Birmingham, West Midlands (On-site)
£23,000 per year
Contract, 1 year (with the possibility of extension dependent upon funding), Full-time
Job description

OVERVIEW

Salary: £23,000 per annum

Hours:  Full time 36.5 hours per week with the ability to work hours in a flexible way, including occasional evenings and weekends to meet the needs of the service.

Location: Birmingham (community based)

Contract type: 1 year fixed term contract with the possibility of an extension dependent upon funding

The Active Wellbeing Society is a community benefit society and cooperative working to develop healthy, happy communities living active and connected lives. We provide a wide range of services and programmes that support people’s mental and physical wellbeing. Services include community food support, telephone advice and listening services, physical and social activity programmes, social prescribing services and community development and engagement programmes. We also run virtual wellbeing support programmes for patients and citizens.

Our vision is to create stronger, healthier more resilient communities by connecting residents to each other and the places that they live. TAWS’ Social Prescribing Programme consists of Link Worker delivery, commissioned by individual Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Our Health Partnership (one of UK’s largest GP partnerships). We also run a Holistic Interventions, Sport England funded Social Prescribing programme and are part of the Future Parks Accelerator in the city, as well as playing a key role in food justice and food growing networks. We are looking for a proactive and enthusiastic Green Social Prescriber to connect people to nature-based interventions and activities, such as community gardening, growing and walking. The role will focus on connecting people to each other and to place, specifically being outdoors and in the natural environment ensuring that the wellbeing benefits that these activities offer can be experienced by everybody regardless of their circumstances.

The pos tholder will be passionate about the benefits that green space, outdoor environments and nature can bring to people. The Green Social Prescriber will have experience of delivering growing and planting initiatives and community and stakeholder engagement. The successful candidate will be confident to work with groups, experienced at supporting people to develop “green” skills and able to articulate and explain the benefits to patients and partners (such as GPs and Social Prescribing Link Workers) of green social prescribing. Engaging people in deprived communities and patients with long term conditions (mental and physical health) will be a key part of the role. Supporting people on pathway to develop a habit of connecting with green space will be a key aim of the role.

With Covid 19 resulting in so many people having to shield, self-isolate and spend significant amounts of time at home, there are increasing inequalities in access to green space, as well as increasing levels of loneliness and isolation. These complex challenges are at the heart of our work and the postholder will seek ways to overcome barriers to green space, supporting and encouraging participation in activities.

The Green Social Prescriber will be excellent at partnership working and developing new approaches to supporting people into parks and green spaces, with a variety of project partners.

MAIN DUTIES

  1. Work with the social prescribing team to develop a range of outdoor, green space and nature-based initiatives for people to be referred and signposted into
  2. Develop activities around GP practices that provide access to nature and green space for patients and the wider community
  3. Lead on growing initiatives, linking with Community Food and Sharing team and partners
  4. Support Link Workers to signpost patients into green spaces and green space activity
  5. Breakdown barriers for people to feel comfortable to access green space, growing and nature.
  6. Promoting social prescribing and nature-based interventions, their role in self-management, and the wider determinants of health.
  7. Supporting people to connect and build confidence through activities such as planting and growing
  8.  Deliver one to one and group sessions as appropriate, as well as telephone support from time to time
  9. Work with comms to develop appropriate materials and promotional info for the service, supporting the gathering of stories, case studies and good practice 
  10. Represent the service at external and internal meetings where required
  11. Proactively engage and work in partnership with community and voluntary sector organisations, residents groups and at street and neighbourhood level to co-design approaches to Green Social Prescribing activity 
  12. Source materials and equipment to support the delivery of the programme (both within an allocated budget, but also maximising opportunities to work with repurposed and recycled materials as part of the service)
  13. To recruit and support volunteers and signpost to relevant and required training to create future session leaders and to strengthen community resilience
  14. To work flexibly as required by the service and to take part in TAWS and other organisations’ meetings and events to promote, support and celebrate the work of the service and the partners.
  15.  To undertake any tasks consistent with the level of the post and the scope of the role ensuring that work is delivered in a timely and effective manner.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  1. Experience of supporting people to access nature and green space
  2. Experience of working with groups, with a focus on those currently excluded or experiencing barriers to access or participation.
  3. Experience of working proactively to develop and evolve services that meet the needs of a range of people.
  4. Experience of collaborating with community organisations, residents or patients to develop new projects and initiatives
  5. Experience of supporting people to improve their physical and/or mental wellbeing
  6. Experience of service or project delivery to achieve wellbeing outcomes
  7.  Experience of delivering patient and citizen facing programmes
  8. Knowledge of and a passion for the health benefits of green space and nature
  9. Knowledge of the barriers to access that exist
  10. Understanding of a holistic approach to supporting patients in behaviour change.
  11. Experience and skills in delivering nature-based, green space, or gardening/growing activities within the community
  12. Experience of supporting, and overseeing volunteers
  13. Group facilitation skills
  14. A confident and professional approach to working with a variety of stakeholders.
  15. The ability to work autonomously where needed and to plan
  16. Ability to prioritise and work under pressure and adapt to new models of working
  17. Ability to speak more than one language would be an advantage.
  18. A positive and can-do attitude
  19. The ability to work as part of the team to seek feedback, continually improve the service and contribute to business planning.

STAFF BENEFITS

  • Nest Pension – 8% employer contribution - 3 % employee contribution.
  • Heath Cash Plan – giving you discounts on everyday healthcare such as dental, optical, physio, prescriptions & more.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (counselling and DRs on call 24hrs a day)
  • Life Assurance – x4 your salary paid to beneficiary.
  • Annual Leave – 25 days FTE (increasing to 29 days with service) plus 5 wellbeing days
  • Flexible working
  • Bring your own device - £20 towards your phone bill monthly
  • Fantastic volunteering opportunities within The Active Wellbeing Society every month

APPLICATION DETAILS

Please submit a Cover Letter and CV addressing the experience you have had relevant to the 'Main Duties' and the 'Knowledge & Skills' sections of the advert, but as a minimum please address how you meet the the following criteria which will be weighted highly in the first sift of shortlisting:

  1. Experience and skills in delivering nature-based, green space, or gardening/growing activities within the community
  2. Experience of working with groups, with a focus on those currently excluded or experiencing barriers to access or participation.
  3. Experience of working proactively to develop and evolve services that meet the needs of a range of people.
  4. Experience of collaborating with community organisations, residents or patients to develop new projects and initiatives
  5. Experience of supporting people to improve their physical and/or mental wellbeing

Closing Date: Monday 7th February 2022 midnight

Due to the high numbers of applications we received for our job vacancies, we may close application windows early, so we would encourage you to submit your application ASAP

We will provide all applicants with an outcome on your application, this will usually be within 1 week of the application window closing.

Successful applicants will be required to be DBS checked prior to starting.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we, in recruiting for our team we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring. The Active Wellbeing Society is committed to being an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based upon capability and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. At The Active Wellbeing Society we are searching for people who share the passion for what we do with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, collectively making a difference.

If there is anything we can do to assist you in your application or preparations to be interviewed for one of our job vacancies please let us know and we can ensure you have a positive and comfortable experience.

Thank you for your interest in working for The Active Wellbeing Society, we look forward to receiving your application.

 

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Posted on: 28 January 2022
Closed date: 27 February 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Operations