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Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, sexuality, 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.

If you need any recruitment information in a more accessible format, please contact us and we will do our best to assist. 

Deadline for applications: Weds 10 August 2022, 10am

Interviews planned: From 15 August 2022

Award-winning youth charity Mentoring Plus supports young people aged 5-25 across several projects, all with the aim of offering positive 1-1 mentoring and opportunities to young people facing challenges, helping to build confidence, self-esteem, engagement with education and improved emotional wellbeing.

We are delighted to be piloting a new service funded by Bath & NE Somerset Council from September 2022 which has created two roles directly supporting young people, both on an initial one-year contract.

As you’d expect, we look after our professionals with regular management supervision and monthly clinical supervision. We offer regular training, practice sharing and a commitment to staff wellbeing and development. Our small and friendly team comprises like-minded individuals all motivated to help young people feel safe, feel heard and feel hopeful for the future.

These roles will take you to schools across Bath & NE Somerset, so driving is essential. Some home-based working is possible between visits (not 100%).

Rapid intervention Team (RIT) Mentoring Practitioner

  • 37.5 hours per week, year-round or scope for termtime-plus contract (approx. 41 weeks per year)
  • Initial contract to 31 August 2023, possibly renewable dependent upon funding
  • From £13 per hour dependent upon experience
  • Based Bath and working across Bath & NE Somerset

Our Rapid Intervention Team pilot service will take referrals from schools for students showing early signs of difficulties with their emotional wellbeing. Through delivering a targeted 8–10-week mentoring intervention to understand needs and context, identify and engage with sources of help, and co-create a plan to enable the student to stay in school, if appropriate, and receive the support they need. Depending upon the outcome of the pilot, there may be scope to continue this or similar employment beyond the initial one-year contract.

In this role, you’ll work with a team lead to assess referrals and rapidly get to know students, their families and school relationships. Direct mentoring support will give the student space and time to explore feelings in an unpressurised setting, and to feel heard in identifying their own needs and hopes. Building effective relationships with school staff, you will influence processes in school to support the student day to day while identifying and connecting with other sources of support.

It’s fast-moving, rewarding work using strong emotional wellbeing and health awareness to understand individual needs and circumstances, responding creatively and advocating for the student to be heard. You’ll need excellent relational skills, knowledge of school systems and safeguarding knowledge.  Confident and compassionate communication will be a strength.

Student & Family Support (SAFS) Mentoring Practitioner

  • 37.5 hours per week, year-round or scope for termtime-plus contract (approx. 41 weeks per year)
  • Initial 1-year contract to 31 August 2023, possibly renewable dependent upon funding
  • From £13 per hour dependent upon experience
  • Based Bath and working across Bath & NE Somerset

We are seconding one of our SAFS practitioners to lead the RIT pilot and are seeking a professional to fill her SAFS role for this time. Depending on the outcome of the pilot, there may be scope to continue this or similar employment beyond the initial one-year contract.

Working within an established and supportive team, this Practitioner supports young people to integrate into education following low attendance, exclusion or periods outside mainstream school. You’ll be working directly with a cohort of 10 young people aged 5-16 and their families (each case typically up to 16 weeks) to understand and address underlying difficulties, develop resilience, offer practical help and forge supportive connections for each student in their school.

SAFS Mentoring Practitioners make a real difference to students struggling in education and their families, helping to identify unmet needs, unlocking practical solutions and rebuilding relationships with schools, leading to greater wellbeing and positive aspirations. You’ll need to be happy working in homes, in schools and in the community to offer time, space and guidance, as well as applying strong knowledge of safeguarding and the local support infrastructure.

For both roles

Please read the attached job descriptions and role profiles for details. You’ll need at least 2 years’ professional experience in an equivalent role for both, which could be in the education, pastoral care, healthcare, social care, youth work or similar sectors.

You’ll be confident in your own practice, with recent relevant child safeguarding knowledge. You’ll be comfortable showing empathy and warmth while being led by each individual student’s needs, interests and strengths.

Keeping accurate, timely records on our secure casework database is a must. We serve a broad geographic area including rural communities, so a full driving licence, access to a well-maintained car and business insurance are essential for both roles.

Application process

Please download and carefully read the relevant job description and role profile for either role (links below).

Job description and role profile: RIT Mentoring Practitioner

Job description and role profile: SAFS Mentoring Practitioner

We operate a Safer Recruitment process and have to accept applications in a fixed format. Please download and complete this application form for either role, stating which you are interested in.

Mentoring Plus recruitment application form

If you would like to apply for both roles, please do so on separate application forms which will be assessed by separate staff teams. You may duplicate the personal information on both applications, but be sure to provide specific information about your suitability for each role on the relevant application form.

We operate an anonymised shortlisting process based on the evidence you provide of the experience, skills and attributes we are seeking. Do ensure you provide this evidence and do not assume we can infer this e.g. from a previous job title.

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

 Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, 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.

 

Volunteer mentoring is for you if you enjoy getting out and about, chatting to young people and trying new activities. If you enjoy sport, music, art and crafts, wildlife, photography, local history or other things you could share with a young person, that’s great too.

Find out more about volunteer mentoring