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We want to involve local Black people and communities within all of our work, whether that be by welcoming new talent on our team, offering up volunteer roles on our projects, or hosting events, webinars and our biannual Black Thrive Assemblies. Our current vacancies are all listed below. Make sure you subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to hear about our future events and opportunities.

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We are a small, but dedicated team with big ambitions. Our work focuses on changing systems that create and sustain inequalities for Black people in Lambeth. We continue to push conventional boundaries, which means our work is challenging, but both exciting and extremely rewarding. 

We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you need us to make adjustments during the application process, please let us know.

Interested in joining the team? Please take a look at our current vacancies. 

Current Vacancies

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:                      Peer advocate (CAPSA)

Reports to:                  CAPSA Service Manager

Manages:                    N/A

Salary:                         £28,000

Geographic focus:       Lambeth

Hours of Work:           37.5 per week (flexible and part-time working available)

Duration:                     Fixed term contract for 12 months

Benefits:                      26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pension contribution

Closing Date:             Sunday 3rd June 11.59pm 

APPLY:                       You can apply for this role on Charity Jobs.

About Black Thrive

We exist to change the odds stacked against Black people by embedding race equity into systemic change so that thriving is not the exception but the norm.

Black Thrive Global evolved from the work of the Black Thrive Lambeth Partnership, which was established in 2016 to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. Black people’s cumulative exposure to negative experiences and poor outcomes are not unique to Lambeth and Black Thrive Global was founded in 2020 to address the detrimental outcomes for Black people of African and Caribbean descent wherever they may be located.

Our work covers all life stages – children and young people, working age adults and older adults. Our guiding principle is to centre the lived experiences of Black communities in all that we do and our strategic priorities are to embed race equity in systems change and to decolonise the evidence landscape. 

Black Thrive Lambeth values

  1. We work together with service users, their support networks, and whole populations, engaging meaningfully with Black communities to realise their potential
  2. Our core business is improving mental health outcomes for Black people, taking accountability to ensure that this is embedded in the work of our partners.
  1. We use data to identify priorities for development and growth in community and cross-sector actions in relation to Black mental health service delivery.
  2. We work to influence changes to the wider national and regional conditions that hold Black mental health inequality in place.

Job summary

Black Thrive Lambeth has developed a new co-designed culturally appropriate peer support advocacy service (CAPSA) on behalf of the Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA). The aim is to provide support to members of the Black community who have mental health needs through peer support and advocacy. The service will be led by people using their own lived experiences of mental health issues to help each other, providing a space where individuals feel respected, accepted and understood. They will understand that everyone’s experience will be unique but will treat everyone’s experience as being equally important.

This will include building positive relationships with Black service users; one to one and group representation, particularly encouraging Black service users to advocate on their own behalf; gathering information to inform them of their options; preparation of statistical monitoring information, reports and formal feedback to the service provider. Advocates will use their knowledge and expertise to ensure that Black service users’ views, wishes and needs are taken into account and expressed and heard, acknowledging the inherent challenges of racism for Black communities within traditional mental health services.

The organisation is specifically recruiting black male and female applicants, in keeping with the positive action provision within the Equality Act 2010 in order to meet client need and employee safety. These posts are therefore restricted to Black applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9 and Part 1.

CAPSA peer support values

The CAPSA values are based on the following principles of engaging and empowering black communities to embrace and acknowledge their potential:

  • Humanity – Embracing diversity and the importance of all our communities – ensuring an anti-racist and anti-oppressive approach.
  • Empathy – Providing a safe and trusting environment, welcoming lived experience and being non-judgmental.
  • Healing – Acknowledging the hurts of the past and embracing a positive future.
  • Respect – Listening to individuals – taking an approach that builds on strengths, is empowering and recovery focused.
  • Togetherness – Developing mutual two-way relationships, that redresses the power imbalance, resisting a them and us approach.

Purpose of the role

This role has been specifically designed for supporting Black people with mental health difficulties. You will provide Generic Mental Health Advocacy and Independent Mental Health advocacy to qualifying patients, including people detained under the MHA’ 83, conditionally discharged restricted patients, people subject to Guardianship under the Act or on Supervised Community Treatment and people being considered for section 57 treatment.

You will play a key role in advocating on behalf of clients, enabling eligible people with mental health problems to have their perspective recognised, respecting the multiple needs of the diverse client group and encouraging the widest possible access. You will raise awareness of advocacy, IMHA and the service to other professionals, individuals and agencies. You will also contribute to the development of an efficient administration system, which will meet the needs of the service and help evaluate the benefits of the advocacy service to the service users and commissioners.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. To work with individual patients to provide information, support and representation in order to assist them in any decision-making process affecting their care, treatment or legal status.
  1. To work with groups of patients on a ward or other community basis to assist them in developing and expressing a collective point of view.
  1. To telephone and meet with clients on the ward or other convenient places to help them prepare for meetings and to attend appointments with them to speak on their behalf where they unable or do not have the capacity, take notes and ensure that they understand the proceedings.
  1. To maximise access by Black patients to the Advocacy Service e.g., regular (pre-arranged) advocacy ‘drop ins’ on the wards and informal meetings with Black patients
  1. At the outset of the referral process, explore initially whether the patient wishes to:
  1. Advocate for themselves and is seeking support in so doing.
  2. Pursue the issue jointly with another person e.g., friend, solicitor.
  3. Provide all relevant information to enable the advocate to represent them without their participation, assistance may be required from key worker/ support staff.
  4. Take further time to consider their options.
  1. To keep patients informed of the progress on advocacy issues in addition to the ultimate outcome.
  1. To work in a way that acknowledges the personal, social, cultural and spiritual strengths of the person during interactions with service users.
  1. To liaise with, and on occasion to challenge, NHS, care professionals or local authorities as appropriate to ensure that due processes have been followed.
  1. To be aware of issues that exist, both internally and externally, in relation to stigma, low expectations and discriminatory practices, and challenge as and when appropriate.
  1. To raise any safeguarding issues in line with Black Thrive’s policy and procedures.
  1. To respect the service user’s right to privacy and to ensure that their dignity is maintained at all times, by ensuring confidentiality and safe keeping of client’s records.
  1. To maintain accurate records of all interactions with clients in accordance with statutory requirements, relevant legislation and in line with the requirements of our funders.
  1. To provide information, reports and statistics as required.
  1. To develop and share good practice and learning with colleagues and contribute to the promotion of a culture of continuous service improvement and support.
  1. To deliver awareness raising sessions to staff on wards and training to staff on advocacy and the service available.
  1. To build and maintain good working relationships with professionals, attending meetings and promoting the service.
  1. To attend team meetings, take part in regular one to one supervision with line manager and in group supervision.
  1. To undertake further mandatory training for the role as required.

GENERAL

  1. To attend and participate in meetings of the project team and other bodies as required.
  1. To maintain records of hours worked and to complete accurate expense returns.
  1. To foster and develop an equality and diversity approach within the role, in line with the Black Thrive’s Policy.
  1. To promote the service through the distribution of publicity material, liaison with statutory and voluntary services and where appropriate through the media and presentations to local groups within the agreed company policies.
  1. To carry out any tasks reasonably requested of them by the Line Manager.
  1. To promote the role of advocate both within Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA) and externally.
  1. To work well as part of the team in a way that promotes inclusivity and respect in a supportive environment.

Interim arrangements

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the role will involve being based in the office or at home. Some client work, engagement with other professionals and team meetings may be undertaken by telephone or video conferencing.

Additional information

An enhanced DBS check is required for this role; however, previous convictions will not automatically prevent you from being accepted for this role.

Please download the Person Specification here

Job Title: CAPSA Service Manager

Reports to:  Black Thrive Programme and Partnerships Manager (Adult Mental Health) and Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA) AOT

Manages: 3 peer support workers (FTE), 2 advocates (FTE), bank advocates and peer support workers and shared management of a P/T administrator

Salary: £33,000

Geographic focus: Lambeth

Hours of Work: 37.5 per week (flexible working available)

Duration: Fixed term contract for 12 months

Location: Lambeth (across two sites)

Benefits: 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pension contribution

Closing Date:             Sunday 3rd June 11.59pm 

APPLY:                       You can apply for this role on Charity Jobs.

About Black Thrive

We exist to change the odds stacked against Black people by embedding race equity into systemic change so that thriving is not the exception but the norm. Black Thrive Global evolved from the work of the Black Thrive Lambeth Partnership, which was established in 2016 to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. Black people’s cumulative exposure to negative experiences and poor outcomes are not unique to Lambeth and Black Thrive Global was founded in 2020 to address the detrimental outcomes for Black people of African and Caribbean descent wherever they may be located.

Our work covers all life stages – children and young people, working age adults and older adults. Our guiding principle is to centre the lived experiences of Black communities in all that we do and our strategic priorities are to embed race equity in systems change and to decolonise the evidence landscape.

Black Thrive Lambeth values

1. We work together with service users, their support networks, and whole populations, engaging meaningfully with Black communities to realise their potential

2. Our core business is improving mental health outcomes for Black people, taking accountability to ensure that this is embedded in the work of our partners.

3. We use data to identify priorities for development and growth in community and cross-sector actions in relation to Black mental health service delivery.

4. We work to influence changes to the wider national and regional conditions that hold Black mental health inequality in place.

Job summary

Black Thrive Lambeth has developed a new co-designed culturally appropriate peer support advocacy service (CAPSA) on behalf of the Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA). The aim is to provide support to members of the Black community who have mental health needs through peer support and advocacy. The service will be led by people using their own lived experiences of mental health issues to help each other, providing a space where individuals feel respected, accepted and understood. They will understand that everyone’s experience will be unique but will treat everyone’s experience as being equally important. The service is focused on striving for recovery, acknowledging the inherent challenges of racism for Black communities within traditional mental health services and providing support that enable people to live full lives.

The organisation is specifically recruiting black male and female applicants, in keeping with the positive action provision within the Equality Act 2010 in order to meet client need and employee safety. These posts are therefore restricted to Black applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9 and Part 1.

CAPSA values

The CAPSA values are based on the following principles of engaging and empowering black communities to embrace and acknowledge their potential:

· Humanity – Embracing diversity and the importance of all our communities – ensuring an anti-racist and anti-oppressive approach.

· Empathy – Providing a safe and trusting environment, welcoming lived experience and being non-judgmental.

· Healing – Acknowledging the hurts of the past and embracing a positive future.

· Respect – Listening to individuals – taking an approach that builds on strengths, is empowering and recovery focused.

· Togetherness – Developing mutual two-way relationships, that redresses the power imbalance, resisting a them and us approach.

Purpose of the role

The post-holder will lead a team of peer support workers (PSWs) and advocates working with adults across the NHS and the local community in Lambeth. As a Service Manager you will play a key role in the development and delivery of peer support and advocacy services. This role has been specifically designed for Black people who have personal, lived

experience of mental health challenges. You will be required to provide line management support, be the point of contact for our stakeholders and ensure high quality delivery of services.

This work will include working closely with community and NHS organisations to:

· Develop new aspects of the CAPSA service.

· To work with the Programme and Partnerships Manager to sustain the service in the longer term

· Ensure co-production with service users, staff and partners in all aspects of ongoing development.

· Manage the ongoing operational functions of the service.

· Directly line manage staff, including a team of peer support workers and advocates, as well as shared management of an administrator.

· Ensure robust monitoring of all aspects of the service and team performance.

Duties and responsibilities

Service development

1. To lead the development, mobilisation and roll out of new service of assigned peer support and advocacy services, actively encouraging your team to contribute to service planning, quality improvement and development.

2. To work closely with key staff from the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Trust to identify and monitor needs, capacity and demand and develop the service in line with these.

3. To lead on raising awareness of the advocacy service to service users and potential referrers.

4. To work with the Living Well Network Alliance to identify and develop opportunities for service growth and sustainability within the community.

5. To support the development of relevant procedures and guidelines as they relate to peer support and the service.

6. To work with our Trusted Partners to plan communications in relation to the service.

Service Management

7. To have senior responsibility for the management of all operational aspects of the care peer support and advocacy provision.

8. To manage the service budget.

9. To ensure referrals are allocated efficiently and appropriately, carrying out the matching process for peer support work.

10. To ensure the team capture high quality peer support and advocacy notes, outcomes information and other evidence into the Case Management System in a timely manner.

11. To develop and implement effective processes to support the mental health and wellbeing of peer staff and advocates within the service.

12. To monitor and report on service performance and impacts, including internally at service review/steering group meetings.

13. To produce reports and related documents as needed.

14. To represent the CAPSA service at relevant meetings and forums.

15. To ensure effective risk assessment and management processes are in place.

Staff Management

16. To provide effective support and line management to staff (including peer support workers, advocates, sessional workers and admin) according to Black Thrive’s policies and procedures.

17. To take responsibility for the recruitment, induction, training, reflective supervision and appraisal of staff and volunteers where appropriate.

18. To proactively support the mental health and wellbeing of our the whole team.

General

19. To uphold the aims and values of CAPSA.

20. To contribute to the ongoing development of the service and to best practice.

21. To complete all necessary training relevant to the role.

22. To maintain up-to-date knowledge of new legislation and reports and current trends and issues in mental health, mental capacity, care act, and health and social care legislation, local and national policy relating to people with mental health issues and disseminate across your team.

23. All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.

24. All employees have a responsibility to prevent abuse and neglect and report concerns.

25. All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both service users and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with current Data Protection legislation and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

26. This list is non exhaustive and other duties may be required to be undertaken to meet the needs of the service.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation.

Interim arrangements

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the role will involve being based in the office or at home. Some client work, engagement with other professionals and team meetings may be undertaken by telephone or video conferencing.

Additional information

An enhanced DBS check is required for this role; however, previous convictions will not automatically prevent you from being accepted for this role.

Please download the Person Specification here.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”.

– Lilla Watson, Artist and Activist

Volunteer

Our team includes many committed volunteers who help to shape our thinking and approach. They play a crucial role in ensuring that the voice of the community is placed at the centre of what we do. We are keen to increase the participation of ‘experts by experience’ in our work and to use our expertise and networks to nurture leaders locally.

Interested in volunteering on one of our projects? Please take a look at our current volunteer roles.

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