Mental Health Support Worker Location: Gloucester/Stroud Salary (pro rata): £16,701 to £18,747 Hours per week: 22.5 Type of engagement: Part Time Duration: Permanent Closing date: Wednesday 20 February 2019 No matter how bad things are, we can help people severely affected by mental illness to improve their lives. We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. People with experience of mental illness are at the heart of everything we do. They shape our expert advice, information and training and around 200 services – everything from housing to community-based services. And they drive our campaigning to change the law and tackle discrimination. Together, we run over 100 local groups which provide vital peer support in the community. We know, from our vast experience, that people severely affected by mental illness can have a good quality of life. With your support, we will make that possible. Our housing services provide a supportive home environment that paves the way to greater independence and recovery. We help people with their day to day living and social skills, as well as providing access to social activities, further education, employment and training. We are recruiting for Part Time Mental Health Support Worker to support individuals to maximise their independence and to ensure person centred recovery focused support is provided to individuals living with mental illness. You will work under the leadership and guidance of the Service Manager to support individuals living with mental illness to maximise their independence and to ensure person centred recovery focused housing related support is provided to individuals in Supported Housing to lead the way to a better quality of life for everyone affected by severe mental illness. The role involves: To provide key worker support to individuals living with mental illness, including one to one individual support and liaison with other mental health agencies on behalf of people who use our services. Enabling individuals to self manage their personal and domestic resources and to undertake activities of daily living. To jointly develop, review, monitor and adapt person centred support and safety plans. To monitor and report to senior staff on the effectiveness of support delivery. Contribute to the protection of individuals from the risk of abuse and harm to self and others who access our services. Encourage those living with mental illness to recognise, understand and manage factors that affect their mental wellbeing and physical health. The post holder will possess: Experience of providing support to people living with mental illness; or experience of providing care and/or support services within another social care setting in either a paid or voluntary capacity. Knowledge and understanding of recovery principles and embedding the ethos of recovery into your own practice. The ability to make a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s situation and needs; to develop, implement and review risk management plans and devise support plans to meet these needs. Excellent communication and organisational skills Full driving license and use of a car preferable In addition to the skill set and experience above, this would be a fantastic opportunity for someone who has a passion for mental health and if you’ve had previous experience providing support to people with mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers. What we offer: Competitive Salary Contributory Pension Scheme Life Assurance 33 days Annual leave including statutory/bank holiday (pro rata) Your "Rethink Day" 1 days additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday Where appropriate paid eye test plus up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses Excellent Career Development Opportunities The opportunity to make a real difference. We reserve the right to change the closing date depending on the number of responses received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process.