Maidstone Mind was established in 1979 and is affiliated to National Mind, a leading mental health charity. We are dedicated to improving the lives of people who are experiencing mental health issues by providing well-respected recovery based community services, high quality information and advice. We actively promote positive wellbeing and have recently launched our Recovery Centre. We provide support to individuals, carers and families through a wide range of diverse services.

We are currently looking for a new member of staff to fill a new role in the charity. As Maidstone & Mid Kent Minds Community Development Worker you will help communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area focusing specifically on mental health concerns.

You will act as the link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, social workers and teachers.

You’ll frequently be involved in addressing inequality. Projects often target communities perceived to be culturally, economically or geographically disadvantaged.

 Accountable to: Projects Manager

 Location: Based in Maidstone, with travel across Kent.

 Hours: 37.5 hours per week

 Contract: One year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension dependant on funding success

 Salary: £19,238 pro rata

Key responsibilities

To actively engage communities in making sense of the mental health issues which affect their lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation.

Tasks will involve:

  •  identifying community skills, issues and needs
  • ensuring that local people have their say
  • developing new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluating existing programmes
  • building links with other groups and agencies
  • helping to raise public awareness on mental health issues relevant to the community
  • preparing reports and policies
  • raising and managing funds through bid writing and fundraising activities
  • developing and implementing strategies
  • liaising with interested groups and individuals to set up new services
  • recruiting voluntary staff
  • planning, attending and coordinating meetings and events
  • encouraging participation in activities
  • challenging inappropriate behaviour
  • general administrative duties.

Essential Skills:

  • advocacy and networking skills
  • experience or strong interest in mental health and wellbeing
  • excellent communication, interpersonal and team-building skills
  • good listening skills
  • research and report-writing skills and the ability to interpret or present data
  • knowledge and understanding of community and social issues
  • a non-judgemental and positive attitude
  • creative thinking and problem-solving ability
  • social and negotiating skills
  • an understanding of how public-sector bodies work
  • compassion and the ability to empathise with people’s life experiences

Desirable Skills:

  • experience of fundraising and bid writing – there will be a need to identify and pursue sources of funding.
  • previous work in a voluntary sector role

The role requires extensive travel throughout Kent, some sites only accessible by car.

This may be a position that suits a graduate with excellent research and written skills as training in other areas can be provided.

For a job description and application form please contact /Tel 01622 692383

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Interview date: Week Commencing 16th of July 2018