News Archive April 2018
CLOSED – Job – Counselling Service Manager
- Part-time, 28 hours per week (worked Monday to Thursday)
- £33,102 to £35,350 pa wte pro-rated downwards to reflect that this is a part-time post.
- Based in Purley
Would you like to lead Mind in Croydon’s counselling service into the next phase of its development? This is an exciting time for us. Our latest innovative Hoarding Project has attracted national interest and was recently featured on BBC’s News At Ten. As well as our one to one work, we run popular anger control training and anxiety groups. We are looking for a new Counselling Manager to run our BACP accredited service. We also have a Carers’ Counselling Service. As well as the Manager there are 2 Administrators, 3 part-time Counsellors and approximately 32 volunteer counsellors. You will give general managerial support to the staff team, provide management (but not clinical) supervision to volunteers and take the service forward at an exciting time when Mind in Croydon is developing and expanding. You will lead the service into new areas which respond to client needs and reflect an innovative organisation during a time of growth. You will have BACP accreditation, be UKCP registered, or equivalent. This is a permanent position.
Mind in Croydon has just celebrated its 50th birthday and provides a wide range of projects including a Social Networking Service, a Welfare Benefits Advice Service, Advocacy Service, Employment Service and an Information Service. We employ approximately 40 staff and have won many awards for our work.
Benefits include 28 days holiday pa (pro-rated for part-time staff), an auto enrolment compliant pension scheme run by NOW pensions and the opportunity to work for a genuinely flexible organisation. Staff are given every opportunity to develop. As the post is situated in a building with no lift you will need sufficient mobility to climb stairs. Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.
Staff benefits include an auto-enrolment pension scheme, 28 days holiday per annum (rising to 33 after 5 years), and the opportunity to work for a ‘family friendly’ organisation.
Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.
Closing date for return of applications to The HR Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE: Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 9am. For any queries, phone the HR Manager on 020 8668 2210.
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Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 27th April 2018
Mind in Croydon gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM).
Mind in Croydon has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives.
To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a rigorous self-assessment process and policy review. This is followed by a structured site visit for NDTi assessors to meet advocates and the people they support. As well it being good practice for Local Authorities to provide advocacy to people at risk of exclusion, commissioners are required to provide statutory independent advocacy under the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, and more recently the Care Act. The Advocacy QPM provides them with a robust benchmark to measure independent advocacy services, ensuring they select the very best providers.
Richard Pacitti, CEO from Mind in Croydon said: “We were extremely pleased to achieve this accolade once more. Holding the QPM means that the people accessing the service can be assured of a high quality, professional standard of support.”
Gail Petty, QPM Manager and Lead for Advocacy and Rights at NDTi said: “The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark is only awarded to advocacy organisations who can demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to people often experiencing challenging situations in their lives. It indicates that they have the training and policies in place to ensure people’s rights are upheld and their preferences are heard and responded to.”
Originally developed by Action for Advocacy (A4A), the Department of Health funded NDTi to review and revise the QPM in 2014, working with providers, users and commissioners of advocacy services. The application process was streamlined to be as straightforward as possible, while retaining the rigour required to ensure that high standards are met. It is available to organisations providing independent advocacy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further information can be accessed and applications can be made via www.qualityadvocacy.org.uk.
Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 10th April 2018