Mental Health Community Support Worker with good communication and people skills and experience of working with people who experience poor mental health is required for a well-established Charity based in Canterbury, Kent, South East England.
SALARY: £22,095 - £24,657 per annum + Benefits (see below)
LOCATION: Canterbury, Kent, South East England – with extensive travel across Kent and Medway
JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Fixed Term Contract until end of June 2023
WORKING HOURS: 37.5 Hours per Week, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (some flexibility may be required)
KEY REQUIREMENT: Candidates will require a full UK Driving Licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes and must be willing to undertake extensive travel across Kent and Medway
We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Mental Health Community Support Worker with good communication and people skills and experience of working with people who experience poor mental health.
As the Mental Health Community Support Worker you will be part of the Aspirations team, using arts, sports and training opportunities to support people with poor mental health who are unemployed and geographically or socially isolated.
Working as the Mental Health Community Support Worker you will be based in the community and will work with partner organisations to identify people who could benefit from the Charity’s support. You will support these people by helping them to identify goals and develop the tools to achieve them. This could include giving them support to regain confidence and take part in community events, try volunteering opportunities or even gain employment.
Your main duties and responsibilities as the Mental Health Community Support Worker will include:
- Become aware of and engage potential participants through attendance at events and forums; liaising with community groups and other relevant methods
- Ensure participants are eligible for the service and to support referrals to other projects or relevant services
- Assess the overall needs within the communities in which they work to help shape the offer of Aspirations and its associated services
- Assess and help overcome mental health barriers that affect local communities, then engage with them
- Build a network of support agencies and trusted referral partners across multiple communities
- Develop innovative responses to the difficulties associated with engaging participants
- Work with local groups to identify immediate participants who have barriers to wellbeing, and support them in accessing solutions
- Hold a small caseload / cover for coaches on occasion
- Gain insights and information on demographics within local communities
- Comply with evidence gathering requirements with regards to participant recruitment and expenses
- Support in the facilitation of both virtual and online groups that are accessible to Aspirations participants
- Complete any monitoring and evaluation systems on time and with accuracy
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date financial and administrative records and systems and assist in the compilation of monthly performance reports and other reports
- Experience of engaging clients in projects, events and activities
- Experience of giving one-to-one support to people overcoming personal barriers
- Experience of inter-agency liaison
- Good literacy and numeracy skills
- Good IT skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook and the internet)
- An ability to organise own workload efficiently, balancing face-to-face work with administration
- An ability to understand and implement professional boundaries
- An ability to initiate and maintain constructive relations with clients, colleagues and other professionals from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds
- An ability to implement strategies for coping with aggression and minimising risk to self and others
- Flexibility to work around the needs of the participants, which may include occasional evening or weekend working
- A positive, self-motivated and enthusiastic attitude to work
- Excellent communication and influencing skills (written and verbal)
- The capacity to handle pressure and to be adaptable to changing or conflicting demands
- The ability to actively contribute ideas and suggestions that improve the quality of service
- Full driving license and the use of a vehicle
- 25 days holiday per year (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service)
- Pension scheme (contributions matched up to 7%)
- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aider's
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JOB REF: AWDO-C7237
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