Freelance Project Worker - Epsom

We’re looking for someone to run a weekly Peer Support Group in the evening in Epsom for young people experiencing mental health an emotional wellbeing issues. There will also be some additional work available, subject to the needs of the group.

We have a years’ funding for a new project in Epsom for people aged 17-25 years old and are currently looking for someone to facilitate work on the project in a paid, self-employed capacity.

 

BRIDGING THE GAP PROJECT – EPSOM

This is a year-long pilot, supporting a Peer Support Group for young people in Epsom who are experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing issues. The group will be run once a week in the evening for 2 hours, at Brickfield Centre in Epsom (exact times to be confirmed).

The group will be co-produced, with attendees deciding their own programme of activities, which will then be facilitated by the session worker and appropriate volunteers.

The programme will also include separate workshops on subjects identified by the groups, when additional support could be offered. These may take place on a different time and day than the main course. The group will also be given opportunities to attend wellbeing courses run by MFT or external providers, and the session worker will need to work with the local co-ordinator to arrange these.

There may also be a requirement to advertise the project or give presentations to local agencies or schools occasionally.

It is hoped that this project will continue, however this may be subject to obtaining further funding.

 

ABOUT THE JOB

Reporting to:                          Programme Manager

Rate of pay:                            £15 per hour

Paid hours over the year will consist of:

Core hours – 100 x peer support group hours (2 hours per week x 50 weeks)

15 hours prep time

25 hours supporting groups/activities outside the core hours

10 hours promotional work

 

Purpose (bottom line responsibilities):

  1. To ensure the health and safety, and general wellbeing of the Peer Support group for the Epsom project – ‘Bridging the Gap’.
  2. To provide continuity of identified and agreed activities and objectives.

Key responsibilities

  1. To work with the group to develop, agree and implement a programme of activities for the weekly sessions.
  2. To encourage peer-led activities whenever possible.
  3. To facilitate meaningful activities when required.
  4. To ensure that all activities meet MFT’s policies and procedures for health & safety, safeguarding and professional boundaries.
  5. To maintain the highest standards of professional activity.
  6. To undertake any training needed to ensure practice is current.
  7. To report any safeguarding concerns to the Safeguarding Lead (Programme Manager) as a matter of urgency.
  8. To always act in the best interests of MFT, its staff members, and the people using the service.
  9. To arrange additional groups or courses as appropriate and provide some cover for these.
  10. To arrange and give presentations about the project to appropriate external agencies.
  11. To advise the Programme Manager in good time if unable to work any sessions.
  12. To check the premises at Brickfield are secure and lock up at the end of the evening sessions.
  13. To invoice MFT regularly and in a timely manner for work undertaken.
  14. To be responsible for personal tax and National Insurance and other liabilities as a self-employed person.

Person Specification

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility
  • Strong professional ethos
  • Direct experience of working with young people experiencing all levels of mental ill health
  • Should be able to travel to and within Epsom to discharge all duties
  • Should be able to provide a clear enhanced DBS certificate

TO APPLY

If you have experience of supporting young people and would like to find out more, please contact Christine Schauerman on 07929 024736 or christine@maryfrancestrust.org.uk