Job Title: Peer Mentor Coordinator

Location: SIAS Solihull

Salary: £22,500 per annum (£15,000 pro-rata)

Hours: Part time – 25 hours

Accountable to: Operations Director, Changes UK and Service Manager, SIAS

Holiday entitlement: 24 days holiday per annum (16 days pro-rata) plus statutory Bank Holidays

SIAS Solihull Integrated Addiction Services is a partnership of organisations that work closely together to offer easy access to appropriate support and treatment for individuals whose drug or alcohol use, or gambling has become problematic along with support for their families and friends.

Our vision is to ensure that people in Solihull who need support with drug, alcohol or gambling addictions have easy access to appropriate treatment and recovery services, therby reducing the health, social and economic harms that addictions can cause.

The Role

The Peer Mentor Coordinator role is an integral part of the partnership and as such will work closely within the service to ensure peer mentors (those with lived experience of addiction) are involved throughout the treatment journey. You will recruit, train and supervise a diverse range of peer mentors, whilst building sustainable and exciting placements such as face to face and virtual group programme delivery by peers and utilise the knowledge of service users to spread harm reduction knowledge.

You will have excellent communication skills and have experience of establishing and maintaining effective relationships and communication channels with relevant stakeholders and partners in order to support project and organisational objectives.

We are looking for candidates with energy, passion and the drive to shape exciting new projects. In return, we will offer you a supportive workplace, a great work-life balance with flexible working opportunities and the opportunity to make a difference in your community.

Key Activities

Key activities and responsibilities will include:

  • Management and delivery of targets and KPIs
  • The recruitment, training, deployment and on-going development and motivation of all peer mentors, increasing the number to 40 in line with our plan.
  • Ensuring all peers are recruited, deployed and supervised in line with SIAS policies and procedures.
  • Peer events management

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Good general education evidenced by a minimum of five GCSE’s (which must include math’s and English) at grade C or above and/or
Minimum NVQ Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
A degree or HND in the following subjects would be advantageous though relevant experience is equally valued:

  • Business Studies
  • Community development/education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Social Care
  • Youth/Social work

About you

With previous expertise in group facilitation, peer work and/or support work, the ideal candidate will be an excellent leader who is passionate about improving the support for people struggling with addiction.

You will be skilled in working with vulnerable adults who experience a range of difficulties and complex contexts, able to work in partnership with them and any other organisations and referrers involved in their lives.

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Intentional Peer Support training or willingness to undertake training within the first 6 months of employment.
  • Strong ability to draw on lived experience to build positive relationships and support people in distress
  • Previous experience of group facilitation and one to one work with vulnerable adults
  • Ability to lead, motivate and coordinate others
  • Excellent team ethic
  • Ability to take initiative, self-motivate and manage competing priorities
  • Professional Integrity and self-awareness
  • Ability to manage conflict and complex situations sensitively
  • Understand of the social contexts and intersectional inequalities that can increase vulnerability
  • Experience of handling safeguarding concerns and a strong understanding of
  • Safeguarding responsibilities desirable
  • Experience of supporting and mentoring peers
  • Previous experience of working with people in complex situations who struggle to access sufficient support
  • Experience of advocating for others
  • Experience of building partnerships and working closely with other organisations and professionals
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Experience of building knowledge of local community resources
  • Strong written communication skills
  • This role would require regular contact with young people and vulnerable adults, and so an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required of successful applicants

Contact with others

The post holder provides a crucial internal service, and the role involves regular contact with staff at all levels including funding organizations and suppliers.

This post regularly involves dealing with confidential staff, client and company information so discretion is very important.

How to Apply

Send in your written CV and cover note to nickydwyer@changesuk.org