Mind in Croydon

Assistant Project/Mindmatch Worker

* Part-time 28 hours per week worked flexibly 
* Salary £17,600 to £18,364 WTE (Grade 2 scale point 16 to 21 on the Mind Salary Scale) pa pro-rated downwards to reflect that this post is for 28 hours

We are looking for someone flexible for this very varied role. Based at Fairfield House in East Croydon you will promote recovery in our Mindmatch project for people with mental health problems. You will help clients to live independently in the community, enhance their living skills, ensure they take their medication, assist them to attend medical appointments etc. These activities take place in a variety of places around the borough and in peoples’ homes. You will also help with catering at our Hub in East Croydon, a popular part of our social networking service.  You will be required to work 28 hours per week any time required including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays. This will be to meet the needs of service users (for example, if a service user needs to be taken to hospital emergency department towards the end of a shift or they wish to undertake a regular early morning activity, or their support needs arise out of hours) and this may be required at short notice. You will have: experience of working with vulnerable adults or of working with children which will give you transferable skills; an understanding of boundaries; common sense; catering skills and an ability to get on with clients and professionals such as social workers and psychiatrists.

Job Description 
Application Letter 
Application Form 
Person Specification 
Terms of Employment 
Monitoring Sheet

Mind in Croydon Ltd is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups. Please send signed completed application forms to our offices, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE by Thursday 20th October 2016. Any queries, please phone Cara Scott on 020 8668 2210.

No contact from agencies or media sales please

Help Mind in Croydon by becoming a Trustee!

Mind in Croydon, the leading local mental health charity, is seeking to appoint one or two new trustees. The charity has forty staff and more than a hundred volunteers and has an income of £1.5 million per year. Its services include a counselling service, an information service, advocacy, welfare benefits advice, employment support and services that support and encourage people to be more socially included and to take part in sports and active lifestyles.

The charity holds a number of awards and quality marks and has won accolades for its pioneering work.

You can find out more about the charity at http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk

Being a charity trustee is an important and interesting role and would suit people from all walks of life. Trustees are responsible for setting the direction and values of the charity, ensuring that it complies with relevant regulations and supporting the staff and volunteers that deliver the services of the charity.

We run a “link trustee” system which allows trustees to take a particular interest in one of the charity’s projects.

To find out more you can e-mail cat@mindincroydon.org.uk or call 020 8668 2210.

Mind in Croydon Benefits from Store Opening

Mind in Croydon were very happy to be involved in The Southern Co-operative’s new store opening event in Shirley on the 4th August. Jacqui Dyce from our Social Networking Service was on hand to accept a £500 donation as part of the event.

Mind in Croydon’s CEO, Richard Pacitti, said, “We were very pleased to be involved in the opening of the new Co-operative store in Shirley. The very generous donation made to us will help us to provide vital service to people in Croydon with mental health problems and their carers. Last year we saw record numbers of people coming to us for the help and support that they need and donations such as this enable us to staff our infoline and fund essential services such as the Hub which supports more than 500 people each year and prevents them from becoming lonely and isolated”.

Counselling Successfully Renews BACP Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that the Mind in Croydon Counselling Service has successfully renewed their accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and will now be accredited for a further 5 years.

The accreditation is a recognised quality standard and the service has successfully undergone a rigorous independent assessment in order for this to be awarded. It demonstrates that Mind in Croydon Counselling Service is an accountable, ethical, professional and responsive service to clients, staff volunteers and stakeholders.

We are one of just 3 services in the borough of  Croydon to obtain this accreditation status and one of 28 in the whole of London.

Depression Alliance merges with Mind

On the 1st August Depression Alliance merged with Mind. Mind in Croydon is one of seven Local Mind Associations who will now deliver the Friends in Need service previously delivered by Depression Alliance. Depression Alliance’s services are all rooted in peer support. Friends in Need was created by Depression Alliance. It is a supportive space that everyone living with depression can use to connect with others online or in their local area. Nationally, Mind will continue to deliver the Friends in Need online community. You may be familiar with the Friends in Need local wellbeing network –  it provides face-to-face services for people with depression.

We would like to welcome Sarah Strong and Katie Oliver to the Mind in Croydon team.

You can find out more about Mind’s merger with Depression Alliance on Mind’s website: www.mind.org.uk/depressionalliance

Palace Fans raise funds for Mind in Croydon

Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC) Foundation are delighted to announce that all of the money has been collected from the Foundation’s 83 mile bike ride with Saints fans to Southampton which coincided with the last game of the season at St Mary’s. The money was shared equally between Mind in Croydon, which was one of the Mayor of Croydon’s chosen charities for the year, and to help purchase a new Powerchair for the Foundation’s growing disability football team.

In total, £5,771 was raised for the two good causes.

The donation to Mind in Croydon is to support the incredible work they do locally in relieving social isolation, enabling people to acquire skills for independent life and promoting positive mental health. Croydon Mayor at the time, Councillor Patricia Hay Justice, who to took the time out of her busy schedule to cheer the 18 riders along and watch the game said, “I’m really very grateful to all of the riders representing Crystal Palace who made such a big effort on the day and to those who donated so generously”.

Richard Pacitti, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon said, “We are very grateful to everyone at CPFC Foundation for their tremendous efforts and the very generous donation. We have been working closely with the Foundation for a number of years now and the support that they give to our football team, the Croydon Eagles, has been superb”.

Elder Statesman, Stephen Way, who at 58 was the oldest but actually one of the fastest of the riders added, “It was really hard, but we all made it. The icing on the cake was the fantastic reception we received from the Saints fans when we were asked to give a lap of honour at half time”. The strong hope from Foundation’s Head, Donald Forde who also took part in in the fundraiser, is to organise the Bike Challenge and other fundraising events on an even bigger scale next season.

Minding Money Project is looking for a Volunteer Workshop Facilitator

The Minding Money Project is looking for a Volunteer Workshop Facilitator.

The purpose of this role is to facilitate and deliver Minding Money budgeting workshops to a small group of mental health service users applying the Quaker Social Action, Made of Money training package to deliver the workshops. Workshops are to be delivered twice a week (Monday’s and Thursday’s) 10.00am – 2.30pm.

Click here for more information and application forms.

If you are interested please call on 020 8253 8218 or email,mindingmoney@mindincroydon.org.uk 

Megan jumps for Mind in Croydon!

Megan Burrage took on the brave task of performing a skydive on 25th June 2016 to raise money for Mind in Croydon.

Here is what Megan had to say: 

“Mental health issue have been a huge factor throughout my life and I have witness it affect many of my loved ones in numerous ways over the years. I have suffered with Anxiety and spurts of depression since I was 14 and the condition held me back from a lot of experiences and achievements that I felt everyone else could do with great ease but were my biggest struggles. I have recently been able to control my condition and following my journey, it gave me an enormous encouragement and confidence to help others.  
Taking on the skydive was one of the most mentally challenging things I have done but I was ready to push myself and prove that if I could overcome all my fears and complete that jump, I could do anything and so can anyone else in a similar position. I couldn’t have chosen a better charity to raise money for, i’m so pleased I could raise as much as I have and I truly hope anyone that is suffering with any kind of mental health issue does seek advise and guidance because nobody should suffer alone. We’re all in this together❤ “

She raised went over her target and raised £725 so a big thank you to Megan from all at Mind.

Activity to Work group starts 9th August

Active Minds and Mind Employment Support Service are pleased to announce we are running another session of our new service run jointly by Active Minds and Mind Employment Support called ‘Activity to Work’

This seven week programme is open to all service users and will combine six sessions of Active Minds activities combined with six workshops to support you in getting closer to seeking employment.

Participants will be able to take part in a variety of Active Minds group activities and may even decide to keep these up after the course has finished. Workshops will include self-confidence building activities like body language and recognising your personal abilities as well as practical sessions including how to develop your basic skills for work and how to find suitable volunteering opportunities.

This is an excellent place to begin your journey to work, develop transferable skills and get inspiration for your next steps as well as receive expert advice and support.

All we need from you is enthusiasm and a commitment to attend a maximum of two half day sessions per week for seven weeks The next group will be starting on 9th August 2016.

To Register your interest call 020 8253 8200 or email onactiveminds@mindincroydon.org.uk or ess@mindincroydon.org.uk

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Mind Matters – Speak Out Event

Time to Change/Mind champions Ruth Moragas, Angela Awuah, Fiona Art and Dee Dee Phillips will be sharing their mental health stories.

This is a free event for up to 80 people to attend with an optional donation.

Refreshments and snacks provided.

Date: Saturday 30th July 2016 
Location: Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA 
Time: 1pm-4pm