Compass Recovery College Manager (Maternity Cover)
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: ACHS/22/211308
  • Published: Wed 14/09/2022, 10:24 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 09/10/2022, 23:24 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £37,568 - £40,578 Per Year
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Compass Recovery College Manager (Maternity Cover)

Compass Recovery College offers free mental health and wellbeing workshops for anyone over the age of 18 in Reading, reaching a range of participants, their relatives, supporters and carers, voluntary sector staff and others as appropriate.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

Compass Recovery College helps participants develop knowledge and skills for coping and self-management through a range of workshops which are an educational route to recovery.

All workshops are co-produced with people who have lived experienced mental health challenges. Our aim is for everyone to feel listened to in a safe space, with the opportunity to connect with others. Participants do not need a referral from a clinician or service to enrol.

To find out more about Compass Recovery College visit:

About the role
We are looking for a College Manager to cover the maternity leave of the existing member of staff for up to 12 months.

Your duties will include:

  • To manage the Compass Recovery College (’Compass’) for adults living with mental health challenges, their families and carers, and people working to improve mental health and wellbeing in the borough of Reading, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • To promote and apply the Compass philosophy of using an educational and supportive approach to help all participants towards a meaningful and satisfying life: being fulfilled and living as well as possible.
  • To develop Compass, using a ‘hub and spoke’ model to provide a centralised base with a number of delivery points so as to provide greater ease and equity of access to the service, and contributing to the reduction of health inequalities.
  • To promote and support greater social inclusion and a recovery focused approach to mental health and wellbeing in Reading across services and sectors.

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. 

We offer a flexible/hybrid working environment for this role.  You will be required from time to time to attend meetings and event at the Civic Offices in Bridge Street in Reading.


Our offer
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities 
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.

Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do

Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential

Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way

Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed

To learn more, and arrange informal conversation about the post, please contact; Amanda Nyeke (Public Health and Wellbeing Manager) - email or 0118 937 3139

Closing date:  Sunday 9th October 2022
Interview date: To he confirmed

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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