Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.
SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.
Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.
SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.
This exciting opportunity within SAMH is part of a range of new services set up through investment from the Co-op National Charity Partnership. The Partnership brings together Co-op, SAMH, Mind and Inspire to improve the resilience of communities across the UK by supporting people to improve their own and other’s mental health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing on Wheels, is a peer-led service, offering an informal and socially supportive space for people to access mental health and wellbeing support. After a successful pilot of Wellbeing on Wheels in Fife, we will work in partnership with Stagecoach East to provide this mobile drop-in opportunity across Angus to include Arbroath, Kirriemiur, Brechin and Carnoustie.
The bus situated in the heart of each community will be open to all, providing a ‘hop on-hop off’ opportunity for people to come on board and connect with others, explore mental health, raising awareness and challenging stigma. The Peer Support Practitioner role will support those who have lived experience of mental health problems to positively engage with a range of tools and tactics to allow them to continue to build resilience, self-manage their mental health and live well in their community.
The Peer Support Practitioners will use their own lived experience of mental health recovery to support service users in a recovery focussed way. Using formalised peer support models, the Peer Support Practitioners will enhance the support provided to the individual and will contribute to the strengthening of local community resilience through signposting to existing community assets and positive activities to help maintain service user’s mental health and wellbeing.
We are looking for individuals with lived experienced of mental health recovery who are passionate about supporting others to make meaningful improvements to their mental health and wellbeing. You will be facilitating 1:1 session, initial interventions and ongoing resilience building, offering support that is tailored to individuals expressed needs. To be part of the Peer Support Team you will have a flexible and dynamic approach that ensures all attendees receive a consistent high quality of support. You will need to demonstrate good communications skills, supporting good working relationships across the team and with all relevant external partners and community organisations.
Peer Support Practitioners will be role modelling recovery within SAMH values and guidelines. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check.
Closing date for all applications is 12 noon Thursday 28th October 2021
Interviews will be held on Thursday 4th and/or Monday 8th November 2021
Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website samh.org.uk. Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to firstname.lastname@example.org, no other form of application will be accepted.