Youth Officer - Newport, Wales

  • Full time (5 day week)
  • Circa £23,000 depending on experience. This position is Bipolar UK Band B.
  • 25 days of annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Probation period: 6 months
  • Group pension scheme

The Youth Officer will work closely with and support young people (predominantly 16 to 25 years old) and families affected by bipolar. The Youth Officer will support young people with a diagnosis of bipolar or concerned about the potential of bipolar.

You must have experience of working with young people. The positive requires excellent personal interaction and the ability to empathise with our service users. This is a varied and hands-on role and we're looking for an individual with strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and good organisational skills.

The role involved liasing/working with other organisations and stakeholders, involving raising awareness of bipolar in organisations working with young people and within local communities.

The Youth Officer will be based in our Newport office in Wales. This position requires the candidate to be independently mobile as travel will be required with some evening and weekend work.

Responsibilities

  • As a member of Bipolar UK's Youth Service, you'll support young people affected by or concerned about bipolar.
  • Provide individuals support across the UK via telephone, emails, social media and text.
  • Develop and facilitate Youth Support Groups in the region.
  • Promote the Youth Service, liaising with and working with further education colleges, health providers (including psychiatric hospitals), young people's organisations, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Develop links and relationships with other agencies for the benefit of young people
  • With the Youth Manager, ensure the service is appropriately resourced and developed within budget
  • Ensure all monitoring and evaluation requirements are completed
  • Act as an advocate for Bipolar UK within the role
  • Other duties deemed appropriate by the Chief Executive to assist in achieving the aims and objectives of the charity

Person specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • An understanding of bipolar
  • Experience of working with young people in a creative way
  • Experience of designing and delivering group work with young people
  • Experience of delivering individual support with young people
  • Knowledge of the range of issues facing young people and their families affected by mental illness
  • An understanding and commitment to working as a team
  • Experience of issues around child protection and protection of vulnerable adults
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent IT skills

The successful candidate will likely have:

  • Experience of working in support services for children and families affected by mental illness
  • Experience of working in partnership with the statutory and voluntary sector
  • Working knowledge of risk assessment
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills

Next steps

Interested applicants are asked to submit this CV with a covering letter explaining their skills, experiences and what they would bring to the role and the charity. Please submit your application to Rebekah Burns at rburns@bipolaruk.org

Applicants must be received by 5pm on 9 December 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on 16 December 2016 at our Newport office.