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Buddying Project - Job Opportunity

Posted on: Friday, May 10, 2019

Buddying Project Development Worker – Hospital Based Service

Location: Bolton

Salary: £8,551 - £9,669 per annum (FTE: £19,776 - £22,360)

Hours: 16 hours per week

Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country since 1869. Our Bolton based project, BAND has been delivering adult mental health support for over 30 years through a range of services and interventions.

BAND staff and volunteers have had a presence supporting patients on the adult psychiatric wards for over 15 years. This offer is being expanded thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

We are seeking to recruit a Project Development Worker to recruit, train and support volunteers at the hospital to deliver services to patients on the mental health wards at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The successful candidate will have the knowledge, skills and experience to build mutually respectful professional relationships with staff working at the hospital, and with people who access the Buddying services. He or she will have experience of supporting volunteers and will have a commitment to and passion for supporting people to make meaningful and sustainable changes to their lives.

We are forward looking, ambitious and with a commitment to continuous improvement. We are a people focused, can-do organisation, which strives for excellence in all we do and operate with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills then we look forward to hearing from you.

Appointments are subject to Family Action receiving an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service that we consider acceptable.

For an application pack and further information, please visit www.family-action.org.uk/workingwithus

Closing Date: Friday, 24th May 2019, 3pm

Interviews: Wednesday, 12th June or Thursday, 13th June 2019

Family Action offers good working conditions, a comprehensive training programme and a Group Personal Pension Scheme (GPPS). We welcome applications from all sections of the community

Support First Job Opportunity

Posted on: Friday, May 10, 2019

‘Support First’ Mental Health Befriending and Mentoring Worker

Location: Bolton

Salary: £11,224 - £12,690 per annum (FTE: £19,776 - £22,360)

Hours: 21 hours per week

 

Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country since 1869. Our Bolton based project, BAND has been delivering adult mental health support for over 30 years through a range of services and interventions.

BAND are pleased to be a partner in ‘Support First’, a project run by Urban Outreach and funded from The Big Lottery Fund – Help through Crisis Programme. The Project provides holistic, intensive community-based support to individuals who have a range of complex social and lifestyle needs, which are resulting in a disproportionate use/demand on emergency services. .

BAND is seeking to recruit a Project Development Worker to deliver a volunteer peer mentor service to those referrals to the project who have a mental health condition as part of their presentation.

The successful candidate will have the knowledge, skills and experience to build mutually respectful professional relationships with people referred to the service, all of whom will have multiple and/or complex needs. He or she will have experience of supporting volunteers and will have a commitment to and passion for supporting people to make meaningful and sustainable changes to their lives.

We are forward looking, ambitious and with a commitment to continuous improvement. We are a people focused, can-do organisation, which strives for excellence in all we do and operate with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills then we look forward to hearing from you.

Appointments are subject to Family Action receiving an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service that we consider acceptable. For an application pack and further information, please visit

http://www.family-action.org.uk/workingwithus

 

Closing Date: Friday, 24th May 2019, 3pm

Interviews: Wednesday, 12th June or Thursday, 13th June 2019

Family Action offers good working conditions, a comprehensive training programme and a Group Personal Pension Scheme (GPPS). We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Living Life to the Full - A free course

Posted on: Thursday, August 9, 2018

This September we are aiming to feel better, more in control, happier. enjoy increased levels of energy and better relationships.

We will be running a free course designed specifically to help you tackle the problems that people commonly face. For example anxiety, low confidence, negative thoughts, etc. We will teach you key skills, helping you feel better, happier and more in control of your life.

The course will be split into 7 weekly sessions, with each session being an hour and a half long. Making it easier to digest and giving you time to contemplate what you've learned.

Session one starts on the 6th September. From 1pm - 2:30pm.

There are limited places so registration prior to the start of the course is essential.

You can register by giving us a ring on 01204 380643, or a quick email: life.skills@band.org.uk

Thank you, and let's live life to the full!

 

Spend world mental health day with us

Posted on: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This October, we are going to be holding another event in recognition of World Mental Health Day. This time we will be focussing on the wellbeing of children and younger people. The event will be hosted at the University of Bolton. We are currently in the process of booking stallholders and performers. So attached is a poster and booking forms, if you want to become a part of the event, feel free to download a form, fill it in and get it back to us. If you are just interested in attending, the poster has the details!

Achieving a personal goal and fundraising - #ReecesMetRace

Posted on: Friday, April 13, 2018

Around the time of his first visits to Manchester, Reece became fascinated by trams. Since then he has kept track of the development of tramways all across the UK. This has also led to him delving deeper into transport systems. The underground railways amaze him, especially the really complicated stations such as Kings Cross. They are a kind of testament to the great work humans can achieve despite the huge challenges. He designs his own maps complete with railway lines, with such attention to detail they could possibly serve as a blueprint for a new towns transport network.

For most people the commute is the worst part of the day, but for Reece it’s a time to indulge in his hobby and as you may imagine, by now he knows the whole Metrolink like the back of his hand.

Recently, this sparked an idea. How fast could somebody ride the entirety of the Metrolink? Being an aficionado on the topic, he was better equipped than most to find out.

Reece standing on the platform, next to a yellow tram

He decided to set up a fundraiser to go along with the idea, the cause being BAND, a mental health charity. This was because firstly it adds momentum to his goal, spurring him on to achieve, as well as the fact he is passionate about people, and values the importance of providing adequate support for mental illness.

People from his daily life got behind the idea, generously becoming sponsors. As well as this the Tram community on Twitter who offered great support and interest.

With the chirp of the birds, Reece was up and on the train to Manchester. Feeling strangely calm. Only once arriving at the starting line, Rochdale station did a little nerves kick in, though he managed to eat a quick breakfast, as he was expecting around 6 hours of game time.

Once it had started, everything ran as smooth as can be wished for, there was outstanding support from social media and even the passengers. The drivers were behind him, assuring to drive as quick as possible.

Later in the day, @CastleFox from the Twitter community even dropped by to accompany Reece a few stops.

 Reece and @CastleFox, who joined him after following his journey on Twitter

And after 6 hours 42 minutes and 2 seconds, the challenge was over.

The first thing Reece did was stop to get himself a hot chocolate. He had hardly been able to eat or drink all day and that hot chocolate tasted all the sweeter.

Manchester Metrolink

As you know, the online community was hugely supportive of Reece. And a great source of support came from Metrolink themselves. Which is why it was amazing when they offered Reece a guided tour of the Metrolink headquarters. He got to drive a tram through Rochdale, on the training simulator of course! (Though he was offered a job based on his driving).

Reece using the Metrolink tram training simulator, which is on a computer with a joystick

He also got the chance to tour the engineering building and the communications room, where all the leg work is done to make sure the trams run as smooth as they do, their work may have even had a hand in helping Reece achieve such a good time. But one of the best parts of the day was getting the chance to step onto the iconic, retired T68 trams. Which was a true blast from the past, and an especially special moment for Reece, even getting to sit in the driver’s seat of the first ever tram in circulation.

Reece standing in the Metrolink control room, where people work on computers and there are screens on the walls

I guess all that’s left is to thank everybody involved, firstly of course to Reece, for raising an amazing £337 in aid BAND. The tram community for their great support. As well as everybody who sponsored Reece, whether online or in real life, the Twitter and Facebook communities who showed an interest and Metrolink for really getting behind the challenge and making it really worthwhile.

A turquoise T68 tram, with Reece in the drivers seat

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