‘Advantage’ Programme Coordinator

  • Employer Palace for Life Foundation
  • Town / City London
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary £26000 - £28000 per annum
  • Position Type 1 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 29/11/2021
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Salary: £26,000 – £28,000

Hours: 37.5 per week

Contract: 1-year FTC (with possibility of extension)

Closing Date: Monday 29th November 2021

Interview Date: w/c 6th December

Job Purpose

Advantage is a new mentoring programme for young people with mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing needs. It is an innovative partnership between Palace for Life Foundation and NHS CAMHS units. Advantage uses youth work to connect with young people, with the mentor supported by a designated NHS clinician.

The post-holder will be responsible for overseeing the project delivery of the Advantage Programme as well as working with a small caseload of young people every 6 months (on average). They will work closely with partners such as schools/colleges, GP’s service, Wellness Centres and CAMHS overseeing the programme referral process and organising clinician screening assessments. They will be responsible for building partnerships and identifying suitable pathways and development opportunities for young people including but not limited to; health and wellbeing, life skills and education and employability.

Job Summary

  • Lead on referral process and recruitment of young people into programme. This will include contacting referral partners and parents/ guardians with support from NHS clinician
  • Line manage the Advantages Mentor to ensure that they are supported in delivering 1-2-1 mentoring interventions
  • Build partnerships and relationships with external organisations to help develop pathway opportunities for young people
  • Ensure the data systems are kept up to date and the correct procedures are being undertaken to track and monitor young people on the programme
  • Monthly reporting in the reporting template on referrals, demographics, attendance, progressions and exits to support the continuous reviewing and evaluation of the project
  • Establish, maintain and develop effective partnerships working with stakeholders including relevant external agencies and organisations
  • Manage relationships with key community partners e.g. CAMHS, Social Service, Met Police, Educational establishments
  • Work with a small caseload of young supporting them through 1-2-1 mentoring working towards SMART-based goals
  • Complete monitoring, evaluation and session recordings using internal systems, including contributing to the project monthly reports as directed by Regional Project Coordinator
  • Ensure that all delivery complies with all health and safety and safeguarding requirements including the production of individual risk assessments
  • Attend all scheduled supervision, meetings and training events

Please Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all the tasks which may be required of the post holder. It is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the work to be undertaken.

Job Requirements


  • A minimum level 2 in Youth Work, Mentoring and Safeguarding qualification or equivalent
  • Mental Health Awareness Training
  • Experience in working with young people in a 1-2-1/ Pastoral role
  • Experience of partnership/inter-agency working as part of a team around complex young people
  • Experience of working with young people with mental health and other complex needs
  • Previous track record of managing successful projects
  • Experience of monitoring and tracking participants for evaluation purposes
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Proficient at log and report writing
  • Capable of using data management systems
  • Organised individual with a keen eye for detail
  • Be able to create new partnerships and maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Possess great communication skills and able to communicate with people at all levels
  • A true passion and interest in developing and supporting young people’s mental health from a range of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact and engage with young people
  • A flexible approach towards working practice and working hours
  • Commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and inclusivity
  • An understanding of the issues and barriers impacting young people, especially those impacted by the pandemic
  • Able to travel across south London to carry out community outreach work


  • Emergency First Aid Certificate
  • Youth MHFA Certificate
  • Knowledge of CAMHS and other mental health services
  • Experience in managing a caseload of individuals
  • Previous experience in line managing part-time staff
  • Experience In a similar role supporting young people in a school, college or community setting
  • Experience of working managing a referral process
  • Possess a full driving licence
  • Previous experience of using VIEWs or Upshot

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