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Community Co-Production Officer

Vacancy Salary £22,078.37 to £24,349.64pa pro rata inclusive of London Weighting
Vacancy Location North West London
Type of engagement: Part Time
Hours per week: 17.5hrs per week

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

Title: Community Coproduction Officer – Suicide Prevention

Location: The role will be a field based position where you will work flexibly whilst covering the geographical area of North West London (including Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing)

Hours: 17.5hrs per week 

Salary: £22,078.37 to £24,349.64pa pro rata inclusive of London Weighting

Contract: 2 years fixed term

Do you have experience engaging with community groups and organisations?  Are you passionate about bringing about change and giving a voice to seldom heard groups? 

If so, come join our innovative team providing a social response to suicide prevention. 

We understand people’s common bonds and interests can be a cornerstone of support.  We want you to work creatively with groups in North West London to build on their strengths and help co-produce solutions for those struggling with their mental health.  This  programme has been nominated on the Collective Power Shortlist  come join our pioneering work.

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. 

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


How will you make a difference?

As a Community Co-production Officer, 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 also:

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

You will be guided and supported in co-production practice by our Co-production and Involvement Team, and report to the Head of Suicide Prevention programme lead. 


What are we looking for?

To be considered for the role you will demonstrate:

  • experience of working with people with challenging and distressing experiences, from different backgrounds and walks of life
  • aptitude for helping people feel safe and supported in one to one and group discussions
  • 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).
  • ability to organise and facilitate meetings in person and using remote technology eg Zoom
  • ability to work independently, with support from the team where needed.

You will live in North West London and are able to travel within this area.

Don’t meet all requirements?

If the role sounds exciting to you but your experience, skills or qualifications don’t exactly match every single requirement, we would still encourage you to apply, you may be just the right person for our position!

Caring for our people.

We offer a wide range of support. Some of our benefits include:

  • PULSE – your rewards, wellbeing, and benefits platform. Providing access to thousands of discounts and benefits including cashback; reloadable cards; savings etc.
  • Wellbeing support: Our Wellbeing hub that gives physical, and mental health support. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme with access to appointments
  • Taking time for you: we work flexibly –you get to choose where you work, managing your own diary. We have generous annual leave, starting at 25 rising to 30 days, plus bank holidays, as well as your birthday off.
  • Planning for the future: We have a contributory pension scheme.
  • Structured Induction: Onboarding you into the Charity supporting your wellbeing along the way.
  • £300 when you introduce a Friend: receive up to £300 when you introduce a friend or family member

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Diversity is important to us and we appreciate difference through difference, inclusiveness and belonging. It gives us a deeper understanding of the world, our society and the diverse communities we’re working with. By including everyone, we are able to draw on the unique experiences and expertise of our people to help shape and enrich our workplace and improve our services. One way we are doing is through our valued staff networks which play a critical and highly valued role in keeping us focused on creating a diverse, inclusive and engaged employer.  We recognise and support staff networks for our Black, Asian and minority ethnic and our LGBTQIA+ colleagues. We are also proud to have been awarded Disability Confident Employer status and are a signatory to the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter.

 Becoming a truly anti-racist organisation

We have an ambition of become a truly anti-racist employer, campaigning organisation and service provider - and in our efforts to influence policy and wider societal factors impacting on mental health set out in our anti-racist statement We have designed a multi-year anti-racist programme of work contained in our Race Equality Action Plan which demonstrate our intention to hold ourselves accountable and be judged on our progress on becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

We therefore actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or questioning), Intersex and (asexual) (LGBTQIA+), people with a disability, and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.



Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


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

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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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



Employee Assistance Programme

Eyecare vouchers

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

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more


25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays


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


Reward, Benefits and Recognition Platform

Employee Assistance Programme

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”.

Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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