. Identifying and developing opportunities to collaborate with other organisations on community engagement activities.

10. Ensuring that the community engagement approach is integrated with the SMH communication strategy and providing feedback and strategic advice on community engagement to the Communications Manager 

11. Contributing to the work of the wider communications and engagement team, including internal/external communications, public affairs, media work and events, as appropriate, to ensure rich and timely communication and positive showcasing of success stories .

12. Work closely with other members of the SMH team, openly sharing knowledge and expertise and collaborate on joint initiatives

13. Carry out general administrative work including record keeping, database updating, reports etc.

 Person Specification

This role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced engagement/communications specialist to develop the SMH community engagement model.  

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated engagement or communications professional with a strong interest in improving local health outcomes.

The role will require the following:


·         Experience of working in community engagement and/or communications

·         Budget management experience

·         Project management experience, including experience of commissioning/co-creating and managing community projects (experience of health projects is desirable)

·         Experience of working with a range of stakeholders, including local government, healthcare providers, third sector organisations


·         Educated to degree level or equivalent and holding relevant professional qualifications

·         Knowledge of methods and channels for engaging with a wide range of stakeholders

·         A comprehensive knowledge of good communications and engagement practice

·         Knowledge of the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors


·         Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to engage and build relationships with a range of stakeholders

·         Strong organisational and planning skills, the ability to prioritise in the face of competing demands, and proven success in delivering work to tight deadlines

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, enabling the post holder to work effectively as part of a team

Personal attributes

·         An interest in health issues and physical and emotional wellbeing

·         Entrepreneurial and imaginative

·         High levels of self-motivation, with the ability to work within an environment subject to change

·         Flexible attitude to working environment and ability to work as part of a team

·         Respectful, open, and sensitive to others’ history and experience. Sensitive to local cultures and languages. Positively committed to anti-discriminatory practice; 

·         Dynamic, motivated, energetic and creative with a can-do approach to problem-solving;

·         Able to motivate and inspire. Enjoys and values helping others achieve and develop their potential;

·        Available to work in the office but also remote ( attending local events, meet-ups, residents meetings etc)

This position may include occasional evening and weekend work.

Why you’ll love St. Margaret’s House

Our unique charity is a fun and inspiring place to work. Perks include:

·         Free lunch at the award winning Gallery Café

·         Discounts at Yoganest, our wellbeing studio

·         Great office space in the heart of Bethnal Green, in a historic Victorian building

·         The ability to learn, progress, and develop your skills

·         The opportunity to contribute directly to the growth and success of a fast-paced exciting charity

·         A fun, exciting workplace with people who love and care about what they do

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and your updated CV .

Please only apply for this role if you meet the essential criteria outlined.

Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant and you will be contacted only if you have been shortlisted for this role. It can take five working days for us to read your CV so please wait to hear from us in regards to whether we will taking your application further.

St. Margaret’s House is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be judged according to an equal opportunities policy.

Thank for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Application deadline: Monday, 17th April

Start Date: by the end of April




£8.50 per hour, start date ASAP.

We're looking for a cafe assistant to work in our award winning vegan Cafe! This role will include general front of house duties and making juices and coffees.

Who are we looking for?:

* Flexibility with hours

*Coffee experience

* Very strong work ethic

*Ability to work well under pressure and in stressful situations

* An interest in vegan food and in coffee

* Good people and customer service skills

* Fluent English and excellent communication skills

Why you’ll love St. Margaret’s House and the Gallery Cafe

·         Free lunch with every shift

·         Discounts at Yoganest, our wellbeing studio

·         The ability to learn, progress, and develop your skills into a more senior role

·         Great location  in the heart of Bethnal Green, in a historic Victorian building

·         The opportunity to contribute directly to the growth and success of a fast-paced exciting charity

·         A fun, exciting workplace with people who love and care about what they do

Please include a brief cover letter and a CV.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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