OX11, Didcot
£18,116 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This role would suit someone already working in a mental health setting or it could be a development opportunity for candidates wishing to start work in the field of mental health rehabilitation who have transferable skills. We are looking for a person with a positive attitude and willingness to learn and develop existing and new skills. The post provides training, supervision and support to develop and take on greater responsibility and career development.  The project has an established and vibrant woodwork shop and we are looking for someone who has knowledge, or the ability and willingness to learn, in this area.

Key responsibilities

Staff provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) which covers a range of activities and interventions that help members to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their personal and career development, including learning.

IAG includes:

• The provision of accurate, up-to-date and objective information about personal and lifestyle issues, learning and career opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice, and how to access it.

• The provision of advice through activities that help people to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation.

• The provision of impartial guidance and specialist support to help people understand themselves and their needs, confront barriers, resolve conflicts, develop new perspectives and make progress.

More specifically, the job entails:

• To support the overall day to day running of the recovery group

• To monitor and support individual members recovery journey through creative and varied work activities

• To support members to develop transferable skills through practical work and social interaction

• To involve members  in the development and delivery of the service

• To involve members in the development and delivery of their individual support

• To implement effective risk management  

Under the supervision of the Recovery Coordinator, the post holder will support the planning, training and supervision of recovery activities. 

 

As a team member they will be expected to undertake all aspects of the work of the project as decided by the group including on-site sales to the public of goods produced by the group and participation in running open days and other events.

The post holder will be provided with a tailor-made training programme covering all aspects of basic recovery work. 

Specific Responsibilities:

1. To encourage members to function independently and set positive, realistic goals for themselves as a means to improving their quality of life, by:

• Empowering and involving members in the running of the project(s) 

• Fostering a climate of positive change within individuals and the group, working to support individuals to achieve agreed goals/ action plans

• Developing teamwork and encouraging the group and individual members to take responsibility for tasks

• Promoting the acquisition of skills through provision of a variety of tasks which members can do to gain skills

• Incorporating the use of information technology as appropriate

• Working closely with other team members to maintain and further develop a challenging work environment that encourages learning and individual development

• Increasing access to mainstream opportunities.

• To provide IAG sessions.  Accurate, up-to-date and objective information about personal and lifestyle issues, learning and career opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice, and how to access it.

• The provision of advice through activities that help people to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation.

• The provision of impartial guidance and specialist support to help people understand themselves and their needs, confront barriers, resolve conflicts, develop new perspectives and make progress.

2. To assist in maintaining and monitoring the effectiveness of the project

• Keeping accurate and up to date records and accounts

• Implementing and using systems to record members progress

• Helping to ensure that buildings on the site are properly maintained and to be involved in the care and maintenance of equipment/ stock used

• Participation in staff and group meetings and any other relevant meetings

• Liaison with other staff and outside agencies as appropriate and work with Oxford Mental Health Partnership. 

3. To ensure compliance with all relevant Health and Safety legislation by

• Ensuring risk is assessed and managed

• Ensuring awareness among members  and visitors of any potential hazards and ensuring that safety is maintained at all times

• Instructing and training all those people involved in the project in relevant Health and Safety procedure

• Ensuring Food Hygiene and Health and Safety standards are adhered to as per Restores Food Safety Policy and national Health and Safety Regulations

 

Specific skill and project information: 

We are looking for a person with a positive attitude and willingness to learn. The post provides training, supervision and support to develop skills and take on greater responsibility and career development.

 

General Responsibilities:

• To comply with the organisation’s relevant policies and procedures

• Address issues of race, culture, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation, age and other discrimination in relation to mental health issues

• To do all that is reasonably practicable to maintain a safe and healthy work environment, with regard to appropriate risk assessments and ensuring compliance with local and statutory requirements

• To participate in regular supervision with the Recovery Co-Ordinator

• To undertake any other duties as may be required by Restore. 

Person Specification

Essential Requirements 

• A positive attitude towards people with mental health problems, in particular people’s ability to develop and change 

• Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with people on all levels, and to adhere to detailed protocols in a supportive environment where clarity of respective roles and responsibilities, and compliance to working agreements and conditions is paramount

• Ability to learn about the implications for individuals subject to a section of the MH Act, and an ability and willingness to work closely with care teams, and others involved in the person’s support and recovery

• Ability to work with challenging behaviours and people with complex needs through assertive, respectful and appropriate support relationships

• Awareness of and commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice

• Ability to work on own initiative, to prioritise, organise work and meet deadlines

• Ability to motivate others

• Ability to work as part of a team

• Ability to keep accurate and up to date records

• Experience of working/ volunteering with  people who may be vulnerable  

Desirable Requirements

• Experience in gardening and/or woodwork and/or craft.

• Experience of group work

• Knowledge of mental health services and systems

• Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation

• Experience of sales and/or marketing activity

About Restore 

Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have severe and enduring mental health problems. We know that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work, the right to the support they need to gain employment and lead fulfilling lives.  We also believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and in all we do, we work to challenge this discrimination.

Restore provides Recovery Groups and a Coaching Service. Coaching provides one to one support enabling members (service users) to achieve their aims. Restore's coaching activities focus on supporting people to achieve paid work, after a period of illness, to start volunteering or start or return to education. Some coaches are embedded within Recovery Groups, and others work within hospital or community settings.  Recovery Groups provide members with the opportunity to work on their journey of recovery together through therapeutic activity such as gardening, woodwork, catering or craft based activities.

Restore has six sites in Oxfordshire (four in Oxford, one in Dicot and one in Banbury), plus two sub-contracted sites (in West and South Oxfordshire) and staff who work across a range of other sites in the county.  Restore also leads on the delivery of the Oxfordshire Recovery College, an innovative shared learning environment for people with mental illness, their families, carers and professionals.

Restore also offers Mental Health First Aid training and Working with Mental Health courses, the former aimed at both individuals and organisations and the latter specifically at the corporate sector.

Other Information:

• Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.

• This post will be on a 4 week’s notice period.

• Willing to undertake evening and weekend work when required for occasional fundraising and group events. 

• There is a probation period of six months for new employees, during which time your employment will be monitored. Your employment will be subject to you completing your probationary period to the satisfaction of RESTORE.

This job description is likely to change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Board of Trustees. 

More about Restore Limited
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Restore Limited

Mental illness affects one in four of us in our lifetime, but people can and do recover.

Restore is an Oxfordshire-based mental healt... Read more

Posted on: 03 January 2020
Closed date: 20 January 2020
Job ref: Recovery Worker, Didcot
Tags: Advice, Information, Social Work