We are Looking for a Grass Roots Development Worker

Are you determined to make a positive difference to the world around you and help end racism? Are you an activist at heart with the energy and skills to help deliver lasting change? Are you self-motivated and able to work across a variety of projects?

We are urgently looking for a Grassroots Development Worker to join us as we work towards creating the UK’s first anti-racist county. You will be working in a Black led organisation and we want to see more Black people, Brown people and people from under-represented groups in our growing and positive team. You’ll be supported in an anti-racist environment with a network of more than fifty fantastic volunteers and a Board of Trustees from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, economic backgrounds, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, heritages and cultures. 

Creating an anti-racist county means working at both structural and grassroots levels, and empowering our Black, Brown and White communities; building anti-racist projects with them, that matter to them. We want change to come from within Cumbria rather than happen to it. Our ethos is to educate about the realities of racism whilst providing the tools to tackle it, whether that be to individuals or organisations. We need you to listen to and build community projects with people of all backgrounds, there will be a strong focus on engaging with our young people and uplifting their voices and ideas. Help us ensure that Cumbria is a county where no one is left behind.  An anti-racist and equitable county that embraces people as authentically ‘them’ and encourages and enables people to reach their full human potential.

We are looking for a highly motivated person to play a key role in our aim of making Cumbria an anti-racist county. 

The Grass Roots Development Worker (GRDW) will reach out into communities across Cumbria with a view to empower and support communities and community groups to work on anti-racist practices and overcome potential barriers in creating an anti-racist Cumbria. 

You will liaise with and work collaboratively county wide with individuals living in the community, and partner organisations to establish gaps in understanding what anti-racism means, and where applicable, support the development of new community initiatives. 

You will be responsible for creating projects that make real change and there will be a strong emphasis on working with a broad spectrum of young people.









Reporting to: CEO 

Responsible for: Delivery and Development of Provision to Grassroots

Location: Cumbria wide (and WFH, ARC HQ, Flexible)

Salary: £32,000.00

Hours: 40 per week but we recognize that in order to fulfil the requirements of the position, it involves working some unsocial hours so we take a flexible approach.

Office/Home: 1 day minimum per week in Windermere office, otherwise we don’t mind where you work from.

Contract: This is a permanent role

Benefits & Statutory Entitlements

  • Hybrid office/home working/ flexible working environment
  • 36 days annual leave including Bank Holidays
  • Well-being and wellness support
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Employers pension scheme contributions

How to apply 

Please submit a one page A4 covering letter, detailing your motivation and vision for this role in an anti-racist count: tell us your ideas and what the role looks like to you and give us examples of the things you would do, along with your CV, to hello@antiracistcumbria.org

If you would prefer to give your covering statement in another format, please contact us to discuss.

We also ask you to complete our Equitable Opportunities Monitoring Form. If there are any barriers such as a disability which may impact your ability to apply in this way please contact us at hello@antiracistcumbria.org

Closing date: 5pm,12th September 2022

Interviews: Will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of September.

If you are called for an interview, you will be notified by 5pm on the 16th September at the latest. Interviews may be held in person or virtually.

Before you apply: We cannot tell a lie, working in anti-racism and being consistently confronted by the impact of racism (for some whilst being impacted personally by racism too) is hard work and it requires the ability to be robust. Sadly racism never sleeps and the environment is fast-paced and at times requires reactivity as well as proactivity. Your welfare and wellbeing is vital and we offer both internal and external support as well as flexible working and more holidays to help with this, but we think it is important you understand that this work can be emotive, challenging and potentially triggering before you begin.