We’re a small youth mental health project with big ideas, drawing from the international Discovery College model to create something new and innovative. We support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing by helping them to learn about what’s happening to them, share experiences, and develop skills and tools to stay well, and we support the adults around them to better understand too. We’re all about peer learning – nothing clinical, no talking therapies, just exploring and finding ways to manage together. All of our programmes are co-produced - this means that they’re designed and delivered by both people with professional expertise and people with lived experience of mental health problems or of being a carer.
At this crucial and exciting time, you’ll have a real opportunity to shape our direction and our way of working moving forward. We’ve secured funding to appoint two staff to run our brand new Self Harm > Self Care project. These staff will deliver our new suite of four different lived experience-informed programmes for children and young people aged 7-25, and for adult parents, carers and professionals. You’ll pilot them in key locations across the county. As one of the two staff working on the project you will be jointly responsible for delivering sessions in January and February, and compiling evaluation data. The learning we gather from this experience will inform our future development of this strand of our work, so this really is a pivotal role in driving forward youth mental health support in the county.
You’ll be line managed by the CEO, so will have a direct line into shaping the strategy and the direction of not only this project, but of the wider College plans.
o Deliver each of the four new multi-session programmes once during January and February 2022, co-facilitating all sessions, at times convenient to each group (majority evenings and weekends), with an Expert-by-Experience co-facilitator
o Work with local partners to recruit participants, ensure group needs are met, and student support runs smoothly.
o Implement our evaluation process to gather impact data and feedback to meet reporting requirements and inform future development.
o Where appropriate and comfortable, to share parts of your own lived experience and recovery journey.
o Work closely with the CEO to ensure that the project is delivered in line with funder’s expectations and the Discovery College model and vision.
o Adhere to and work within relevant policies, processes and procedures of Oxfordshire Discovery College
o Uphold the values and ethos of the Discovery College in all aspects of the work.
We’re looking for a co-facilitator (Expert-by-Training) who can work closely with our Expert-by-Experience co-facilitator to draw upon a combination. The Expert-by-Experience staff member will have lived experience of youth mental health problems and self harm, either as a parent/carer for a young person or your own lived experience as a child/teenager. The Expert-by-Training staff member will have professional expertise in a relevant field such as youth work, clinical, or therapeutic work. Our dreamteam will be passionate about empowering young people, knowledgeable about mental health and self harm, and will be able to think creatively and collaborate well in a short space of time.
o Good understanding and knowledge of self harm in young people
o Professional expertise in a relevant field
o Relevant qualifications (eg: clinical psychology, counselling, youth work, art therapy, social work, teaching)
o Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and listening skills
o Ability to be assertive and co-facilitate a small group of young people
o Commitment to principles of recovery and wellbeing
o Ability to model maintenance of wellbeing
o Good computer literacy
o Ability to work under own initiative and manage your workload
o Strong attention to detail
o Ability to think creatively
o Teamwork skills, and willingness to work collaboratively, to co-deliver programme content
o Experience of working directly with children with mental health problems in a non-clinical or therapeutic setting, in a paid or voluntary capacity
o Understanding of child and adult safeguarding
o Experience of evaluating impact, and collecting and processing feedback
o Additional skill sets or interests you could incorporate in the role (eg art, gardening, drama)
o First Aid qualification
Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
If you’d like to discuss the role before applying, please get in touch.
This job description may change over time in line with the needs of the project, subject to discussion with the
Please submit a CV and Cover Letter detailing how you meet the criteria listed in the Person Specification.