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Peer Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £17,340 – £18,624
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd January 2020

  • Advertised from 13th January 2020



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.

The Edinburgh Housing First programme is part of a national pathfinder spanning 5 cities across Scotland. Housing First has been recognised by the Scottish Government as an effective way to support individuals who have been long term homeless with multiple and complex needs. The premise of Housing First is that housing is a basic human right and is an integral part of a holistic support package offered to individuals. The programme aims to support people with long histories of homelessness to access a permanent home and to receive the support they need to remain there. Staff will provide support on the maintenance of a tenancy, addiction, mental health, social inclusion, life skills, employability and other areas as appropriate. This support is non time limited. The service will act on the seven principles identified for a Housing First service.

The Edinburgh pathfinder aims to support 275 people across a consortium of 7 organisations, of which Turning Point Scotland is one.

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.

Application notes

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