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Creative Support has developed an innovative peer support service to complement our existing housing and community support service, Wigan Wellbeing and Resilience Service. Wigan Peer to Peer provides step-down support for our clients and low intensity support for the Wigan community, through a variety of peer support methods. This support provision will enable both mentors and mentees to gain confidence, new skills and opportunities, whilst increasing social connectivity. The service is reliant on the input of volunteers. Reflecting our service users, we look to recruit volunteers who have lived experience of mental health related needs, addiction and histories of offending or those who can utilise the strength gained from their own experiences to support clients on their journey to recovery.
The key function of Wigan Peer to Peer is to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable adults across the Wigan Borough and to proactively deliver and communicate the key objectives as set-out in our Community Investment Fund grant. We are seeking a full-time Peer Support Coordinator (or two part-time workers as part of a job share) to oversee the project As a Coordinator you will work towards this in a variety of ways, for example by ensuring Volunteer Mentors receive regular supervisions and access to training opportunities, facilitating and working closely with our Project Advisory Group (PAG), liaising with Wigan Council and developing sustainable relationships with a range of local community organisations as well as liaising with our main Wellbeing and Resilience Service. This is an exciting opportunity to steer the development of a this project, whilst gaining support from both the larger service it sits within and our Creative Support Head Office.
We are looking for candidates with experience of developing user-led projects within the social care sector. You will have a proven track record in project management, excellent communication skills and the ability to work using your own initiative and as part of a wider team.