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Cockermouth Emergency Response Group (CERG)

JOB DESCRIPTION - Administrator/Co-ordinator

This is a part time role, where the successful candidate will be self employed and under contract for 10 hours per week to Cockermouth Emergency Response Group (CERG).  The rate of pay will be ©£12.50  per hour.  Applications should be made by covering letter demonstrating how you meet the person specification and with a supporting curriculum vitae.  These can be sent by email to by 21st April 2024.


To manage and co-ordinate Cockermouth Emergency Response Group so that it can assist the community to prepare, respond and recover from an emergency.

Group Co-ordinator Responsibilities

·       To be the central point of contact and a visible presence within the community for CERG

·       To facilitate and support the Group and Chair, including arranging regular meetings, setting agendas and minute taking as well as managing the day-to-day operational aspects of the group as per instructions.

·       To maintain & develop strong and effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including elected members, residents, voluntary sector, public service agencies and private organisations

·       To assist with the review and update of the Community Emergency Plans on an annual basis with support from Management Committee members

·       To assist with the review and update of the Risk Assessments, Protocols and action plans as required with support from Management Committee members

·       To make arrangements for an annual volunteer training programme that will be delivered by the Management Committee

·       To promote awareness of the Group and encourage volunteers, householders and businesses to register with us

·       To maintain and update all contact lists

·       To liaise with the Cumbria Resilience Unit to share the Community Emergency Plan with the appropriate statutory authorities

·       To share appropriate guidance and advice to the Group with regards to new local/national developments

·       To communicate with local press and social media, ensuring positive promotion of the Group and its activities, also raising awareness and gaining positive engagement of the wider community

·       To develop and execute a programme of regular community emergency practice sessions in the support of the management committee

·       To update the Group’s website

·       To attend training as appropriate

·       In the event of emergency, to support the management committee with effective liaison between our community, the Environment Agency, ENWL or other statutory bodies to ensure that CERG can deliver its community support to the best of its ability

·       During incident response & recovery periods, additional paid hours may be offered above contracted hours

·       To do any other tasks reasonably requested by board or management committee



Person specification




Energetic and motivated.   Able to work without direct management and quickly regain work in progress following time away from the office

Organisation skills

Must be able to schedule and prioritise multiple activities

Administration skills

Must be able to show demonstrated ability in this field

Communication skills

Must be able to present themselves well in written and oral skills as they will be maintaining our website and social media presence as well as liaising with people across a number of organisations


Community engagement


This requires the ability to work with a range of people from councillors to volunteers including both public and private organisations to assist in building and developing the Cockermouth Emergency Response Plan.

These could be:

Emergency services

Local and county wide elected officials

Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness Council employees

Cumbria Resilience Forum

Other voluntary organisations including our partners

Computer skills

Proven track record of accurate data entry and administration of Microsoft Office and other applications


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