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Future 4 Me Project Worker - Mental Health

About us

1625 Independent People (1625ip) prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2000 young people last  year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 10am Monday, 29 May 2018
Interviews: 07 June 2018

Due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to contact unsuccessful applications prior to the interview stage. If you have not heard from us by Friday 01 June 2018 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week : Full Time 37.5 hours
  • Contract type: Fixed Term until 31st December 2019 
  • Pay: starting at the bottom of the scale:
Qualified: £26,822 - £29,323 per year (NJC Scale 30-33) 
Unqualified: 22,658 - £24,964 per year (NJC Scale 25-28)

  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays 
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare  
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below).
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work. 
  • You will need to travel across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset & BANES so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments. 

Where and who?

You will be working in the Specialist Services Team and you will be line managed by the Specialist Services Manager.
You will be based jointly at Kingsley Hall and our Patchway office.



The role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Future 4 Me Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes specialists in resettlement, participation, and learning and work.  Together you will improve outcomes for young people leaving care and custody.
You will provide intensive support to a small caseload of young people, typically for a period of 8-12 months with each person, supporting them in all areas of their life and enabling them to contribute to the design, delivery and evaluation of the project.

You will support the development of a model of best practice for engaging vulnerable young people, so they can engage positively in their communities and build relationships outside of the project, which will be shared nationally.  
Additionally you will provide colleagues and partners with advice and consultation on the mental health needs of young people leaving custody and/or care.

An overarching aim of Future 4 Me is to join up services for young people, and you will liaise closely with lead professionals in other agencies, including Children and Young People’s Services, Youth Offending Teams, and with our partner voluntary agencies.
The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. 
Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed Environment framework known as PIE. 
 A typical day will include: 
  • Spending time with a young person, building a relationship and supporting them, for example, to pursue their interests, build links in the community and access education, training or employment.  
  • Meeting with a young person and their social worker to review progress and co-develop their support plan.
  • Attending a reflective practice session and completing risk management planning and case recording.
  • Attend a multi-agency meeting with a co-worker to offer specific mental health advice/consultation.
I love life

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of young people leaving care or custody, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.
You must have excellent skills in engaging vulnerable people and enabling them to build positive and trusting relationships, which can be used as a tool for change. 
You have experience of working with young people with complex needs, including mental health needs.
You have the experience to support young people to access appropriate mental health services, and to support and promote their mental health and wellbeing including a good understanding of a range of psychological, social and medical interventions. 
You have the ability to offer guidance to other staff and young people in relation to young people’s emotional and mental health needs.
You are able to offer clear and consistent responses to young people who may present challenging behaviour, be chaotic, distressed and have learned not to trust.
You have the ability to develop excellent relationships with other agencies, including Leaving Care Services and Youth Offending Teams.
If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Fran Hughes, Specialist Services Manager, at fran.hughes@1625ip.co.uk.

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race  (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full policies below for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk


Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Job pack


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Closing date: 10am Monday, 29 May 2018
Interviews: 07 June 2018

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