Overview of Role:
Role: Peer Support Worker (for Job Description, please click here)  
Reports to: Wellbeing Practitioner
Salary: Competitive – £22,0000 (pro rata)
Location: Swindon
Hours: Part Time (17.5 Hours per week) 

Background:
We are looking for Peer Support Workers for a new Community Services Mental Health Framework (CSF) in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW).

Across BSW, the four signed partners for Third Sector are: 

  • Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind (Swindon)
  • Bath Mind (B&NES)
  • Rethink Mental Illness (Wiltshire)
  • Alabaré Christian Care and Support (Wiltshire)

Working across the sector together with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) and Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust to provide accessible, responsive, and inclusive mental health support across the local area, as part of the national CSF. 

The CSF is a transformative approach to providing community mental health services, and we need experienced professionals who have a desire to work closely with the communities and residents they serve, and to re-imagine the way in which community mental health services are provided across organisational boundaries.

Please note: All roles require a clean, full driving license and access to a car due to the nature of travel within these roles. 

About the Role:

The role of a Peer Support Worker has been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of mental health and are able to use their experience to offer empathy and understanding to others. To encourage, inspire, motivate and support people who access the service. Working alongside the Wellbeing Practitioner and partners as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), you will assist in carrying out a comprehensive and holistic assessment and developing a safety plan to promote the person’s ability to engage with appropriate services.

The Peer Support Worker will:

  • Work alongside practical support networks, to help people feel in control of their lives and identify their individual recovery pathway.
  • Work as part of a team that provides initial introductions with people in a community setting, focusing on the direct needs of the individuals and working across boundaries of care, organisations and roles.
  • Build links with and liaise with external agencies to work together in a collaborative approach to meet the needs of the person accessing services.
  • To have the individual’s needs at the forefront, working to the recovery model to support them to work towards their identified goals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Share personal experiences of recovery and coping to build connection and provide support.
  • Ensure that the person accessing the service understands and has a clear pathway of support across sector/agency boundaries with key contact points/named staff.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team to engage individuals in several activities.
  • Support people accessing services to identify their recovery pathway and ways in which they can achieve their own goals.
  • Support the team and individuals in implementing interventions/safety plans and provide practical support to people in developing and managing dignity and independence.
  • Support people accessing services with issues such as benefits, housing and welfare rights etc.
  • Provide information on health promotion.
  • Monitor individuals’ progress, alerting the appropriate staff involved when concerns arise.
  • Promote involvement within the service for the person accessing services and carer (friends and family).

How to Apply:

Recruitment is being led by Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind on behalf of the Third Sector Alliance for the Swindon locality.

To apply, please complete our Application Forms: 

For further information or to send your completed applications to us, please contact us via

Application Deadline: 11th September 2022

Initial Interviews: 21st September 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Previous applicants, need not apply.

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