JOB VACANCY: Restore – Garden Cafe Recovery Worker

Role summary: The Recovery Group offers Restore service users with 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.
Staff provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) which covers a range of activities and interventions that help service users to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their personal and career development, including learning.

The Garden Café provides people with mental health problems with the opportunity to be supported to run a café. People engage in activities such as kitchen work and/or front of house work, food and hygiene policies, budgeting, sales work, catering and retail skills. There is a team based approach with emphasis on negotiation and problem solving and improved communication skills with peer support.
The team will also provide access to resources on employment and training and works within Restores recovery model.

We are looking for a person with a positive attitude who has understanding and empathy, willingness to learn and a flexible approach to work. The candidate will have good problem solving skills, the ability to prioritise tasks and a friendly disposition.

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: Starting salary £19,152 to £24,799per annum, pro rata (actual salary £18,116)

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Garden Cafe Recovery Worker

Applications close on date: Monday, 22nd April at midnight.

Hours are: Full time 37 hours per week (starting 35 hours a week)

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: The Recovery Group
The Recovery Group offers Restore service users with 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.
Staff provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) which covers a range of activities and interventions that help service users to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their personal and career development, including learning.

The Garden Café provides people with mental health problems with the opportunity to be supported to run a café. People engage in activities such as kitchen work and/or front of house work, food and hygiene policies, budgeting, sales work, catering and retail skills. There is a team based approach with emphasis on negotiation and problem solving and improved communication skills with peer support.
The team will also provide access to resources on employment and training and works within Restores recovery model.

Overall Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Café Recovery Coordinator, in close co-operation with the Recovery Service staff team the post holder will support the planning, training and supervision of recovery activities in the café.
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.
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

We are looking for a person with a positive attitude who has understanding and empathy, willingness to learn and a flexible approach to work. The candidate will have good problem solving skills, the ability to prioritise tasks and a friendly disposition.

The post provides training, supervision and support to develop skills and take on greater responsibility and career development. The hours are currently 9am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday but occasional weekend work will be required.

General responsibilities

To support the Recovery Coordinator to deliver a high quality recovery service
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

• To be able to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for food and cooking.
• A positive attitude towards people with mental health problems, in particular people’s ability to develop and change.
• Innovation and business acumen to assist a growing project.
• 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 keep accurate and up to date records

Desirable Requirements

• Accreditation in food and hygiene regulation.
• Experience of working with people with mental health problems.
• Knowledge of mental health.
• Experience of group work.
• Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation.
• Experience of customer service and/or marketing activity.
• Experience of working in hospitality

Please note that we are unable to shortlist any applications that do not demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification responsibilities above.

Recovery Worker Garden Cafe (Full Time)
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 respected and established mental health charity, set in the heart of a vibrant and diverse county. Restore is part of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, a partnership that formally brings together six local mental health organisations: Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust, Connections Floating Support, Elmore Community Services, Oxfordshire MIND, Response and Restore. The partnership is committed to better integrating services across the county in order to make it easier for people to get the best mental health support possible.

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 www.restore.org.uk
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.

There is a probation period of six months for new employees, during which time your employment will be monitored. Your employment will be subject to you completing your probationary period to the satisfaction of Restore.

To apply, please contact: Dear Enquirer,
Re: Recovery Worker Garden Cafe (Full Time)
Thank you for your interest in this post of Garden Café 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 in the specific responsibilities and you should also address in this letter how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification responsibilities. We suggest you address each point individually clearly stating how you meet the criteria. It is a good idea to use separate headings for each point.

Please note that we are unable to shortlist any applications that do not demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification responsibilities.
Person Specification

Essential Requirements

• To be able to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for food and cooking.
• A positive attitude towards people with mental health problems, in particular people’s ability to develop and change.
• Innovation and business acumen to assist a growing project.
• 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 keep accurate and up to date records

Desirable Requirements

• Accreditation in food and hygiene regulation.
• Experience of working with people with mental health problems.
• Knowledge of mental health.
• Experience of group work.
• Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation.
• Experience of customer service and/or marketing activity.
• Experience of working in hospitality

Please send applications to jobs@restore.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday, 22nd April at midnight.

Interviews for this post will be held on Tuesday, 30th April 2019.

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

Please note we are not an NHS Employer.