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Peer Support Practitioners

  • Part time
  • £18,525 pro-rata
  • Greenock, Inverclyde
  • Closing 9th August 2021

  • Advertised from 20th July 2021
  • Hours: 16hrs per week. Salary: £18,525 (pro rata), (10-13). Contract: Fixed term to October 2022
  • Ref: N913


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.

For Scotland’s Mental Health.

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.

SAMS Café Greenock, is a peer led secondary prevention service, offering an informal and socially supportive space for people to access mental health and wellbeing support. It will be opened to all, supporting those who have lived experience of mental health problems to positively engage with a range of activities and workshops based around the 5 ways to wellbeing. Service users will be able to consider wellbeing plans, engage with 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 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 who are passionate about supporting others to make meaningful improvements to their mental health and wellbeing. You will be facilitating 1:1 sessions, initial interventions, ongoing resilience building, with occasional group work, 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.

Application notes

Closing date for all applications is 12 noon, Monday 9th August 2021.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 24th August 2021.

Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to, no other form of application will be accepted.