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Rural Housing Enabler
  • Employer: Surrey Community Action
  • Reference: SCA/22/204665
  • Published: Thu 14/07/2022, 13:31 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 11/08/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 21 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,000
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Based in Burpham, Guildford, Surrey

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Rural Housing Enabler

Main purpose of the job:              

To work in partnership with local communities and Local Authorities to achieve affordable rural housing across rural areas of Surrey.

Engage with communities, housing organisations, Parish Councils, Local Authorities, landowners, developers, agents, planners, other partners and community leaders to bring forward sites and solutions to meet local need through the provision of affordable housing projects on rural sites.  


Main tasks and Responsibilities

  • To encourage and assist rural communities and their Parish Councils to identify local housing needs by means such as local housing needs surveys
  • Write reports and give presentations to relevant agencies on the results of housing needs surveys and related research in local communities
  • To encourage rural communities, their Parish Councils and relevant agencies to identify suitable sites for affordable housing to meet local needs
  • To assist rural communities and their Parish Councils to secure assistance from any relevant agency in promoting affordable housing schemes to meet local needs, and to facilitate good communications between all parties involved in such schemes
  • To promote wherever possible the need for and provision of affordable housing in rural communities in Surrey
  • Maintain and develop effective partnerships and networks to address affordable rural housing issues in Surrey
  • To contribute to strategies and policies of agencies that have an impact on the availability of affordable housing in rural areas
  • Promote examples of good practice in all aspects of local rural housing planning and provision
  • Arrange quarterly review meetings with funders (ie. The Rural Housing Partnership)

Other Responsibilities

  • Promote Community-led Housing options, in addition to other affordable housing options
  • Liaise with other Rural Housing Enablers and Community-led Housing Enablers from other areas to ensure sharing and dissemination of good practice across the UK
  • Take part in rural housing discussions and events organised by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England)
  • Arrange to bring in specialist consultants and trainers as required Attend and participate as required in all Surrey Community Action events and staff meetings
  • Attend local and national housing events, rural-related events and training as relevant to your role
  • Working with the Head of Communities and Development, actively seek additional funding opportunities as they present themselves
  • To work on other housing and related community planning work as such commissioned work arises

Contract and Hours

Permanent Contract, 21 hours a week, across 3 days or more

Overtime hours could be available on occasions as additional commissioned work arises

We are committed to flexible working. 

Most work is expected to be done between normal office hours (9am to 5pm) but must be prepared for occasional work outside office hours as required for your role

Access to transport for regular travel within rural areas of Surrey (for which mileage can be claimed)



  • 25 days holiday, and all English Bank Holidays (both pro rata), plus an additional 3 days between Christmas and New Year.
  • Pension scheme, contributing 5% of salary. 
  • Under auto-enrolement, eligibility to join is after three months.
  • Flexitime system
  • Employee assistance programme

A job description and personal specification for this role is available as an attachment or through Nick Bragger on 01483 566072 or email To apply for this role please email Nick Bragger a CV and a covering letter setting out why you feel you would be suitable for this role, making reference to the personal specification for the role.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 5th August with interviews scheduled for Thursday 11th August.

We are passionate about equality and welcome applications from all sections of the community, including people from minority and under-represented groups.

Surrey Community Action is a Registered Charity, number 1056527, and a Company Limited by Guarantee, number 03203003.