JOB VACANCY: Recovery Worker|Restore

Role summary: Under the supervision of the Recovery Coordinator, the post holder will support the planning, training and supervision of recovery activities. As a team member they will be expected to undertake all aspects of the work of the project as decided by the group including on-site sales to the public of goods produced by the group and participation in running open days and other events

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £17,980 to £22,937per annum, pro rata.

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Recovery Worker

Applications close on date: Thursday, 15th February 2018 at midnight.

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: Recovery Worker|Restore JD Recovery Worker Part Time ES
Department: Recovery Group Reports to: Recovery Coordinator
Employment term Part Time/Perm,
30 hours per week to start at 28 hours a week (Monday to Thursday). Salary: £17,980 to £22,937 per annum, pro rata (depending on experience)
Position based in Elder Stubbs, Oxford,
Oxfordshire, UK Benefits EAP, Individual Training Budget, Pensions,
Occasional working from home, Childcare Vouchers, Travel loan, Eye Care scheme, Cycle to work scheme, 33 days holiday, four weeks unpaid sabbatical after five year’s service
About Restore

Restore is an Oxfordshire charity that provides expert support in innovative rehabilitation, employment and training support for people with mental health problems. Our aim is to work with people with mental health problems to enable them to achieve their maximum potential.
Restore is a charitable company limited by guarantee and our trustees are elected by our membership and run the organisation on their behalf.
We believe that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work and the right to the support they need to become and remain employed. We believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and we work to challenge this discrimination.
Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have mental health problems. We work with about 1,000 people a year and enable people in their journey of recovery and support them to get paid work.
Restore provides two main types of support. These are coaching and recovery groups. Coaching is one to one support aimed at enabling the person supported to do something specific. Restores coaching support focuses on supporting people to get paid work, to go back to work after a period of sickness, or to start education. Recovery groups provide people with the opportunity to come together in a group and work on their journey of recovery together. They use practical tasks (such as gardening, woodwork, catering) to make this possible.
Find out more at

The Elder Stubbs Recovery Group
The Elder Stubbs Recovery Group offers Restore service users the opportunity to engage with a range of structured interventions that will support people to participate in recovery, develop skills in self-management, create and manage services, and increase their personal autonomy and control.

The site has facilities and activities to enable people to develop a range of skills that include gardening, woodwork, horticulture, general site maintenance, crafts, willow weaving and catering.
Specific responsibilities
• To support the overall day to day running of the recovery group
• To monitor and support individual service users recovery journey through creative and varied work activities.
• To support service users to develop transferable skills through practical work and social interaction
• To involve service users in the development and delivery of the service
• To involve service users in the development and delivery of their individual support
• To develop links within the community – work implement care plans
• To implement effective risk management
• To help to organise the Elder Stubbs festival and any other events.
More specifically, the job entails:
Specific Responsibilities:
To encourage service users to function independently and set positive, realistic goals for themselves as a means to improving their quality of life, by:

• Empowering and involving service users in the running of the project(s)
• Fostering a climate of positive change within individuals and the group, working to support individuals to achieve agreed goals/ action plans
• Developing teamwork and encouraging the group and individual service users to take responsibility for tasks
• Promoting the acquisition of skills through provision of a variety of tasks which service users can do to gain skills
• Incorporating the use of information technology as appropriate
• Working closely with other team members to maintain and further develop a challenging work environment that encourages learning and individual development.
• Increasing access to mainstream opportunities.

To assist in maintaining and monitoring the effectiveness of the project

• Keeping accurate and up to date records and accounts
• Implementing systems to record service user progress
• Helping to ensure that buildings on the site are properly maintained and to be involved in the care and maintenance of equipment/ stock used.
• Participation in staff and group meetings and any other relevant meetings
• Liaison with other staff and outside agencies as appropriate

To ensure compliance with all relevant Health and Safety legislation by

• Ensuring risk is assessed and managed
• Ensuring awareness among service users and visitors of any potential hazards and ensuring that safety is maintained at all times
• Instructing and training all those people involved in the project in relevant Health and Safety procedure
• Ensuring Food Hygiene and Health and Safety standards are adhered to as per Restore’s Food Safety Policy and national Health and Safety Regulations

Specific skill and project information

This post is a development opportunity for candidates wishing to start work in the field of mental health rehabilitation. We are looking for a person with a positive attitude and willingness to learn. The post provides training, supervision and support to develop skills and take on greater responsibility and career development. Occasional weekend work will be required.

General Responsibilities:
• To comply with the organisation’s relevant policies and procedures.
• Address issues of race, culture, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation, age and other discrimination in relation to mental health issues
• To do all that is reasonably practicable to maintain a safe and healthy work environment, with regard to appropriate risk assessments and ensuring compliance with local and statutory requirements.
• To participate in regular supervision with the Recovery Co-Coordinator
• To undertake any other duties as may be required by RESTORE.

Person Specification
Essential Requirements

• A positive attitude towards people with mental health problems, in particular people’s ability to develop and change
• Experience and skills in gardening, woodwork and catering.
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with people on all levels
• Awareness of and commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
• Ability to work on own initiative, to priorities, organise work and meet deadlines
• Ability to motivate others
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Ability to keep accurate and up to date records
• Flexible approach to working day in terms of skills as activities vary.

Desirable Requirements

• Experience of group work and delivering training sessions
• Experience of working with people with mental health problems
• Knowledge of mental health
• Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation
• Qualification in Woodwork.

This job description is likely to change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Chief Executive and Trustees.

Supplementary Information:
DBS Check:
Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau check.
A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment.

This job description is likely to change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Chief Executive and Trustees.

To apply, please contact:

Monday, 22nd January 2018

Dear Enquirer,

Re: Recovery Worker (Part-time, Monday to Thursday)

Thank you for your interest in this post of Recovery Worker at Restore on behalf of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OHMP).

Please find enclosed the following with this letter:

• Job description.

• Equal opportunities monitoring form and a supplementary form concerning criminal convictions.

At this stage of application we require only a CV (curriculum vitae) and a covering letter. The covering letter should demonstrate your ability and experience in relation to the description. You should explain why you are interested in this job and you should also address in this letter how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification.

Please send applications to

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 15th February 2018 at midnight.

Interviews for this post will be held on Monday, 26th February 2018.

We may contact you to for further information during the short listing process.

Please note that you are more than welcome to apply for the Recovery Coordinator post at Elder Stubbs in addition to this Part Time post.

Yours sincerely,

Faye Hasnath
Head of HR, Volunteering and Training