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Peer Development Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £19,987 – £22,243 pro-rata
  • Greenock, Inverclyde
  • Closing 9th August 2021

  • Advertised from 20th July 2021
  • Hours: 16hrs per week. Salary: £19,987 - £22,243 (pro rata) (19 – 23). Contract: Fixed term to October 2022
  • Ref: N914


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 Development Practitioner 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 Development Practitioner 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.

The Peer Development Practitioner will work closely with a Team Leader to provide line management support and group supervision to Peer Support Practitioners, to facilitate opportunities to promote meaning and purpose in personal development, and develop and implement person centred support that is peer led in ways which are effective, efficient and of the highest quality.

We are looking for an individual with lived experienced of mental health who is passionate about supporting others to make meaningful improvements to their mental health and wellbeing. You will be facilitating 1:1 sessions to include, initial interventions, ongoing resilience building, with occasional group work, offering support that is tailored to individuals expressed needs.

As a skilled communicator with the ability to motivate others, you will lead the Peer Support Team to have a flexible and dynamic approach that ensures all attendees receive a consistent high quality of support. You will demonstrate a professional approach, whilst maintaining good working relationships with external partners and community organisations to better respond to the mental health and wellbeing needs of those we support.

Peer Development Practitioner 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 either Thursday 19th or Friday 20th 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.