This is an exciting opportunity to join the Children 1st team in Midlothian as a peer support worker. You will
provide support to parents impacted by substance use and poor mental health and their families. You will be
skilled in “getting alongside” parents with a compassionate approach, using your own lived experience of
substance use, poverty and poor mental health amongst other factors, to form trusting relationships,
facilitating lasting, meaningful change.
The role will be varied, including 1:1 and group based supports which will see you supporting parents to engage in
mutual aid meetings, attend health and wellbeing appointments, be more connected in recovery communities and
feel more confident. You will support parents in their understanding of how substance use has impacted on both
themselves and their family, and working with colleagues help families to strengthen their relationships with
If you have compassion, are skilled at forming trusting relationships, dedication to making a meaningful difference,
are non judgemental and can evidence stability in your lived experience, we would be interested in hearing from
you. You will be expected to have an understanding / experience of recovery orientated support and an awareness
of the supports available in the Midlothian community.
What kind of person will make a great peer worker for Children 1st?
- is fiercely passionate about supporting parents and their families through recovery
- thinks it’s a
privilege to work with and on behalf of parents, children and their families
- is kind and will bring
their whole selves to the job: heart and mind
- is committed to being part of a wider team to promote
meaningful change for families.
- is flexible and creative in their approach
This is a full time position however we are open to accepting applications from people who are interested in working
a minimum of 14 hours, up to 35 hours.