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Freelance Training Associates, Young People’s Programmes

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Various locations across Scotland
  • Closing 30th September 2021

  • Advertised from 20th July 2021
  • Fee: £150.00 per 3 hours session. (Fee is inclusive of travel or travel expenses)


Mental Health UK supports people affected by mental health problems across the UK, bringing together experts from four national mental health charities to improve understanding and provide vital care – Our national mental health charity is Support in Mind Scotland.

We are looking to build a talented cohort of dedicated Training Associates to deliver quality programmes across Scotland. If you’re keen to help us reach our ambitious targets to support thousands more young people in schools and community settings, are passionate about young people’s mental health and have a wealth of training and facilitation experience, we’d love to hear from you.

About the Programme

At the end of 2019, we launched two Young People’s Programmes which aim to support young people’s (14-18 year olds) mental health resilience. The first, ‘Bloom’ is delivered in school and college settings and the second ‘Your Resilience’ works with young people in community settings. Both programmes equip young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions.

A core part of the programme involves working with teachers, NHS staff and youth workers to build the foundational knowledge to do what they do best: securing the best outcomes for young people.

  • Bloom consists of several delivery models including the ‘lite’ approach which could be a half-day resilience workshop, one off topic-based workshops or the comprehensive eight-session intervention.
  • Your Resilience and Bloom also deliver an eight-session intervention. The Training Associate will be responsible for training designated teachers/venue staff in the programme’s content.
  • Then spend 7 weeks co-delivering Bloom content in 1-hour workshops with them, providing supportive space within the setting, by staying on site for one hour before and after the workshop, totalling 3 hours per session (allowing for teachers to learn the content, prep, plan and debrief).
  • Delivery may be face to face inside the relevant setting or remotely through a variety of online platforms. There is an expectation that you may have to travel to the relevant setting.
  • The eight-session intervention will take varying lengths of times to complete depending on the venues availability; for example, it may take 8 weeks to complete in one venue and 12 weeks in another.
  • To prepare for this, you will be provided with a one-off one day of training on the content of Bloom, which you will be fully paid for.

About the Role

  • Ensure the programme is implemented in the relevant setting – school, college or community.
  • Communicate and coordinate activities with the setting including start dates, times and other logistics such as compliance with coronavirus guidelines, safeguarding, etc.
  • Deliver the programmes either face-to-face inside the setting or via their preferred online platform – e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Meets.
  • Support the relevant setting in delivering the programme and train the designated staff, teachers or youth workers in the content.
  • Work closely with the designated staff to co-deliver the 7 one-hour workshops.
  • Mentor throughout delivery period, providing teachers and youth workers with the support they need to deliver it on their own.
  • Ensure that the necessary monitoring, evaluation and mechanisms are adhered to.
  • Delivery of training will occur across Scotland, and each facilitator will be assigned a geographical area, and may from time-to-time deliver sessions to cover for other facilitators.
  • This post is subject to a satisfactory PVG Disclosure Scotland check for regulated work with children.

About You

  • You have experience in delivering training, preferably to young people inside a school, college, or community setting.
  • You are a confident communicator with excellent verbal and written skills.
  • You have experience of training other professionals from different backgrounds.
  • You have experience of working with young people affected by mental illness.
  • You have experience of project implementation, ongoing delivery, managing resources and evaluation.
  • You have experience of forging and managing relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • You have the ability to work in an autonomous manner and be flexible.
  • You have good IT skills, including competent use of Microsoft Office and online training platforms.

Application notes

Interview: Interviewing candidates on a rolling basis

Start Date: As soon as possible after interviews

Closing Date: 30-09-2021

Please email your CV and a supporting statement addressing the key requirements for this post to Arlene McCloskey at the earliest possible. With: Application –Bloom/Your Resilience Freelance Training Associate in your email subject line.

We’re interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

We aim to have the training facilitators in place in time for the school August opening and will be recruiting furthers freelance facilitators until October.

Interviews will be held via video call software. If you are shortlisted to interview, we will provide you with guidance on how to access the interview.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.