Group Lead Support Worker - LGBTQ+ Group

Closing date 3 February 2019
Organisation People in Action
Location Leeds City Centre
Hours Part time
3.5 Hours Per Week
Salary £9.19 Per Hour
Telephone 0113 244 3729
Email leigh-ann.hays@peopleinaction.org.uk
Website peopleinaction.org.uk
Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who will lead the delivery on our LGBTQ+ group within Leeds City Centre. The lead will be responsible for service delivery, promotion, assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation. The group provides a programme of activities which address key areas such as: sexual and reproductive health, drugs and alcohol awareness, mental health and wellbeing, hate crime and bullying, support with employment, study and training and healthy living.

JOB DESCRIPTION Group Lead – LGBTQ+ Group Personal Health & Wellbeing Development Service  
Salary Rate:          £9.19 per hour                                  
Hours:                   Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9pm  
Location:               Leeds City Centre
Contract:               3.5 hours per week (Group session time plus 1 additional hour for  planning and preparation)
Holidays: 5.6 weeks pro rata (Inclusive of statutory and bank holidays) Responsible to:  Personal Health and Wellbeing Project Coordinator
 

About People in Action (Yorkshire)  

People in Action (Yorkshire) is a thriving Leeds based charity, established in 1983 to benefit people with learning disabilities, difficulties and similar conditions. The charity makes a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable and socially isolated; inspiring and empowering people to recognise their potential, fulfil their aspirations and lead safer healthier, better connected lives.  

The charity provides a range of innovative, inclusive, person centred services which reflect the needs of the people it supports. The activities are wide ranging and include the provision of opportunities for leisure, learning, employment, health, wellbeing and the development of life skills. The range of activities runs from practical courses in employability to social groups that meet in the community to enjoy leisure time together.  Through individual care packages the charity also provides practical one to one support tailored to the needs to the individual.  

Purpose of the post

To continue to build and establish the LGBTQ+ group following a successful 12-week pilot programme. To use the evaluation from the pilot programme to plan and deliver a sustainable, member-led group. To help members explore and understand the topic of LGBTQ and the basics of gender and sexual identity in line with members personal outcomes.  

Key duties and responsibilities  

Group Participants:

  • To support the participants to achieve their own outcomes established through initial assessment
  • To facilitate and carry out support in accordance with each members risk assessment (if applicable).
LGBTQ+ Group Programme:
  • To work in a person-centred approach, facilitating a 12 week programme of activities, in consultation with group members/staff/volunteers and other relevant stakeholders
  • Be responsible for gathering weekly attendance records and other relevant information as required
  • Be responsible for carrying out risk assessments of activites / venues as and when required
  • To support the promotion and marketing of the Personal Health and Wellbeing Development Service and People in Action.
  • To listen and act on any compliments and complaints from all stakeholders and take responsibility for informing the line manager.
  • To preserve and respect the dignity and privacy of group members their families and observe confidentiality at all times.
  • To follow best practice guidance regarding safeguarding, Care Standards Act, Health and Safety and managing risks legislation to promote independence.
  Person Centred Work
  • To adopt an enabling approach with the emphasis on what members can do instead of what they can’t do.
  • Provide a person centred model of support which encourages independence and discourages dependence.
  • To ensure the social, emotional, communication and physical needs of each member is met in a manner that is sensitive to the religious, cultural, linguistic and ethnic origins of the individual.
  • To support volunteers (if applicable) with and without learning disabilities in the group sessions and assist in their development.
  Personal Support and Development:
  • To attend training and meetings as and when required.  These may be day time events and in own time.
  • To receive supervision at least every twelve weeks and liaise with the line manager as required, attend project team meetings.
  Safeguarding adults
  • To report any significant issues, notifiable events or concerns immediately through line management channels.
Other Duties
  • To promote the work of the project/service and the charity
  • To adhere to and implement service policies, procedures and protocols within the employee handbook
  • To observe the requirements of members confidentiality and Data Protection legislation.
  • To ensure that the service is provided in accordance with People in Action’s standards and objectives, safe guarding, risk assessments, Health and Safety requirements and the General Social Care Council’s Code of Conduct. 
  • Any other reasonable duties as required
Person Specification
All the below are ESSENTIAL criteria for the role; ·        
  • An enthusiastic and flexible approach to the post
  • Understanding of topics, barriers and issues relating to LGBTQ, gender and sexuality
  • Ability to facilitate conversations, sessions or activities which will support person-centred outcomes
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people or people with learning disabilities, autism or Aspergers
  • Ability to communicate professionally with group members, parents/carers and colleagues ·         
  • Ability to support members in a positive and creative way that appreciates choice, dignity, respect and privacy          
  • An understanding of safeguarding ·         
  • Willingness to be trained and take a proactive role in personal development
  • Behave in accordance with People in Action’s values and uphold these at all times ·         
  • An understanding of Safeguarding  
This Job Description is not exhaustive. It will be subject to periodic review and may be amended following discussion between the post-holder and employer.

If you are interested in applying for the above position or would like further information, please contact Leigh-Ann Hays via email on leigh-ann.hays@peopleinaction.org.uk or call 0113 244 3729 to request an application pack. 
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