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02 Jan 2020 | Community News

Apply Now – Paid Resident Roles in the Barking Riverside Learning Forum

Are you currently living in Thames Ward? Do you have ideas about how the Barking Riverside Community Interest Company (CIC) could change and grow?  Are you passionate and knowledgeable about your community? Would you like to see more local transparency, improved partnership working and better communication? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the role below…


Barking Riverside London (BRL), and the current Barking Riverside Community Interest Company board, are seeking to partner with local people to consider whether the structure of the Barking Riverside CIC needs to be re-thought or improved in any way.


There are a lot of possibilities regarding how a CIC at Barking Riverside could be structured, so we need to work in partnership with local people to find the best possible model for the community. We hope that this process will deliver a CIC that is better because of resident knowledge, as well as supporting more local people to know and understand estate management and community governance at Barking Riverside.  Local people have previously asked to become more involved in this process, and so we have responded by designing a way of working that will put a group of local people in the centre of designing the new CIC structure.


We want to create a Learning Forum to achieve this. A Learning Forum will be a mixture of community members and current CIC board members. This group will be independently chaired and will go on a journey of training to learn what other models of estate governance exist. Together, the Learning Forum will see real examples, will speak to others who run those models and will learn about other CIC boards, including what they do well and where the challenges exist. We hope this process will result in everyone reaching an agreed position on the model for the Barking Riverside CIC.


As well as providing an opportunity to think about the CIC in a new way, joining the Learning Forum would also provide a great way for local people to access training and professional development, as well as to learn more about community development work in this area. To recognise the contribution that local people who join the Learning Forum will make to the process, we are able to pay London Living wage (£10.55 per hour) for the hours that people work.


We believe that the expected time commitment will be the equivalent of 4 hours per month for approximately 10 months, but this could vary.  Where possible, sessions will be organised outside of working hours to allow for commitments to be met, so this should be something local people can join alongside their job or other commitments.


If you are interested in joining, we are looking for local people to complete an application form to register their interest. These will be assessed by an Independent Chair of the Learning Forum, who will be appointed in partnership with community stakeholders. This is so the decision-making process is transparent for all local people. You can download the application form here.


Please return your application to [email protected] by 12pm on the 6th January 2020.