We’re Recruiting – Digital Inclusion Support Worker

The Plymouth Cancer Champions Project is a 3-year project, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The project is hosted by Zebra Collective in close collaboration with Age UK Plymouth and the Wolseley Trust Social Prescribing team.   

The project will explore community-based approaches to supporting people whose cancer outcomes and experiences are known to be the worst because of the unacceptable barriers they face (such as those living in low-income areas, minoritized communities etc). 

An important aspect of the project is addressing digital exclusion in relation to accessing health care and other services. We are therefore seeking a Digital Inclusion Support Worker to work closely with the team, staff in community facing organisations and members of the community.  The appointed candidate will develop opportunities for people to improve their digital skills. You will need experience of working in digital inclusion, and a commitment to asset-based community work. 

This part time post (21 hours a week) will be employed by Zebra Collective. The salary is £32,000 pro rata. 

To request a job specification and/or to apply for this position email niqui@zebra.coop  

For further enquiries, please contact Debbie Freeman (debbie@zebra.coop) 07969 114592 

    

We’re Recruiting – Organisation Co-ordinator and Administrator

We are looking for an Organisation Co-ordinator and Administrator to be responsible for the smooth and efficient running of Zebra Collective, a small worker co-operative.
This will include the developing and maintaining of office systems, and administration and promotion of all aspects of Zebra Collective’s work.

The post holder will be based primarily at Mount Wise Neighbourhood Centre, Devonport, and support a range of projects taking place across the organisation, including the Community Cancer Champions project, training and development offers, and Youth and Community Work projects.
The post will be for 15 hours per week – this is a new and emerging role and there may be the opportunity for increased hours.

Salary: £30k pro rata
Closing date: 9am on Monday 1st July
Please email debbie@zebra.coop for an application pack.

If you would like to discuss the role, you can call Debbie on 07969 114592 or email debbie@zebra.coop

Community Cancer Champions Project, 2024-27


Plymouth Community Cancer Champions is a 3-year project, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and hosted by Zebra Collective working in collaboration with community partners Age UK Plymouth and the Wolseley Trust Social Prescribing team.


This closely evaluated test and learn project is exploring and testing asset-based community development approaches to supporting people and communities whose cancer outcomes and experiences are known to be the worst because of the unjust and unacceptable barriers they face, such as poverty and discrimination.

Niqui Bond began as the Project Manager in early January 2024, and has spent the 1st quarter setting up the project and recruiting the rest of the Zebra team – a Community Engagement Worker, a Digital Inclusion Worker and a Volunteer Co-ordinator, while Age UK Plymouth has recruited a Community Engagement Worker for older adults and Wolseley Trust a Primary Care Link Worker.

For more information contact Niqui: niqui@zebra.coop

joint Solution-Focused Practice Group: 8 August 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

The joint Solution-Focused Practice Group sessions are for people who have had some training in solution-focused practice, and wish to meet with others to develop their skills.

The sessions, co-facilitated by Guy Shennan and Marc Gardiner, are a continuing professional development opportunity which aims to bring together people committed to working in a solution-focused way to develop skills and build networks. Sessions comprise any one or more of:

  • Teaching
  • skills practice
  • case studies
  • group exercises and discussions
  • SF sessional video footage

– all good opportunities for practitioners to step back from the daily work and reflect, learn and refresh.

Price: £25 + VAT

2024 sessions:
Thursday 8 August – book here
Friday 4 October – book here
Friday 6 December – book here

If we cancel a session, payments will be refunded or transferred to a future session.

Should you cancel 3+ days before the event, your booking can be rolled over to a future session of your choice. No refunds will be paid.


Zebra takes on Mount Wise Neighbourhood Centre

From 1st April 2024, Zebra holds the lease on the Neighbourhood Centre, a community space familiar to most Mount Wise residents.

We plan to restore the Centre and our hope is that it becomes a much-used space for our community.

We’ve been running our youth club here since March 2023, and some of us have worked out of this building since the 1990s.

We think this should be everyone’s Centre – so we want to know what local people would like to see happening here, and anything you’d like to offer – e.g. volunteering at the children’s and youth sessions or in other ways, starting new groups etc.

We held a Community Day on Saturday 11th May: we were lucky with the sun, and around 200 people came. The children played on the bouncy castle, with the various other outdoor games and in the ball pool in the UV darkroom, while dozens of adults shared their views on the future of the centre and how they’d like to be involved. We’ll be using this wealth of ideas, energy and information to work together with our fellow residents to shape the development of the centre – and as evidence to support bids to secure funding to pay for the developments suggested.

This was the publicity poster:


For more information, contact:

Debbie Freeman 07969 114592 debbie@zebra.coop

Marc Gardiner 07784 950308 marc@zebra.coop

Start of the Cancer Champions programme, Plymouth 2024-27

After years of developing community initiatives in partnership with Macmillan, Zebra is pleased to be hosting this action research programme, exploring an asset-based community development (ABCD) approach to addressing the fact that people living in low income communities tend to have a significantly poorer experience of the cancer journey, from pre-diagnosis through to post-treatment.

Macmillan has designed a large-scale programme to test this approach in selected communities here in Plymouth, beginning in Devonport and Stonehouse. Zebra is leading, and collaborating with Age UK Plymouth and the social prescribing service at Wolseley Trust.

Niqui Bond, until recently a primary school assistant head in Plymouth, began as Project Manager at the start of January. Her 1st three months has been spent setting up the programme, including recruiting the team – 3 with Zebra and one each at Age UK Plymouth & Wolseley.

For more details on this project, email niqui@zebra.coop