Essential for the role
• Personal lived experience of homelessness, alcohol or other drugs, mental health issues and / or involvement in criminal justice system.
• Must be willing to use your lived experience to engage with service users
About the Service
South Lanarkshire Council have secured funding from the Drug Death Taskforce and are working with TPS to deliver a flexible, rapid response service which offers assertive outreach to individuals in crisis or at risk of crisis out of hrs. The service will focus on providing interventions to prevent or manage crisis situation through additional ‘out of hours’ capacity to support existing statutory and commissioned services. The service will ensure that we prevent tenancy and placement breakdown, reduce harm both physical and psychological, prevent drug deaths and connect people into services in the community. Individuals who are at risk of crisis will be alerted to TPS and we will provide check in’s out of hrs to ensure they do not fall into crisis. Additionally, we will be alerted out of hrs to individuals who are in crisis and we will provide a range of interventions including
• Keeping people safe
• Preventing tenancy / placement breakdowns
• Harm reduction information and advice. Understanding how people ‘use’ alcohol and other drugs.
• Distribution of Injecting Equipment Provision (IEP) including new needles, foil, sharp bins etc. as part of harm reduction.
• Targeted distribution of naloxone (peer distribution model) to individuals and friends / family
• Immediate response pathway for near-fatal overdose
• Dry Blood Spot testing, where appropriate, for HIV, Hep B / C.
• Condom distribution
• Emergency food parcels
• Access to period products
• Identification of emergency accommodation if homeless or at risk of losing accommodation
• Engaging with family members out of hours to provide support to keep people safe.
• Sustaining existing engagement with services
• Addressing barriers to engagement with services
• Assertive linkage to treatment and care services
• Identification of other health issues
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 and to provide insight into the process of recovery through the sharing of experience in a positive way.
• assist with 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 as required.
• 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 understanding of the causes and effects of social exclusion as is relevant to the service and area in which you work.
Please note that it will be essential to the post to work out of hours and weekends regularly.
Applicants require to be 2 years abstinent from Alcohol and Other Drugs.
We have an exciting opportunity for an individual who has the skills and values to become a Peer Support Worker. It is essential that all candidates have Personal Lived Experience of Homelessness, Alcohol / Other Drugs or Mental Health Issues. By this we mean that you must have experienced the above mentioned directly yourself, not through someone else.
Please visit our website to apply
Closing date: 7th February 2021