JOB VACANCY: Restore: Mental Health First Aid Instructor (BAME Community Connector) (p/t)

Role summary: The aim of this role is to champion diversity to encourage and promote inclusion and equality for those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. This will ensure that the work is reflected in Restore’s values that we advocate.
The BAME MHFA Instructor will be the key representative of BAME members who will work to help improve stigma around mental ill health in BAME communities by enhancing interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.
As the BAME MHFA instructor, you should be friendly and approachable, organised and able to train BAME members in a sensitive manner as there will be cultural differences.

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £9960

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Mental Health First Aid Instructor (BAME Community Connector)

Applications close on date: 16 Aug

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: Person Specification: MHFA Instructor

An understanding of the sector, a commitment to Restore, and empathy with people with mental health problems is vital. Restore needs people who have the ability to cope with limited resources, seize opportunities and think creatively.

Awareness of the stigma and other issues surrounding mental illness is important, as is the ability to remain impartial, as this role may involve working in potentially sensitive areas

Shortlisting Criteria (to demonstrate on application)
Essential:
• Significant experience in working with BAME communities.
• A positive respectful approach to BAME communities and able to use reach out to different communities and work on own initiative
• Computer literate to use emails and use Microsoft applications to create presentations
• Strong administrative skills for data inputting, to write reports and keep records
• Ability to inspire confidence and empathise with a wide diversity of community groups
• Experience of public speaking or teaching/ delivering training courses effectively
• Ability to form good effective working relationships and work as part of a team
• Positive attitude towards people with mental health issues
• Enthusiastic approach to reducing stigma associated with mental ill health
• Full driving licence and access to own vehicle
Desirable:
• From a BAME background
• Ability to speak other languages in addition to English
• Knowledge of working with BAME communities, migrants, refugees or asylum seekers and the issues faced to accessing services
• Training/teaching qualifications, e.g. AET (Award in Education and Training)
• Experience of effective networking
• Good knowledge about mental health issues
• MHFA qualification
• Experience of delivering training in a diverse range of topics

Interview Criteria
Essential:
• Knowledge of the issues /stigma around Mental Health in BAME communities
• Understand and demonstrate a willingness to promote positively Equal Opportunities
• Ability to translate relevant information in a sensitive manner in order to provide the correct advice and information.
• The ability to deliver a range of MHFA training
• Flexibility required on working days and willing to undertake evening and weekend work when required
• Willing to undertake regular travel within the county and occasionally elsewhere in the UK
• Attend National Trainer meetings and training days when required
• Ability to give the time commitment to the training
• Commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
• Ability to co-ordinate the delivery of mental health training in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties
• Can demonstrate ability to be objective and non-judgmental
• Ability to communicate with, motivate and support others
• Excellent organisational skills
• Able to deliver all MHFA products on a regular basis and to a high standard
• One to one skills and the ability to give impartial information, advice and guidance
• Appropriate self-presentation for contact with different groups of people
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
Desirable:
• A collaborative, flexible, non-defensive, positive approach
• Experience of working in unstructured and informal settings

Other Information:
• Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.
• This post will be on a 4 week’s notice period.
• 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,

Mental Health First Aid Instructor (BAME Community Connector)

Thank you for your interest in this post of MHFA Instructor at Restore.

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 address how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. Please see the ‘essentials’ and ‘desirable’ criteria under the shortlisting criteria. 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 they meet the criteria outlined in the person specification responsibilities below.

Shortlisting Criteria (to demonstrate on application)
Essential:
• Significant experience in working with BAME communities.
• A positive respectful approach to BAME communities and able to use reach out to different communities and work on own initiative
• Computer literate to use emails and use Microsoft applications to create presentations
• Strong administrative skills for data inputting, to write reports and keep records
• Ability to inspire confidence and empathise with a wide diversity of community groups
• Experience of public speaking or teaching/ delivering training courses effectively
• Ability to form good effective working relationships and work as part of a team
• Positive attitude towards people with mental health issues
• Enthusiastic approach to reducing stigma associated with mental ill health
• Full driving licence and access to own vehicle

Desirable:
• From a BAME background
• Ability to speak other languages in addition to English
• Knowledge of working with BAME communities, migrants, refugees or asylum seekers and the issues faced to accessing services
• Training/teaching qualifications, e.g. AET (Award in Education and Training)
• Experience of effective networking
• Good knowledge about mental health issues
• MHFA qualification
• Experience of delivering training in a diverse range of topics

MHFA Instructor (BAME Connector) – How to apply

MHFA INSTRUCTOR BAME Connector

Please send applications to jobs@restore.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 16th August 2020 (midnight).

Interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday 26th and Thursday, 27th August (morning).

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

Please note we are not an NHS Employer.