Mental Health Family & Carer Advocate for Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry area

About this role …

The post of Mental Health Family & Carer Advocate for the Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry area is a key addition to CAUSE’s advocacy service supporting families, parents, carers and friends of those receiving mental health services in the Southern Health & Social Care Trust area (SHSCT).

The successful applicant will work at various locations in the SHSCT area and in the community with CAUSE colleagues, Health and Social Care staff and a range of other key stakeholders to deliver and develop advocacy and support services for families and carers. This will be through a range of services such as;

  • one-to-one advocacy
  • support group facilitation
  • Helpline support
  • engaging with carers on service and policy development


About the person…

The successful candidate will have significant personal experience of supporting and caring for a loved one who has experienced serious mental illness. As this role involves interfacing with community and/or acute mental health services, it is likely that the successful candidate can demonstrate work experience within a social or healthcare environment. An interest in developments in mental health approaches, broader advocacy work and themes and trends in the field of mental health recovery will be an advantage.

The appointee will be a self-starter who enjoys variety in work, is prepared to work flexibly and preferably have a post-secondary level of education, and/or recognised mental health professional development courses or qualifications. This post is a part time post with negotiable hours, and is temporary subject to ongoing funding.

Salary:  £23,342 pro rata (per annum based on a 35-hour week)

In addition to this post, CAUSE is seeking to build a register of suitably qualified individuals who may be available for short term assignments and therefore more than one person may be appointed. Individuals will be invited to indicate their interest in short term assignments on the application form. You can download the Job Description and Personnel Specification as well as the Application Form

Application forms and further details may also be obtained by contacting the Office Manager:

By phone: 028 90 650 650

By email:  [email protected] or

By post at CAUSE, Unit 2 Lesley Office Park, 393 Holywood Rd, Belfast BT4 2LS.


Applications close on 4 pm, Friday 5th March 2021.


CAUSE is an equal opportunities employer.