We’re Hiring!

04 May 2021
Hugo Mills

We’re Hiring!

C3 is looking for an enthusiastic, organised individual to join our team part-time as a CHESS Plan Co-ordinator in Gillingham.

We are a global charity whose vision is for a world where there are no premature or preventable deaths from chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and where people find it easier to live healthy lives (www.c3health.org). 

C3 utilises an innovative process to shift decision-making to local communities by engaging them in an investigation about their health in relation to their environment. Central to C3’s community projects is CHESS (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions), an evidence-based mobile application used with Android tablets. CHESS equips community members to collect quantitative data on local assets, such as spaces for physical activity and places for food shopping or eating, such as supermarkets and restaurants, that make an area conducive to good health (or not!) C3 then leads community members in interpretation of this data during an insight session. 

Job description and person specification 

JOB TITLE  CHESS Plan Co-ordinator  
REPORTS TO  C3 Senior Project Manager  
HOURS  12-20 hours per week (depending on availability.) We welcome flexible working requests, and we are a family-friendly organisation.  
SALARY  £27,500 FTE (pro rata).  
CONTRACT  Part-time, fixed term for 18 months. 
BASE  The postholder will work mainly from home and out in the community. 

As part of the ASPIRE team, they will be able to book desk space at Medway Community Healthcare, MCH House, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent. 


ASPIRE is a multi-partner project testing a holistic approach to tackling the issues of obesity and employment.  The project is taking place in seven sites in England and France, and Medway is one of the three English locations. 

As part of ASPIRE, local community members in each site are supported to assess their built environment and identify actions they want to take collectively to make it easier to live healthier lives.  This is done using CHESSTM an evidence-based strategy including a mobile survey.  The CHESS Plan Co-ordinator will be responsible for ensuring implementation of the resulting community-created CHESS Action Plan, through ongoing engagement with the local community and stakeholders.  

If you are passionate about the benefits of health and wellbeing, a healthy diet and physical activity, and have the motivational skills to engage your community, then this role could be ideal for you. 

Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) are supporting C3 in this recruitment process, and the successful applicant will be working closely and co-located with the MCH ASPIRE team. 

Main purpose of job 

The CHESS plan Co-ordinator will be employed by C3 Collaborating for Health but work closely with MCH and with community members and local stakeholders to implement the activities of a community designed action plan.  

How to apply 

Please email your CV with references and a covering letter describing how you meet the requirements of this role to Elisabeth Morgans, C3 Senior Projects Manager: elisabeth.morgans@c3health.org. Should you have any questions about this role, please contact Elisabeth to arrange a chat.  

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 27 May 2021. 

Interviews will be held on Zoom on 23 June and 24 June 2021 

About ASPIRE  

ASPIRE (Adding to Social capital and individual Potential In disadvantaged REgions) is a multi-partner project that is happening across Southern England and Northern France, which aims to tackle the issues of obesity and employment holistically. This €10 million Interreg VA Channel project runs from September 2019 to February 2023. Medway is one of three English locations in the ASPIRE project.  

ASPIRE will give obese/overweight and/or unemployed people the tools they need to make healthier lifestyle choices and improve their employability. The project will: 

  • encourage a ‘grow your own, eat your own, sell your own’ ethos inspiring a new model; 
  • holistically combine the necessary support to increase employability with access to local healthy food produce; 
  • be implemented at community hubs 
  • use innovative technology at hub sites to enable participants to improve their relationship with food and provide them with the skills and support they need to gain access to the employment market. 

C3’s role in the ASPIRE project has been to engage with communities in the early stages of the project using CHESS, at each of the seven hub sites across England and France. In June 2021 C3 will guide local residents on a community walk using CHESS around the area near St Augustine’s Church, Gillingham.  In early July C3 will facilitate participants to create a CHESS action plan of priorities for local residents, drawing on the findings from the CHESS walk. The CHESS Plan Co-ordinator will be responsible for implementation of the CHESS action plan through ongoing engagement with the local community and stakeholders.  The post-holder will be employed and managed by C3, with additional oversight from MCH.  They will be part of the Medway ASPIRE team and work closely with MCH colleagues

About ASPIRE in Gillingham 

The Medway ASPIRE project is managed by Medway Community Healthcare (MCH). MCH is a social enterprise, Community Interest Company and social objectives and social value are at the core of their business model. MCH believes in playing a valuable role in leading locally on delivering positive social impact.  

The ASPIRE project in Medway will see the creation of a growing hub, offering local people access to locally grown produce, a cooking hub, to gain skills and confidence with food, and other hub locations where a range of opportunities will be offered to people in Medway to increase their skills, wellbeing and health. MCH is bringing together a range of key local stakeholders and community members to co-design the ASPIRE project for Medway, which will increase community cohesion and provide a significant legacy after ASPIRE has been completed. The Medway hub will also act as a pilot and hopefully a catalyst for similar hubs throughout the Programme area.  

Please contact Hayley.almond@nhs.net for information regarding the ASPIRE project in Medway. 

Key Responsibilities of the Medway CHESS plan co-ordinator  

  • To act as the key point of contact in the community for the implementation of the CHESS action plan. 
  • To support and promote the overall Medway ASPIRE project and ASPIRE activity in the implementation of the CHESS action plan. 
  • To co-ordinate and manage the implementation of the CHESS action plan. Key priority actions will be generated by the local community in the CHESS action plan in summer 2021.  They may include creating opportunities to bring people together to: 
  • grow, buy, cook, eat and sell healthy food 
  • take part in community events 
  • take part in various physical activities 
  • increase understanding of health and wellbeing. 

Additional priorities and actions may be identified by the local community.   

  • To monitor levels of engagement by local residents in activities relating to the CHESS action plan, which may include: 
  • attendance records for activities; 
  • an overall register of participants; 
  • evaluation of effectiveness of learning or written feedback from participants; 
  • social media analytics/ communication analytics. 
  • To design, plan and undertake outreach and consultation work (such as door knocking, questionnaires, meetings with communities and voluntary groups, etc.) in order to maximise inclusion and reach in the activities that relate to the CHESS action plan. 
  • To produce effective communication materials relating to the activities in the CHESS action plan using a variety of media – emails, leaflets, social media – as appropriate for the community. 
  • To explore, with C3, additional funding streams post project delivery to enable capacity building, qualifications, training and skills development for local residents, facilitating future work, volunteering and peer-to-peer support within the community. 
  • To build up and maintain a database of contacts within the community (the project’s success relies on engagement with the community so having a clear understanding of key members of the community will be vital.) 
  • To build and maintain good working relationships and trust within the community and MCH.
  • To work closely and collaboratively with MCH to support the overall ASPIRE project activity. 
  • To work within the operational and policy framework of C3 Collaborating for Health, including Health and Safety, Child Protection/Vulnerable Adults, Data Protection, Equal Opportunities and Risk Assessment policies. 
  • To alert MCH and C3 about any issues, such as concerns about individuals or work in the community and seek support and advice as appropriate. 
  • To undertake any other duties relevant to the post. 

Skills and abilities 

Requirements  Essential  Desirable  Assessed 
  • Educated at NVQ level 3 or equivalent in a relevant field 
  • Good working knowledge of MS office 
  • Willingness to undertake further training as required 
  • Higher education qualification 
  • Health and/or physical activity-based qualification 
  • Can demonstrate commitment to equality and diversity 
  • Knowledge of locally-based community and voluntary sector organisations and services 
  • Good knowledge of the relevant local area  
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of health issues affecting the local community  
  • An understanding of the principles of health and healthy lifestyle choices 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Understanding of Health and Safety, Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Procedures, Data Protection and Risk Assessments 
  • Knowledge of local data 
  • Knowledge of local funders and funding streams 
  • Ability to speak one or more local community language 
  • Minute-taking 
  • Managing and chairing/facilitating inclusive meetings 
  • Able to develop professional relationships with diverse individuals and communities, across all abilities, backgrounds and ages 
  • Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to empower individuals and groups 
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own workload 
  • Good planning and organisational skills 
  • Ability to think creatively and have a positive outlook 
  • Able to work to deadlines and remain calm and collected under pressure 
  • Ability to work flexibly and to adapt to the needs of the community and the project as it develops 
  • Workshop facilitation  
  • Admin and clerical experience 
  • Collecting, collating, monitoring and evaluating data 
  • Developing presentation materials (specific to the community) 
  • Experience of working within a team and on own initiative 
  • Experience of managing petty cash and small funds 
  • Experience of writing fundraising bids 
  • Experience of facilitating workshops or discussion groups 
Other requirements 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Willingness to work flexibly, and on occasion outside normal working hours 
  • Good problem-solving skills 
  • Willingness to travel around the neighbourhood 
  CL, ZI 

CV= Curriculum Vitae 

CL= Covering Letter 

ZI = Zoom Interview