Navigation and Support Worker (Mental Health)

Basis is looking to appoint a Navigation and Support Worker (Mental Health ) who is passionate about advocating for and supporting women involved in sex work or women with experience of sexual exploitation who have multiple needs, including mental health and trauma.  You will be offering 1 to 1 support, supporting and advocating for women, helping women to navigate the wider system including statutory and third sector services in Leeds (where needed the criminal justice system). This role is part of a wider team that works with adult women who identify as sex workers and women who are sexually exploited and abused and part of the Live Well Leeds program. 

Further information

We are looking for someone who understands how trauma affects people and is able to offer a trauma – informed response, is respectful in engagement with clients, colleagues, and with partner agencies and understands the vital importance of trusting relationships. At Basis we work hard to recognise each person as individual, without judgement and tailor support based on their needs. We are looking for someone who works pragmatically and creatively to ensure women can access the services they need and want (and as they change throughout their engagement with us), who seeks out partnership opportunities to offer further support, who pro-actively and effectively advocates for the individual, challenges stigma and never gives up on someone.

We welcome applications from women with relevant lived experience, recognising the value in this as well as any transferable skills that may not be mentioned in the person specification. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, and other women who experience racism and Trans (identifying as women) and non-binary as they are currently under-represented within our staff team. All appointments will be are made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description and person specification. Find out more about the team here

Working at Basis means being part of a fun, dynamic and vibrant workforce; we also offer a benefits package including flexible working, contributory pension (4%), significant opportunities to access training, childcare vouchers, funded external supervision and an Employee Assistance package.

If you have any questions about whether you might qualify for the post, we strongly recommend you reach out, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have: please email: or call 0113- 243 0036 and ask to speak to Jackie Blackburn.

To apply complete the Application-Form and Equal-Opportunities-Monitoring-Form and submit them to before the deadline. Please do not send CVs.

Job Description Navigation and Support (Mental Health) Live Well Leeds

Deadline:  Midday Dec 20th | Interview date Friday Jan 6th 2023

Salary: 27,139 FTE 

Contract: Maternity Cover until November 2023

You will be based in Leeds and may need to work unsocial hours. There is some free parking but parking near the office will also be reimbursed.

Basis is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk. This post will be subject to enhanced DBS check.

Because of the nature of the work this post is open to women only.  Sex discrimination act 1975 exemption S7 (2) (e) applies.

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.