Job Vacancy: Befriending Project Worker

[This vacancy is now closed for new applications]

Fancy joining our small and vibrant team at a time when our service is more important than ever?

We are looking for a Project Worker to work closely with our Befriending Service Manager to help operate our Befriending service. This is a new role as we expand and develop our Befriending service over the period of the COVID19 pandemic.

The Befriending service was set up in March in order to meet the needs of the community for the most vulnerable members of our community and those who are unable to access our online support groups. We now have funding to rapidly expand this and create different types of 1 to 1 befriending help to the people of Bristol.

Your main responsibility as a Befriending Project Worker will be to help in the delivery of the service, developing different tiers of help, including phone and online support and a new Walk and Talk in person service. You will supervise volunteers; promote the service; network; and help deliver training and drive the service forward. You can expect a good amount of admin and ad hoc tasks, therefore you will need strong skills to prioritise, organise your workload effectively.

You will be working full-time (37.5 hours per week). This is a fixed term contract for 8 months due to funding. It will require some flexibility and out-of-hours working as well as working in a face-to-face capacity.

About Changes Bristol mental health charity

Changes Bristol is a mental health charity that provides a service to those suffering mental distress in greater Bristol. Our core service provides peer support meetings that run every week that are open access with no referral necessary, and where the support is there for as long as people need it. We also run a new befriending service for those unable to access the technical requirements for our online support groups.

We’re a small vibrant team, and we consider our service to be essential to the population of Bristol and wish to maintain, improve and expand our service in the coming years.

Please scroll down for the Application form, Guidance notes, Job Description, Person Specification, and Applicant letter giving details of the role. Please complete the application form and the anonymised link Equalities form and email the completed application to for the attention of Jason Washbourne.

Please ensure you read and understand the Guidance Notes and the requirements of the Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form. A Curriculum Vitae will not be accepted as an application for the role.

After the closing date on Monday 30th November 12pm we will assess all the applications received and compile a shortlist of candidates. If you are chosen on the shortlist you will be invited for an interview shortly after the closing date. We are looking to make an appointment to the role as quickly as possible.

We are an equal opportunities employer, but more than that we are a charity that cares passionately about diversity and inclusion. We are committed to making our team better reflect the diverse communities that we serve in Bristol. This means that we welcome your application regardless of your gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes you unique.

Job Description
Person Specification
Application Letter
Guidance notes
Application Form
Equalities form (anonymous – please fill in online)