Moving Forward — Steps to Independence

Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood, South Notts


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Service description

The Moving Forward service provides support to people in Nottinghamshire who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The service works in close partnership with the statutory mental health teams, other voluntary services, carers, groups and communities to provide support that focusses on practical intervention to help develop the skills needed to support people towards maintaining their homes independently. We are also able to provide some units of supported accommodation.

• Workers will negotiate individual support plans on housing, benefits, debt and money management, independent life skills, training, education and employment, mental health and emotional wellbeing, physical health and social inclusion

• Support can be provided for up to two years and is service user led

• Appointments usually occur in a service user's own home or local community and involve lone working

• There are regular drop-in opportunities for current and ex-service users to access additional advice and support

• Regular activities and groups to promote social inclusion take place in the office and local community


Learning opportunities

• Experience of providing tenancy support to people in their own homes including support with housing, benefit and income maximisation, debt and life skills

• Understanding the needs of people who experience mental health distress

• Understanding the needs of homeless and vulnerably housed people

• Promoting social inclusion by encouraging service users to create and maintain links with the local community

• Experience of conducting needs assessments, risk assessments, support planning and reviews based on task and person centred principles

• Working in partnership with service users, carers, voluntary and statutory agencies and communities

• Understanding of legal and policy issues relating to people with mental health difficulties, including Mental Health Acts 1983/2007 and Mental Capacity Act (2005)

• Understanding of safeguarding legislation and policy

• Practice within the principles of anti-discrimination, anti-oppressive practice and equal opportunities

• Opportunities to apply theory, legislation and GSCC codes of conduct reflectively to everyday practice

• Working as part of a team as well as undertaking lone working

• Understanding empowerment, promoting independence and positive risk taking

• Experience of advocating on behalf of service users

• Undertake one-to-one case work as well as potential group work

• Develop effective communication techniques

• Complete accurate, accountable service user records

• Understanding of Supporting People commissioning


Additional information

Our usual hours of work are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm but some work outside of these hours might be required to participate in groups and activities.

As most of our work takes place in the local community access to a car is preferable.