The Receptionist/Administrator role
The postholder will be responsible for providing a welcoming and professional reception service at the Centre and administrative support to Centre staff.
The local team
The successful candidate will join a friendly and highly motivated wider Peabody team comprising a centre manager, community development worker, youth workers, employment brokers, a parent adviser, community safety and housing officers.
The successful applicant will need to be subject to a background enhanced disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) before any appointment can be confirmed.
The Pembury estate in central Hackney comprises 1,262 homes and is divided into three main parts: East (474 properties) and West (442 properties) - known collectively as Old Pembury - are 24 blocks built in the 1930s; New Pembury (346 properties) was built in the 1970s and is made up of bungalows and blocks containing flats and maisonettes. The estate has been managed by Peabody since it was transferred from Hackney Council in March 2000 and there are approximately 2,385 residents.
Since 2000, Peabody has invested over £73 million in improvements to residents’ homes and the physical surroundings in Pembury and a further £2.2 million in a range of community programmes, including a neighbourhood learning centre providing employment and skills training to local residents and a range of youth services, including a youth club. There are already strong networks and groups flourishing on the estate. Local groups use the two community halls to run their own activities, such as ‘stay and play’ sessions for parents of young children, homework clubs, bingo and a crafts club, led by residents and supported by our Community Development Worker.
We had recently built a further 268 mixed tenure homes on the corner of the estate in the ‘Pembury Circus’ development. As well as commercial spaces, this new development included Pembury Community Centre that had opened to the public in October 2015.
The Children’s Community and older Pembury residents
Over recent years, Peabody has been working closely with Hackney Council and other local organisations to develop a long term programme to improve the lives of children, young people and their families living on or around the estate – the Pembury ‘Children’s Community’. Pembury is one of four pilot Children’s Communities in the UK that are being championed by Save the Children and evaluated by the University of Manchester. Our Children’s Community work has included breakfast and afterschool clubs, a programme of adult education for parents, parenting classes, reading groups for young children, as well as apprenticeships and work experience for young people.
Alongside this focus on children and families, there has been a long history of activities and support for older people on the estate, much of it run by residents themselves, including bingo, trips, exercise classes and seasonal parties. Peabody also has a dedicated older person’s floating support worker working on the estate and a befriending scheme for isolated elders.
Pembury Community Centre building
Pembury Community Centre has two floors. The ground floor includes a large studio, café space and kitchen (run by a local social enterprise as a community café, under licence to Peabody), as well as large open plan space. The first floor includes two large communal spaces, a large IT suite that will be used by our employment team, an office for volunteers and an office for the 20+ Peabody staff who work from Pembury.