Community Development Manager



We’re excited to be advertising this exciting role within our team to start as soon as possible. We’re now entering Year 2 of our project and need a Community Development Manager to take us, and the project, even further.
The Community Development Manager will:

  • Provide the administration, coordination and implementation of the Local Wellbeing Networks which take place on a locality level in the form of monthly in-person meetings. Information linked to previous meetings can be found here.
  • Provide a meeting point and collective voice for all three Local Wellbeing Networks and be recognised as a means for Islington Council and others concerned with health and wellbeing commissioning to engage in meaningful dialogue.
  • Develop a Community of Practice (CoP), to ensure connectedness across the three Locality areas to exchange lessons learnt, effective practice, and progress updates
  • Facilitate closer working arrangements between local voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) organisations and Islington Council.
  • Work closely with VCFS organisations and residents to create solutions to local issues, this includes supporting resident campaigns and social action activities.
  • Develop further the successful Community Organisers and Change Makers Programme – and for them to be an integral role in network development.

Job Title: Community Development Manager
Reporting to: CEO, Voluntary Action Islington
Salary: £35,425 (FTE – JNC Scale S01/Scale Point 25)
Hours: 28-35 hours per week (4-5 days per week)
Duration: 12 months fixed term contract (extension subject to funding)
Benefits: 28 days per annum (FTE) & 6% employers pension contribution
Application deadline: 11.59pm, Sunday 22 January 2023
Interviews: Wednesday 1st February 2023 (In Person)


The Local Wellbeing Networks have emerged through great changes in Islington, exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic and an acknowledgement of a disconnect between the local authority, community groups, residents and grassroot organisations. To bridge this gap, Islington Council create the Local Wellbeing Networks project to connect all services in the borough, promote co-delivery to tackle localised health inequalities and capture community voice, ensuring no-one gets left behind.

This is part of Islington’s ‘Fairer Together’ initiative which seeks to build a better, fairer borough for everyone and as such this role works very closely with many Local Authority teams as well as statutory services and VCS groups. This role is also managed by Octopus Community Networks and Voluntary Action Islington and is embedded in the concept of co-production.

The Octopus Community Network (“Octopus”) is a mutually benefitting collaboration between 15 of Islington’s largest multi-purpose community centres working together to develop and deliver innovative community-led health and wellbeing, urban growing, environmental and network building programmes.

About the role

We are looking for a self-starter who will consolidate this area of work and develop it further with tangible actions and outcomes specific to Year 2 of this project.
This is an exciting role that takes an asset and place-based approach to working with local residents and Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector organisations to create solutions to local issues, which includes supporting resident campaigns and social action.
Developing local networks around health and wellbeing and collaborating with other networks across Islington made up of VCFS organisations and statutory agencies such as the Locality Leadership Teams, the Young Islington Locality Networks and Octopus Community Networks Social Action Hubs.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop a project plan for the development of 3 Local Wellbeing Networks and work towards their sustainability (one in each locality – North, Central and South)
  • Work closely with Octopus Community Network to develop their Social Action Hub and incorporate the LWN into this initiative even more
  •  Build, maintain and develop relationships with all types of community stakeholders and maintain a database of all contacts
  • Promote engagement and participation for residents and community groups, resulting in tangible action and outcomes & promote co-production as a means to enabling community power
  • Build and deliver a communications strategy and campaign for the LWN by providing a range of good quality information including newsletters, website content, printed materials and the use of social media to increase participation in the networks
  • Sit on various boards, teams and working groups to advocate for the LWN and embed the project into wider initiatives across Islington
  • Efficient administration and project management to ensure a stable delivery
  • Curate monthly impact reports to be made available to all stakeholders
  • Engage with VCFSE groups/organisations in need of capacity building support and refer them to the wider services of VAI and other support available.

See full Job Description and Person Specification here: VAI Community Development Manager LWNs JD PS

How to Apply

Please send a 2-page supporting statement highlighting why you are applying for the role and how you meet the person specification. Please also send a copy of your CV and the completed equal opportunity form to
We will be reviewing applications as they come in and interview people on a rolling basis.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm, Sunday 22 January 2023
Interviews: Wednesday 1st February 2023
Interview location: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP

If you have any further queries regarding this role, please contact Navinder Kaur by emailing or Julie Parish (Wednesday to Friday)

Helpful information

Information on Fairer Together Here

Octopus Community Networks Here

Voluntary Action Islington  Here

Local Wellbeing Networks Here