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Lead Practitioner Peer Volunteer Coordinator And Mentor

  • Full time
  • £19,657 – £22,039
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th June 2020

  • Advertised from 21st May 2020
  • 1365



Because People Matter

Turning Point Scotland is a national social care charity providing services to people with addictions, learning disabilities, mental health issues, those in the criminal justice system and those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Main duties and responsibilities

Support to people who use services - To:

  • provide support and assistance to people who we support in accordance with their support plans and service aims.
  • be responsible for undertaking initial and on-going assessments of people who we support.
  • advise people who we support in accordance with guidance from senior colleagues or in accordance with the service aims.
  • be a key worker for a person or people who have complex or multiple needs.
  • maintain professional confidentiality and boundaries at all times.
  • support and assist people who we support in crisis situations, and/or manage physical risk or behaviour likely to cause incidents, in accordance with the support plan or service protocol.
  • travel within the service area you are contracted for and supporting the travel and transportation of people who we support in accordance with their support plan (mobility, own car, service vehicles, public transport etc).
  • have an good understanding of the causes and effects of social exclusion as is relevant to the service and area in which you work.

Turning Point Scotland North East Edinburgh Recovery Services provides recovery focused psychosocial interventions to adults experiencing drug and alcohol related issues across North East Edinburgh. We work within a hub model with partners, including NHS Lothian, CEC Social Work and other voluntary agencies to ensure individualised packages of care to enable service users to achieve their recovery goals.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team at the Leith Hub 5 Links Place Edinburgh EH6 7EZ. You will be providing the high-quality delivery of 1:1 and group recovery focused interventions to those we support. The services are delivered from our main offices and on an outreach basis in pharmacies GP surgery and at client's home where required.

Please note all staff are expected to be able to work across both Leith and Craigmillar sites when required.

As a busy established recovery hub we are seeking candidates who already have some knowledge of drug and alcohol harm reduction and treatment options and can demonstrate experience working with this client group. We welcome applications from those with lived experience who meet essential criteria for the post.

This is an established lead practitioner role with primary focus on recruitment, training, support and development of peer volunteers within the hub . You will be responsible for integrating peers within the hub to ensure recovery is visible through facilitating peer involvement in all aspects of service first point of contact, café clinics, assertive outreach to those who have dropped out of the service and promotion of hubs within local community. You must be open to all models of treatment harm reduction , stabilisation and abstinence based without prejudice. A primary part of the role is to work within an asset based community model to actively challenge stigma and mobilise community assets bridging the gap between treatment services, mutual aid and wider local community to support longer term sustainable recovery.

This is not a normal 9 to 5 job you should like to on the move and flexibility will be required around working hours, some evening and occasional weekend working will be required. In order to provide flexible support individual will be required to hot desk from a wide range of primary care settings, including TPS premises Leith and Craigmillar.

A peer is in a unique position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has ‘been there, done that’ and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation. Because of their personal experience, peer workers and / or peer supporters have expertise and real world knowledge that professional training cannot replicate.’ (FEANTSA, 2015).

We are seeking individuals who have lived experience and a track record of effective community engagement, assertive outreach and knowledge of national standards for community engagement.

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