Hours of work: 18 hours over 3 days a week
Accountable: Chief Executive Officer
Term: 12 Month Fixed -Maternity Cover
Location: All MFT Locations as required, home and online working
Accepting Aplications until: 6th February 2022
Main purpose of the post
To empower people with lived experience of mental health problems to utilise their expertise to improve the way mental health services are developed, reviewed, and delivered through co-production and involvement.
Co-production is where professionals and people with lived experience of mental health conditions work together to plan and deliver support, in partnership. It has been described as “a meeting of minds coming together to find shared solutions.” (Think Local Act Personal)
It’s also about people working together so that we move away from ‘doing to’ people to an approach that is ‘doing with’.
At Mary Frances Trust we have a long history of ‘working with’ people who use our services on an individual level.
We would like to however, take another step up and, recognising there is a room for improvement, focus and commit to full co-production also on service and strategic level – through our Advisory Group.
It will be for the Co-production & Community Engagement Worker to work with the Advisory Group to increase the members’ skills and knowledge so that they could meaningfully contribute to the strategic development of the Mary Frances Trust.
To do this, the Co-Production worker will need to understand the needs of the people using the service, while also having an awareness of the operational requirements of the Charity. This will enable better communication and understanding, so that Mary Frances Trust can be truly Co-Produced.
1. Actively promote, coordinate and facilitate the work of Mary Frances Trust’s Advisory Group.
2. Outreach and community engagement to increase membership of the Advisory Group, across all areas of mental health and social care (secondary and primary, statutory and non-statutory) this includes but is not exhaustive of:
- Targeting minority groups and utilising creativity to engage people in ways that are meaningful for them.
- Regularly traveling to and engaging with people that use our services and service providers across the borough within their service settings; GP surgeries, recovery mental health teams, resource centres, supported housing, faith groups etc.
- Produce and distribute promotional materials
- Participate in Mary Frances Trust steering groups to e.g. participate in the co-designing of projects.
3. Facilitate a safe online platform for service users to engage with the Advisory Group, each other and providers, including webpage, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
4. Arrange forums, promote and support people who access our services to attend.
5. Offer support and personal development opportunities on an individual and group basis.
6. Support and co-ordinate co-production engagement pieces for Mary Frances Trust and external stakeholders.
7. Regularly communicate with the Advisory Group providing relevant updates and external opportunities for co-production.
8. Co-produce pages for Mary Frances Trust “Communique” newsletter with people who use our services.
9. Promote, monitor, and collate results of Mary Frances Trust’s Satisfaction Survey.
10. Embrace and facilitate creative ways for people to share their experience and get involved; e.g. photography, poetry, visual arts.
11. Support people who use services and external stakeholders to work collaboratively and in-line with co-production guiding principles.
12. Support development of Co-production knowledge and culture within Mary Frances Trust.
13. Coordinate a pool of people who use our services who participate in staff recruitment internally and with external stakeholder organisations as and when required.
14. Compose and manage the Co-production budget.
15. Create and maintain good networking with other relevant groups and organisations.
16. Maintain records and data and to provide reports as required.
17. Work within the policies and procedures of Mary Frances Trust and to attend meetings and training as required.
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To apply please follow the link and apply on Mary Frances Trust Online Application Form -
Mary Frances Trust (MFT) is a charity established in 1994 by people who used mental health services, carers and professionals to support people with any mental or emotional wellbeing problems. MFT is a lead provider of non-clinical mental wellbeing services in Surrey.
Mary Frances Trust (MFT) actively promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. We match charity needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for our charity, and that diversity make us stronger.
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-centered 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.
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