Edgbaston, West Midlands
£12,621.44 - £17,142.84 per annum + excellent benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

You have a good understanding of, and sympathetic approach to, people who gamble problematically, and are keen to learn and develop while making the most of your experience. All you need is the perfect environment to put your skills to great use. Welcome to Aquarius as an Apprentice Lived Experience Gambling Worker.

Based in Edgbaston, Aquarius is a charity that helps people and communities overcome the harm caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. Right now, we’re looking for someone who has lived experience of gambling issues, either through their own use or that of a family member, to provide information, advice, support, advocacy, and key work care plans for our clients. Working alongside Practitioners and a Participation Worker, you’ll be based at our offices but need to attend a variety of community venues where the service is delivered. You’ll also need to work in a way that recognises and values diversity and understands the functional model of gambling, the recovery agenda and problems caused by gambling.

To succeed, you’ll need first‐hand experience of the harms caused by gambling to individuals, young people, children, families and society and absence from an alcohol or substance misuse problem for at least two years. You’ll also need an understanding of a client centred approach to providing services and the ability to work as part of a team and assist with groups, training and promotional events. Self‐confident and self‐assured, you’re happy to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and travel to various locations as required. What’s more, you have the communication skills it takes to liaise effectively with other health and social care agencies and are willing to work within the relevant child protection, vulnerable adults, confidentiality and health and safety policy and procedural requirements.


This role comes with the opportunity to train towards a recognised apprenticeship qualification ‐ City and Guilds Diploma in Adult Care Level 3 ‐ with the apprenticeship lasting 12‐18 months.


We have two roles available, one role based in Birmingham and the second role is to cover Telford and Worcester.


The salary for this role is £12,621.44 - £17,142.84 per annum.


This is a fixed term role for one year.


This is a full time role requiring the post holder to work 37 hours per week.

Aquarius is part of Recovery Focus, a national group of charities highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the effects of mental ill health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic violence. We know that recovery can look and feel very different to each and every one of us. But we also know that if we provide the right support, at the right time, we can inspire recovery nationwide and that recovery is possible for everyone.


Recovery Focus is committed to working towards equal opportunities and we select staff solely on merit irrespective of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, social class, religious belief, disability or history of mental health or addiction problems. If you need support to apply for the role or adaptions at interview please contact the recruitment team to discuss.


Closing Date for applications is 3 December 2021  (We reserve the right to close vacancies before the specified closing date, should a large number of applications be received).


So, are you ready to take on this rewarding role that comes with some really great benefits?



Posted on: 18 November 2021
Closed date: 03 December 2021
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker