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Sport & Wellbeing Officer (3-year fixed-term contract)

Sport Birmingham, Birmingham Solihull and Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) and Newman University have secured funding from Comic Relief for an exciting 3-year programme. Together, we will form a unique partnership to bring about changes across people, organisations and local services that will impact local communities and inform a future 'model' of working. The programme will focus on consultation and co-production with service users of Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT's) based in Erdington and Longbridge. The aim will be to provide supportive and purposeful activities centred around patient motivations that are embedded in their long-term recovery plans.

Birmingham, B16 8QG
Contact Name
Amy Bird
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Sport Birmingham

About Sport & Wellbeing Officer (3-year fixed-term contract)

We are seeking a highly approachable, organised and communicative Sport & Wellbeing Officer who will be central to the successful coordination and delivery of the Mental Health and Sport programme. They will work closely with local sport and physical activity organisations to develop their organisational culture, knowledge and skills to offer activities that are inclusive, positive and open to individuals with severe and enduring mental health conditions.

Job Purpose

The main purpose of this role is to work closely with the Comic Relief project team, BSMHFT service users and local sports organisations in the areas of focus to create a broad sport and physical activity offer that is fully inclusive, where individuals feel motivated, confident and supported when taking part in activity. The Sport and Wellbeing Officer will be the interface between the project team and the local sport delivery network, helping to facilitate sessions, being a key point of contact for activity leaders, volunteers and service users.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Community Sport & Activity Provider Engagement/Liaison:

  • Identify, recruit and build relationships with community sport organisations based in the two focus localities that have a successful track record of engaging a diverse range of individuals, particularly those with additional needs
  • Conduct a training needs analysis of instructors/coaches/volunteers involved in delivering and supporting sessions to service users as part of the project in partnership with BSMHT
  • Manage queries and act as point of liaison between training providers and sport organisation representatives to ensure training courses take place and attendees have relevant information
  • Work closely with sport organisations to ensure they follow the delivery principles of the programme to personalise service user experience; reinforce benefits and identify opportunities to promote ongoing involvement.

Activity Programme Co-design, Coordination and Facilitation:

  • Lead on the hiring of suitable facilities and organising delivery staff for taster events, identifying any efficiencies by co-locating activity sessions
  • Identify and recruit volunteers within the community who are interested in sharing their expertise and in gaining experience working in the sport and/or mental health environment
  • Liaise positively and knowledgeably with BSMHT staff to advise on local sport and physical activity opportunities in response to service user motivations to form personalised schedules
  • Work with activity providers to structure and conceptualise the participant journey through their 12-week+ offering in partnership with BSMHFT and Newman University PhD student
  • Be a key point of contact for activity leaders in case of concern, ensuring sessions promote recovery and increase wellbeing of service users at all times
  • Support the BSMHT Instructor with signposting service users from the programme into other sports-based activities and wider community services to benefit their long-term health and wellbeing.

Project Team Operations:

  • Establish a good working relationship with the operational project team by maintaining weekly communications, preparing for, and attending, all scheduled meetings
  • Record and share good practice across CMHT sites and activity locations, managing/mitigate risks that may impact the success of the project
  • Collate participant data for reporting purposes, liaising with Newman University on additional research data and information in line with the project plan
  • Feed-in local asset/organisational data to Sport Birmingham and the wider project team to help build a community asset directory of sports and activities that are open and welcoming to individuals with mental health problems and long-term conditions.

For the full JD and Person Specification, please download the Sport and Wellbeing Officer Job Pack below.

How to Apply:

Email: with your completed application form (click 'apply now' below to download the Word document)

Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date: Friday 3rd July 2020
Interviews: 15th & 16th July 2020

Interviews will be conducted online via Zoom

Supporting Documents:

sport-and-wellbeing-officer-job-pack-2020.pdf (PDF, 1.7 Mb)

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