Mind the Gap Link Worker

 

Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group

Working hours: 3.5 days per week
Salary: £29,525 per annum, pro rata (circa £20,745 actual)
Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, UK

Contract: Fixed term for 1 year with likelihood of extension

The Mind the Gap Link worker will work to co-deliver two psychoeducation groups a week, over two days to young people between the ages of 13 to 24.

Within the social prescribing framework, this role will also carry out a broad range of interventions. This will include carrying out individual assessments, managing referrals and signposting, one-off support meetings, case working for one to four sessions, facilitation of emotional well-being groups, facilitating psycho-educational groups, coaching and phone/email/face-to-face consultations.

This role is part of the new all ages Brighton and Hove Community Wellbeing Service which aims to increase social prescribing for children and young people which supports mental wellbeing and acts to prevent risk. The new post holder will deliver a swift response to the emotional and mental health needs of 11 to 24 year olds living or studying in the City through implementation of a social prescribing model, linking young people in to a broad range of services and interventions. This work will include brief intervention work, crisis support and assistance with transitions & onward referrals.

Key Responsibilities:

– Supporting children and young people through a broad range of evidence-based interventions, implementing a solution-focused model.
– Delivering group work, Offering preventative work, and assistance with transitions & onward referrals, linking young people to a broad range of services and interventions in Brighton & Hove.

Key Requirements:

– Experience in delivering face to face group work of psychoeducation to children and young people
– Ability to be flexible and creative, motivating young people from different backgrounds towards wellbeing
– Experience of timely data monitoring in a children and young people’s service
– Experience in delivering face to face group work of psychoeducation to children and young people
– Experience in emotional wellbeing case work, coaching and carrying out of assessments with young people to include working with high risk and complex issues
– Experience of preparing engaging group work activities within agreed content structure
– Experience of multi-disciplinary team working

Skills and Abilities:

– Flexible and creative interpersonal approach
– Good written and verbal communication skills
– Computer literate & able to use standard software e.g. Word, Excel & Outlook to facilitate working practices
– To be able to work competently on a time limited basis
– Experience of working alongside volunteers
– Demonstrate a working understanding of the principle of equal opportunities as it applies to the context of the post

Knowledge:

– A sound understanding of Child Protection & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding issues and procedures
– A sound understanding of Child Developmental processes
– A knowledge of & ability to support appropriate pathways relating to mental health and social care for vulnerable children and young people
– A proven knowledge of relevant Local and National Government mental health strategies

The position comes with excellent benefits, including 27 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays), a company sick pay scheme, a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, a health and wellbeing cash plan, and a cycle to work scheme. Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which is demonstrated through activities, as well as in the policies and working practices. Reinforced by the culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For more information & application : https://www.ymcadlg.org/opportunity/mind-the-gap-link-worker/

 

Closing date: 28 October 2021.

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