Supporting people towards recovery from mental illness is extremely rewarding and we are often able to offer a wide range of jobs in mental health. Some roles require specific skills and experience; others are suitable for people with transferable skills who are looking for a new challenge. If you skills don't meet the job description, you might like to look at our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)

Please note we are recruiting for two positions: one full-time and one part-time.

Salary: £24,121 - £26,169 (pro-rated for the part-time role)

Hours for the full-time role: 37.5 hrs per week, Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Hours for the part-time role: 14 hrs per week, ideally Weds and Thurs

Location: Office-based in Maidstone

Are you resilient, confident, and looking for a new challenge working within mental health service delivery?

Assert is a small team of advocates working as a project within Mental Health Resource charity and as part of the Kent Advocacy partnership. We provide high quality, issue-based advocacy and statutory IMHA services to individuals affected by mental health problems, often detained in medium and low secure units and in acute inpatient settings. We also offer community advocacy in West Kent. This can be a tough job, but in return you will receive competitive pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team. You will have the opportunity to expand on your existing skills and attributes required for the role. Training will be provided if you are not yet qualified as an IMHA.

Your skills

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and show confidence and assertiveness when required. You will understand the diverse needs of people affected by mental health problems and how these differ for those detained in inpatient settings from those requiring support in the community. You will need to be resilient, comfortable working within professional boundaries and have the ability to cope with sometimes challenging people and environments. In addition, you will have strong organisational skills and be able to work on your own initiative, as well as within a team.

You will have a natural confident and calm manner and key skills of resilience, professionalism, honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for confidentiality.

You will be passionate about mental health advocacy. Ideally, you will have experience of working as an advocate, and if you are not qualified as an IMHA, you must be prepared to undertake training. The IMHA training could take approx. 1 year. *

A willingness to work within a diverse range of environments is essential as is the ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The job will require some community advocacy, but will mostly work within acute wards, medium and low secure forensic units, and locked rehabilitation units across West Kent.

A current driving licence and access to transport is essential.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, client work will be delivered remotely via telephone or video conferencing.

An Enhanced DBS check will be required for the role.

Job Description & person specification

For further information please read the job description and person specification.

To apply

To apply send a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification and a copy of your current CV to [email protected] .

In your letter please state whether you are applying for the full-time or part-time role.

Standalone CV’s will not be accepted.

Closing date:                                Monday 18th October 2021, at 12 noon                 

Expected interview date:             Tues 2nd or Weds 3rd November 2021

Mental Health Resource is committed to equal opportunities and promoting diversity, and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

* In line with our organisational policy, if you leave within a certain timeframe you may be asked to repay the cost of the training