Mental Health and Recovery Worker

Contract Type: 
Part time
Application deadline: 
Friday, 24 July, 2020 - 17:00
Fixed Salary
Per Hour
Addictions North East

Mental Health & Recovery Worker 

20 hours per week @ £10.70/hr (2 roles available, could be combined for an exceptional candidate)

Initial one year contract, possibility of extension

Based in Seaham, County Durham


Addictions North East 


Addictions North East is a Registered Charity headquartered in the North East of England. We provide support, counselling and mentoring to people with drug and alcohol and other process addictions.

We also work with family members and offer specialist support to them including an out of hours emergency helpline. We promote recovery from addiction and mild mental illness such as depression, poor self-esteem, poor self-confidence and other well-being matters.

We conduct regular group work sessions and face-to-face sessions. We also offer telephone counselling and recovery coaching. Our advice and support is confidential, affordable and effective. We established in 2019 a Recovery Housing Department that provides supported accommodation.

We are looking for committed and compassionate individuals who share our enthusiasm for Addictions North East. Demand for our services is growing.

Job Role


This is a new role with the charity and it reflects an on-going journey of growth and development we have enjoyed for several years. This is a role with employed (PAYE) status although most of our team work on a self-employed basis.

You will interact with our service users on a day to day basis; coaching, supporting and empowering them to achieve their hopes and aspirations, focusing on the future and encouraging positive steps to improving their quality of life.

You will have the opportunity to work with a range of clients and develop your skills and experience in what is an extremely rewarding field.

You will receive professional support and supervision at regular intervals. 

You will also have the opportunity to apply for future vacancies, including ‘internal only’ roles.

Job Opportunity


Our service aims to ensure that people in recovery from substance misuse will;

  • Live longer

  • Have an improved level of wellbeing and recovery

  • Have timely access to assessment and support

  • Can maintain a role that is meaningful to them

  • Continue to live in stable and suitable accommodation

  • Enjoy good/better physical and mental health

  • Can build and develop well-structured relations with others

The core tasks will be to;

  • Assess mental health need, risk & delivery of support

  • Appropriate record keeping and administration

  • Engage in interagency working and partner liaison

  • Assess mental health need, risk & delivery of support

  • To offer an individual package of personalised support tailored to the needs of each service user. 

  • Deliver regular 1 to 1 and group support sessions

  • Ensure each service user has an up-to-date support plan that is reviewed every six months or if needs change

  • Ensure each service user has up-to-date risk assessment and management plan that is reviewed every six months or when the level of risk changes.

General personal characteristics apply across all our roles;

  • Deliver services to agreed quality standards and follow good practice protocols.

  • Maintain in depth and up-to-date knowledge of all Addictions North East practices and policies.

  • Always present a professional image of Addictions North East.  

  • Comply with all legal and health and safety requirements.

  • To work to the performance standards provided and requested by Addictions North East.

  • To carry out any other reasonable requests.

This job description is not intended as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the post but simply reflects the key areas involved.


Person Specification – Sessional Worker
(To be used for recruitment purposes only)




Requirements necessary for safe and effective performance in the job


Where available, elements that contribute to improved / immediate performance in the job


  • NVQ Level 2 in Health & Social Care or equivalent appropriate qualification

  • Current First Aid at Work Qualification or willing to work towards a recognised accreditation.

  • NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or equivalent appropriate qualification


  • Worked with people with some challenging behaviours

  • Undertaken assessments and delivering a range of evidence based psycho-social interventions

  • Have a good understanding of group working and group dynamics, and able to demonstrate  group work facilitation skills

  • Experience of working with socially disadvantaged and vulnerable people

  • Life/practical skills to pass on to people learning how to live more positively and constructively

  • We would be pleased to receive applications from candidates who have lived experience of addiction, mental health or neurodiverse conditions 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to work in an environment that requires confidentiality

  • Ability to work in an environment that is health and safety conscious

  • Ability to work to set administrative guidelines

  • Clear understanding of professional boundaries

  • Ability to provide advice and guidance

  • Ability to develop and influence others

  • Time management

  • Knowledge of the causes and effects related to homelessness

  • Knowledge of the impact of addiction(s) on life and family

  • Comfortable dealing with the emotional content of some sessions and constructively challenging any inappropriate behaviours

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office packages

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to detail, ensuring all work is accurate, concise and understandable

  • Commitment to equality and diversity

  • Willing to work in cooperation with team members

  • Willing to work flexibly 

  • Full driving licence