Jonathan Simcock is our Development Worker with a focus on Health and Social Care and advises groups on funding opportunities and other issues. Jonathan has held the position of Development Worker with the CVS with responsibility for work relating to Health and Social Care issues since joining the organisation on 1st August 2008. Jonathan works with many groups, mostly older people’s groups and groups with a health focus.
Jonathan comes originally from Lancashire, was brought up near Chester but has lived in Derbyshire since 1988.
After he graduated with an honours degree in history Jonathan began his working life in 1981. His work experience includes the NHS, local government in Bedford and Derby, some 13 years in housing and homelessness advice with Derby Homes as well as approximately 9 years working as a supported housing officer with Adullam Housing Association’s Derby Project. Jonathan was a member of Belper Fleet Arts management committee for 4 years during the 1990s including 2 years as Chair. Jonathan came into community orientated work after making a career change in 1987 when he spent 6 months working in Swansea as ‘Swyddog Cymraeg yn y cymuned’ (Welsh in the community officer) with Menter Iaith Abertawe.
His role as development worker includes funding searches, giving funding and governance advice, attending meetings of strategic bodies both to represent the CVS and to input views of voluntary and community groups on behalf of the CVS. Jonathan’s role also includes attending the Southern Derbyshire Health and Social Care Forum and the Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health and Social Care Forum.
Jonathan holds the City and Guilds PTTLS Certificate (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector) and from time to time delivers training on behalf of the CVS.
Jonathan’s interests include Folk Music, he has been a member of Tight Squeeze Barn Dance Band and currently enjoys folk music sessions. He is interested in politics, history, gardening, walking and takes an active interest in Welsh history, culture and language, being a fluent second language Welsh speaker.