Community Activator Support Workers (Wokingham Borough / West Berkshire)

Sport in Mind is an independent mental health charity founded in Berkshire in 2010, with a simple mission:

"To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity"

Sport in Mind is the leading mental health sports charity in England, delivering innovative physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS to promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation, and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

Our services are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals, and we have supported the recovery of over 15,000 people. 

As a growing organisation we seek to appoint two full-time Community Activator Support Worker roles.

Job Description

Job Title

Community Activator Support Worker 

Location

Wokingham / West Berkshire

Grade/Salary Range

£20,000-£22,000 pa depending on experience (full-time 37.5 hrs per week)

Job Purpose

  1. To support vulnerable people experiencing mental health problems access Sport in Mind interventions and NHS physical health checks in Berkshire West

Designation of Post and Position within Service

  1. Responsible to Head of Service

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Support people experiencing mental health problems access Sport in Mind interventions
  2. Help reduce loneliness and isolation by using sport and physical activity as a tool to empower people out of their homes
  3. Signpost and support people to attend physical health checks
  4. Support people to get active: on a one-to-one basis (walking, playing sport, exercising) in a small, supported group environment, at regular Sport in Mind session, or by helping help them transition back into mainstream physical activity provision
  5. Signpost and support people to attend alcohol or smoking cessation groups
  6. Signpost and support people to attend weight management groups
  7. Signpost and support people to attend appointments (health related, training, education)
  8. Promote Sport in Mind’s services, the benefits of sport on mental health and psychoeducation
  9. Educate people about the benefits of healthy eating and being hydrated using Sport in Mind Journals
  10. Provide supportive and informative practices for people accessing sessions, empowering them to attend
  11. Complete and ensure all service users have completed relevant and necessary paperwork that complies to GDPR.
  12. Complete data entry for sessions where required, ensuring all relevant data is collected.
  13. Attend and support internal and external events when appropriate and necessary.
  14. Support with ad-hock charitable matters eg stock, shop, supporting tournaments
  15. Be committed to good practice and ensure familiarity with all Sport in Mind policies and procedures (eg health & safety, confidentiality and safeguarding)
  16. To promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity.


Special/Other Requirements/Responsibilities of this Post

Level of DBS check required for this post

Enhanced with a check of the barring list(s)

If *, does the post require a check against the list of people barred from working with vulnerable adults?

YES

If *, does the post require a check against the list of people barred from working with children?

YES

What other security/safer recruitment clearances are required for this post? (excluding standard identity/work permit/education qualification checks)

N/A

Responsibility for Health & Safety:

LEVEL 2

Please specify any other Statutory Duties and/or responsibilities of this post not already covered in the “Main Duties & Responsibilities” above

N/A

Person Specification

Qualifications/Education/Training

  1. Relevant experience / qualifications

Experience

  1. At least a year’s experience working with vulnerable diverse communities
  2. Health & safety and safeguarding
  3. Empowering people to create behaviour change
  4. Working with highly confidential information and following GDPR

Skills, Abilities & Competencies

  1. Ability to think and work creatively whilst supporting others
  2. Highly organised – effective administration skills
  3. Excellent communication, written and verbal
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills, empathetic  
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  6. Excellent delivery of health and safety and safeguarding procedures
  7. Excellent motivational skills
  8. Good computer literacy

Specific Working Requirements

  1. Work will be based in the Sport in Mind office (Reading), community and home.
  2. Able to work unsocial hours including weekend, bank holidays and occasional evenings where appropriate.
  3. Must bring a positive and enthusiastic image to the service you provide.
  4. Commitment to policies and procedures including equal opportunities.
  5. Willing and able to travel to different locations where necessary

 

To apply please complete the attached application form and submit via email to: [email protected]

Deadline to apply: midnight 5th June 2022.