POSITION TITLE: Youth Mental Wellness Project Worker (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown)
LOCATION: The post holder will be expected to work across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown based within Youth Services.
This employer for this position is Crosscare, a servant leadership organisation which seeks to provide innovative and relevant services to those most in need.
Crosscare is the largest provider of youth services in the county of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Crosscare’s Youth Services operate a range of services to help young people aged 10-24 years in the community reach their full potential, including prevention, early intervention and crisis services.
Crosscare Youth Services aim to connect disadvantaged young people, some of whom may have mental health issues, to services in their locality and engage them in youth work programmes relevant to their needs.
SALARY: 30-35K depending on experience.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full time 37.5 hours per week. This will include some evenings and weekends for which a time in lieu system will operate. This is a six month contract initially.
REPORTING TO: Youth Service Manager, Crosscare – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
This new post will be the central support to an exciting new interagency project ‘The Youth Wellness Bridge – Connecting Services to Improve Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing’.
This innovative interagency project aims to enable the community, voluntary and statutory mental health resources and services to be visible, accessible and responsive to the identified prevention and early intervention needs of disadvantaged young people in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.
The Youth Wellness Worker will be a key support to the interagency process of project development, logistical planning, project communication, project delivery and project evaluation.
An interagency project steering group will be set up to guide the project towards agreed outcomes, led by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) Sub-Group on Health and Mental Health.
The post-holder will therefore work with this interagency project steering group to support the collaborative design of a ‘service bridge’ to support youth mental wellness through coordinated interagency service communication, information sharing, service referrals, training and, if feasible, sharing of resources and/or co-location of services in community based locations. This will involve setting up a project database of current service activity supporting youth mental wellness, organising interagency planning and action meetings, consultations with youth, workshops and professional development training events, and supporting co-located service provision if feasible.
This project seeks to promote the meaningful participation of young people in the development of the project to enhance access to responsive, timely and effective mental health promotion, early intervention and treatment services. The post holder will therefore support young people to act as partners with stakeholder services in the design, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the ‘Youth Mental Wellness Bridge’. This may involve creating and supporting a Youth Advisory Panel to include young people with a diversity of mental health lived experiences.
The post holder will also engage young people in the collaborative development of a services website signposting mental health supports available to all young people living in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. The post holder will support young people to access approved online mental health services in a mentored process with HSE psychology (Dublin South).
The post holder is required to support the participatory action research evaluation of this project which may involve input into literature review, research design, keeping a record of project activity, data collection of agreed measures, evaluation at agreed time points and report writing for the interagency steering group and the funding body.
The post holder will engage with and build professional trusting relationships with individual young people and stakeholder agency staff, treating all people with dignity and respect and working within the values and the Service Leadership ethos of Crosscare.
In particular the postholder is required to work within the policies of Crosscare and the standard operating procedures of the youth services.
- A recognised and relevant 3rd level qualification (e.g. Youth Work; Social Care; Social Work; or equivalent.
- A demonstrable interest in and/or training in youth mental health
- At least 3 years’ experience of working with young people and vulnerable adults with lived experience of mental health difficulties, ideally within a youth work setting.
- Experience of working on interagency projects involving multiple stakeholders
- Demonstrable initiative and capacity for independent working when appropriate
- Strong organisational and administrative skills
- Excellent communication skills
- A full clean driving licence.
- Proven report writing and/or grant-writing skills
- Research skills.
Applicants should complete the Crosscare application form and email it to email@example.com or send it to the HR Department, Crosscare, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3 stating role being applied for.
Closing date for applications is 4pm on 30th August, 2018. Successful applications will be notified quickly and interviews will take place in September. The successful candidate will be required to start as soon as possible.
Crosscare is an equal opportunities employer.
Garda Vetting will apply to this role.
This position is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (QCBI Innovation fund) and by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (DLR CYPSC), Tusla Child & Family Agency.