Peer Support Project Officer (Contract)

Rethink Mental Illness
£19432 - £21703 per annum
02 Oct 2019
30 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Peer Support Project Officer (Contract)
Home-Based (with travel across Somerset, Devon and Bristol)

Do you have a strong understanding of mental illness and its impact on individuals and families? Want to support a project that is enhancing mental health support in the South West? If so, this is a great opportunity to join Rethink Mental Illness as a Peer Support Project Officer.

About Us

Rethink Mental Illness is a national charity that helps those affected by mental illness. We aim to challenge attitudes and change lives. Currently, we directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England, helping them through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.

We are leading a new peer mentoring and support programme called Creating Connections, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Operating across Somerset, Devon and Bristol, the programme will connect people in communities and offer peer mentoring and support to those affected by mental illness.

We are now looking for a Peer Support Project Officer to join us on a two year fixed-term contract and support the delivery of the Creating Connections programme.

The Benefits

- Salary of £19,432 - £21,703 per annum
- Home working options (once you’ve completed training)
- Pension scheme
- 33 days’ holiday per annum including Bank Holidays
- “Your Rethink Day” – an additional day of leave for your birthday
- Paid eye test plus up to £55 towards new glasses or lenses (where appropriate)

This is a great opportunity to facilitate the success of a project that aims to support and connect people who often feel isolated and hopeless. 

Within a team-oriented environment, you will have the chance to empower people throughout the South West, enabling their recovery and providing them with support when it is most needed.

What’s more, we will support you to develop your skill-set and grow professionally during your time with us.

The Role

As a Peer Support Project Officer, you will support the delivery of the Creating Connections programme across Somerset, Devon and Bristol.

For the first six months of the project, you will focus on developing the programme in Somerset. After this stage, the programme will expand into Devon and Bristol.

This is a home-based role which will include travel – you will have the option to make use of our offices across Somerset, Devon and Bristol if needed. 

In this key role, you will: 

- Engage stakeholders in the community to develop the programme 
- Work with the Project Manager and steering groups to develop the programme framework and tools
- Recruit and support peer mentors and match them with mentees 
- Recruit volunteer peer support champions to map and promote community resources 
- Build positive relationships with a range of community services and groups

About You 

To join us as a Peer Support Project Officer, you’ll need: 

- Lived experience of mental illness and/or a good understanding of mental illness and its impact on individuals and families 
- Previous experience in a supportive and enabling role (either paid or voluntary)
- Experience of community networking and building relationships with a wide range of people
- Project delivery experience 
- Proficiency in standard IT software 
- An understanding of the basics of health and safety and risk management
- A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle

You may have worked in roles such as Community Support Worker, Community Support Officer, Mental Health Support Worker, Peer Support Officer, Peer Support Worker, or Project Delivery Officer.

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So, if you are looking to make a difference to local communities as a Peer Support Project Officer, 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: 37.5 hours per week