Brixton, Greater London

up to £20,402

Permanent, Full-time


Job Description

At Certitude we are proud of our history of supporting people with mental health needs and learning disabilities. We support more than 1500 people across London through a diverse range of support services and believe in providing the right level of support, to enable individuals to flourish, contribute and live a good life.

As a Gold Level Investor in People, we have high employee engagement and a strong commitment to people development from both our Board and Leadership Team. As a result, we can support people with mental health needs and learning disabilities to live the life they want to lead; happy, healthy, respected as equals and valued for their contribution within communities.

Fulfilling Lives; Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and part of the National Fulfilling Lives Programme. The project is delivered by Certitude in partnership with Thamesreach and the strategic partners from the three boroughs. The aim is to test new ways of supporting people with multiple needs with the aim to understand how systems can improve to enable people to live more fulfilling lives and achieve better outcomes.

The team has three core parts - a team who delivers direct support to people facing multiple disadvantage (multiple needs combination of mental health needs, substance use, at risk or and history of homelessness and/or offending), a team who identifies and extracts the learning with an external partner who will support us to evaluate system improvements, underpinned by a team that places the lived experience at the centre of the programme. Together we will help shape and influence identified system change.

Following a review of the programme last year, for the remaining three years we are appointing several new exciting opportunities within the programme.

Community Partners (x3) Salary £20,402 per annum

We are looking for a team of Community Partners to build and develop a community that lives beyond the programme to reduce the stigma and isolation often felt by people facing multiple disadvantage.  Strengthening effective and lasting relationships within the local community, to identify what support best suits an individual outside of statutory services.

Becoming a Community Partner is a unique and exciting opportunity. You will champion the voice of lived experience within the local communities and national programme. Positively challenging stigma through strengthening connections created in communities. You will work with an understanding of how trauma affects the people we support, and be actively involved in learning, identifying and supporting system change. 

Reporting to the Peer Programme Lead; Peer link workers and Community Partners will be part of the team who draws on their own lived experience (as defined by the programme) to support others, inspire hope, encouraging people we support to contribute and feel valued, reaching their full potential in their communities.  The team will develop relationships across the boroughs with service user groups and forums to further strengthen the input of those with lived experience towards influencing system improvement.

What’s in it for you?

  • A competitive salary
  • Salary exchange scheme
  • A stimulating work environment full of opportunities to learn and develop
  • An attractive package of 25 days annual leave, pension scheme, childcare vouchers, access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling
  • We will pay for your Enhanced DBS.
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Travel season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work Scheme

All our posts are subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure as well as a need for full employment history from time of leaving compulsory education and up to date employment references. We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.

Closing date:  Thursday Noon 30th May 2019 Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 10th June 2019