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.
Training and Development
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 (Male)
£23,375 to £25,972 pa wte
We are looking for two Male Social Networking Caseworkers (one full time 36 hours per week and one part time 21 hours per week). They will work from our innovative and award winning Social Networking project in East Croydon. These posts help to promote recovery and social inclusion in people recovering from mental health issues 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 on a rota basis, including if necessary, early mornings, evenings, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be flexible and will be required to work your hours to meet the needs of service users. Occasionally this may be required at short notice. You will have: experience of working with vulnerable adults or transferable skills gained as eg 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. In return, your enthusiasm, expertise and dedication will be rewarded with the opportunity to work within a strong and committed team which makes a real difference to clients’ lives. The atmosphere, cohesiveness and support within the team at our Social Networking Service is second to none.
Please note, our new Social Networking Caseworkers must be male. This is to help with running mens’ groups, and providing one to one support in male clients’ homes as part of our Mindmatch project.
Please download the Application Form and Pack below.
Please note that Mind in Croydon does not accept CVs as a method of application and does not wish to be contacted by employment agencies.
Previous unsuccessful applicants need not apply.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 9am on Monday 6 January 2020
Please post completed application form to:
The HR Manager
Mind in Croydon
26 Pampisford Road
Surrey CR8 2NE
If you would like an informal discussion please phone Cara Scott, HR Manager, on 020 8668 2210. Interviews will be held at our project in East Croydon and are likely to be on Wednesday 22 January 2020.