Stowmarket, Suffolk
£18,562 - £22,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

VoiceAbility in Suffolk are recruiting for 2 full-time (37.5hpw) Community Advisors to work as part of Wellbeing Suffolk alongside a team of Community Workers and Peer Advisors. You will support people who may be marginalised to access community groups and services. You will enable service users to own, manage, and improve their emotional and mental wellbeing.


VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. Providing advocacy and user involvement services across England, VoiceAbility is a growing organisation working with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected.



About the role:


The focus of this role is to ensure that Wellbeing Suffolk fully integrates with communities to deliver community-based clinical and social interventions to allow people to access help in the most convenient place and at times that suit them.


Community Advisors shall offer training, awareness and engagement events to educate the public to address stigma and improve the identification and awareness of common mental health disorders with a view to increasing service access for those from under-served populations and backgrounds. They will accomplish this through working in partnership with local organisations and community groups,

through the implementation of pop-up events in under-served communities and at large scale events the service shall increase awareness and access routes into the service, including actively targeting locations and events aimed at groups such as young people, Black and Ethnic Minority (BME), working age adults, carers and older individuals.


Through the work of the Community Advisors, the service shall look for opportunities to co-locate with local community groups, particularly those working with under-served groups, to create opportunities to in-reach and deliver targeted clinical and social interventions to meet their needs.



Location: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Countywide travel)


Hours:  2 x 37.5 hours per week


Contract Type: Permanent


Benefits: 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays; 5% employer pension & 3% employee contribution; Salary sacrifice pension scheme; Separate Life Assurance Cover; Staff discount scheme including supermarkets, fashion, restaurants, cinemas, holidays and much more; Discounted Gym Membership; Cycle to Work; Employee Assistance programme; Supportive working environment fostering a good work/life balance; Support with professional development.


Closing date for applications: 20th January 2020

Interviews: Week commencing 27th January 2020



About you:

  • 2+ years’ experience of working in Mental Health Services
  • 2+ years’ experience of leading, motivating and coaching others
  • Managing relationships within the Health & Social Care Sector
  • Have good presentation skills
  • IT skills – a working knowledge of Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Must have access to own vehicle and be able to travel across Suffolk working from various sites including Bury St Edmunds


Desirable skills or experience:

  • Experience of monitoring and reporting, ensuring data accuracy across a range of    metrics and following processes and procedures, making effective use of systems
  • Experience of working in a Third Sector organisation.
  • General Health and Social Care qualification
  • Coaching and mentoring skills or qualification


You may have experience of the following: Community Advisor, Service Coordinator, Support Worker, Care Worker, Community Care, Care Coordinator, Care Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, Mental Health, Social Care, Social Worker, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Not for Profit, NFP, etc.



How to Apply:

To apply for this role, please complete the online application form using the criteria in the person specification and upload your CV detailing your work history since leaving school. 

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Posted on: 09 January 2020
Closed date: 20 January 2020
Tags: Advocacy, Social Work

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