Becoming a Man (BAM) Counsellor
Mental Health Foundation
London, UK
2d ago

Would you like to work for an organisation that believes that prevention is fundamental to effectively addressing the mental health crisis?

If so, the Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Becoming a Man (BAM) Counsellor to join our BAM Team in delivering the programme within schools in Lambeth.

Salary : starting salary £35,143 rising to £39,000 in year 3 (+£1,642.50 London weighting) The vision of the Mental Health Foundation is good mental health for all.

We work to prevent mental health problems, driving change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.

The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week. We have pioneered change for over 70 years and are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Come join us!In this exciting role, BAM Counsellors are responsible for guiding young men to learn, internalise, and practice social skills, make responsible decisions for their future, and become positive members of their school and community. Role Description :

  • leading and facilitating four to five weekly BAM groups during the school-day, utilizing youth engagement, clinical counselling, Men’s Work, and Rites of Passage skills;
  • providing individualised supports to all BAM participants, and provide individual, family and crisis counselling sessions to students on an as needed basis;
  • in collaboration with the Project Manager, managing an annual program budget to plan and execute field trips and special events for students throughout school year and summer;
  • participating in monthly staff development trainings and team meetings on the evidence-based BAM curriculum and other topics relevant to working with youth;
  • collaborating with school administration, teachers, and other Mental Health Foundation programmes to provide and participate in professional development sessions.
  • Person Specification : BAM Counsellors will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, capabilities and experience :

  • experience in youth engagement through working in education, human service, youthdevelopment or social services;
  • ability to commit to the continuous improvement of service quality and theorganisation’s mission;
  • experience in working with groups of young people in a therapeutic capacity;
  • successfully employed monitoring and evaluation systems processes;
  • demonstrable experience utilising tools for emotional or academic needs assessment;
  • experience providing individualised pastoral or emotional support to young people or their families;
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills, particularly in regards to culturalsensitivity and respect for differences;
  • proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). The Genuine Occupational Requirements for these roles states that all applicants must identify as male.
  • Why should you join our Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days excluding bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years of service
  • Generous non-contributory pension plan, up to 10% employer contribution
  • Various flexible working options
  • Enhanced Maternity pay
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme MHF is fully committed to safeguarding all. Please note that all our roles require a DBS check. We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.
  • In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. How to apply : Please send your application form to with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

    Please note that all sections of this form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted. Deadline for receipt of applications is 9.

    00am on Monday 3rd August 2020, interviews will be on 5th and 7th August 2020. Diversity is valued at the Foundation and is important in the work that we do.

    Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are currently operating digital recruitment and on-boarding processes.

    The successful candidate may be required to work from home until such time as our offices re-open. We are open to consider flexible working and we are currently working on a proposal, based on staff consultation, about how a return to the office, planned for September, could look like.

    This may include having a blend of working in the office and working from home, to allow for social distancing to be put in place, as well as supporting staff wellbeing in longer term.

    As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

    We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems.

    We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

    We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

    This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live.

    We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

    Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

    The Mental Health Foundation is a great place to work and offers generous benefits.

    All our members of staff are entitled to the following benefits. Please note that some of the benefits are available after a qualifying probation period.


    We consider it important to encourage people to save for their retirement and therefore we provide staff (after successful completion of a probation period) with a 10% pension contribution paid into an Age on Personal Pension.

    Contributions can be invested in a variety of funds according to your investment preference, or alternatively a default fund is available.

    Staff will also receive death in service life cover at four times salary.

    Annual leave

    Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

    Maternity / parental leave

    Enhanced maternity / parenthood leave entitlements are in place, including extended maternity leave and benefits. Available after a qualifying period.

    Flexible working / work life balance

    The right to request flexible working is available to all employees. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

    Sickness / absence

    We are required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.

    Employee Assistance Service

    At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives. As part of our commitment to staff members we provide a 24 / 7 independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service, free of charge.

    Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns.

    Season ticket loan

    Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

    Cycle to Work Scheme

    The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution.

    It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

    Through the scheme, employees will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111, repaid over 18 months through deductions from your gross monthly salary.

    The loan will be interest free and the benefit will be offered after successful completion of the probationary period.

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