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Rethink Mental Illness

Place-based Physical Activity Project Manager

Job description

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

If so, you could be the person we are looking for

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”

We are recruiting for someone to join us as Place-based Physical Activity Project Manager on a 3 year FTC.

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this. Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If a shortened closing date has a significant impact on your ability to apply, please let us know.

Overview of the role purpose  

I am a physical activity/health specialist delivering an important project to increase opportunities for people severely affected by mental illness and their carers to be physically active; supporting people to improve their physical health and quality of life.

Working in two alliance areas, I have a deep-rooted understanding of each place, the existing infrastructure in relation to physical activity opportunities, local community groups and an understanding of the changes required to the system to ensure physical activity is effectively and sustainably embedded.

I have a sound understanding of co-production and actively engage with experts by experience to co-produce local interventions to support people to improve their physical health.

I will work closely with the Physical Activity Programme Manager to deliver the place-based physical activity programme. I will also work closely with the Community Mental Health Unit managers in the alliance areas to ensure a joined-up approach.

Additionally, I work closely with internal teams to ensure awareness and understanding of the project, including, co-production, operations, communications, and wider Policy & Practice teams.

Regular travel to the alliance areas will be required where necessary to fulfil the requirements of the role.

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