Post Title Mental Health and Wellbeing Coach (Get Set Go)
Location Zest Centre
Salary £21,500k pro rata
Holidays 25 days pa plus 8 statutory holidays
Responsible to Health Services Coordinator
About the Job
Studying at University can be both incredibly rewarding but also a time of great challenge. Students face may pressures including anxiety, loneliness, relationship problems, questions about identity & belonging, depression, and the demands of perceived expectations about their future. Whilst University offers a great number of opportunities it can also feel hard to build a sense of perspective about your place in the world and the communities around you.
ZEST is an award-winning community enterprise which works to enable everyone in our community to lead healthy and successful lives. We foster communities where everyone feels welcomed, valued and able to participate in the life of a wider community. Working with MIND as part of the Primary Community Mental Health Transformation Programme (PCMHTP) we are running a pilot project to connect students in with the inter-generational communities, activities and opportunities at ZEST.
Purpose of Job
To deliver coaching support to students with severe mental illness on a 1-1 basis and within a group setting to empower them to identify, make, and sustain positive lifestyle changes to improve health and wellbeing. To connect students into community activities at ZEST. To deliver health and wellbeing courses to students and wider community members to help them to build resilience and make positive lifestyle changes (e.g. anxiety and depression management training). To work closely with colleagues referring students into the programme (e.g. MIND) and develop the programme on offer with wider stakeholders (e.g. Student Unions) as we gain a greater understanding of client needs during this pilot programme.
1. To work flexibly as a member of the Zest team, liaising with colleagues as appropriate.
2. To be fully responsible for a caseload of clients, providing one to one and group-based support and advice. You will:
a. Work alongside clients to develop Personal Care Plans which support their mental health and wellbeing.
b. Support individuals, through motivation, behaviour change methods and empowerment, to help make healthy lifestyle changes and sustain lasting health improvement.
c. Assess, set targets with and provide advice to students, supporting them to realise their personal care plan outcomes.
d. Support clients to understand how their behaviour/s might affect their health and wellbeing and understand the barriers they may have in relation to changing this. This will be through 1:1 work, group work and the delivery of training courses.
e. Support clients to access other agencies and services for information, support and resources.
f. Respond in a timely manner to client referrals, in line with the project.
g. Keep accurate records and enter client data onto relevant databases within Zest and other partner/funder agencies.
h. Report to the Manager the progress of the case load on a regular basis and discuss any arising issues.
3. Support the promotion of health and health improvement within the local community as appropriate, signposting where appropriate and maintaining good relationships with local agencies.
4. Take an active part in developing own knowledge and skills and actively participate in Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting to share best practice and review cases.
5. To carry out any associated administrative duties as required.
6. To undertake training and other development activity in line with organisational and personal development needs.
7. To undertake any other duties as agreed with the Manager.
To carry out all duties and responsibilities as described in line with ZEST policies and procedures, with particular attention to those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and regarding safeguarding of adults and children.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
· Relevant experience of working with people who have experienced (are experiencing) significant mental or emotional distress.
· Able to understand the signs and triggers of Mental Health.
· Able to empathise, understand and connect with young people aged 18-24.
· Experience in motivational interviewing and support strategies.
· Experience of supporting adults in one to one and group setting
· Experience of working in a community setting.
· Experience of delivering health related training to adults.
· Understanding of health inequalities and their effect on health and wellbeing
· Excellent communication skills including the ability to motivate others
· Good standard of spoken and written English
· Good IT Skills including ability to use a database system and carry out data monitoring.
· Strong organisational skills including the ability to manage own case load of clients
· Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
Circumstances and Commitment
· Able to work evenings and weekends on occasion
· To support the aims of Zest
· Commitment to equality of opportunity
· Ability to travel around the city
· Experience of working with students/recent graduates
· Experience of working with health professionals including GPs
· Relevant qualifications or training undertaken including for example, relevant degree, motivational interviewing, PTTLs
applying. All applications must be on a Zest application form – we will not accept CVs. Completed application forms must be returned to HR@zestcommunity.co.uk or posted to – Zest, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield S6 3NA. Any informal enquiries regarding this post should be directed to email@example.com Closing date: Monday 16 August 2021 at 23.59 Interviews will take place via Zoom the week commencing 23rd August, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
ZEST is working towards best-practice in equality of opportunity.