Support Worker for Active Recovery Project

The Southmead Project
£25 per hour
Contract Type: 
Part Time
4 hours per fortnight
Contract Details: 
4 hours per fortnight depending on the availability of the Support Worker and the dates that the sessions are booked. We will have two Support Workers to provide cover and flexibility around how many activities each Support Worker attends.
Details of Role: 

Title: Support Worker for Active Recovery Project

Employer: The Southmead Project

Accountable to: Project Manager

Place of Work: The Southmead Project, Southmead, Bristol. BS10 6AS

Hours: 4 hours per fortnight. The project will last until November 2021.

Interview date: Friday 4th September 2020

Salary: £25 per hour.

The Southmead Project:

The Southmead Project is an equal opportunities employer providing free counselling and support for survivors of abuse and addiction across Bristol and surrounding areas.

We are running an ‘Active Recovery’ project to give survivors the opportunity to take part in community-based activities. The project will last until November 2021. This will be the first physical activity programme of its kind where people can socialise with others in a safe and supportive environment who have a shared understanding of their experience. The activities will include water-based activities (such as rowing, canoeing, sailing and kayaking), gym-based activities, walking and creative sessions (such as art based, dance and singing). Each activity will last 2.5 hours and take place every fortnight. Participants can attend as many or as few sessions as they wish.

Job Purpose: To be the Support Worker for the ‘Active Recovery’ project.

Principle Tasks:

  1. To provide trauma-focused support to participants during the activities where necessary.
  1. To support the delivery of the activity sessions.
  1. To assist the Project Manager in planning the activity sessions.
  1. To help survivors of abuse to improve their self-esteem and self-confidence.
  1. To support the participants to form a peer support network and build friendships so that they feel less lonely and isolated.
  1. To attend regular one-to-one line management meetings with the Project Manager (via phone or Zoom if face-to-face is not possible).
  1. To work within the framework, spirit and ethos of the Southmead Project’s Equal Opportunities Policy, and actively engage in promoting the policy within the charity and in all dealings with clients and other agencies.
  1. All members of staff, paid and unpaid, are required to undergo the   enhanced level of Disclosure and Barring Service check.
  1. To undertake any other duties appropriate to the needs of the charity.


Person Specification


  • Diploma in Counselling (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited course or equivalent).
  • Experience of one-to-one counselling with clients that have experienced trauma or abuse and an understanding of the issues affecting this client group.
  • Experience of delivering group work and supporting people in groups.
  • Experience of working to build people’s self-esteem, self-confidence and peer support networks.
  • Ability to plan groups and give particular consideration to the needs of people who have experienced abuse and trauma.
  • To be available on a fortnightly basis as and when required to support the activities, and to have monthly line management meetings with the Project Manager.
  • To have the capacity to work flexibly within a small team and support those within it.
  • Basic IT skills and experience.
  • To work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy ethical guidelines.



  • Experience of working within a community-based organisation.
  • Experience of working with people that have an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
  • Experience of working with volunteers.


Closing Date: 
Thursday, 27 August, 2020 - 17:00
How to Apply: 

Please complete the attached application form and return by e-mail to (Please note that we are unable to accept posted forms due to the temporary closure of our office).

Contact Person: 
Amy Derrick
Contact Email:
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