Greater London
£26,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are recruiting up to six Pod Leader Trainees. You will work with people in the community, develop your skills and emotional intelligence through our experiential learning programme and be instrumental in shaping organisational learning. 


Likewise is an innovative social care and mental health charity working at the heart of the Camden community to support individuals experiencing marginalisation and social exclusion. 

At Likewise our culture is all about being human together. More human organisations do more human work. We put a lot into creating authentic relationships, work hard to support each other’s sense of belonging and love learning together through the work we do. 

Our three areas of work are:   

  • Community – building safe spaces for people to be themselves, and feel a sense of belonging, connectedness and acceptance;  

  • 1-to-1 Support – providing flexible, person-centred support to meet the complexity a person experiences in their day-to-day life, whether at home or out in the community;  

  • Shared Learning – facilitating experiential learning and formal training opportunities that support personal wellbeing and skills development.



Over the past 6 years, we’ve developed our Pod model for delivering 1-to-1 support and community activities. We train and employ a number of Pod Leaders who lead and support a team of Pod Learners and a Pod Leader Trainee in delivering the work. Our learners are a mixture of placement students, volunteers and paid support workers who are part of Likewise’s Learning Programme. 


As Trainees, you will focus your first 9-12 months on your own experiential learning. You will primarily deliver 1-to-1 work within an existing Pod, as well as lead some of our community spaces and activities. You will be supported in this by regular supervisions, reflective spaces, group learning spaces and team meetings, in which your contribution is vital. 

You will then progress to Pod Leaders. As you continue to carry out 1-to-1 support work, you’ll take on increasing responsibilities for supervising Pod Learners and facilitating learning spaces for them.  

Throughout your journey with us, you will work closely with other professionals from the health and care system and heavily influence strategic decisions alongside service users.  


You don't need any specific qualifications or similar experience as prerequisites for applying. However, we’re looking for some amount of previous professional experience (in any industry / sector) and the role is suitable for someone looking for a career change.

As a Pod Leader, you must first and foremost be a learner and a leader:

Learner: we need individuals who are committed to their own learning, growth and development. People who can sit with the discomfort of being outside their comfort zone, are ready to engage in the diverse experiences of our work, and are prepared to tap into their vulnerability.

Leader: we need leaders who take responsibility for finding the potential in themselves and others, and who have the courage, commitment and care to develop that potential.  

In addition, we’re looking for Pod Leaders who will:

  • Be strong communicators and relationship builders, with the skills to navigate the complexities that often arise in working relationships. 

  • Support people’s growth and development through acceptance, authenticity, open dialogue, challenge and empathy. 

  • Have capacity for big picture strategic thinking alongside attention to detail and be someone who can get stuff done in order to translate vision into reality. 

  • Be entrepreneurial and excited about transforming the health and care system. 


  • Full-time, permanent position 

  • Flexible working, structure your time in a way that works for you, your role and the team. 

  • 28 days annual leave + bank holidays   

  • 8% employer’s pension contribution 

  • With Covid restrictions lifting, we expect our staff will move to a mixture of remote and office-based work (which will be at our Likewise Hub in Swiss Cottage).  


We’re passionate about creating a workplace that promotes and values diversity, inclusion and belonging. We believe that organisations that are diverse are vital to our communities. 

Our hope is that every person who joins our community can feel safe to be themselves, and our commitment is to creating working spaces and relationships that make this possible.  

But - we also know that we're not there yet, and this is particularly true of the diversity in ethnicity, age and physical health represented amongst our current staff. While we're not where we want to be, we're fully committed to learning, holding ourselves accountable and having the hard conversations needed on our journey towards making our vision a reality.



The recruitment process for this role will contain 4 stages: 

  1. Application (CV and written questions) by 8am Monday 19th July 

  2. Group selection process by Friday 23rd July 

  3. Presentation by Friday 30th July 

  4. Interview by Friday 6th August 

To apply, send your CV and a covering letter to our email address (click on "how to apply") by 8am Monday 19th July. Your cover letter should be in two parts with a combined total of max 1,000 words:

  1. Tell us about some of your guiding values as a person. You could reflect on the following: What are they and why are they meaningful to you? What have you learned about them through living them? What limitations or shadows might they have? How will they serve the role at Likewise?

  2. What is at the heart of your offer to Likewise and this particular role in terms of skills, competencies and interests? 

More about Likewise

Likewise is a dynamic social care and mental health charity working at the heart of the Camden community to support individuals experiencing ma... Read more

Refreshed on: 04 July 2021
Closed date: 19 July 2021
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker

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