We’re looking for a Support Worker to work alongside the full-time area Co-ordinators to run activities and groups and carry out one-to-one advice and support sessions for people residing in Surrey.
Salary: £12,000 pa
Hours: 18 hrs a week (working pattern to be agreed)
Holiday: 25 days a year (pro rata)
Reporting to: Programme Manager
Location: Office-based (location to be confirmed) combined with some home-working
Interviews: Will be ongoing as suitable candidates apply.
The person we’re looking for will be required to meet all relevant requirements of our Community Connections contract.
The Support Worker will be required to work alongside the full-time area Co-ordinators to run activities and groups and carry out one-to-one advice and support sessions for people residing in Surrey. They will also complete administration tasks to ensure courses and activities are promoted and places are filled and they will be responsible for uploading client updates and bookings when needed.
MFT delivers its programmes using both face-to-face and virtual platforms.
This post is subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level.
The responsibilities specific to the role of the Support Worker is to support the Area Co-ordinators in the following:
- To support groups, courses and activities and work with the Community Connections Team to produce a quality service.
- To support the Community Connections team and Co-production groups to develop a vibrant programme of activities, groups, and courses for people using MFT services.
- To support the area co-ordinators in maintaining contact with those using the service via differing methods, for welfare checks and one-to-one emotional support appointments.
- To support the area co-ordinators by accepting and processing some initial referrals.
- To be able to assess risk on a daily basis and react accordingly.
- To motivate people attending groups, activities and one-to-one sessions.
- To promote “if you don’t do it, it doesn’t happen” attitude.
- To work with volunteers helping out with groups and activities.
- To work with the team of professionals and communicate well with colleagues working from different locations.
- To maintain databases and undertake any other administrative duties.
- To work with the team to manage the on-line advertising and uploading of activities onto virtual platforms.
- To work collaboratively with other departments.
This is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may need to be undertaken. It may be necessary to undertake other duties in order to fulfil the objectives of the charity.
In addition, these responsibilities are common to all Community Connections staff:
- As part of a staff team, to engage with clients using services provided by MFT.
- To work with staff, clients, and volunteers to maintain a safe, respectful, and pleasant environment for everyone using the service.
- To support and encourage clients to participate in mainstream activities in the community (such as education, sports, leisure, faith, employment).
- To support the Community Connections team in planning and delivering the courses, groups and activities that take place on the virtual programme.
- To work and actively implement all operational policies and procedures.
- To become familiar with relevant aspects of the day-to-day operations of MFT (including resources and equipment).
- To remain faithful to, and to practise, the highest possible degree of user involvement.
- To be accountable to the Programme Manager for all activities undertaken as part of the MFT programme.
- To take part in regular supervision meetings.
- To maintain the highest professional standards.
- To maintain appropriate, professional boundaries with clients, complying with MFT policies and procedure.
- To always act in the best interest of the organisation, our clients, Management Board and associates.
To achieve the objectives of this role, the post-holder must have the people accessing Mary Frances Trust’s services needs at the fore at all times and use the agreed set of values and skills to underpin their day-to-day work.
Commitment to undertake continuing professional development.
- Experience of working directly with vulnerable adults (preferably adults experiencing mental health issues).
- Experience of working within the health and social care sector.
The post-holder must at all times work to the values and principles of Mary Frances Trust including demonstrating their commitment to the recovery model through their working practice and follow the policies and procedures of the organisation.
- A demonstrable understanding of the needs of vulnerable groups.
- Knowledge of Mental Health sector and relating issues.
- Good communication skills (oral and written).
- Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of the team.
- Excellent organisational skills and ‘can-do’ attitude.
- Ability to prioritise work effectively.
- Ability to keep accurate records and collate data.
- IT literate in MS Office, Excel, Virtual Platforms, Social Media and Networks.
- Ability to build and sustain strong working relationships with volunteers and clients.
- A driving licence is desirable, however candidates without a driving licence will be invited to demonstrate how they could fulfil the requirements of the role without one.
- Understanding of Equality & Diversity issues.
- Proactive attitude
- Willing to learn new skills.
- Competencies in dealing with complex situations.
- To demonstrate a clear understanding of professional boundaries.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, use of email, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
Occasional evening and weekend work may be required, with time off in lieu available.
Ability to travel and work flexibly.
Equal Opportunities Statement
We acknowledge the unique contribution that all MFT employees and clients can bring to our organisation in terms of their culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, age, religion or belief, physical disability, history of mental health or other characteristics.
All appointments and promotions are based on merit and no job applicant or employee will be treated unfairly or discriminated against. All staff have equal access to staff development. Any member of staff who breaches this policy may be subject of grievance and/or disciplinary procedures.
This job description may be varied from time to time as agreed by the post holder and line manager.
Mary Frances Trust (MFT) is a Charitable Company established in 1994 by carers, people accessing mental health services and professionals to support people experiencing mental health problems. It is a non-medical service set up to address the social consequences of mental ill-health on the lives and well-being of mental health service users.
We believe anyone experiencing any kind of mental or emotional health issues should be unafraid to ask for help, receive appropriate support for as long as they need, and feel inspired to develop the skills that will help them to restore and maintain their own wellbeing.
Our mission is to:
- work alongside people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental health issues for as long as they need and inspire them to develop the skills that will help them to restore and maintain their emotional wellbeing.
- involve people with experience of mental health at every level of the organisation so they can help us design, deliver, monitor and review our services to ensure they respond to their changing needs.
- consistently challenge stigma attached to mental illness and raise awareness of the importance for everyone to look after their mental wellbeing.
- lead and co-ordinate the development and delivery of first-class, voluntary mental health services in Surrey.
- maintain sufficient funding streams to be able to provide person-centred services to people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental issues.
We offer everyone a personal, tailored approach with the space to think, try things out and find out what is working for them. We support people to draw from their own strengths and resources. We inspire and empower them to develop the skills that will help them to become experts at maintaining their own wellbeing.
The people we support aren’t passive recipients of services we design for them. We believe in a strength-based approach, where we listen and tap into their expertise. We involve them in every aspect of our organization, including the design, delivery, monitoring, review and development of services that respond to their changing needs.
We believe in the power of connections. Our services are always designed to help people connect or re-connect with their local community. We work in collaboration with local and national organisations to provide access to first-class mental health support in the communities we serve.
We welcome everyone, and value equality and mutual respect. We offer the people we support a place where they feel safe and belong. We treat them with the same care as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to carrying our values in everything we do – both inside and outside of our organisation.
Our mental health shouldn’t dictate who we are or limit what we do. We support and inspire everyone to achieve their own goals and potential, so they can lead a fulfilling emotional life. We believe that everyone can find their own mental wellbeing, whether they have a serious mental health condition or not.
How to apply
To apply for this role, click on the Apply Now button below and fill in our Online Application Form by 30 June 2021. As stated, interviews will be ongoing as suitable candidates apply. Thank you!