We’re hiring! Coordinator wanted

If you like the idea of working part time as part of a busy community hub, then this could be your dream job!

The Vogelmorn Community Group Charitable Trust (VCG) is looking for someone who loves dealing with people and cares about community to manage day-to-day admin and venue bookings as well as be the connection point with users, community and arts organisations, funders, suppliers, Council and many more. If you like the idea of being busy and the hub of a thriving community venue, read on!

At a glance

  • Initially ten hours per week (mostly flexible), up to 20 hours as funding secured
  • Pay $25+/hr, negotiable
  • Fixed-term for 3 months but extending as funding is secured
  • Based at Vogelmorn clubrooms, some work can be done remotely
  • Main jobs: handle enquiries and bookings, comms, accounts
  • Other jobs: develop programme, create funding applications, reporting
  • Reports to VCG board of trustees (meets quarterly)

 

Background

VCG was formed in 2015 as a custodian of the former bowling club buildings at 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn. The VCG owns and runs this venue for the community and actively participates in nurturing the Vogelmorn Precinct area, which incorporates the clubrooms as well as Council-owned Hall and green. VCG also runs and hosts events, often partnering with other organisations. People from the local area as well as wider Wellington use our venue and attend events. Our values are being inclusive, sustainable, community-driven and creative.

Since we took over management in 2014, hundreds of people have used the venue for music and theatre rehearsals, yoga sessions, drama and music classes, ‘meet the candidate’ events, kids and adults birthday parties, government away days, flm shoots, corporate parties, Scrabble club, flamenco dancing, plus workshops on flower arranging, mushroom cultivation, nonviolent communication, and many more. The venue also hosts the Green Cafe three days a week and a co-working space with six or more part-time users. As well as the Green, VCG’s key tenant and partner is the iconic Barbarian Productions run by local theatre makers Jo Randerson and Thomas Lahood.

 

What we’re looking for

You’ll be busy and you’ll meet lots of people! This is a varied job and we don’t expect you to know everything in the first five minutes, but we want someone who’s keen to learn. You need to love communicating –  since that’s a huge part of this job, including being responsive and having a good manner on phone, in writing and in person. We’d like someone who’s able to handle lots of things coming at them in the busy times, but also able to get on with background work and find valuable things to do when it’s quiet.

This would be a great job for someone who is flexible wants to continue building a sense of community around physical spaces. We hope you’ll bring some of your own ideas to build community. Ability to levitate a plus.

 

What we’ll provide

You’ll get space in the clubrooms to do your VCG work. We’ll show you how our various platforms – Loomio, Xero, Google Drive, WordPress, Mailchimp – work if you’re not familiar with them. We’ll take you through our systems and those of our funders and will give you ongoing support.  You will also be able to do some of this from home. (You’ll need your own laptop.)

 

The work you’ll be doing:

Concierge/hosting: answering booking and venue enquiries, scheduling, liaising with users, showing new hirers around, occasionally help set up for events. This may be weekends as well as on weekdays.

Caretaker – check the venue is in order, tidying and light cleaning, liaise with cleaner, maintenance team and suppliers for upkeep and repairs, keep in touch with core tenants like the Green cafe, co-workers and Barbarian Productions.

Comms – create content for the website, a monthly newsletter, social media and other publications as well as physical signage.

Admin – invoicing and bookkeeping, gathering information for funding applications and reports, monitor health & safety proc.

Programme – develop, promote and assist in delivering programme and events. This will grow as funding and time allows, and there’s scope to build the community development role by expanding VCG’s connection with local and other organisations and expanding the programme.

 

How to apply or ask questions, and what happens next

Please write to us if you have any questions, and to apply send us a cover letter and CV (just one page each thanks) to vogelmornbc@gmail.com by end of Tuesday 30 April.

We’ll aim to interview people in early May, and hire someone soon after for a handover period in early-mid May.

 

We look forward to getting your application!

Cultivating collaborative spaces – a talk by Bettina Lamm

 

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93 Mornington Road, Wednesday 13 March 7.45pm .
Bettina Lamm is a landscape architect and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen and is coming to Vogelmorn.  She’s been working with Vogelmorn Trustee Sophie Jerram -as her PhD supervisor.
Bettina has advised on architectural projects focusing on play and activity in the public realm and will show Danish examples of practice lead research on collaborative place making and site transformation – the development of cultural hubs at derelict sites and abandoned buildings. She will share how she works with students on prototyping new cultural and social functions into former industrial sites.
Bettina will speak about Move the Neighbourhood where a community site was co-designed and built with children. Bettina will question how small scale iterative design interventions can support the development of places and communities.
Come at 7.45 to mingle, talk starts 8pm. Free entry, koha welcome.

The Green Cafe is back!

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Coffee lovers rejoice: the cafe is open again after the summer break! Sacha has been joined behind the counter by local baristas Ingrid and Charlotte. Come in and enjoy some yummy baking and fine coffee. Open Thursday to Saturday 8am-4pm.

How open do we leave the Vogelmorn fence?

…. And other questions we need your help on!

The Vogelmorn Precinct steering group is seeking your feedback for the ongoing development of the Vogelmorn green.   screen shot 2019-01-27 at 11.18.41 amFollowing community workshops in 2016-17, Wellington City Council has provided initial funding to upgrade the space (still with the help of the community).   To ensure we get the wall and degree of ‘openness’ that we want onto the street, and the look we want, we really want to hear from you about:
-the Mornington Rd brick wall
– the Mornington Rd gate
– the Cypress trees
– the community garden
– an action group

Here’s is a link to the feedback form: https://goo.gl/forms/R6MW3C52P0hkKYlU2 – The survey should only take a couple of minutes.

And the plans are in this dropbox link here: https://bit.ly/2WjykbL

Welcome back to the ‘hood in 2019

Wellington can feel empty in January.  But it will begin to crank up soon.

From Thursday 17th great coffee will again be available from at The Green cafe.

Our next operations meeting (where anyone can propose events or offer assistance, or simply meet the community) is on Monday Feb 11th at 745pm.  All welcome.

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A friendly team from the Department of Internal Affairs on a working bee on the Green in December.

We look forward to meeting new people in 2019 – please rock on up.

Dragon & Medieval Fun!

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If you like dragons, archery, swords and cosplay, join the fun at the launch of Riders of Fire, Eileen Mueller’s new young adult dragon rider series.

Kicking off with archery, the afternoon includes medieval sword fighting from Company of the Dragons, a costume parade, and readings from Ezaara and Dragon Hero, the first two books in the Riders of Fire series. There will be dragon crafts, books and family-friendly fun for all ages. Prizes will be awarded for best archer, swordsperson and costume.

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 1:30 – 3pm, Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Mornington – here’s the event on Facebook.