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Link Worker – Moving Forward Newcastle

Link Worker – Moving Forward Newcastle

Salary: £16,665 – £19,190 per annum

Contract: Permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Location: Newcastle


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a compassionate and dedicated individual to join our team as a Link Worker.

As a key member of the Moving Forward Newcastle team, you will be passionate about helping people who have experienced mental health barriers to get back on their feet. Our main aims are to help people to:

  • Rediscover their self-confidence
  • Learn new skills, or rediscover old interests
  • Build a stronger social network and have more people to spend time with
  • Get back into education or training
  • Find paid or voluntary work

This exciting service based in South Newcastle provides innovative, recovery focussed support to people with mental health problems. It helps people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to access community resources, develop lasting friendships and to re-enter education and work. It aims to help people with mental health needs build on existing skills and abilities by providing opportunities for education, training and work through promoting empowerment and peer support.

Mental Health Concern is a leading NHS and Local Authority commissioned charity that provides a wide range of specialist mental health services, supporting people with mental health problems to live valued lives. As part of the Concern Group, we are primarily based in the North East of England and employ over 275 staff. Established for over 30 years, we are proud to be one of the largest non-statutory providers of mental health services in England.

It is our mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people we serve. Our staff are key in delivering this mission, and are committed to the organisations core values which are at the heart of everything we do.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation that has experienced recent growth and continues to seek new opportunities to further strengthen and build upon our excellent reputation.


We would love to hear from you if you meet the following criteria:

Whilst previous work experience in this area is not essential, you must be keen, able to motivate/inspire others and have an up to date awareness of how mental health issues can affect adults. Group facilitation skills and/or experience are essential to this role. Applications from people who have used mental health services are encouraged.


What we offer in return:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising with length in service) and with the opportunity to purchase more
  • A comprehensive induction and ongoing training, development and supervision
  • An enhanced pension scheme
  • A supportive culture that values work-life balance
  • Access to LifeWorks, which provides excellent corporate discounts on shopping, cinema tickets and restaurants
  • An Employee Assistance Programme which offers 24/7 financial, legal and personal advice, including free access to counselling where required
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Death in Service Insurance


How to Apply:

The Job Pack for this role can be downloaded below. This includes the job description, person specification and application form. For further information about this role, please call Natalie Harrison (Senior Team Lead) or Jon Hamilton (Team Lead) on 0191 222 0324 for further information about this post.

To apply, please complete the application form contained within the Job Pack and send either via email to recruitment@concerngroup.org or via post to Buttress House, 36 Brenkley Way, Seaton Burn, Tyne and Wear, NE13 6DS.

Please note, all correspondence will be sent to the email address provided on your application form. This will be sent from recruitment@concerngroup.org. To avoid missing our emails, please add this email address to your “safe list” to prevent it being caught by any spam filters and also regularly check your Junk Mail folders.


The closing date for applications is Monday 26th August 2019.

 Group interviews will be held on Tuesday 3rd September 2019, with individual interviews for successful candidates on Friday 6th September 2019.


This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, which we will cover the cost of. Concern Group reserves the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date if a large volume of applications are received. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of applying please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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