Wellbeing Manager

Job details
Location: 
Your main base is at Share Community HQ, 64 Altenburg Gardens, Clapham Junction, SW11 1JL. You’ll spend at least 3 days a month at our other site, Share Garden, Springfield Hospital, Tooting, SW17 7DJ
Closing date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:00
Interview date: 
13/10/2017
Salary: 
£29,751 per annum, plus 3% pension contribution
Contract type: 
Permanent
Working hours: 
35 hours per week, Monday - Friday, with occasional weekend and evening work. You’ll receive a 1 hour unpaid lunch break.
Reports to: 
Chief Executive
Contact email address: 
hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk
Contact telephone number: 
0207 801 9825

£29,751 per annum, plus 3% pension contribution

35 hours per week

Permanent

Closing date: 10am on 5th October 2017

The role

The Wellbeing Manager’s strategic responsibility is to represent Share in various fora, including clinical reference groups and other strategy groups and to lead Share’s journey towards becoming a National Autistic Society accredited Centre of Excellence.  Day to day, the Wellbeing Manager is responsible for the managing each student’s journey through Share, from initial enquiry through to moving on, and ensures that students’ individual and collective voices are heard.  This includes assessing applicants’ needs, arranging show-rounds and taster sessions, recording and monitoring each person’s contacts with Share, representing Share at students’ social services reviews, contributing to our outreach programme and events, and advising staff members as to individual students’ needs.  There is a considerable amount of pastoral work involved in this role, and a focus on working within and facilitating circles of support for individual students. The Wellbeing Manager manages the My Life Manager, overseeing the development of our Outcomes Star evaluation tool.

About us

At Share, we’re passionate about supporting disabled people to set their own goals for learning and life, and then helping them to achieve their aspirations and reach their potential.  We focus on 4 key areas: health and wellbeing; independence, choice and control; work; and community, leisure, and social inclusion. We’re a pan-disability organisation, but the majority of our students are adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. We offer a range of training, employment, personal development, and leisure opportunities.

Principal Responsibilities

  • To lead the Wellbeing and Independent Living Team, identifying needs and playing a leading role in designing and developing person-centred services
  • To lead Share in achieving and maintaining the autism accreditation programme and to be the key person liaising with the National Autistic Society
  • To represent Share, and on occasion the wider voluntary sector at key strategy groups and at in-house and external events
  • To actively reach out to Social Services departments and health agencies across South West London, encouraging referral of clients who can benefit from Share, and playing a significant role in enabling Share to meet its recruitment targets
  • To meet all potential and new students and discuss their goals, involving families, carers or others as appropriate, assessing whether Share can wholly or partially help them to meet those goals, and referring to other agencies as necessary
  • To ensure that Share has up to date information on the range of activities available and also on other agencies
  • To line manage the My Life Manager, ensuring that the Student Star remains integral to all of our assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of student progress. To line manage the Healthy Living Co-ordinator, ensuring health and wellbeing is embedded in what we do. To line manage the Lunch Time Activities Leader, ensuring lunchtimes at Share are positive and fun experiences for our students.
  • To ensure that good working links are developed and maintained with social workers, advocates, service brokers, and others who work with disabled people.  This will include attending networking meetings and other external events, and representing Share in formal settings such as CRGs.
  • To work within a coaching framework to establish student needs, regularly review them, and support each student in developing their individual learning plan and reaching their goals
  • To liaise with families, advocates, and others when this is in the interest of the student and to  plan and facilitate regular student progress reviews, involving others who students see as important in their lives
  • To provide guidance and pastoral support that will further the wellbeing of the student
  • To ensure that all staff engaged with individual students have the appropriate information and resources needed to fully support that student in a way that is person-centred and meets their communication needs
  • To advise senior managers on the development of new programmes and courses to meet needs, based on feedback from Share students, Student Voice, and external stakeholders
  • To support and develop the Student Voice and other representative student groups
  • To occasionally organise work experience placements at Share for students from local schools
  • To attend supervision, management, team and other meetings as required
  • To work at all times in a way that values diversity and focuses on ability
  • To carry out any other duties that may be reasonably required.

Person Specification

Essential Experience:

  1. At least 3 years working with disabled people, including those with learning difficulties and autism, and ideally in an educational or social care setting
  2. Working in an empowering way with people from diverse communities
  3. Assessing people’s needs within a person-centred framework and encouraging innovative approaches to meeting diverse needs
  4. Liaising with a range of individuals and agencies on behalf of service users
  5. Monitoring and evaluating programmes and/or interventions
  6. Line management of staff
  7. Writing progress reports, including periodic statistical reports
  8. Maintaining client records on a database system

Essential Skills and personal qualities:

  1. Great listening and facilitation skills, with exceptional levels of warmth and empathy
  2. The ability to empower and inspire others – both clients and colleagues
  3. You’ll be someone in whom people trust, and you’ll inspire confidence in clients, carers, colleagues and others.
  1. The ability to help people with diverse needs to identify their own solutions - a background in advocacy would be an advantage
  2. Great organisational skills, resilience and the ability to juggle a varied, complex and demanding workload
  3. Excellent administrative skills and a passion for order and completion of tasks
  4. Excellent ICT skills, and a love of databases
  5. Excellent research skills, with the ability to identify appropriate resources for our students
  6. The ability to work well as a member of a team, drawing on others’ strengths to further the progress of our students
  7. The ability to make presentations to small groups

Essential Knowledge:

  1. The background to and implications of the transformation of social services and introduction of self-directed support and personal budgets
  2. Modern thinking around best practice in working with autistic people, and an understanding of the different models being used in schools and colleges
  3. The barriers facing disabled people seeking to move into independent living and employment
  4. An understanding of what helps, and what hinders disabled people to become fully socially included
  5. An understanding of the functions and structure of relevant health and social services departments
  6. The history of disabled people and the oppression to which they’ve been subjected

Essential Values:

  1. A deep sense of justice and commitment to equality for all
  2. A belief that everyone has something to offer others.

You can download a PDF of the Job Description and Person Specification here.

How to apply

Please complete our application form and equal opportunities form and email both to hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk before the closing date of 10am on Thursday 5th October. Interviews for this post will take place on Friday 13th October.

We will endeavour to acknowledge receipt of your application form by email; however only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.  You will be required to provide proof of qualifications and ID at the interview.

We welcome applications from everyone.  We focus on ability and believe people work best when they feel valued, safe and happy. We do all that we can to make sure that Share is friendly and welcoming to everyone.

This job is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check and providing evidence of right to work in the UK.

If you have a disability and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please call Leanne on 0207 801 9825.

We are very much looking forward to receiving your application.

 

Downloadable forms
Application form: 
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Equal opportunities form: 
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