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Community Co-production Officer

Vacancy Salary £22,078.37 to £24,349.64
Vacancy Location North West London - field based
Type of engagement: Part Time
Hours per week: 17.5 per week

This is a Temporary/Fixed Term Contract, 17.5 per week vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Do you want a rewarding role where you can really make a difference?

Have you got a good awareness of the factors around suicide?

If so, you may be the person we are looking for

 

 

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as a Community Co-production Officer for a 6 month Fixed term contract, working 17.5 hours per week.

 

We are leading a collaborative and co-productive programme for suicide prevention across North West London. This innovative, creative and ambitious new programme will bring together the local health and care system, charities and neighbourhood community organisations, groups and places – and citizens. People will work together to create a shared suicide prevention plan and approach, and test ideas through action in the community. The approach will think about people who are most at risk of suicide.

 

The area involved is across the following areas: Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing. There are two Community Co-production Officer roles: one covering the western areas of Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and the second covering the other central and northern areas.

 

Co-production will be at the heart of the programme. It will involve people with lived experience around suicide (ideation, self-harm or bereavement by suicide), through the power of community listening.

 

You will assist in recruiting and inducting experts by experience, ensuring diversity and representation and supporting them to engage others in North West London around suicide prevention.


You will build relationships with community organisations and group leaders and connect with people who have lived experience around suicide. And you will support people to have conversations with others about suicide prevention, collating insights and bringing them into the suicide prevention plan and approach for action. You will support up to five experts by experience leaders in their community listening and strategic co-production roles. You will co-ordinate co-production of suicide awareness training and evaluation of the programme.

 

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”

 

In everything we do, we seek to demonstrate our values: Passion, Commitment, Openness, Hope, Expertise, Understanding and Equity. If these values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you.

 

What will you be doing?

 

  • Distribute the opportunity to become an expert by experience leader (EbEL) to community organisations and groups, and assist with the recruitment process.
  • Induct expert by experience leaders, with support from the Co-production and Involvement Team.
  • Support expert by experience leaders in their role to ensure it is a positive experience which builds on their strengths and helps them to achieve personal goals.
  • Engage with community organisations and group leaders through extensive outreach, with support from the programme lead, using existing Rethink tools eg Diversity Matrix.
  • Support expert by experience leaders to have conversations with people with lived experience around suicide, with support from the Co-production and Involvement team, using existing Rethink tools and approaches.
  • Support the co-ordination and facilitation of community listening events, using existing Rethink tools and approaches.
  • Support the co-ordination and facilitation of insight workshops with people with lived experience around suicide, and specific insight sessions with Autistic people.
  • Co-ordinate co-production of suicide awareness training, supported by the Training Team.
  • Co-ordinate co-evaluation of the programme, supported by the Co-production and Involvement team.
  • Champion equality and diversity for lived experience representation and insights, and identify ways to increase representation from at risk groups.
  • Co-ordinate participation payment claims and expenses.

 

 

Do you have what we are looking for?

 

  • I have experience of working with people with challenging and distressing experiences, from different backgrounds and walks of life.
  • I am a people person and having good relational skills.
  • I have an aptitude for helping people feel safe and supported in one to one and group discussions.
  • I have an aptitude for collaborative working (including: active listening, appreciating different perspectives, positive language, solutions-focused approach, constructive/sensitive challenging, willingness to compromise/negotiate, enabling emotionally safe environments).
  • I am able to organise and facilitate meetings in person and using remote technology eg Zoom.
  • I am able to use Microsoft software and usual communication tools.
  • I am organised and can meet deadlines.
  • I can work independently, with support from the team where needed.
  • I can organise and support others in their work.
  • I live in North West London and can travel within this area.

 

 

What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the chance to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

  • Salary of £22,078.37 to 24,349.64 inclusive of London Weighting.
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance and employee assistance programme
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Your "Rethink Day" - 1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Flexible working  

 

Don’t just change jobs, change lives!

 

The Talent and Diversity Specialist looking after this role is Daniele Brennan. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at recruitment@rethink.org or give her a call on 07425736592..  

 

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants who have lived experience of mental illness, are from a Black or minority ethnic background, who are LGBTQ+, neuro-diverse, have any protected characteristic. are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status and therefore we ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to everyone.

We reserve the right to change the closing date without notice depending on the number of responses received.


 

Our work to achieve this is guided by seven core values:

  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Expertise
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Passion
  • Understanding

Passion

We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.

Commitment

We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.

Openness

We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

Hope

We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.

Expertise

We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.

Understanding

People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.

Equity

We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.

Openness

We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development, and a range of e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

Employer funded pension

Flexible
working

Life
assurance

BUPA
employee assistance

Eyecare vouchers

up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more

Annual
leave

25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays

Rethink
day

1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday

For the full list, see our website here.

“From the very start I was made to feel welcome and respected in my new team. In the short time I have been working with Rethink Mental Illness as a service administrator I have been able to contribute ideas and make meaningful change, and I appreciate that Rethink allows me to direct my own role development and help me build on the skills I want to work on.”

“Working for Rethink Mental Illness is the most rewarding job I could ask for. As a Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator I get to work with a huge variety of people, with a range of skills and support them to incorporate those skills into their volunteering roles. I am always looking for gaps that need filling and creating new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our service, mental health in the community, but most importantly the people giving up their time to help.”

“I’ve previously worked in a large corporate environment, in the criminal justice sector and other charities. Without a shadow of a doubt, Rethink Mental Illness has been the best employer I’ve ever had. They care about their staff. Its great working with like-minded people and knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

“It feels very rewarding to be part of such a meaningful Organisation where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to make a difference”.

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