Outreach Worker – Stafford Centre ‘Signature Project

  • Full time
  • £26,235
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th December 2022


  • Advertised from 22nd November 2022
  • Fixed Term Until 30/06/2023, with possibility of extension

Role

Are you interested in joining an award-winning Scottish charity whose aim is to provide support to people whose lives are affected by mental ill-health? For our Signature Project at the Stafford Centre in Edinburgh we are looking for someone with experience and understanding of PDST looking to use their skills and experience in a proactive outreach role to make a positive impact on men and boys suffering from PTSD and poor mental health.

Change Mental Health provides support throughout Scotland and offers a range of services to people directly affected by a mental health issue and to those who care for them, whether family, friend or supporter.

We are committed to delivering services shaped by the lived experienced of people affected by mental health. We believe in a holistic approach to providing support and aim to empower our service user to make the best use of what help and support is available to them.

In this challenging, impactful new role, you will be responsible for delivering activities which support men and boys effected by PTSD. Working alongside the support worker and communication worker to deliver and sustain support to men and boys, the role offers you an opportunity to help and support men and boys with their mental health

The signature Project is a service funded my MHUK and our charity partner Lloyds Bank – Signature Project is funded to help communities recover.

The aim of the project is to reach out to people experiencing PTSD and serious mental health problems because of living through the pandemic, we are responding to an increase in referrals from GPs for young men who are at increased risk of suicide. The Outreach Worker will:

  • Develop appropriate messaging to reach men and boys experiencing poor mental health
  • Develop a city-wide outreach programme to be visible and mobile across all areas of the city
  • Build relationships with our partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors in order to promote the service widely
  • Set up mental health information and support hubs as ‘pop-ups’ in different locations
  • Work closely with the Communications Worker to run specific campaigns and activities with Lothian Buses and Network Rail
  • Provide direct one to one support to a range of men at our existing services and at venues in the community
  • Build relationships with statutory and voluntary sector partners to ensure that men are supported effectively
  • Refer eligible men to specialist PTSD treatment and other support as needed
  • Work with partners to ensure that we have effective crisis intervention services in place

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an experienced outreach worker who has direct experience of supporting people with their mental health, including people living with complex issues, and who can demonstrate an ability to enable people to develop their own recovery plans. You should be able to evidence partnership working and bring a sound knowledge of the Edinburgh health and social care landscape. You should also be willing to embrace a culture of shared learning and reflection to bring creative solutions to the team. You should develop and sustain effective partnerships with local groups, services and officials; and negotiate access to community-based services and groups, develop creative and innovative ways to reach out to those most isolated and vulnerable to ensure they receive help and support and develop and disseminate accurate information about the service to potential service users.

Why join us?

Change Mental Health is a leading national mental health charity providing unique support to people with severe and enduring mental ill health. With 50 years’ experience across Scotland, we believe people affected by poor mental health and illness deserve the highest quality of support in the community and that every person has the right to be valued and to share in the opportunities, challenges, and joys of everyday life.

Our person-centred approach puts the people we work with at the heart of what we do ensuring they have greater opportunity, can build confidence and social skills, and become more integrated into their communities. By building connections and support around individual needs, our team of nearly 200 staff and 800 members value the lived experience which informs the services we deliver. We look beyond illness by taking a holistic approach that ensures no one has to face mental ill health alone.

Benefits:

  • Professional development including funded opportunities.
  • A generous 37 days’ holiday.
  • A 35-hour working week, enhanced sick pay & season ticket loan.
  • A great work life balance with flexible and blended working environment.
  • 24/7 access to an award-winning Employee Assistance Programme providing free legal, financial and medical advice as well as support with life’s challenges.
  • Enhanced sick pay and leave entitlements
  • Paid Mental Wellbeing Days
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Blue Light discount card

Application notes

Please download and complete the application form and submit via our BreatheHR portal. Applications must be received by 12 pm on 14th December 2022.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Interview date: 11/05/2022 (Stafford Centre, Edinburgh)

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the relevant section within the application pack to inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated. Please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.


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