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Joe Wells

Joe Wells

Hello, my name is Joe Wells and I’ve just been appointed as the new Young Persons Information, Advice and Support Service Development Worker here at PDF.I have come from a previous role at Reading University as a participation tutor on a course training CAMHS clinicians. I also did lots of talks, training and writing on mental health and specifically OCD which I suffered from as a teenager.I’m hoping to take my passion for meaningful participation and access to services that help young people and use it to help create an IASS that works for all young people.I’m looking forward to meeting everyone that PDF work with and am keen to hear opinions on how Portsmouth IAS can be more young person friendly. My email address is joe.wells@portsmouthiass.org.uk

Who are we?

Dynamite are a group who support young people with a special educational need, disability or lived experience of mental illness to have a say in how the services which they use are designed and delivered.

What do we need?

Dynamite are looking to employ a new member of staff.

The position would be 16 hours per month and salary is £7.83 per hour.

We would like the candidate to be aged 16-25 and have either a disability, special educational need, or to have lived experience of mental illness.

They would be employed by Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF) who manage Dynamite and would report to Linda Cantillon-Guyatt, who works for PDF overseeing Young People Services.

The service and role is joint-funded by Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group

How do I apply?

The closing date to apply for this position is midday on the 24th of May 2018.

We will make a shortlist of candidates that afternoon and invite them to a 30 minute interview on the afternoon of the 29th of May.

As well as a formal interview we will be asking shortlisted candidates to prepare a 10 minute activity, to deliver to a group of young people with SEND in the evening.

The activity can be themed around any topic which the applicant feels strongly about and would be interested hearing young people’s opinions on.

It should empower young people to have their voices heard.

We will let the successful applicant know on the 30th of May.

Applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check and provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK.

If you do not hear from us at either the shortlisting or post-interview stage then assume that you have not been successful. We will not be able to contact all unsuccessful candidates however we would be happy to provide feedback on request.

What else do I need to think about?

Please find attached full job description and person specification.

We are committed to making the application and interview process accessible, if there is a way that we could be doing this better then please let us know.

Please send completed application forms and a covering email to Joe Mcleish at dynamiteportsmouth@gmail.com

Dynamite is a project managed by Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF)

Who are a registered Charity Number 1096327 and a Company Limited by Guarantee 4530443


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Job Description

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Last Thursday around 40 young people and 40 professionals met at Portsmouth Guildhall to talk about Mental Health.

Everyone gave their opinion on what was going well in the city to support young people who experience mental ill-health and also what could be done better.

The event was featured in the Portsmouth News!


The event was organised by the Future in Mind group. Future in Mind are a group of young people who work with services to make sure that young people have a say in how mental health services are run.

If you would like to find out more about Future in Mind email dynamiteportsmouth@gmail.com or come to their next event on the 20th of March (free ticket link below).


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On Thursday it is the general election. 
If you are over 18 you can vote for who you want to be represent you in government.
Mencap have produced these easy-read guides to voting and also easy read manifestos which say what each political party is promising to do.

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