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Bi-lingual Support Workers (3 posts)  Mental Health /Jul/2016

Stronger Together is a regional network for those working to achieve racial equality within N. Ireland.  The network is delivering a pilot project to improve access to mental health support for people from minority ethnic backgrounds.  The 1+1 project

To support the delivery of the 1+1 Mental Health Pilot Project we wish to employ three part-time bilingual support workers.  This is an opportunity to work on an innovative project and also develop a potential career path in advocacy / support work/ mental health field.S

Salary: £22k pro rata ( £13,200)   Hours per week: 22.5 Duration: Full job and personal spec available with application pack.

For an application pack – please contact bernadette@stepni.org quoting the reference number of the job you wish to apply for and leaving your contact details. 

Closing date for completed applications is 4pm, Wednesday 20th July.


Application Guidance

 There are three separate part-time positions available as below.  Please ensure you apply for the correct position and that you reference this on the external envelope/ identify the reference in the email subject box


Position 1.  Ref.   I+I / P1

This position is for a support worker who is bilingual in Mandarin/ Cantonese and English:  The position will be based with CWA (Chinese Welfare Association) in Belfast. Interviews for this position will take place on Friday 22nd July


Position 2.    Ref 1+1/ P2

This position is for a support worker who is bilingual in Polish and English.  The position will be based with either Ballymoney Resource Centre or Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum.  Interviews for this post will take place on Friday 29thJuly


Position 3. 1+1 / P3

This position is for a support worker who is bilingual in Portuguese/ Tetum and English. The position will be based with STEP in Dungannon.  Interviews for this post will take place on Tuesday 26th July


Please note:

1.    To apply for the position, you must complete all sections of the application.  If you leave any section markedessential criteria blank, your application will be rejected. If you leave any other section blank your score for that section will be zero. This may result in not being selected for interview.


2.    All applications must be returned to the central project point on or before the closing date.


3.    The closing date for applications is: 4.00pm Wednesday 20th July


4.    Successful applicants will be expected to take up their post at the beginning of September 2016.


It is your responsibility as the applicant to ensure that your application is received before the deadline and to make yourself available for interview.


Job Description

 Title: ‘1+1’ Bilingual Project Support Worker:

Hours per week: Each post is for 22.5 hrs per week.  These will be normally be within 9.00 - 5.00 but may involve some occasional work outside of these hours.


Salary: £13,200 (Pro Rata Equivalent to £22,000 salary for 37.5 hrs) + 3% contribution to pension.

Duration: The contract is currently until March 2018 with potential extension for further year.

Employer and Location: 3 positions will be manged and located as below:

Position 1.   Employer: Chinese Welfare Association (CWA). The position will be based with CWA in Belfast.

Position 2.    Employer: Ballymoney Community Resource Centre. The position will be based with Ballymoney Resource Centre / Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum

Position 3.   Employer: STEP. The position will be based at The Junction Community Centre, Dungannon.


Key Function: To support the delivery of the 1+1 Mental Health Pilot Project by:

·         Working as a team with other project support workers, host organisation and project management to deliver the overall project as a regional pilot

·         Taking direct responsibility for delivery within a designated geographic area as above

·         Taking direct responsibility at project level for a designated linguistic community as outlined.

Key Tasks: The key tasks of the project support worker will be:

·         To identify the range of relevant services available within their geographic area

·         To take referrals into the pilot and assess for inclusion in the pilot as participants

·         To signpost and support the pilot participants in accessing and securing effective outcomes from those services and monitor progress

·         To liaise effectively with existing funded organisations to enable access to their services for project participants

·         To work with the participant and provider to overcome barriers/ obstacles to effective outcomes for the participant

·         To record and monitor participant progress

·         To report to the project manager on the progression of the agreed outcomes for participants and the project.

·         To participate and contribute to the pilot team

·         To actively contribute to the shared learning from the pilot

·         To promote and advertise the overall project

This is not an exhaustive or restrictive list.  It is intended only to identify key aspects of the role.

Essential Criteria:

1.    Vocational skills

·         Must have a good level of general education

·         Must be bilingual in stated languages with evidenced competency in both languages at speaking, writing, listening at level 2 on the national framework of qualification (equivalent to pass (grade D at GCSE level)

·         Must have completed the Aware NI Mental Health training provided in Year 1 of the project or provide evidence of completing training that meets the profile of Aware NI Year one training within the period of Jan 2014- March 2016.

·         Must be able to use Microsoft Office package.


2.    Transferrable skills

·         Positive approach to problem solving

·         Able to build the confidence and motivation of others

·         Good team worker and able to use initiative

·         Capacity for reflective practice

·         Capacity for empathy within professional boundaries

3.    Experience

Must have

·         previous experience of effective recording and administration

·         previous experience of at least one year working in a community setting

·         previous experience of at least one year working in a minority ethnic context

Desirable Criteria

·         Working competence in a third language

·         Previous experience of working in the field of mental health

Click HERE to download application form