Engagement Coordinator


We are looking for a new team member to coordinate our engagement scheme ‘Barnwood Circle’. Barnwood Circle is a network of people who care about Gloucestershire being a better place for disabled people and people with mental health challenges to live.  Barnwood Circle members inform our work by sharing experiences, views, and ideas.

Our Engagement Coordinator is a key contact for members, so we are looking for someone who can help us make our communications accessible and relevant to disabled people and people with mental health challenges and provide the administration and coordination of the group’s meetups and events.

Specialist experience relevant to disability and mental health challenges, including safeguarding, specialist communications or cultural awareness is welcomed for this role.

We want to diversify our team to better reflect the work and communities we support– this means we would particularly welcome applications from people who:

  • are from Black, Asian and minoritised backgrounds.
  • have lived experience of disability and/or mental health challenges.


Contract Terms:

  • This role is permanent, and the hours are flexible for the right candidate. We welcome applications from people looking for
    • Full time hours (37.5hrs a week)
    • and those keen to work on a job share basis

(2 people covering 37.5 hrs a week).

  • We offer a flexible start between 8am and 9.30am Monday to Friday.
  • Full Time (FTE Salary) £29,587
  • This position is based in our office in central Cheltenham with occasional opportunities for home working.


Summary of Key Duties:

Coordination of the engagement scheme

  1. Develop and maintain a project-based overview of Barnwood’s engagement scheme for disabled people and people with mental health challenges, identifying engagement opportunities and channels.
  2. Plan for and resource specific communications, events, and engagement opportunities in partnership with other teams and stakeholders in the Trust.
  3. Registration of new members and management of Barnwood’s database, ensuring smooth, secure, and effective administration of member information.
  4. Administration of Experts by Experience agreements, payments and expenses claims for disabled people and people with mental health challenges taking part in projects with the Barnwood team.
  5. Collate feedback and support evaluation of the engagement scheme.

 Communications and Events:

  1. Coordinate the creation of communications products which engage a wide range of disabled people and people with mental health challenges, commissioning specialist support and resource where necessary in order to ensure that communications are accessible to all.
  2. Create, design, and support the running of events to engage with disabled people and people with mental health challenges. Provide support to visitors taking part in engagement opportunities at Overton House.


Essential Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of project planning tools and techniques.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of accessibility tools and techniques.
  • Proven success in engaging those with complex needs and/or those who are routinely marginalised.

Click here to download the full application pack.


Summary of Skills:

  • Exceptional interpersonal, events design, planning and management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills that engage a wide range of audiences and which champion accessible communication.
  • Digital skills which are applicable across a wide range of channels and work for a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload, set objectives and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills, involving diverse groups and a range of professionals.
  • Strong IT skills (demonstrable proficiency in using MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WhatsApp, Teams and Zoom)
  • CRM database management



  • 36 days annual leave (FTE) including bank holidays.
  • Work within an organisation that is committed to improving equality and diversity.
  • Competitive salaries and fantastic pension contribution rates.
  • Excellent personal development plan and extensive training which includes a commitment to training employees to be confident when working with people with a wide variety of impairments, disabilities, and mental health challenges.
  • Friendly and collaborative working culture; everyone’s voice is heard.
  • We have a range of supportive wellbeing policies and almost a third of our employees, are qualified mental health first aiders with Mental Health England.
  • Our offices in central Cheltenham are wheelchair accessible, have free accessible parking on site and great facilities.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.

Guidance On Applications:

For full guidance on how to make an online application and what you should include within it, it is recommended that you read the job pack attached which also provides a full and detailed job description and person specification.

Click here to download the full application pack.

Should you have any questions or require any of the information in a different format please email the recruitment team directly at recruitment@barnwoodtrust.org

We want our application process to be right for you as an individual, so if there’s anything you think we can do to make this process more straightforward for you please email recruitment@barnwoodtrust.org directly to discuss what support we might be able to provide. Our career page on our website (https://www.barnwoodtrust.org/about-us/current-jobs/) has some examples of things we may be able to put in place for people who request extra support.


Guaranteed Interview:

In the application pack we describe some ‘essential skills or experience’ (a few things we really need the person applying to be able to do). If you have a disability (this includes mental health or long-term health conditions) and have these essential skills or experiences, we will guarantee you an interview.

To be invited to interview or assessment in this way, you must detail in the answers to our ‘Competency Questions’ document how you meet the essential criteria for the role and then check the box next to the question asking if you would like your application to be considered for this.

A request under the guaranteed interview scheme does not guarantee an applicant a job. At interview, the best candidate will be offered the role. If you are invited to interview you will receive your invite and we’ll ask you about any reasonable adjustments that you may need.


Closing date, interviews and start date:

Deadline for applications: 17:00 Friday 30th September 2022

First interviews: Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October

Second stage interviews: Monday 17th October

We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible