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ETE and Mutual Aid Development Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £24,627 – £29,000
  • Merton, London
  • Closing 9th May 2021

  • Advertised from 23rd April 2021
  • 37.5 hours per week, with some evening clinics. Fixed Term contract for one year.


Are you an ETE practitioner or a recovery practitioner interested in ETE and building sustainable recovery communities? This new PHE funded role is an exciting and rare opportunity to join one of WDP’s fully integrated flagship services.

The Service

Launched in 2018, WDP Merton is a fully integrated substance misuse service, providing clinical and psychosocial interventions, operating from a main treatment hub, with additional satellites within the community. The team actively promotes recovery and works with individuals that are directly and indirectly affected by substance misuse, working with the local community to improve the health, wellbeing and functioning of Merton residents, irrespective of circumstance.

The Role

Funded by Public Health England for one year, this role supports WDP’s Merton’s commitment to building recovery in the community (BRIC) and increase the employment prospects of our service users, including those who have been or are involved in the criminal justice system.

As well as holding a smaller focused mixed caseload, and reporting to the BRIC Coordinator, the role will work in partnership with colleagues, volunteers, peer mentors, service users, stakeholders and other local services and mutual aid groups to:

• Support the delivery of WDP’s in-house Recovery in Action ETE programmes and SMART Recovery group.

• Develop a collaborative network of external ETE partners and opportunities, including local colleges, adult education, volunteering, and specific services available to help people with a history of offending to get back into work.

• Provide ETE assessments and collaborative person-centred ETE care plans for service users.

• Help service users and other organisations establish local mutual aid and peer support groups: for example, Dual Recovery Anonymous and SMART Recovery.

• Link with local mental health mutual aid and peer support groups, ensuring we have referral or signposting pathways that are relevant and safe.

• Support practitioners to facilitate their service users to access mutual aid, emphasising best practice from the Improving Access to Mutual Aid guidelines and toolkits for commissioners and service providers.

We are seeking committed, organised and highly-motivated candidates with an interest in working with this client group and an understanding of mutual aid and ETE.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving service making positive changes in service users’ lives, through a non-judgemental, recovery-based approach that values the strengths and choices of those individuals.


• Salary band of £24,627 - £29,000 per annum

• Fixed Term contract for one year.

• 37.5 hours per week, with some evening clinics


The role is based at the Merton hub, but will involve delivering clinics at satellites within the borough and may involve travel to external meetings and to other WDP locations as needed.

Why Should You Apply?

• An opportunity to join one of WDP’s flagship services and contribute to service development.

• Be part of a high-performance team that is focused on quality and welcomes innovation.

• Competitive salary and professional develop opportunities.

Application notes


For an informal chat about the role, contact Helen O’Connor, Service Manager on 07383 083377 or

For further details, and to apply, please visit our website:

Internal applicants will also be considered on a 1 year fixed term secondment opportunity.

The closing date is Sunday 9th May 2021 at 00:00 midnight. Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 17th May 2021 via Zoom and will include a presentation component.

WDP and Our Values

WDP is an innovative behaviour-change charity. We facilitate long-lasting transformation in people’s lives to improve health, wellbeing and social integration. We work across the fields of substance misuse, young person’s support, employability, sexual health and inpatient services.

All staff are required to work to WDP’s four values:


In partnership

Strong belief in service users


WDP is a recovery-focused organisation. Our staff and volunteers are committed to helping our service users to improve their health and wellbeing, and to become free from dependency.

WDP is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

WDP aims to be an equal opportunities employer.