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Project Coordinator – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

“A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).”

Background

Coiste na n-Iarchimí is the coordinating body for groups and projects throughout Ireland, providing services to republican ex-prisoners and their families.

The project ‘Building Positive Futures’ seeks to: –

  • provide programmes, workshops and conferences that address issues of sectarianism, racism and cultural diversity.
  • strengthen relationships between the political ex-prisoner community and other groups and sectors across the region;
  • provide emotional and self-help support;
  • deliver programmes, events and services that builds capacity and empowers communities to express their own identity and increase civic pride and citizenship.
  • ensure that our shared futures are ones based on equality of citizenship in a peaceful society.

General Duties

  1. To develop a strategic focus for the political ex-prisoner network in relation to post Peace IV
  2. The implementation of the Building Positive Futures programme including providing guidance and advice on its implementation and associated tasks.
  3. To be responsible for the recruitment of participants onto the various programmes/workshops and conferences ensuring the appropriate balance is achieved.
  4. To be responsible for organizing programmes/workshops and conferences including the preparation and delivery of presentations with regard to community relations and cultural diversity issues.
  5. To develop and maintain appropriate engagements with communities across the defined geographical areas.
  6. To work with key stakeholders to strengthen and build collaborative approaches ensuring that activities are delivered in a coordinated and coherent manner.
  7. To co-operate with all partner organizations and outreach to all other minority groups in the organization of all activities relevant to this post in their project area
  8. To strengthen relationships between the political ex-prisoner community and other groups and sectors across the region, founded on the principle of reconciliation and understanding
  9. Build new relationships with other legacy groups to create dialogue about the past and promote understanding and healing
  10. Establish relationships with external service providers to address welfare, mental health and well-being issues experienced by all communities with regard to building a better, shared future for all
  11. To provide leadership on strategic policy development on behalf of the client base in the changing political climate of Ireland.
  12. Successful applicants will manage and maintain records of tangible results and outputs in the delivery of the projects which are aligned with the overall objectives of the Programme.

Specific Duties

  1. To ensure full delivery of the aims and objectives of the Peace IV Programme.
  1. To ensure all of the requirements of the workplan and targets as laid out in the service level agreement of the Peace IV Programme are met.
  1. To ensure good practice and good governance in that delivery.
  2. To maintain good standards of organisation, financial controls and efficient co-ordination for the duration of the project.
  3. To be responsible for any programme activity budget.
  4. To adhere to guidelines set by the funders and partners for return of appropriate reporting and claim forms.
  5. To maintain quantitative and qualitative records of the programme.
  6. To participate in the evaluation of the programme.
  7. To participate in the promotion of the programme.
  8. To build effective working relationships with the Peace IV working group and all others involved in the delivery of the project outcomes.
  9. Engage with both statutory and non-statutory service providers to promote reintegration by improving access to services
  10. To write reports for and attend monthly meetings of the Coiste National Network
  11. He/she will, in cooperation with our with colleagues in the Coiste na n-larchimí Regional Network, and their Partners collaborating in the Peace IV Programme, recruit participants from all backgrounds for the activities planned in their local area. 
  12. He/she will attend Partnership Meetings
  13. To undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required.

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

Welfare Rights Advice Manager – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

“A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).”

Background

Coiste na n-Iarchimí is the co-ordinating body for groups and projects throughout Ireland, providing services to republican ex-prisoners and their families.

The project ‘Building Positive Futures’ seeks to: –

  • Provide programmes, workshops and conferences that address issues of sectarianism, racism and cultural diversity
  • strengthen relationships between the political ex-prisoner community and other groups and sectors across the region;
  • provide emotional and self-help support;
  • deliver programmes, events and services that build capacity and empower communities to express their own identity and increased civic pride and citizenship
  • ensure that our shared futures are ones based on equality of citizenship in a peaceful society

General Duties

  1. To be responsible for the daily management, operation, organization and delivery of advice sessions.
  2. To supervise advice staff and volunteers
  3. To provide a service of advice, information and representation to all clients
  4. To provide a home visitation service for those unable to attend the office
  5. To maintain detailed records relating to all clients.
  6. To provide regular reports and statistical information on the uptake of advice services as requested relating to all clients.
  7. To meet regularly with the Coordinator, and Management Committee and network with other caseworkers.
  8. To review and discuss the level and nature of casework conducted at the outreach sessions.
  9. To attend all necessary meetings as directed by coordinator and management committee.
  10. To liaise with relevant statutory and other departments.

Specific Duties

  1. To ensure full delivery of the aims and objectives of the Peace IV Programme.
  2. To ensure all of the requirements of the workplan and targets as laid out in the service level agreement of the Peace IV Programme are met.
  3. To ensure good practice and good governance in that delivery.
  4. To ensure that the services provided are free, impartial and confidential.
  5. To explain systems and routines devised for the purpose of ensuring client feedback on quality or relevance of services provided.
  6. To promote all aspects of the Project.
  7. To provide talks, host training/information works as required.
  8. To advise the Coordinator of any personal training requirements or gaps in knowledge.
  9. To source and participate fully in training programmes, both internal and external

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

Counsellor – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

“A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).”

Background

Coiste na n-Iarchimí is the coordinating body for groups and projects throughout Ireland, providing services to republican ex-prisoners and their families.

The project ‘Building Positive Futures’ seeks to: –

  • Provide programmes, workshops and conferences that address issues of sectarianism, racism and cultural diversity
  • strengthen relationships between the political ex-prisoner community and other groups and sectors across the region;
  • provide emotional and self-help support;
  • deliver programmes, events and services that build capacity and empower communities to express their own identity and increased civic pride and citizenship

     ensure that our shared futures are ones based on equality of citizenship in a peaceful   society

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide one-to-one Counselling with clients who are experiencing various difficulties in their lives.
  2. Network and liaise with community and voluntary groups.
  3. Design and delivery of personal development/therapeutic programmes that will enhance and enable opportunities for training and employment.
  4. Provide support/Counselling for participants involved in personal development programmes.
  5. Administration for training programmes as needed.
  6. Administration work involved in the Counselling service, i.e. compiling statistics, keeping up-to-date case notes.
  7. Attend various conferences or meetings which may be of relevance to the workings of the organisation. This may include facilitating workshops.
  8. To supervise within professional remit, trainees in Counselling who may volunteer with the project.
  9. To assist with other duties required by and as agreed with the Management Committee.

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

LEMIS+ Economically Inactive Mentor – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the LEMIS+ Project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton Community Trust. The other LEMIS+ Project Partnership organisations are:-

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

The post will involve working at neighbourhood level in North Belfast to support the development of an employment service infrastructure to improve the potential of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people to gain employment. Provide intensive one to one mentoring for participants with health, confidence and self -esteem issues. To secure the trust of participants to share issues preventing them starting journey to employment. To adopt a holistic approach to address participant’s health and employability issues through an agreed action plan. Seek specialist support from other service providers and to organise participant group activities to increase confidence and knowledge of employability.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide a structured programme of support for economically inactive and workless people that can progress them towards employment and/or further education/training.
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools.   Develop and implement individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment or further education/training, setting goals, actions and achievable outcomes
  3. Provide mentoring sessions to all participants, as required, which remove barriers to employment or further education / training.
  4. Effectively manage a caseload and provide professionally focused support referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of individual action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment, employment-related skills development or progress to further education/training.
  6. Establish and effectively maintain outreach provision of services across the designated area.
  7. Support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities for economically inactive and workless people which will help to promote their integration into the labour market.
  8. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  9. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports, etc. Which are provided in a timely manner.
  10. Review, with line manager, outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  11. Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning.
  12. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities.
  13. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of ACT
  14. Perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the LEMIS+ Project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the Project action plan.

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

LEMIS+ Employability Mentor – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the LEMIS+ Project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton Community Trust. The other LEMIS+ Project Partnership organisations are

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

The post will involve working at neighbourhood level in North Belfast to support the development of an employment service infrastructure to improve the potential of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people to gain employment. They will undertake the necessary outreach work to identify and engage an appropriate number of potential clients to meet the agreed caseload and employment targets. Perform employability assessment of participants. Complete agreed participant personal employability action plan, one to one participant mentoring, personal development coaching, seek solutions to remove participant’s barriers to employment, support participant with job search skills, completing job application forms, improving job interview techniques and source progression routes into education/training and employment for participants.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To provide a structured programme of advice and support in career planning for of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people and those individuals and groups that experience the “benefit trap” including young people who are NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and vulnerable to becoming long term unemployed
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers and registrations complete assessment using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools.  Develop and implement and individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment, outlining goals, actions and outcomes
  3. Deliver employability mentoring sessions with all participants as required to remove barriers to employment, providing a safe, relaxed environment underpinned by a structured and developmental process and responding to sensitive issues in a confidential manner.
  4. Effectively manage caseload and provide professional focused advice referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of participant action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment and employment-related skills development.
  6. Establish and effectively maintain outreach provision of services across the area.
  7. To support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people which will help to promote their integration into the labour market;
  8. .Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  9. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports etc. is provided in a timely manner.
  10. Review with line manager outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  11. Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning
  12. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities
  13. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of Ashton Community Trust
  14. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action plan

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

LEMIS+ Quality Assurance Officer – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the LEMIS+ project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton Community Trust. The LEMIS+ partnership organisations are:

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

The post holder will be responsible for the development of the Belfast Citywide LEMIS+ quality assurance systems, employing a variety of measures to place quality at the heart of delivery. This includes advising and providing training, tools and techniques to enable partner organisations to achieve quality. The Quality Assurance Officer will travel throughout Belfast to the locations of the LEMIS+ partners and their supply chains, reviewing and reporting on the quality of the provision, identifying good practice and issues to be addressed. Assist Quality Assurance Manager to ensure service provided to participants is of a high standard and complies with the Quality Assurance Framework and ETI requirements.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To develop and maintain an effective quality assurance and monitoring system for a Belfast Citywide LEMIS+ project ensuring maximum productivity.
  2. To provide assurance for the LEMIS+ partners, staff and sub-contractors are delivering high quality services as part of the LEMIS+ programme
  3. To contribute to the overall evaluation of each consortium partner’s delivery performance
  4. To monitor and report on quality improvement in response to outcomes from evaluation.
  5. To Advise Line Manager of any areas of concern relating to quality or performance
  6. To promote quality improvement through identification and sharing of best practice across contracted areas.
  7. To promote quality achievement and performance improvement throughout the LEMIS+ partnership including setting quality assurance compliance actions.
  8. To build and maintain positive, open relationships with partner organisations and provide them with a broad range of infrastructure support, including establishing clearly defined quality methods and procedures for them to apply;
  9. To ensure that LEMIS+ is delivered in accordance with the work programmes, outputs/outcomes and budgets contained in the application form as well as follow the audit requirements under ESF and any match funders requirements
  10. To provide advice and specialist support and training to the partnership members to ensure that they introduce systems that would enable them to generate information to the standard required;
  11. To promote standards of quality and transparency in the delivery of LEMIS+
  12. To liaise and co-operate with staff within funder organisations such as the DftE, ESF Unit on the management and delivery of the programme contract;
  13. To monitor and report on compliance with the LEMIS+ database and ensure corrective measures are identified where appropriate
  14. To monitor and carry out other administrative functions required for LEMIS+
  15. To meet all ETI/ESF & managing authority inspection requirements
  16. Liaise with ACT’s other quality assurance & training team members to ensure consistency and quality is maintained across the departments.
  17. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by Management team of the Training & Employment Services to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s action plan.
  18. To work within and promote existing policies of the organisation, including health and safety, Data Protection & Freedom of Information Acts and equality and diversity.

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

LEMIS+ Project Coordinator: Employment Liaison – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the Lemis+ project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton Community Trust. The Lemis + partnership organisations are:

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission
  • Ashton Community Trust

The post holder will co-ordinate an employer liaison team tasked with establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with employers for the purpose of developing job opportunities for clients across Belfast for a range of different employment contracts. They will supervise a team that will source sector-specific vacancies as well as opportunities for individuals in designated geographical locations and manage the subsequent recruitment process.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To co-ordinate the Ashton Trust Employment Liaison team to ensure the smooth delivery of quality services and performance and that all targets are being met
  2. To undertake duties arising from the co-ordination of the LEMIS+ Employer Liaison team including supervision and appraisal, performance measurement, monitoring leave and sickness
  3. To lead an Employment Liaison team that will
    1. proactively develop relationships with a wide range of employers to build an employer and opportunity base, particularly focusing on the key industry sectors in Belfast.
    2. Source and secure managed work placements, including subsidised wage opportunities and un-waged work experience opportunities, for clients across all employment programmes.
    3. Seek out and conduct ‘cold’ site visits with a view to sourcing work opportunities at new and existing sites of employment, ensuring all visits are reviewed and followed through.
    4. Work with employers to identify training and ‘routeways’ to employment, which would guarantee our clients interviews as a minimum.
    5. Work with employers to convert work placements into permanent employment opportunities.
  4. Analyse and report on the labour market in Belfast and identify key strategic employment trends in the short medium and long term
  5. Identify key employment related forums and ensure the active participation of the Employer Liaison team in any initiatives that may led to employment for Lemis+ clients
  6. Maintain accurate and up-to-date employer database and participant information systems.
  7. Undertake health & safety assessments of placements as necessary, ensuring all legal obligations are met and Health and Safety policy is adhered to.
  8. Ensure accurate and timely completion of all paperwork and reports in line with funders and partners requirements.
  9. Work closely with Lemis+ mentoring team to inform them of clients progress in employment
  10. Performing any other duties as required by the line manager and that are commensurate with the grade of the post
  11. Establish and maintain effective methods of communication and reporting to the management of the Lemis+ project and Ashton Community Trust
  12. To work in conjunction with the Lemis+ and administration teams in maintaining quality systems and standards into all programmes to include: Matrix, ISO and EFQM in order to ensure the full delivery of quality programmes to all user groups and to ensure that all standards and processes are being met for funders
  13. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by Management team of the Training & Employment Services to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s action plan

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

CORE Mentor – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the Ashton Centre’s Core Project which will work with young people not in employment, education or training. The Mentor will be responsible for recruiting young people, carrying out an initial assessment and developing an action plan for each client. They will then have an ongoing mentoring relationship with the client to signpost them into to training and help them gain employment. Although the job is client centred each mentor will also have a set of targets which must be reached

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To provide a structured programme of advice and support in career planning for young people who are NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and vulnerable to becoming long term unemployed
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers and registrations complete assessment using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools.  Develop and implement and individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment, outlining goals, actions and outcomes
  3. Deliver employability mentoring sessions with all participants as required to remove barriers to employment, providing a safe, relaxed environment underpinned by a structured and developmental process and responding to sensitive issues in a confidential manner.
  4. Effectively manage caseload and provide professional focused advice referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of participant action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment and employment-related skills development.
  6. Establish and effectively maintain outreach provision of services across the area.
  7. To support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities to promote their integration into the labour market;
  8. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  9. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports etc. is provided in a timely manner.
  10. Review with line manager outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  11. Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning
  12. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities
  13. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of Ashton Community Trust
  14. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action plan

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

Assistant Youth Support Worker – Extended Hours – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

Main purpose of job:         

 The delivery of key aspects of the Extended Hours Programme in New Lodge Youth Centre, working directly with young people to facilitate their personal, social, and educational development, and to enable them to gain a voice, influence and place in society. Extended provision will focus on outreach youth work, late night opening and weekend provision. This post is for staff appointed to undertake duties under the direction of a Youth Worker in Charge or nominated Youth Support Worker. While duties will be primarily based in New Lodge Youth Centre, the post will include elements of outreach work.

Job Duties:   

  • Assist with the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Extended Hours Programmes, related to the ‘Model for Effective Practice’.
  • Encourage a fun, positive, participative, youth-centered atmosphere.
  • Ensure that young people play an active role in the youth group and deliver a model of youth participation.
  • Communicate effectively and develop a rapport with young people providing them with information and support.
  • Assist in the development of relationships with the wider community and external agencies.
  • Positively challenge oppressive behavior in young people and assist young people to express and realise their goals.
  • Enable young people to work effectively in groups.
  • Support young people in evaluating youth work activities and the impact of youth work on their development.
  • Implement Ashton Community Trust’s Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy and work with young people to safeguard their welfare and the welfare of others.
  • To monitor and record participant’s attendance and development.
  • Carry out administrative duties, under the direction of the Youth Worker in Charge or nominated Youth Support Worker.

Other duties:           

  • To carry out such duties, as may be assigned by the Senior Youth Worker, within the level of the post.
  • To adhere to Ashton Community Trust’s Code of Conduct in working with Children and Young People.  

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

Project Administrator (Bridge of Hope) – Extended Hours – Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12noon

JOB BACKGROUND

Bridge of Hope, a department of Ashton Community Trust, is a health and wellbeing service that supports individuals, families and communities affected by the conflict and poor levels of physical and emotional health We do this through the delivery of complementary therapies, life coaching, counselling support for children, young people and adults, legacy and conflict analysis, as well as accredited training and personal development courses.

Bridge of Hope’s Mission statement is:-

To empower and promote positive change for victims and survivors through delivery of quality health and wellbeing services.”

Further information can be accessed on our websites – www.ashtoncentre.com www.thebridgeofhope.org

Main purpose of job: The Project Administrator will help develop and maintain administrative and finance support services to ensure the efficient operation of Ashton Community Trust. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide professional and welcoming reception cover to all callers to service users both in person and over the telephone
  • Maintain all administrative procedures including database and managing information systems on all aspects of the project
  • Ensure all records are filed appropriately
  • Ensure all stock levels are maintained and resources are available when necessary
  • To man a clean and professional reception area at all times
  • To operate switch board being professional and co-operative to those requesting assistance
  • To ensure visitors are directed to the appropriate person/waiting area etc.
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be reasonably allocated
  • To attend monthly project meetings with manager
  • To attend staff meeting when required
  • Maintain a strict code of confidentiality with all matters regarding are service users
  • To check all payments received by funders against the claims that have been processed and verified by funders
  • To carry out all financial functions in accordance with ACT’s Financial Procedures as required.
  • To work with all Ashton Community staff to ensure quality service delivery to all stakeholders.

This job description is neither restrictive nor definitive. It is important to note that the responsibilities may change to meet the evolving needs of the services that the organisation provides.

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

Casual Youth Workers – New Lodge Youth Centre – Closing date Thursday 13th December 2018 at 12 noon.

Job Background

Ashton Community Trust wishes to engage casual youth support workers to support the delivery the following programmes for young people:

  • Youth work related roles at the New Lodge Youth Centre. This will range from drop in work, delivery of focused projects or detached work.

If successful you will be required to attend training as part of your induction to the organisation.

Job Duties:

  • To encourage a fun, positive, participative, youth-centred atmosphere
  • To ensure that young people play an active role in group and work towards a model of youth participation.
  • To communicate effectively and develop a rapport with young people (and their families).
  • Support young people in their understanding of risk and challenge and in taking action to address key issues in their lives.
  • To work directly with children and young people through the provision of programmes of activities that
  • Support their mental and emotional wellbeing and enable them to express and realise their goals
  • To support children and young people for whom there are barriers to learning/educational aspiration and attainment and school readiness or children presenting with behaviour difficulties
  • Implement Ashton Community Trust’s Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy and work with young people to safeguard their welfare and the welfare of others.
  • To monitor and record participant’s attendance and development
  • To enable young people to work effectively in groups.
  • Any other reasonable duties to support the delivery of programmes at New Lodge Youth Centre.

For a Candidate Information Pack including an Application form, please download the link below.

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