Cambridge House Job Opportunities & Open Day

Jobs & Volunteering Opportunities

Cambridge House is now recruiting for Trainee Community Organisers to work with communities in Southwark, London,
as part of a new nationwide programme of community organising, which aims to train 5,000 individuals who will work in local communities around the country to bring people together, listen to ideas, build networks and support people to tackle the local issues which are important to them.

Trainee Community Organisers will learn how to motivate and organise people locally by using ‘Listening Matters- Root Solutions’ and subsequently other tools and approaches for animating, developing and catalysing community action. ‘Listening Matters- Root Solutions’ involves systematic listening and dialogue that builds trusting, respectful relationships, networks and connectivity between and across diverse communities

Applicants need to have the desire to learn and develop as a Community Organiser in order to apply skills for the benefit of the communities in which they will be working. It is essential that Trainee Community Organisers have good listening and organisational skills.

Cambridge House is particularly keen to receive applications from individuals that have experience of living locally and the diverse communities we serve in Southwark.

Trainee Community Organisers will be employed by Locality who are delivering the national contract for Community Organisers and hosted by Cambridge House in Camberwell who will be providing mentoring and local support.

Salary: negotiable dependent on skills, experience, and personal circumstance, within a range of £8.24- £10 per hour, (Subject to tax and national insurance deductions).

Hours: Full time (30-35 hours p/w ) some flexibility for Part time (15-17.5p/w).

Open Information evening: Tuesday 12th July 2011 6pm-8pm

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 25th July 2011 12pm

Interviews to be held: provisionally W/B 1st & 8th August 2011

Application is by completion of an application pack and personal statement. Please refer to our job advert or call Beatriz 020 7358 7000 or e-mail bdominguez@ch1889.org for further information, or call Clare Gilhooly on 020 7358 7000 for an informal chat.

Cambridge House invites you to our Community Organiser Information Evening at Cambridge House, 131 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0HF
from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 12th July 2011

Locality, the national network for communities ambitious for change, is coordinating a new Office for Civil Society funded nationwide programme of Community Organising.

Cambridge House is delighted to be one of 11 organisations nationally selected to be ‘Kickstarters’ for the programme. This means Cambridge House will be recruiting some of the first Community Organisers under this programme.

If you would like to find out more about the Community Organiser programme, not sure if it is for you or would just like some more information, you are warmly invited to come and find out more about it a our Information evening on 12th July 2011.

If you are able to come on Tuesday 12th July please RSVP to Beatriz Dominguez on 020 7358 7000 or bdominguez@ch1889.org by Friday, July 8th.

If you are unable to attend please see further information about the programme on our website at http://www.ch1889.org/jobs or on the Locality website at www.locality.org.uk/projects/community-organisers or for an informal chat call Clare Gilhooly on 0207 358 7000.

See Cambridge House Website for more details: http://www.ch1889.org/jobs


Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG) Service User Consultant, Care Pathways

Improving Mental Health Services

Are you passionate about getting involved in improving mental health services?
Are you interested in helping the Psychosis CAG to develop better ways for communicating with staff, service users, carers and outside organizations?
Are you comfortable working alongside managers and service users?
Would you like to help advise the Psychosis CAG on its communications?
This role is to be a member of the “Psychosis CAG Communications Steering Group”. Its a great opportunity for someone to step forward who may have opinions about the communication between managers, staff, service users, carers and external organizations.

What will be expected of you?
– Attendance of the Communications Group for two hours per month.
– Occasional attendance of other meetings, such as the service user advisory group. This will mean another hour per month
– Email and phone calls in between meetings of up to one hour per month.
– Help staff consider the relevance of care pathway issues to service users
This role will be best suited to someone with:
– Experience of using mental health services
– A real passion for helping develop care pathways
– Experience of meetings
– Experience of consulting with services users
– Ability to think about others’ experiences

What are the hours?
Up to 4 hours per month for at least 3 months; this will then be reviewed as meetings are likely to be less frequent. It will be reviewed with the service user consultants. The role will be fully reviewed after six months.

How do you apply?
First, have a look at the role description CLICK HERE:Role Description Service User Communications Steering Group Consultant
And a power-point presentation CLICK HERE:What is the Psychosis CAG
For more information and If you are interested in applying contact:
Anne Kirby, Patient and Public Involvement Lead for the Psychosis CAG:
Email:anne.kirby@slam.nhs.uk Telephone:07989652482

Please note that deadlines for applications being received are Wednesday 6th July 2011


Mental Health Recovery in Lewisham – Some Helpful Information

Recovery from Mental Health problems can sometimes be a tough road, but it need not be.
Armed with the correct information you’re sure to be better off.

To view a an info publication from Lewisham Adult Mental Health Services about recovery CLICK HERE:Recovery Information, all that you need to know – Lewisham Adult Mental Health Services SLaM

Lewisham Council has an adult social care website which also lists groups for many things including mental health: www.lewishammylifemychoice.org.uk

Why not also view this section of the Lewisham PCT website which has loads of useful information: http://www.lewishampct.nhs.uk/lsppdirectory/ which has loads of organisations on it. not sure how well it is updated, but it is there.


Website Development Project, Service User Consultant

Psychosis Clinical Academic Group

– Are you passionate about getting involved in improving mental health services?
– Are you interested in helping to develop a website for the psychosis services?
– Are you comfortable working alongside managers and service users?

This role is to be a member of the “Psychosis CAG Website Group”. Its a great opportunity for someone to step forward who may have opinions about developing a website which communicates with service users, carers and external organisation about the work of the Psychosis CAG.
What will be expected of you?

– Help managers to develop an effective website for communicating with a wide range of people and groups.
– Attendance of the Website Group for two hours per month.
Occasional attendance of other meetings, such as the service user advisory group. This will mean another 2 hours per month
– Email and phone calls in between meetings of up to one hour per month.

This role will be best suited to someone with:

– Experience of using mental health services
– A real passion for helping develop a website
– Experience of meetings
– Experience of using health care websites – Ability to think about others’ experiences

What are the hours?
Up to 4 hours per month for at least 6 months.
How do you apply?

First, have a look at the role description CLICK HERE:Role Description Service User Website Project Consultant if you want to know more about the Psychosis CAG then view this brief presentation CLICK HERE:What is the Psychosis CAG

For more information and if you are interested in applying contact:
Anne Kirby, Patient and Public Involvement Lead for the Psychosis CAG:
Email:anne.kirby@slam.nhs.uk Telephone:07989652482
Please note that the deadline for applications being received is the Sunday 3rd July


Review into quality of services – feedback event.R

Make your mark and help the better the mental service provision of the future.

We are looking for service users & carers who are interested in improving quality.
Recently, services have been reviewed.
– We want to tell you what we found.
– We want you to tell us an example of good quality in a service that you have experienced.

To view the flyer for this event simply CLICK HERE:Service Users & Carers event – Checking and improving the quality of services

Come to this informal two-way feedback session
on Friday 15th July 2011 between 2 – 4pm at the Maudsley.
To find out more & book a place
contact Alice Glover tel: 020 3228 0959
email: alice.glover@slam.nhs.uk

Remember! No experience is necessary…. all are welcome……tea/coffee biscuits provided…..…..

go on.. give it a go.. 🙂


Mental Health Recovery Writing Event Workshop.

A creative approach to recovery in mental health on the 7th July 2011.

Would you like to learn about and experience the magical relationship between Writing and Recovery in Mental Health? Do you write? If so then this opportunity is for you.

This event is aimed at:

– Anybody who identifies themselves as having any mental health difficulty and who has an interest in writing; or for whom writing has been part of their recovery;
– Volunteers and staff who have an interest in mental health and well-being from any sort of organisation in Lewisham.

“I sometimes wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic-fear which is inherent in the human situation.” -Graham Greene

Take a look at the poster for this fantastic event CLICK HERE:Mental Health & Recovery Writing Event Flyer

Please bring along any work that you may wish to share as there will be opportunities for this in smaller groups
If you have any sort of interest in getting published this is a golden opportunity for you!
Limited spaces so book early and I’m not just saying that!

When? Thursday 7th July 2011
Where? Seniors, 260 Stanstead Road, London, SE23 1DD
What time? 9.15 am to 4 pm

Lunch will be provided alongside the chance to relax and network at the Coffee and Cake Networking session.
Opportunities to purchase signed copies of Jason Pegler’s books ‘A Can of Madness’, ‘Curing Madness’ and ‘The Ultimate Guide To Well
Being.’

Booking is essential for this event. To reserve your FREE place contact
Errol Hall on 0208 694 6519 or email: errol.hall@slam.nhs.uk


Job Opportunity – Linkwork Manager at Hear Us

Linkworker Manager

Hear Us currently have a vacancy for the above post:

The post holder will develop and expand upon the success of the Hear Us Linkworking Project. The Manager support teams of Linkworkers who are ex or current service users in user focused monitoring of Croydon’s statutory and voluntary mental health services. The post holder will enable the Linkworkers to support service users to express, voice their views and issues of services. Helping to raise the voice of users in the development, planning and commissioning of local mental health service.

This post is a 3 year Contract funded by Comic Relief so if you’re successful you will have a secure job for that long!

The application Pack can be downloaded by visiting the Hear Us Website: http://www.hear-us.org/aboutus/jobvacancies/jobvacancieslinkworkermanager.html

Or if you would like Hear Us to post you an Application Pack then please contact:

Tim Oldham
Coordinator

Tel: 020 8681 6888

Hear Us
Orchard House
15a Purley Road
South Croydon
CR2 6EZ