Mental Health Directory
Information on mental health services in Croydon
We are very aware at Mind in Croydon that people really are our main asset. Attracting the right recruits and retaining them is of paramount importance and ensures that our clients get the best possible service. The benefits we can offer are a flexible and genuinely family-friendly environment – many of our staff work part time, some job share and there are opportunities to take time off in lieu in order to fit the requirements of the job around one’s home life. A lot is talked of ‘home life balance’ – at Mind in Croydon this is a reality.
We have a highly trained human resources department which believes that good people management is essential. All staff receive a full induction programme in line with the new ‘Care Standards Act’. This involves both internal induction to all our projects and external visits to related agencies so that staff are familiar with our ‘partners’ within the borough of Croydon, and understand how we work with them. There are regular supervisions, appraisals and staff are fully trained and encouraged to become experts in their field. For example, the head of our Welfare Benefits Service sits as a member of the Appeals Service Tribunal. Recently we have enabled individual members of staff to train for Diplomas in Social Work, Diplomas in Counselling and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s Diploma in Human Resource Management.
We have a number of policies to ensure we meet best practice guidelines generally. It is also our aim to actively encourage diversity in aspects such as ethnicity, age, and disability, to ensure that our staff complement our client group.
2 x SOCIAL NETWORKING CASEWORKERS
We are looking for two Social Networking Caseworkers. These posts, based at Fairfield House in East Croydon help to promote recovery and social inclusion in people recovering from mental illness by helping them to identify and participate in mainstream activities such as: education; faith and cultural activities; arts and culture; sport and exercise; neighbourhood/community activities etc. These activities take place in a variety of places in the community, at the project itself and in peoples’ homes. You will be required to work 36 hours per week any time required including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be flexible and work your hours to meet the needs of service users (for example, if a service user needs to be taken to hospital emergency department towards the end of a shift or they wish to undertake a regular early morning activity) and this may be needed at short notice. You will have: experience of working with vulnerable adults or transferable skills gained as e.g. a teacher/nursery worker etc.; an understanding of boundaries; common sense; ability to get on with clients and professionals such as social workers and psychiatrists and enthusiasm. Please note, one of our new Social Networking Caseworkers must be male under the provisions of section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 this is to help with running a men’s group, and providing support in male clients’ homes. Application packs available from mindincroydon.org.uk - please look on our Jobs page. No agencies please.
Mind in Croydon Ltd is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.Application Letter
Last date for return of signed application form to our offices, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE is 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 December 2015.
Expected interview date: Thursday 7th January 2016