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Job description

Starting salary: £27,896 pro rata, with actual £13,571 p/a

Hours of work: 18 hours over 3 days a week

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.

Our Mission

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.

Main purpose of the post

To empower people with lived experience of mental health problems to unitise 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.

We recognise that, especially on the strategic level (Advisory Group) people may want to only engage on temporary basis and only some people may be willing to commit their time and knowledge.

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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

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. Regularly communicate with the Advisory Group providing relevant updates and external opportunities for co-production.

7. Co-produce pages for Mary Frances Trust “Communique” newsletter with people who use our services.

8. Embrace and facilitate creative ways for people to share their experience and get involved; e.g. photography, poetry, visual arts.

9. Support people who use services and external stakeholders to work collaboratively and in-line with co-production guiding principles.

10. Coordinate a pool of people who use our services who participate in staff recruitment internally and with external stakeholder organisations as and when required.

11. Create and maintain good networking with other relevant groups and organisations.

12. Maintain records and data and to provide reports as required.

13. Work within the policies and procedures of Mary Frances Trust and to attend meetings and training as required.

Please download the full Job description and person specification.

To apply please follow the link and apply on Mary Frances Trust Online Application Form

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Posted on: 23 July 2020
Closing date: 31 August 2020
Tags: Social Care/Development,Training
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