Viewpoint Careers Peer Support Specialist Do you want to help drive an exciting and innovative community-led peer support programme? We are currently recruiting a Peer Support Specialist to lead the small team of Peer Support Facilitators. As a health or social care professional, with your own experience of mental health challenges, you will co-facilitate peer support sessions on a specific subject, e.g. depression, trauma etc. We are looking for experience in running and holding groups, developing and coordinating peer support, being a skilled leader, managing relationships, motivating others, and having a wide range of communications tools to engage with our stakeholders. 30 hours per weekAnnual Salary £23,400 Overview of the role Peer Support Specialist will lead the small team of Peer Facilitators and support people with mental health and/or addiction challenges by offering peer led sessions to support their personal recovery, based on the person’s individualised person centre approach. Together the Peer Support Specialist and Peer Facilitators will provide closed peer support groups about specific wellbeing subjects together with practical assistance to individuals to support them to regain control over their lives and their own unique personal recovery journey. Through sharing the wisdom of their own lived experience of recovery, the Specialist Development Officer will inspire hope and belief that recovery is possible in others. Within a relationship of mutuality, they will facilitate and promote choice, self-determination and opportunities for the fulfilment of socially valued roles and connection to local communities. Main duties and responsibilities To support people who are experiencing mental health challenges to: Maintain and develop their independence within their local community. Build life skills, confidence, resilience and self-esteem. Build social networks and reduce isolation. Engage in peer support sessions and offer holistic support, advice, information, and if necessary onward referral to other support. Opportunities to direct their own recovery process through self-management and choice. Person Specification Qualification in mental health or social care up to degree standards – ifor example counselling, therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, arts therapy etc. Own personal lived experience of mental health challenges. Paid or unpaid, peer support worker experience Willing to positively share your own life experiences, personal experience of mental ill health challenges with people and carers using the service. Developed personal plans for managing own recovery Experience of actively supporting individuals to identify and work towards achieving personal goals in a related social care or health setting (paid or unpaid) Experience of managing a team, setting objectives and offering supervision. Experience of dealing with difficult management situations and using creative skills to problem solve. Remember to include all of your relevant experience in the supplementary information to support your application. Job Specification Application Form Demographic Form Equal Opportunities Statement Please return your Application Form and Demographic Form to [email protected] by the deadline which is 5pm on the 24th of September 2021. Interviews to commence on the 12th of October.