Xenzone are leading pioneers of online counselling in the UK, having won a number of prestigious awards.
Since being founded in 2001 we have helped over 95,000 young people and adults through our online support platforms, Kooth, for children and young people, and Qwell, for adults. Our team of counsellors, support workers and therapists are professionally qualified and operate under close clinical supervision to deliver the highest quality service to our users.We have worked with 40+ commissioners..Xenzone runs the nationally recognised and award-winning young peoples' counselling, support and advice service called Kooth, which is available online and in some areas, also face-to-face, and we are also launching an adult version, called Qwell.
Our team is made up of a unique combination of expert mental health therapists, counsellors, skilled managers and IT specialists. Together they deliver and continuously develop our online e-therapy services and face-to-face counselling and support.
We are seeking to employ a part-time Integration and Participation Worker who will work with children, young people, professionals and stakeholders, for 14-18 hours per week. The successful candidate will deliver presentations, training sessions and group work to small and large audiences, working effectively in networks and with partners to ensure that our Kooth service is promoted and embedded as part of local pathways and integrated services.
- To deliver promotional presentations and informative training on the KOOTH service to small groups and large audiences including: young people, age 11-18, professionals and other stakeholders.
- To develop and deliver the KOOTH Ambassador programme including workshops with young people who want to become ambassadors
- To take the lead for integration planning and activity within the area, encouraging young people to participate in the design and development of KOOTH services through collating feedback and facilitating focus groups
- To deliver issue-based training programmes and resilience programmes in schools to teachers and young people around mental health and emotional wellbeing, safeguarding wherever necessary
- To develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders and services that have contact with young people to ensure awareness of service, engagement of target groups, and establish pathways into other services
- Attending local network and partnership meetings, giving feedback on how the KOOTH service is operating, understanding local issues and agendas regarding the needs of young people and our commissioners, and ensuring that what we are delivering is effective and relevant
- To be aware and knowledgeable of the contracts which exist in each area of the country and be able to assist the managing director and counselling service manager in contract compliance and to assist in providing information for Commissioners in all areas.
- To undertake any requests made by the Xenzone Management Team which are relevant to the post of Integration and Participation Specialist.
Essential candidate criteria
- A relevant professional qualification in youth work, teaching, mental health, counselling, or psychotherapy
- Experience working with young people (11-18) in face to face settings
- Evidence of your capability to deliver group work, presentations and training to different types and sizes of audiences
- Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development, the issues and inequalities they face, and a commitment to improving their emotional well-being
- Ability to positively, proactively, and professionally communicate and engage with a variety of people in different settings
- The post requires travel predominately across Cumbria with occasional travel to head office in Manchester. The post holder will work from home.
- The above position is subject to a successful Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of recruitment procedures
In return we offer a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of innovative counselling services within a highly supportive and highly experienced peer group, where you will have the opportunity to embed mental health services in your community. Along with a competitive salary of £25,000 pa (pro-rata,) 36 days pro-rata annual leave entitlement (includes bank holidays) you will benefit from a proactive commitment to continued learning through extensive training and development programs.
Closing date: Friday 9th February 2018 @ 5pm
Interviews: 21st February 2018 in Manchester