Lewisham, Greater London (On-site)
London, Greater London
SE15, London
£26,500 - £28,500 per year
Contract, Fixed Term 1-year contract, Part-time
Job description

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.


Pecan's Women's Service offer one-to-one advocacy to women who are exiting the criminal justice system, women at risk of entering the criminal justice system, and other women at multiple disadvantages with complex needs in the boroughs of Southwark and Lewisham. Our hub spaces provide a safe space for women in the boroughs, where they can make new social connections and build their confidance through our programmes of workshops.

The Mental Health Advocate role is an exciting new role aimed at breaking down barriers to mental health services for vulnerable women and improve the general wellbeing of our client base.


Main Responsibilities:

  1. Provide advocacy, emotional and practical support to women referred to our services, with a focus on women who are high need in terms of their mental health
  2. Advise clients of pathways into NHS mental health support, assist clients with requesting the correct care for their needs, write referrals for clients into NHS and other mental health organisations
  3. Be responsible for establishing and maintaining professional relationships with new partners in the NHS to make referrals pathways smoother
  4. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and awareness of developments in public and legislation regarding mental health services and treatment


Essential Requirements:

  1. Thorough understanding of disadvantages specifically faced by women and strong commitment to achieving equality for women
  2. At least basic understanding of trauma, the most common mental health conditions and their treatment options
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to sensitively manage issues arising with clients
  4. Ability to communicate and motivate both verbally and in written media



Pecan is committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will require a DBS check to be undertaken. Having a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify you from acquiring the post.


Pecan strongly encourages applications from women from minority ethnic groups and women with direct experience of the criminal justice system.

Pecan is an equal opportunities and disability-friendly employer. We guarantee to offer an interview to those with a disability who meet the minimum criteria.


Please read the Recruitment Pack and Application Instructions below before applying.

Application Instructions

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

To apply, please submit the following:
1. CV
2. Covering Letter no more than 2-sides of A4 paper, expanding on your passion for this area of work and describing how you meet the Job Description/Person Specification, as set out in the Recruitment Pack.

Closing Date: Monday 6th June 2022, 9am
Interview Date: Wednesday 15th June 2022, Time TBC
Start Date: ASAP

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Posted on: 11 May 2022
Closed date: 06 June 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker

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