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
1 x SOCIAL NETWORKING CASEWORKER (Male) Full time permanent, 36 hours per week – £23,375 to £25,972 pa (between Grade 4, Scale point S1to S5 on the Mind salary scale)
1 x SOCIAL NETWORKING CASEWORKER (any gender) Full time, short term/temporary contract of one year only to provide maternity cover from June 2019 to June 2020, 36 hours per week – £23,375 to £25,972 pa (between Grade 4, Scale point S1 to S5 on the Mind salary scale)
We are looking for two Social Networking Caseworkers. These posts, based at Fairfield House in East Croydon promote 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 including if necessary, early mornings, late 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 (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 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, and enthusiasm. Your dedication will be rewarded with the opportunity to work within a strong and committed team which makes a real difference to peoples’ lives.
Last date for return of signed application forms to our offices, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE is 9.00am on Monday 3 June 2019.
Mind in Croydon Ltd is an award winning Registered Charity operating in the London Borough of Croydon. Founded in 1967, with an annual income of over £1 million and around 40 staff, we run a number of projects to help people with Mental Health problems. These include counselling, welfare benefits advice, advocacy, social networking and social inclusion and employment projects. Benefits include 28 days holiday rising to 33 after five years, a pension scheme and the opportunity to work for a genuinely flexible and ‘family friendly’ organisation. Staff are given every opportunity to train and encouraged to develop.
Please note the permanent post advertised is only open to men under the provisions of section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, this is because many of our male clients specify a male worker especially for home visits. The other full time post which can be done by any gender is for one year only to provide maternity cover. Mind in Croydon Ltd is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.