Peer Support Worker Ref: 17/407

Richmond Fellowship
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Application closing date
£17,560.00 (with progression to £18,070.00) (pro-rata for 12 hours per week)
South East


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Has your experience of working in the mental health field or a similar environment given you a good understanding of service user development? Would you like to be part of an organisation that counts on the professionalism, insight, expertise and passion of its staff to inspire individual recovery for the people they work with? Then join us as a Peer Support Worker.

Recovery Focus is a new group of expert charities with the shared aim to inspire individual recovery nationwide. Between us we have a track record of more than 200 years of developing and running personalised services that work with people with mental health, substance misuse and other complex needs to achieve their ambitions. Each partner organisation has its own rich history of success, but together we believe we can lead the way in evidence-based recovery pathways that we can tailor to meet local and individual needs.

Right now, one of our partners, Richmond Fellowship, is looking for a Peer Support Worker to join the team at Horsham. Our Horsham Peer Support service offers both intensive and low key peer support services. We support people who are going through a difficult time, by sharing our experiences, helping them discover the strengths and developing skills that will lead to wellness. But, it's only possible with the help of people like you.

Day-to-day, you’ll work with the team leaders, peer support volunteers and the people who use our services to develop an inclusive and effective peer support service, offering individual and group support. That means you will be recruiting and supporting a network of volunteers who have personal experience of using mental health services, to help others on their own recovery journey. You will contribute to the development of organisational policies, procedures, protocols, systems and guidance to underpin the provision of peer support across the organisation. Identifying and implementing training programmes; promoting the service to stakeholders and operating a fully compliant service to agreed budgets – all are part and parcel of this challenging role.

To succeed, you’ll need a good understanding of the recovery and personalisation agenda and the principles and practice on which mental health services are run. Experience of recruiting and/or supervising volunteers would be useful too, although is not essential. You must, however, have a proven ability to consult, liaise and work collaboratively with a team of colleagues and a wide range of external organisations and a flexible approach to working hours. Well-organised and self-motivated, good problem and decision-making skills are essential, as is an innate ability to cope with personal stress.

This post is offered as a fixed term contract ending 31st May 2018

This is a part time post at 12 hours per week

Subsequent salary progression up to a maximum of £18,070.00 (pro-rata) will apply to this post, subject to the postholder meeting the eligibility and performance criteria.

In return, you can expect some great benefits, including 25 days' holiday (pro rata), contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme and childcare vouchers, plus exceptional professional development and training opportunities.

So, get inspired today. Visit our website and take the first steps towards a more fulfilling career.

Closing date:  25th November 2017

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