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Job vacancy 

Castle Hill Community Centre Trust is looking to fill a vacancy for part-time Assistant Manager (Finance) to assist in the smooth running of the Centre & to deputise for the Centre Manager. It is a position which would be suitable for someone with previous office experience and because of its flexibility of attendance, could be of particular interest to anyone considering a return to work appointment.

Key tasks:

  • Be responsible for maintaining all financial accounts pertinent to the running of Castle Hill Community Centre.
  • Run Payroll, PAYE and pension proprietary software.
  • Progress chasing of outstanding invoices..
  • Support front desk reception and customer care function.
  • Assist in the management of a team of voluntary centre support staff.
  • Process all monies received in accordance with the Castle Hill Community Centre Finance Policy.
  • Co-ordinate Centre use and lettings in such a way as to

maximise income.

Hours: 16 hours per week. The hours worked will be negotiable in order to achieve the most effective support for the smooth running of the Centre & to fit to in with a convenient working pattern for the post- holder as far as possible. Some very occasional evening and week-end working may be required which will attract either time off in lieu or additional payment.

Pay: £9.44 per hour/£7854 p.a, (£18408 p.a. pro rata)

Annual Holiday Entitlement:

28 days including Bank & public holidays – pro-rata:


  • A good educational standard
  • Good numerical skills.
  • Good analytical skills, with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Able to work on own initiative as well as in a team.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • Good IT literacy with a working knowledge of MS Office suite including Word & Excel.

Personal Attributes:

  • Honesty & trustworthiness.
  • Good timekeeping.
  • Ability to get on well with others.


Applicants are invited to complete an application form which, together with a full Person Specification, can be obtained from the Centre Manager at the address below or be downloaded from the Staff Vacancies section of our website:


Selection will be by interview, which may include some simple practical tests of skill levels.

Closing date for applications:

Friday 22nd October, 2021.

Application Forms can be obtained from & should be returned to:

The Manager,

Castle Hill Community Centre,

Highfield Road,



Tel: 01473 747053

Reference ID: CHCC/AM

Part-time hours: 16 per week

Application deadline: 22/10/2021

Expected start date: 01/11/2021

Job Types: Part-time, Contract, Permanent

Salary: £7,072.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Flexible schedule
  • Sick pay


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability

Ongoing Renovations

This year we have placed a focus on updating the Community Centre in the following ways…

New Blinds throughout

New Central Heating

New Fire Alarm system

New internal doors

New lighting throughout

New Chairs

New Flooring in Room 1

Up and Coming planned works

New Windows to be fitted later this year

New Kitchen / Coffee Bar area

Castle Hill Community Centre Trust – Launch Event 26 March 2019

On Tuesday 26th March we had our Launch Event to celebrate the Launch of the Trust.

The Mayor of Ipswich officially attended where we celebrated our Launch of the Trust, all trustees were in attendance as well as our tenants and invited guests, good time was had by all

SCDP have moved into Castle Hill which is really exciting news and a sign of changing times for the community!

Suffolk Coalition is a central point of contact for all disabled people and their support organisations within Suffolk.

Their Mission is: Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People is a campaigning organisation at its heart and will campaign on issues that affect disabled people regionally and where appropriate will take part in national campaigns.

Room 4, Castle Hill Community Centre (ground floor)

Telephone:  01473 550601

Alternatively you can email Sophie at:

Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People Logo

Spaces available due to expansion of  Arts & Crafts group (Tuesday sessions)

This group is one for anyone “who enjoys producing art and crafts in a creative and social setting at a reasonable cost. Our only rule is that we all enjoy what we do”!

New members always welcome.



The detail: Free art, craft tuituion & advice. Most people bring their own project & materials and do what they want to do but we can provide to those that need it to get them started. We do drawing, watercolour & acrylic painting, knitting, crocheting, card making, paper mache & working in clay. Or anything art / craft related that people wish to do!

Cost: £2 per session which includes tea, coffee & biscuits.

Do I need to book? No, just turn up (Room 3 on the ground floor)

Is their disabled access? Yes but it is limited at this time. Entry to the ground floor rooms is via a ramp at the front of the building, to the left of the main entrance. A Hearing Loop can be made available if requested in advance.

What do I need to bring? Your project and materials if you have them

Who can I contact for more info? Contact the Community Centre (01473) 747053

Those who wish to  are able to sell their art and craft at various exhibitions and table sales throughout the year.

History of Castle Hill Arts Society (CHAS): We began in March 2013 and by February 2014 we became a registered charity so that we could start to apply for funding to help us develop. Later that year Ipswich Borough Council were impressed by our sessions at Castle Hill Community Centre and asked us to start a new group in Chantry which we ran for 2 years before rising venue costs meant it was no longer viable. We decided to move that group over to Castle Hill Community Centre too and now people attend both or either group from all areas of the town.

Exciting opportunity!

Have you thought about becoming a Trustee?

Opportunity Description: To oversee the management of this new, small charity with a turnover of circa £70,000 per annum. We are currently negotiating a Community Asset Transfer with Suffolk County Council due at the beginning of 2017, when the Castle Hill Community Centre and grounds in Highfield Road Ipswich will transfer to the Charity.

Role of the Trustee: Trustees will be responsible for the full range of duties of a Charitable Trust. We will be looking to appoint at least eight Trustees including a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Also Trustees with skills in publicity, recruiting volunteers, fund raising and people with a particular interest in providing community services for the North West Ipswich communities. There will be no financial liability attached to the role.

Please call for more information