South East - Bucks
ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND Buckinghamshire Mind was founded in 1914 as Buckinghamshire Association for Mental Health. Buckinghamshire Mind shares National Mind’s vision: “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect Working from offices in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe we provide high quality services to some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of society.
Services include: wellbeing activity groups and peer support, older adults’ dementia support, Safe Haven crisis service, befriending, community partnership outreach services, peer support in schools’ projects, employment support and counselling. Buckinghamshire Mind has over 500 volunteers (including 400 peer ambassadors/mentors in schools and over 100 in befriending partnerships). These dedicated individuals support our passionate staff team alongside an active service user council, who all ensure our services are tailored to need and are of the highest quality.
Purpose of the Role
As Team Lead of Children and Young People’s Services, you will project manage and deliver our large portfolio of Peer Support Mentoring Programmes in Schools and Mental Health Education service; developing and enhancing the programmes’ impact and reach. You will be responsible for the line management of three Peer Support in Schools Educators who will also deliver on these projects. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has experience of working in schools (or with children and young people) around mental health and wellbeing. You will require a positive can-do attitude with the ability to manage projects and deliver excellent quality work across a range of contracts.
Tasks will vary from week-to-week depending on priorities, but regular tasks will include:
Promotion and relationship management
Promote and raise awareness of our Peer Support in Schools (PSIS) and Mental Health Education service to parents, teachers, support staff, external agencies and stakeholders as required. Manage relationships with funders, including Public Health and Oxford Health’s Mental Health Support Team (MHST). Manage existing relationships within schools. Act as a main point of contact for key staff within schools. Support the Prevention Services Manager in managing relationships with key funders, contractors and stakeholders. Support staff within the Children and Young People’s (CYP) Team.
Deliver all aspects of the Peer Support in Schools (PSIS) services in both primary and secondary school settings across Buckinghamshire. Deliver mental health assemblies and workshops through our Mental Health Education service to students, staff and parents. Lead by example; inspiring and motivating the mentors and young people you work with.
Monitoring and evaluation
Project manage the CYP services delivery against KPI targets for a variety of funding sources. Ensure that the service is young people led to inform continuous improvement. Monitor, evaluate and develop the CYP services to maximise impact and reach. Produce statistical and evaluative reports against planned outcomes for both the Prevention Services Manager and grant funders as required. Carry out all administrative tasks associated with the service which including report writing and keeping accurate, up-to-date records of all school provision, mentors, attendances and service users.
Recruit and line manage staff to work within CYP services as required. Lead by example through inspiring and motivating line staff to deliver high-quality provision. Coordinate, administrate and provide support, supervision and line/performance management to the worker (s) involved in service delivery.
Attend regular meetings with the Prevention Services Manager to assess service progress and agree future developments. Apply for funding applications throughout the year. Attend both internal & external meetings as agreed with the Prevention Services Manager. Undertake any other duties as reasonably required for the success of the role.
Candidates are required to meet all the essential conditions and requirements listed (E) and most of the desired requirements (D). Please refer to these requirements in your supporting statement as they will be used to help select candidates for interview.
Supports the aims and work of Buckinghamshire Mind (E)
Maintains strict confidentiality concerning all Buckinghamshire Mind matters (E)
Qualifications and experience
Experience of working with children and young people (E)
Relevant experience (E)
Has experience of line management (D)
Has experience of project management – design, delivery, implementation and evaluation (E)
Has experience of the issues affecting hard to reach and excluded groups of children and young people (E)
Has experience of safeguarding issues related to children and young people (D)
Has experience of delivering education and/or training to young people (E)
Has experience of working within a school environment(D)
Has excellent communication skills and is confident communicating with key stakeholders. (E)
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Is committed to working in an anti-oppressive way and striving to create equal opportunities for all people (E)
Has knowledge of social and situational factors influencing young people’s mental health and wellbeing (E)
Has excellent communication skills, especially with children and young people who experience/have experienced mental health issues, including hard to reach and excluded groups (E)
Can motivate and build confidence in staff and volunteers (E)
Knowledge of statutory services e.g. Health and social care (D)
Can keep written records and data (E)
Has use of own vehicle and appropriate insurance (work related mileage will be paid) (E) Has excellent IT skills (D)
Has excellent organisational skills (E)
Understanding of equality and diversity principles (E)
25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and 2 wellbeing days pro rata
Training and development opportunities
Sodexo employee benefits – access to a portal with discounts on supermarket shops, holidays, high-street shops, days out, cinema and gym membership Cycle to work scheme
Employee Assistance Programme – free professional confidential counselling
Annual leave purchase scheme
Free eye tests
Pension: Auto Enrolment (currently 5% employee contribution, 3% employer contribution)
Applications: Please send – CV and Supporting Statement. Your Supporting Statement should explain how your skills and experience meet each of the requirements detailed in the Person Specification. The short-listing panel make their decisions based on this information and no assumptions about your skills or experience will be made. Closing date for applications is 30th September. Interviews are scheduled for 8th October 2020.
Buckinghamshire Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Any offer made relating to this post will be subject to satisfactory references and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. To apply for any of our vacancies, please send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org