Bedfordshire
£18,552 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
Peer Support Worker – Mental Health Charity
Luton, Bedfordshire (with travel to sites throughout Bedfordshire)

Are you looking to use your experience with mental health to help other people in need? Want to support the success of an innovative service that is making a real difference to vulnerable people within the criminal justice system? 

If so, this is an amazing opportunity to join an established local charity as a Peer Support Worker.

About Us

We are Mind BLMK, a charity that supports the positive mental health and wellbeing of people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Our aim is to make sure that no-one has to face a mental health problem alone.

We’re currently working in partnership with the ELFT (East London Foundation Trust) to deliver the Liaison and Diversion service, which supports vulnerable adults who are going through the criminal justice system. This service aims to help individuals access mental health services, support them in navigating the legal process and divert them away from the criminal justice system wherever possible.

We are now looking for a Peer Support Worker to join us and support the delivery of this service at sites throughout Bedfordshire.

The Benefits 

- Salary of £18,552 per annum 
- 23 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays
- NEST auto-enrolment pension scheme (5% employer contribution, 3% employee contribution) 
- Increase your experience within the charitable sector

This is an incredible opportunity to help vulnerable people within your community and become part of a service that is supporting health and social equity within the criminal justice system. 

Our amazing workforce are core to the success of our charity. We place a high value on our team and ensure that they are empowered to be the best that they can be and supported through any problems they may experience.

What’s more, our experienced Training Department will ensure that you receive all the support you need to enhance your skill set, gain valuable industry qualifications and build a career to be proud of. 

Your Role

As a Peer Support Worker, you will support the delivery of the Liaison and Diversion service in Bedfordshire. 

Working closely with the ELFT team, you will meet with individuals, encourage them to engage with the service and identify how we can best support them. 

You will also: 

- Create a supportive environment where people feel accepted and understood
- Review care plans and highlight any concerns to the wider Liaison and Diversion team
- Signpost individuals to local networks and services
- Build positive relationships with other local organisations and groups 
- Promote Mind BLMK’s services locally 
- Collect and report on service data

About You 

To join us as a Peer Support Worker, you will need: 

- Experience of supporting the recovery and wellbeing of individuals facing mental health challenges
- An understanding of the wellbeing requirements of people with mental health needs, including those from culturally diverse communities  
- Great interpersonal skills and the ability to form peer relationships with service users and carers
- The willingness to work towards qualifications
- A driving licence and access to your own vehicle 

We are particularly eager to hear from individuals with personal lived experience of mental health challenges. 

Ideally, you will have experience of using a dedicated database or system for recording and reporting on service data. 

Other organisations may call this role Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Support Advisor, Rehabilitation Support Worker, Care Worker, or Mental Health Recovery Worker. 

Please note, the successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check and provide two satisfactory references.

The closing date for applications is 10am on the 30th March 2020. 

Mind BLMK is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and we hold a commitment to Disability Confident and Mindful Employer charters.

So, if you’re ready to make a real difference as a Peer Support Worker, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Working hours: 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday (occasional evening and weekend work may be required)
Posted on: 17 March 2020
Closed date: 30 March 2020
Job ref: HKVZH3003/PK-MI
Tags: Support Worker