BAM Counsellor

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a new Counsellors to support our BAM (Becoming a Man) programme. This is a fixed term full time role ending July 2024, at 35 hours per week, based in London.

Starting salary at £36,724 rising to £38,068 plus London weighting £3,285.

Becoming a Man (BAM) is a two-year school-based counselling and mentoring programme that guides young men as they learn, practice, and internalize social-emotional skills, make responsible decisions for their future, and become positive members of their school and community.

BAM was first developed in Chicago by Youth Guidance in 2001 and has been validated by two randomised control trials, having shown long-term positive outcomes for young people. Since 2020, BAM has been delivered in three secondary schools in Lambeth by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF).


Wednesday 17 August, at 5pm




£36,724 rising to £38,068 plus London weighting £3,285


35 hours per week

Contract type:

Fixed term full time role ending July 2024

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

MHF is seeking new Counsellors to join the team in rolling out the programme across schools in Islington. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work in partnership with teachers and school staff, and a background in youth engagement will be required.

    Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

    The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

    Our approach is:

    • Tell the world
      We publish studies and reports on what protects mental health and the causes of poor mental health and how to tackle them.
    • Find solutions
      We test and evaluate the best approaches to improving mental health in communities and then roll them out as widely as possible.
    • Inform and empower
      We give advice to millions of people on mental health. We are most well-known for running Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK each year. We enable mentally healthier lives through public information and engagement.
    • Change policy and practice
      We propose solutions and campaign for change to address the underlying cause of poor mental health.
    • Build a strong foundation
      We aim to become an exemplar employer and aim to continue to build an organisation that is financially sustainable and thriving.

    We have pioneered change for over 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

    Pension (non-contributory)

    The Foundation considers it important to encourage staff to save for their retirement and as such provides staff with an 8% contribution as part of auto-enrolment. After successful completion of the probationary period this increases to 10%, all non-contributory.

    Employee Assistance Service

    At times staff may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives and as part of the commitment to staff members the Foundation provides an independent and confidential information, support and counselling telephone service. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns. Free to contact, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 028 0199.

    Wellbeing days

    Staff may take up to 3 days per every leave year for their personal wellbeing and mental health needs. These days must be taken during the leave year and cannot be carried over.

    Annual leave

    Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata when part-time, rising to 26 days after 3 years’ service and 27 days after 5 years’ service. The additional annual leave is awarded on 1 April following the relevant work anniversary. The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

    Christmas leave

    Staff receive an additional 3 days leave at Christmas when the office closes between Christmas Day and re-opens after New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

    Life assurance scheme

    Staff receive death in service life cover at four times their annual salary.

    Flexible working

    The right to request flexible working is available to all staff. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available which can be arranged by mutual consent.

    Season ticket loan

    Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work. Available after successful completion of probationary period.

    Cycle to Work scheme

    The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. Staff will be able to apply for a loan to purchase a bicycle of a value of up to £1,111 tax free. Available after successful completion of probationary period.

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    How to apply

    If you think your skills match and you’d like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to [email protected] (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form):

    Download application form

    Complete the equal opportunities form

    Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted.

    Applications will close at 5pm on Wednesday 17 August 2022, although we reserve the right to close this role early, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We are unable to accept late applications. Interviews are planned for week commencing 22 August 2022You will be asked to deliver a presentation on the day of the interview.

    Applications will be reviewed and actioned on a rolling basis, so please do submit your application as soon as you can and flag if you have availability issues with the dates below.

    Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

    We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. Diversity and inclusion is a strategic priority for us as an employer and mental health charity, and we are proud to be signatories of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and the Disability Confident Committed Scheme. Applications from under-represented sections of the community are actively encouraged.

    If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us at [email protected]. We make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process and during employment. Disabled candidates who meet all the essential person specification criteria will be offered an interview.

    We are currently operating mostly digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing). We have moved to a hybrid working model of a minimum of 2 days per week in the office and the rest working from home for full time staff, pro rata for part time staff.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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