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Balsam Gardens

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Salary: £26,500 pro rata

Working hours: 21 per week

Job Purpose: The Recovery and Wellbeing Worker will work holistically with people introduced for mental health support, engaging them in one to one and group activities that support personal recovery and help build their confidence, practical skills, social networks, resilience and independence. The post holder will assist people to improve their physical as well as their mental health, through the use of tools and strategies for a healthy lifestyle. OPEN Mental Health work will focus on support for adults, young adults and older people. The post holder will inspire and motivate people to improve and maintain their own health and wellbeing through use of a range of evidence based social and therapeutic interventions in a personalised, co-produced and trauma informed approach. They will work in partnership with an existing multi disciplinary team at the Balsam Centre and with other partner organisations across South Somerset to ensure that people access the right services at the right time. Partners include Somerset Foundation Trust, Chard WATCH, South Somerset CAB, MIND in Somerset, Local Authority staff, a range of mental health Voluntary Sector organisations, Peer Support staff and Volunteers and Experts by Experience.

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Whilst the work of the Centre is long term, funding for its projects and services is all too frequently short term.

It is largely thanks to help from a fund created by a legacy left by one person, that the Balsam Centre has been able to continue its mental health work over the last few years. The help that this has given hundreds of people is a permanent and living memorial to that person’s generosity.

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