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Join Mentoring Plus: two practitioner vacancies

Closing date 6th April 2021

We’re an effective and ambitious award-winning local charity which delivers mentoring and activities for vulnerable 5 to 21 year olds across Bath and North East Somerset and beyond. We’re delighted to be advertising two roles to bring new energy and ideas to our work.

Our vision is a world in which all young people feel safe, feel heard and feel hopeful for their future. Our mission is empowering and inspiring young lives to thrive with the help of our communities, by offering positive support and opportunities to young people facing challenges.

For over twenty years our young people have been telling us they feel happier and more confident from spending time with our volunteers and professionals. We are proud to have delivered one local authority commissioned service since 2005 and a second one since 2018, alongside primary and secondary schools buying in our mentoring programmes.

Due to expansion, we have two exciting practitioner roles to fill. The right candidates will join a small and friendly team supporting young people across our county, based in Bath with facilities for some home-based working. We look for energy, imagination, commitment and shared values. In return we invest in our staff and their wellbeing, providing regular training, supportive management and clinical supervision, with early responsibility and opportunities to develop.

Mentoring and Activities Practitioner

We’re looking for a skilled and creative practitioner to support a diverse cohort of 11- to 21-year olds and their volunteer mentors, replacing a team member moving to another team within the charity. Alongside this, you’ll be providing an engaging weekly termtime activities session for this cohort, complementing mentoring with supported group work offering a choice of sports, arts, cooking, wildlife etc.

You must enjoy confidently working with both adults and young people, enabling our community to help support our mentees. Safeguarding experience and skills in working with other services essential. Driving essential.

Hours: 30-37.5 hours per week. Flexible but including at least 1 evening session per week in termtime included in contracted hours (currently Mondays).
Contract: PAYE permanent
Pay: From £12.30 per hour dependent on experience, plus pension. FTE = from £24k approx

Professional Mentoring Practitioner

Our Professional Mentoring practice supports young people with a 1-1 mentor employed by us. This enables us to help young people at a higher level of need than a volunteer can safely support, while still offering a child-centred and engaging service connecting young people with their community. We also provide primary and secondary schools with in-school professional mentors to offer students rapidly accessible support.

This new practitioner role will join existing team members in delivering these growing programmes, both directly supporting young people and supporting a team of freelance professionals to do so. We’re looking for someone skilled at engaging young people who may be harder to reach, who is also confident enabling adults to do the same. Safeguarding experience and skills in working with other services essential. Driving essential.

Hours: 30 – 37.5 hours per week. Flexible with occasional out of hours working (with TOIL).
Contract: PAYE permanent
Potential scope for a termtime-based contract c. 42 weeks per year subject to agreement
Pay: From £12.30 per hour dependent on experience, plus pension. FTE = from £24k approx

Application details

If you would like to apply for either role, and feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please download the relevant full job description and role profile and our application form at the links below. We cannot accept an application in any other format. Please do not send a CV.

Job description and role profile: Mentoring & Activities Practitioner

Job description and role profile: Professional Mentoring Practitioner

Application form (both roles)

Questions about either role? Please call 01225 429694 during office hours and we’ll do our best to help.

Please send your completed application for either role to becki.fox@mentoringplus.net by 10am on Tuesday 6 April 2021. Email is preferred, but you can post your completed form to Becki Fox, Mentoring Plus, Riverside Youth Hub, York Place, Bath BA1 6AE to arrive by the same date.

Interviews for both roles are currently scheduled to take place between Weds 14 and Weds 21 April 2021, in person or online as guidelines / preferences allow.

Important: These roles have similarities but are not the same in scope, responsibilities or requirements. We follow a strict anonymised shortlisting process which identifies candidates best matching individual role requirements as set out in the separate job descriptions. If you are interested in both roles, you’ll need to complete a separate application for each, responding to the specific requirements set out.

Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, background, life experiences, disabilities, learning difficulties, lifestyle, beliefs etc, provided that individuals are able to meet the requirements of the role with appropriate support. We operate a strict equal opportunities policy for both adults and young people. Our central Bath premises have parking and are wheelchair accessible.

Safer Recruitment procedures will be followed including an enhanced DBS check and employment references taken and verified.