Invitation to tender: Churches Development Officer for the Virtuous Circles 2 Project

Invitation to tender: Churches Development Officer for the Virtuous Circles 2 Project

This is a new post – self-employed and part time – and a chance to work on an exciting new initiative.

The client is Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group (HCTG); the post will be home based, preferably in a short travel time of the project area.

Start Date:   Monday 4th November 2019

Funded through the National Resilient Heritage Lottery fund, the prime focus of this innovative church tourism-based project is to create sustainable and commercially viable activities that will give historic church buildings an opportunity to secure their financial sustainability and safeguard these important heritage buildings for the future.

The project has two innovative business focused and fully co-dependent activities:

Church Tourism:  capacity building and empowering initiative to encourage parishes and volunteers to develop a better understanding of how innovative engagement can maximize the tourism potential of church buildings.  A key outcome will be a Church Tourism Handbook, as a national blue-print, giving rural churches the guidance and resources required to realise positive tourism outcomes.

Virtuous Circles 2: working with the Churches Conservation Trust to install an accommodation pod for overnight stays in Turnastone Church. Develop plans for the installation of an environmentally sustainable holiday accommodation pod in a church building. Produce a Design and Business Development Guide to support others in pursuing similar proposals in their own buildings.

You can find the full details here Development Officer Tender PDF

Application together with an outline of project delivery and methodology and details of relevant experience to be submitted by noon Monday 9th September 2019 to Wendy Coombey Chair and Jenny Beard, Vice Chair of HCTG. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact them on:


Those invited to interview will be notified on Monday 14th September 2019.

Interviews will take place on Monday 30th September 2019