Mind in Croydon

Advocacy for Croydon

We are very pleased to announce that Advocacy for Croydon, a partnership between Advocacy for All (AfA) and Mind in Croydon, went live on the 1st May 2018. Mind in Croydon will continue to provide the mental health advocacy services in Croydon as we have for many years, but the partnership with Advocacy for All means that there will be a single point of contact for advocacy in the Borough. We look forward to working with Croydon Council and Advocacy for All on this exciting new development. You can find out more information from www.advocacyforcroydon.org

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Job – Counselling Service Manager

  • Part-time, 28 hours per week (worked Monday to Thursday)
  • £33,102 to £35,350 pa wte pro-rated downwards to reflect that this is a part-time post.
  • Permanent
  • Based in Purley 

Would you like to lead Mind in Croydon’s counselling service into the next phase of its development? This is an exciting time for us. Our latest innovative Hoarding Project has attracted national interest and was recently featured on BBC’s News At Ten. As well as our one to one work, we run popular anger control training and anxiety groups. We are looking for a new Counselling Manager to run our BACP accredited service. We also have a Carers’ Counselling Service. As well as the Manager there are 2 Administrators, 3 part-time Counsellors and approximately 32 volunteer counsellors. You will give general managerial support to the staff team, provide management (but not clinical) supervision to volunteers and take the service forward at an exciting time when Mind in Croydon is developing and expanding. You will lead the service into new areas which respond to client needs and reflect an innovative organisation during a time of growth. You will have BACP accreditation, be UKCP registered, or equivalent. This is a permanent position.

Mind in Croydon has just celebrated its 50th birthday and provides a wide range of projects including a Social Networking Service, a Welfare Benefits Advice Service, Advocacy Service, Employment Service and an Information Service. We employ approximately 40 staff and have won many awards for our work.

Benefits include 28 days holiday pa (pro-rated for part-time staff), an auto enrolment compliant pension scheme run by NOW pensions and the opportunity to work for a genuinely flexible organisation. Staff are given every opportunity to develop. As the post is situated in a building with no lift you will need sufficient mobility to climb stairs. Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.

Staff benefits include an auto-enrolment pension scheme, 28 days holiday per annum (rising to 33 after 5 years), and the opportunity to work for a ‘family friendly’ organisation.

Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.
Closing date for return of applications to The HR Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE: Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 9am. For any queries, phone the HR Manager on 020 8668 2210.

Application Letter
Terms of Employment
Job Description
Person Specification
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Form

No contact from agencies or media sales please

Shop Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for more volunteers in our Addiscombe Charity Shop.

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Mind in Croydon gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM).

Mind in Croydon has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives.

To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a rigorous self-assessment process and policy review. This is followed by a structured site visit for NDTi assessors to meet advocates and the people they support. As well it being good practice for Local Authorities to provide advocacy to people at risk of exclusion, commissioners are required to provide statutory independent advocacy under the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, and more recently the Care Act. The Advocacy QPM provides them with a robust benchmark to measure independent advocacy services, ensuring they select the very best providers.

Richard Pacitti, CEO from Mind in Croydon said: “We were extremely pleased to achieve this accolade once more. Holding the QPM means that the people accessing the service can be assured of a high quality, professional standard of support.”

Gail Petty, QPM Manager and Lead for Advocacy and Rights at NDTi said: “The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark is only awarded to advocacy organisations who can demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to people often experiencing challenging situations in their lives. It indicates that they have the training and policies in place to ensure people’s rights are upheld and their preferences are heard and responded to.”

Originally developed by Action for Advocacy (A4A), the Department of Health funded NDTi to review and revise the QPM in 2014, working with providers, users and commissioners of advocacy services. The application process was streamlined to be as straightforward as possible, while retaining the rigour required to ensure that high standards are met. It is available to organisations providing independent advocacy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further information can be accessed and applications can be made via www.qualityadvocacy.org.uk.

Job – Advocacy Service Manager

  • Full time 36 hours per week
  • Grade 5 scale point S16 to S20a on the Mind Salary Scale £32,144 to £35,000 per annum.  Salary on appointment will depend on abilities and qualifications
  • Permanent
  • Based in Purley 

You will run our successful team dealing with a wide range of issues. The two Advocates and the Advocacy Manager operate in the community and in the Bethlem Hospital, with inpatients including some highly complex cases, carrying out general advocacy in the community and Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA). You will be IMHA qualified (ideally with the IAQ) and devise strategy for the service responding to funding needs. You will require leadership skills to take the service forward. Experience of working in mental health is essential and you will ideally have some knowledge of the Care Act 2014 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. You must be able to travel to and from different sites in the borough where clients are seen, including from our office at the Bethlem Hospital.

Staff benefits include an auto-enrolment pension scheme, 28 days holiday per annum (rising to 33 after 5 years), and the opportunity to work for a ‘family friendly’ organisation.

Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.

Closing date for return of applications to The HR Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE: Friday 4 May 2018 at 9am. For any queries, phone the HR Manager on 020 8668 2210.

Application Letter
Terms of Employment
Job Description
Person Specification
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Form

 

No contact from agencies or media sales please

Welfare Benefits Advice Line Closed for March

The Mind in Croydon Welfare benefits Advice Line will be closed for general advice enquiries throughout March, due to oversubscribed appeal representation requests on our waiting lists and shortage of staff resources.

We ask that people continue to leave their details on the advice line voicemail for form filling or appeal assistance enquiries and we will return calls on these issues.

For general benefits advice please contact either Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Line on 020 8684 2236 or the Councils Welfare Rights Advice Hotline on 0800 731 5920.

We hope to reopen the advice line in April but will continue to keep you informed on this.

Job – Social Networking Caseworker

£22,917 to £25,463 (between Grade 4, Scale point S1 and S5 on the Mind salary scale) per annum for full time, 36 hours per week.  Salary on appointment will depend on skills and abilities.

Hours to be worked – 36 hours per week, any time including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be flexible and may be required to work your hours 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) and this may be required at short notice. 

Main purpose of job: To promote recovery and social inclusion in service users by facilitating their participation in mainstream activities. The aim is to achieve the following outcomes: assisting in maintaining and improving recovery; build self-confidence; improve physical well-being; improve social networks beyond mental health services; improve personal skills including educational attainment and reduce dependence on mental health services where appropriate.

The role is based mainly at Mind’s Social Networking Centre (which is just across the road from East Croydon Station), Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, Croydon CRO 5LA and the work takes place there and at other locations out and about in the community.

Staff benefits include an auto-enrolment pension scheme, 28 days holiday per annum (rising to 33 after 5 years) pro-rated downwards to reflect that this is a part-time role, and the opportunity to work for a ‘family friendly’ organisation.

All posts may be subject to enhanced DBS checks. Application packs are available below and should be returned completed to The Human Resources Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE or admin@mindincroydon.org.ukClosing date Friday 16th March at 5pm.

Application forms can be found here.

No contact from agencies or media sales please

Welfare Benefits Advice Line Closed for February

The Mind in Croydon Welfare benefits Advice Line will be closed for general advice enquiries throughout February, due to oversubscribed appeal representation requests on our waiting lists and shortage of staff resources.

We ask that people continue to leave their details on the advice line voicemail for form filling or appeal assistance enquiries and we will return calls on these issues.

For general benefits advice please contact either Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Line on 020 8684 2236 or the Councils Welfare Rights Advice Hotline on 0800 731 5920.

We hope to reopen the advice line in March but will continue to keep you informed on this.

Mind in Croydon 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended the Mind in Croydon 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the Selsdon Park Hotel on Saturday evening (10th March). Everyone enjoyed an excellent meal and heard talks about the charity ranging from its foundation in 1967 up to the current day. We were very pleased to see so many people who had contributed to and benefitted from the charity over the years and we all enjoyed an excellent after dinner speech from our friend, three time world champion boxer, Duke McKenzie MBE. A charity auction raised much needed resources to help us continue our essential work.

New Service from Active Minds

Active Minds are now part of the Council’s “Live Well” program.

We can support people in the following areas through weekly (or whatever suits) appointments for up to a year

  • Smoking cessation (we can provide nicotine replacement, patches etc)
  • Weight Management
  • Alcohol reduction
  • Physical activity
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health.

More information on Just BE and Live Well can be found at: https://www.justbecroydon.org/