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Youth Outreach Mentor (Community Programme) - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 24th January 2020

“A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).”

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Ashton Community Trust has secured funding for the ‘Breakthrough’, a Peace IV Children and Young People Programme. The programme will engage up to 172 young people aged 14 – 24 years’ per year from across North Belfast, Shankill and Newtownabbey through working in local schools and in partnership with youth and community organisations.  The programme will be delivered in partnership with Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum, Ardoyne Youth Enterprises, Mount Vernon Community Development Forum (operating on behalf of Loughview Community Action Partnership), Newtownabbey Antrim Cultural Network (NACN), Street Beat, New Life City Church and YEHA Youth Project.

A Community Programme delivered over five days per week and facilitated by one full time youth outreach mentor will be based in each of six partner communities engaging young people aged 16 – 24 years in an outcomes focused good relations, personal development and citizenship programme.  Young people will engage in a range of activities including one-to-one mentoring, good relations, personal development and life skills group work, team building activities, residential experiences, a mandatory menu of sports and arts training, citizenship training, support on progression and additional training needs.

JOB BACKGROUND:

 The post will involve the delivery of the Breakthrough Community Programme across Shankill, North Belfast and Newtownabbey and each post holder will be based in one of six partner organisations.   The role of a Youth Outreach Mentor will require a highly experienced, committed and innovative youth worker who brings creativity, energy and strong youth engagement skills to supporting young people’s development. The role requires considerable experience in working with hard to reach young people aged 14 – 24 years who may have disengaged with youth work provision. These young people can present complex issues and behaviours which may include anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, offending and significant risk taking. Experience of street based work and community engagement is essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To engage young people aged 14 – 24 years through outreach on the street and in youth and community centres.
  2. To establish relationships of trust and mutual respect with young people and offer them support and encouragement, addressing key issues including health, self-esteem, independent living and managing relationships
  3. To work in partnership with the host organisation’s team and contribute to team meetings
  4. To support young people through one-to-one mentoring and assist them to access additional services where required, e.g. counselling, housing or addiction advice
  5. To work in partnership with young people to co-design personal learning action plans and assist them to express and realise their goals
  6. Facilitation of group work, specifically focused on good relations and personal development
  7. To enable young people to work effectively in groups
  8. Encourage a fun, positive, participative, youth-centred atmosphere ensuring that young people play an active role in the development of the programme
  9. To assist young people in the development of relationships with the wider community and external agencies.
  10. Positively challenge oppressive behaviour in young people
  11. Provide information, support and guidance to young people
  12. Encourage young people to broaden their horizons and be active citizens
  13. Support young people in evaluating activities and the impact of the programme on their development
  14. Support young people in their understanding of risk and challenge and in taking action to address key issues in their lives
  15. To support the Programme Coordinator and Programme Manager in promoting and marketing the Breakthrough Programme
  16. To ensure accurate recording of all information related to the Breakthrough Programme and produce monthly progress reports against targets.
  17. To ensure all guidelines and processes set out by SEUPB and the Breakthrough Programme are followed.
  18. To maintain quality systems and standards to include: ISO and EFQM in order to ensure the full delivery of quality programmes to all user groups and to ensure that all standards and processes are being met for funders
  19. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by management to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisations action plan.
  20. In fulfilling the duties above you will have a strong background in delivering youth work to diverse groups of young people and have experience in meeting targets within set timescales

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post, the Breakthrough Programme and the evolution of Ashton Community Trust, as may reasonably be requested
  • Work flexibly on evenings, weekends and during school holidays to ensure full delivery of the programme.
  • Undertake training in order to develop work related skills and knowledge.
  • Work with due regard for ACT’s core values and objectives
  • Ensure the effective implementation of and adherence to, the Ashton’s policies and procedures

For further information download a Candidate Information Booklet.

Belfast Works: Mentor (Economically Inactive and Unemployed Clients) - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 27th January 2020

Job Background:

This post is part of the Belfast Works Programme, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton.  The other Belfast Works Project Partnership organisations are:-

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

The post will involve working at neighbourhood level in North Belfast to support the development of an employment service infrastructure to improve the potential of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and or clients with additional issues to support them to gain employment.  

Purpose:

 To provide mentoring sessions to adults who are experiencing economic inactivity/worklessness, due to barriers such as poor health and support through intensive one to one mentoring for those participants with low level health and/or social issues.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide a structured programme of parallel support for economically inactive and workless people that can support their progress towards employment and/or further education/training.
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools. Develop and implement individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment or further education/training, setting goals, actions and achievable outcomes.
  3. Work closely in partnership with the employability mentors to provide parallel support for clients including mentoring sessions to all participants which remove barriers to employment or further education / training.
  4. Effectively manage a caseload of parallel support clients provide professionally focused support referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of individual action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment, employment-related skills development or progress to further education/training.
  6. Support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities for economically inactive and workless people which will help to promote their integration into the labour market.
  7. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  8. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports, etc. Which are provided in a timely manner. 
  9. Review, with line manager, outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  10. Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning.
  11. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities.
  12. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of
  13. Perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the Belfast Works Project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action plan.

Other responsibilities:

  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the Ashton, as may reasonably be requested by management.
  • Work flexibly on evenings, weekends and during school holidays to ensure full delivery of the programme.
  • Undertake training in order to develop work related skills and knowledge.
  • Work with due regard for Ashton core values and objectives
  • Ensure the effective implementation of and adherence to, the Ashton policies and procedures
  • Participate in Ashton Performance Management and Appraisal process, and agree short, medium and long term goals with line manager, and direct line staff.
  • Identify learning and development needs with your line manager and evaluate T&D to demonstrate needs have been met.
  • Share best practice and achievements, and contribute to opportunities to present outcomes and case studies.

 Status of the Job Description

 This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

For further information download a Candidate Information Booklet.

Belfast Works Employability Mentor - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 27th January 2020

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the Belfast Works Project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisations led by Ashton Community Trust.  The other Belfast Works Project Partnership organisations are:-

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission 

The post will involve working at neighbourhood level in North Belfast to support the development of an employment service infrastructure to improve the potential of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people to gain employment. Undertake the necessary outreach work to identify and engage an appropriate number of potential clients to meet the agreed caseload and employment targets. Perform employability assessment of participants. Complete agreed participant personal employability action plans.  One to one participant mentoring, seeking solutions to remove participants barriers to employment, supporting participants with job search skills, completing job application forms, improving job interview techniques and sourcing progression routes into education/training or employment.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To provide a structured programme of advice and support in career planning for long-term unemployed, economically inactive and those individuals/groups that experience the “benefit trap” including young people who are NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and vulnerable to becoming long term unemployed.
  2. Register clients and complete initial assessments of barriers to employment using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools and forms. 
  3. Develop and implement individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment setting SMART goals, actions and outcomes.
  4. Work to remove barriers to employment by providing a safe, relaxed environment underpinned by a structured developmental process which responds to sensitive issues in a confidential manner.
  5. Effectively manage a caseload and provide professional mentoring referring to outside agencies/organisations, as required, as part of participant action plans.
  6. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment and employment-related skills development.
  7. Establish and maintain outreach mentoring service provision across the target area in order to recruit new clients and/or support existing clients.
  8. Promote and arrange specific training, education, employment or work experience opportunities for your caseload will help to promote their integration back into the labour market.
  9. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employers, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  10. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all engagements and work undertaken with clients ensuring accuracy and timely completion of all forms, reports etc to agreed quality standards.
  11. Review, with your line manager, outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice ensuring that work is carried out to the highest professional standards.
  12. Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning.
  13. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities.
  14. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of Ashton Community Trust (and the Belfast Works Project)
  15. Perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action plan.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the Ashton Community Trust (and Belfast Works Project), as may reasonably be requested by the Head of Training & Employment
  • On occasion work flexibly on evenings, weekends and during school holidays to ensure full delivery of the programme.
  • Undertake training in order to develop work related skills and knowledge.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of and adherence to Ashton Community Trust policies and procedures (including those of the Belfast Works Project).
  • Participate in Ashton Community Trust’s Performance Management and Appraisal process, and agree short, medium and long term goals with line manager, and direct line staff.
  • Identify learning and development needs with your line manager and evaluate T&D to demonstrate needs have been met.
  • Share best practice and achievements, and contribute to opportunities to present outcomes and case studies.

 

Status of the Job Description

 

This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

For further information download a Candidate Information Booklet.

Belfast Works Support Worker (16 hours) - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 27th January 2020

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the BELFAST WORKS Project, a Belfast wide employment Project implemented by a consortium of organisations led by Ashton Community Trust.  Partners include:

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

To work as a programme support officer for the BELFAST WORKS Project team and its participants supporting all Project tasks and activities with a focus on quality of delivery of the BELFAST WORKS Project. The post will involve supporting of the BELFAST WORKS Project Management Team and Mentoring Teams to assist with participant interface activities such as CV writing job search, downloading and completion of job application. Contact participants to arrange appointments with Mentors (Employability & Economic Inactivity)

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. To support the management and mentoring team of the BELFAST WORKS Project in tasks related to the Project.
  1. To gather and record evidence on the destination of BELFAST WORKS Project clients once they are placed in employment (or other destinations), when required.
  1. To accurately record and refer incoming enquiries received by telephone, in person or in writing in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.
  2. To have a general understanding and empathy with the issues faced by BELFAST WORKS Project clients.
  3. To act as first point of contact for clients, be conversant with the purpose and range of BELFAST WORKS Project services and provide clients with initial information at time of engagement.
  4. To ensure client facing environment/work area and outreach centres are welcoming, well presented with an adequate and up-to-date supply of relevant leaflets/materials, etc.
  5. Be responsible for recruiting and engaging clients by advertising the programme through facebook/social media and by acting as point of contact for client enquires.
  6. Support clients with job search activities including sourcing vacancies via job point, bulletin boards and downloading relevant recruitment information/application packs.
  7. Support/provide relevant training information to clients enabling them to access opportunities.
  8. Provide support for BELFAST WORKS team, prioritising own workload when required.
  9. To accurately input all client and project BELFAST WORKS data when requested and keep data up-to-date at all times.
  10. To implement and maintain appropriate client and project systems which allows for the effective location and retrieval of information.
  11. To ensure the secure retention of all client and project information and files in accordance with operational and funder requirements.
  12. To maintain statistical recording systems and ensure all manual recording systems in relation to the provision of the BELFAST WORKS Project service are accurately maintained.
  13. To support the team leader in the preparation for any quality inspections either within the BELFAST WORKS Project or for external inspections e.g. ETI or ESF.
  14. To act as the point of contact for clients participating in focus groups for evaluation purposes.
  15. To assist in the organisation of training events including booking rooms, arranging hospitality, ensuring training resources (e.g. workbooks, etc) are available as required.
  16. To update and maintain organisational mailing lists and send out call up letters to clients for training courses and events, etc.
  17. To make stationery and hospitality orders, follow procurement procedures, check deliveries and pass invoices to finance for payment.
  18. To create, develop and maintain effective internal working relationships with service users and external agencies and within own organisation and the BELFAST WORKS Project.
  19. To take minutes and contribute to meetings/groups discussions, etc.
  20. To ensure the guidelines, policies and procedures of the BELFAST WORKS Project are adhered to as well as those relating to Ashton Community Trust such as Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety.
  21. To undertake any other duties, consistent with the post, which may from time to time be required by

Other Responsibilities

  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the Ashton Community Trust, as may reasonably be requested by the Director
  • Work flexibly on evenings, weekends and during school holidays to ensure full delivery of the programme.
  • Undertake training in order to develop work related skills and knowledge.
  • Work with due regard for Ashton Community Trust core values and objectives
  • Ensure the effective implementation of and adherence to Ashton Community Trust policies and procedures
  • Participate in Ashton Community Trust Performance Management and Appraisal process, and agree short, medium and long term goals with line manager, and direct line staff.
  • Identify learning and development needs with your line manager and evaluate T&D to demonstrate needs have been met.
  • Share best practice and achievements, and contribute to opportunities to present outcomes and case studies.

Status of the Job Description

This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

For further information download a Candidate Information Booklet.

Childcare Assistants Maternity Cover - Closing date for applications: Friday 31st January 2020 at 12 noon

Main Responsibilities

  1. Ensuring a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual education and care for children placed in the day-care centre.
  2. To ensure the protection, safety and well being of children at all times.
  3. To give support to other personnel within the day-care centre.
  4. To implement the daily routine in the children’s playroom.

Main Duties

  1. Prepare and fully set out the playroom before the children arrive and tidy it up after the children leave.
  2. Operate a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children attending the day-care centre in conjunction with other staff.
  3. Carry out observations and record assessment of individual children as directed by management
  4. Work alongside parents/carers of special needs children to give full integration in the day-care centre.
  5. To contribute to the creation, maintenance and improvement of a child centred environment,
  6. To integrate with other staff including management, in order to ensure a team working environment.
  7. Liaise with and support parents/carers and other family members.
  8. Attend and participate in all staff meetings and assist in curriculum planning.
  9. Undertake certain domestic jobs within the day-care centre, e.g. preparation of snacks, cleansing of equipment etc.
  10. Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is learnt as part of the job. 
  11. Undertake any relevant training as considered necessary by management ,(training may take place outside of normal working hours)
  12. Undertake any other duties, which may be required from time to time.
  13. To ensure you work within the Mission, Vision and Values of Ashton Community Trust.

For further information download a Candidate Information Booklet.

Health and Wellbeing: Clinical Lead - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 07th February 2020

JOB BACKGROUND

Bridge of Hope, a project within the Health and Wellbeing department of Ashton, is a service that supports individuals, families and communities affected by the conflict and poor levels of physical and emotional health. We do this through the delivery of complementary therapies, life coaching, counselling support for children, young people and adults, legacy and conflict analysis, as well as accredited training and personal development courses.

Bridge of Hope’s Mission statement is: –

To empower and promote positive change for victims and survivors through delivery of quality health and wellbeing services.”

Further information can be accessed on our websites – www.ashtoncentre.com www.thebridgeofhope.org

Main purpose of job: The Clinical Lead will oversee the delivery of therapeutic services within a multidisciplinary approach, to include: counselling, life coaching, health and wellbeing casework and complementary therapies. They will be responsible for the overall management, governance and safe delivery of all clinical services, ensuring professional and ethical excellence across all service platforms.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Direct, lead and manage the development and provision of therapeutic services through Bridge of Hope practitioner team, ensuring timely, effective and appropriate service provision.
  2. Line management of Senior Counsellor, Sessional Counsellors, Life Coaches and Health & Wellbeing Caseworkers to include supervision and appraisal reviews with the practitioners and support worker teams.
  3. To lead, support and work with other members of the Bridge of Hope team on day to day business to ensure the smooth running of the project.
  4. To undertake clinical assessments for referrals into statutory services.
  5. To carry out initial triage assessments of referrals made to the project to assess suitability for counselling and other needs based on clinical risk strategy.
  6. To maintain confidential, professional and appropriate records of all client contact.
  7. Monitor and keep under review external clinical supervision provision for both staff and practitioners.
  8. Undertake regular clinical audit functions to include monitoring of supervision, CPD, insurance and professional accreditation/membership for staff and sessional practitioners.
  9. Provide robust clinical governance by ensuring compliance with all aspects of GDPR, subject access request and document retention policies.
  10. Provide clinical support across the therapeutic services team to manage complex cases and risk management.
  11. Review, implement, monitor and disseminate on an ongoing basis best practice and risk management.
  12. Work collaboratively with the Head of Department to support and influence the development of service provision and to contribute to the achievement of organisational corporate objectives.
  13. Establish and maintain effective links with other community/voluntary/statutory service providers.
  14. Work in partnership with other members of the team as required to prepare funding bids and contract submissions.
  15. Ensure organisational policies, procedures and guidelines are adhered to, including taking responsibility for keeping relevant policies and protocols up to date.
  16. To oversee that all evaluation systems and processes such as CORENet and Measure Your Own Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) are completed fully by the practitioner team.
  17. Keep evaluation processes under review and implement any changes or processes that increase the robustness of measuring the impact of service delivery in consultation with the Head of Health & Wellbeing and/or Operations Manager.
  18. Assist with Bridge of Hope’s BACP organisational service accreditation and subsequent maintenance of same, ensuring that all quality assurance/monitoring procedures are fully completed including the submission of annual monitoring reports.
  19. To oversee and maintain adequate records of clinical work and provide appropriate statistical returns and to assist with the completion of reports where necessary.
  20. Review and approve correspondence to third party professionals.
  21. Prepare monthly reports for the Head of Health & Wellbeing and Operations Manager.
  22. To attend external clinical supervision on a monthly basis.
  23. To maintain personal membership with BACP or equivalent.
  24. To attend regular team meetings and line management.
  25. To maintain a professional attitude at all times towards clients, staff and all those in contact with Bridge of Hope/Ashton.

 This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder.

The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

This post is subject to completion of an Enhanced Access NI check.

For further information download a Candidate Information Booklet.

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