Inclusion & Diversity Link Worker
Position: Bluebell Inclusion and Diversity Link worker
Salary: 28,000 pro-rata
Location: Flexible between Bristol, City centre central hub and home, the position holder will also be required to undertake some travel throughout Bristol.
Duration: Initial 1-year fixed term contract.
Hours: 4 days – or can be flexible across 3 or 4 days, plus pension scheme.
Closing date: Friday 17th September
Bluebell Care Trust is a Bristol based charity that offers support for parents, partners & infants who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties during the perinatal period (from conception to 2 years after birth). We are a passionate team, led by lived experience, supporting families across the South-West through a wide range of services including, peer support, group programmes, informal drop-in sessions, creative sessions, exercise & wellbeing sessions, counselling, infant & early years work & support for partners.
At Bluebell we recognise that every parent, partner & infant deserves equal access to perinatal mental health support services. We are committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion within our organisation, and are working towards embedding this into everything we do, and all the services we offer. We are excited to announce this new opportunity and are looking for an enthusiastic person with a passion for inclusion, diversity and equality, to join our team to co-develop this work with parents with their own lived experience of facing barriers to access, to address the inequalities that exist in our own and other perinatal mental health provision.
Aim of role:
This role has two key aims:
1. to ensure that Bluebell’s services will become more inclusive to all parents, partners and infants who need them, particularly those who experience more barriers in accessing perinatal mental health services, including Black parents, their partners and infants and those from other minoritised ethnic communities, those who face disadvantages and barriers due to poverty, age, gender or sexuality, those from LGBTQIA+. communities including non-birthing partners, disabled parents, their partners & infants, including those with unseen disabilities and those with neuro diversity.
2. as part of the same role, to work alongside a researcher, on an exciting project being developed jointly by Bristol’s Perinatal Mental Health Integration Team (HIT), the local NHS clinical commissioning group and the voluntary sector, to help identify the gaps and the barriers faced in perinatal mental health provision across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, by the same communities. Your role in this will be to build connections with these communities and parents with lived experience from within them, to inform the research and enable their voices and experiences to be fully heard. This will involve setting up and co-facilitating workshops, focus groups or other means of involving parents with lived experience, specifically for the Perinatal Health Integration Team (HIT) project, working with the researcher in post to develop the best approach together as a team and ensuring it is inclusive and co-developed with community groups and parents.
Key responsibilities of the role:
- Strengthening and further developing partnerships with allied organisations who already work closely with people who face barriers, disadvantage & inequality.
- Connecting with & co-developing our diversity and inclusion work with parents & their partners with lived experience of facing barriers in accessing perinatal mental health services and support.Working with people who access services, to better understand community needs in term of cultural barriers and stigma, in relation to perinatal mental health services.
- Setting up workshops, focus groups or other means of involving parents with lived experience, specifically for the Perinatal Health Integration Team (HIT) project, working with the researcher in post to develop this together.
- Addressing the need for much greater access to interpreting services within BNSSG, for those who need it when accessing support for perinatal mental health.
- Lead on the task of translation & design of existing and new written and promotional materials used by Bluebell and other services to ensure they meet the needs of diverse cultural and ethnic groups and wider demographics.
- Work with the team on the development of our new website, branding and marketing materials to ensure that diversity, inclusion and equality is a predominant theme and easily visible to all.
- Mapping out existing perinatal mental health and family support services locally, to identify gaps in provision and barriers to access and work to improve this alongside other agencies, partners in health visiting, maternity and in local NHS Trusts.
- Developing ideas for new resources & support that Bluebell can offer, that will enable greater cultural & racial inclusion and remove barriers to access.
- Play a pivotal role in ensuring that the values of non-discrimination and equality permeate throughout everything we do at the Bluebell Care Trust, including in our governance, staff team and policies.
- Support our team of peer support workers, group leaders, early years team and other team members, to meet the needs of parents, partners and infants who may face more barriers or need further support when accessing our services.
- Develop ways to evaluate and ensure that our support offer is fully accessible to those who have disabilities.
- Evaluate our current support offer to determine that we are providing a service that is inclusive and appealing to the diverse community we serve, and to produce recommendations and targets for change.
- Evaluating our current training and development materials to ensure that inclusion, diversity and equality is central to the content, and developing new specific materials to improve inclusion, diversity and equality within the organisation.
Alongside your passion, you will bring some professional or personal experience of championing equality, diversity and inclusion. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate a range of the following skills and experience:
- A commitment to championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Ability to hold intercultural and sensitive conversations.
- Experience of working within a health, mental health or related organisation, however other transferable professional and/or personal experience is also welcomed.
- Experience of engaging with under-represented groups and an understanding of different community engagement approaches.
- Have previous experience in an organisation where inclusion has been embedded in the fabric of the organisation, and able to show relevant work that led to improved outcomes.
- Experience of building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders & decision makers, at all levels of organisations and from a range of backgrounds.
- A good understanding of perinatal mental health – either through personal or professional experience.
- Flexibility to work within a team.
- Ability to listen, reflect, challenge and develop ideas & projects.
- Experience of working alongside other agencies, health professionals and other professional bodies.
- Strong communication and influencing skills, including report writing, copywriting for websites, marketing materials and social media, confidence to delivering presentations and host meetings if required.
- To be a connector, networker and build relationships.
- Ability to plan and organise own work, working to multiple deadlines and managing own time. IT skills including ability to use office products, email and willingness to learn new IT skills, such as our database.
Bluebell recognises the benefits of ensuring diversity at every level in our organisation. We actively encourage applications from the widest possible range of backgrounds and experiences, and particularly from those who are under-represented in our organisation and within the perinatal mental health voluntary sector, including: Black parents with lived experience of perinatal mental health difficulties, those from other minoritised ethnic communities, those with disabilities including unseen disabilities, those with neuro diversity, those from LGBTQIA+ communities.
We are dedicated to making adjustments to support candidates throughout our recruitment process and if you need any support with the application process, or interview please contact Jess@bluebellcare.org or call us on 0117 922 0746