Employment Support Mentor

windmill hill city farm
Contract Type: 
Wednesday afternoon fortnightly
Details of Role: 

Purpose of the role

Windmill Hill City Farm and Richmond Fellowship deliver an employment service for people mental health issues in Bristol. As part of Bristol Mental Health Employment Service, the farm provides individuals with the opportunity to build employability skills and become able to job seek independently, and be supported to enter volunteering and other services.

The project involves 8 week work placements and a fortnightly employment support drop in, Steps2work. The Steps2work drop-in session supports individuals to identify goals and find the right opportunity. We provide advice, practical support and resource sharing opportunities to help individuals seek employment or voluntary opportunities.

We are looking for a volunteer to support individuals who attend Steps2Work drop-in with their job search skills. This role will enable individuals to develop experience and skills in looking for work and help them become work ready.

The drop in is every fortnight on a Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm. Volunteers will arrive at 1.30pm to help set up and leave at 4.30pm after a post drop in debrief.

Main activities/ tasks

  • To engage in a mentoring relationship with an individual for a number of consecutive sessions.
  • Support and advise individuals with their employability goals e.g. job searches, CV writing, and applications at fortnightly drop in.
  • Develop an understanding of an individual’s needs and aspirations and monitor these in partnership with the Health and Social Care Team.
  • Provide moral and practical support to individuals involved in the project.
  • To respect individual confidentiality and adhere to data protection principles.
  • To adhere to the farm’s equal opportunities and volunteering policy.
  • To attend initial training and other training/support as required.

Support and training

We will offer you:

  • Initial induction
  • Regular supervision, support and training where appropriate to develop your own skills base in the areas you would like to focus on.
  • Volunteer meetings with the opportunity to socialise with fellow volunteers and discuss project development

The role will provide you with the opportunity to support individuals with mental health issues to find employment and help develop the new project partnership.

Skills, Experience and Qualities 

  • Good communication and active listening skills and a helpful and open manner.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people.
  • Non judgemental attitude and happy to support people from all backgrounds.
  • Some experience of working with adults with mental health issues.
  • Experience of employment searching and providing advice and support on best practice in the employment search process.
  • A friendly, welcoming and inclusive approach.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • An understanding of confidentiality
  • An understanding of the issues facing unemployed people
  • A good knowledge of IT and confidence with using the internet
  • Commitment to equalities and diversity

This is an ideal role for someone who would like to develop experience of supporting individuals with mental health issues in a community organisation.


Closing Date: 
Monday, 1 July, 2019 - 17:00
How to Apply: 

To apply complete the application form and return to lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk or call 0117 947 1194 for more information

Contact Person: 
Lizzie Spencer
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
0117 9471194
Postal Address: 
Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster, BS3 4EA