Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
NJC Scale Points 7-11, starting at £19,554 per year
Contract, Part-time
Job description

Touchstone (registered charity No. 1012053) is a leading voluntary sector agency providing high quality services to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Title: Liaison and Diversion Peer Support Worker
Based: Barnsley and Doncaster
Salary: NJC Scale Points 7-11, starting at £19,554 per annum
Hours: Part time, 16 hours per week
Contract: This role is fixed term for up to 12 months


The Liaison and Diversion (L&D) Service works with people of all ages (including children and young people) with a wide range of vulnerabilities including poor mental health and learning disabilities, substance misuse and homelessness who have offended or are at risk of offending.  We support service users who have contact with police stations, the courts, prisons and probation. The aim is to work together to reduce the risk factors for reoffending by providing short-term support and signposting service users into longer-term support services.

SWYPFT (South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust) has won the contract to deliver the Liaison and Diversion Service across South Yorkshire from April 2019.  Touchstone is delighted to be a part of this partnership, providing the exciting new volunteer and peer support element of the service.

About the role

You will complement the work of the South Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion service, providing practical and emotional support to service users who have come into contact with the criminal justice system, with support needs around mental health, learning disability and/or substance use.

You will work with a caseload of service users, in the community and at court, recording all interactions with service users in line with Liaison and Diversion procedure and liaising with L&D staff around their support. 

About you

You will need to have lived experience of offending as well as accessing support services. You will have experience of giving and/or receiving peer support and will be able to demonstrate how you manage your recovery and what you are currently doing with your time to being able to step up into full time employment.

The successful candidates will need to have strong communication skills and the ability to positively engage with a wide range of service users, colleagues, and other professionals.

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of a service working in partnership with the NHS. Peer Support workers will receive a robust package of support and supervision to enable them to manage their workload and promote their wellbeing.

Closing Date: Sunday 30 August 2020
Interviews will be held on: Monday 14 September

Please click ‘Apply’ to be redirected to our website, where you can view the full Job Description and download the application pack. Please note, you are not applying at this stage.

Touchstone is an equal opportunities organisation, a Trans Positive employer and applications are welcome from all sections of the community, particularly LGBT communities and/or people with disabilities who are under-represented within Touchstone. Further information can be obtained from our equal opportunities policy.

Please note that we do not hold a sponsor licence and we do not intend to offer sponsorship for this particular role. You should therefore ensure that you have/will have the right to work in the UK to be able to undertake this role, if appointed, you will be required to provide relevant right to work documents at the point of an offer being made to you.


Posted on: 07 August 2020
Closed date: 30 August 2020
Job ref: 155966_ts
Tags: Advice, Information, Support Worker