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Hub Peer Support Workers- JAMI

  • Location: Depending on the role- Edgware/Stoke Newington/Gants Hill
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: £19,289 - £23,576
Organisation
Jami was established in 1989 by parents, relatives and friends of people who experienced mental health difficulties. In 2013 Jami became responsible for the community’s non-residential mental health provision, creating a single mental health service for the Jewish community.

Job purpose
Peer Support is one of the best forms of therapy for helping people recover from mental distress and its impact on their lives. People who have experienced mental health issues can offer insight and understanding and can draw on their own experiences to help. They can offer an effective complement to the professional support offered by trained mental health workers. To this end, Jami is looking for someone who understands and who is committed to the values of peer support and who can develop this new role in a sensitive and innovative way.  
We are looking for candidates to work in either our Edgware premises or across localities in both our Hackney and Redbridge resources and the local communities up to 37.5 hours per week. 

You will be working as part of a multi-skilled hub-based team, offering guidance, support and signposting to the people who use the hub. You will carry out assessments and interventions enabling people to identify their needs and goals.

Key relationships
•    Work closely with the hub team to support people with mental health problems
•    Collaborate with other agencies and ensure that service users are signposted onto appropriate agencies such as housing, counselling and advice
•    Liaise with the local community to provide good working partnerships, promote the peer support service and to reduce stigma
•    Attend local meetings, workshops and conferences of relevance to the service

Principal accountabilities/responsibilities
1.    To deliver a peer support service to people using Jami hub services
2.    To work as part of a multi skilled team to deliver a recovery focused mental health service
3.    To carry out initial assessments and periodic reviews
4.    To carry a 1:1 caseload
5.    Build positive and supportive relationships with service users to enable them to develop their recovery plans, aspirations and goals
6.    Assist people in setting realistic and positive goals and support them to review their progress
7.    To model/mentor a recovery process and demonstrate coping skills, using own experience of recovery to inspire hope
8.    To support the team in promoting the role of Peer Support Worker and to raise awareness of what recovery means, contributing to any local research/evaluation of this new role
9.    Provide practical support to service users in gaining choice, meaning and purpose of life and independence whilst maintaining dignity and respect
10.    Share personal recovery experiences appropriately
11.    Support service users in the development of personal and life skills with the aim of attaining greater independence and self-esteem, providing emotional support necessary to do so
12.    To develop and facilitate groups which engage service users' interests and participation
13.    Ensure confidentiality of the service and that the service users are respected at all times
14.    Provide regular reports as required
15.    Maintain clear, accurate individual records using Apricot database system
16.    Ensure tools for measuring outcomes are used during the course of working with individuals and groups
17.    Maintain own personal development and keep up to date with current knowledge and health and social care agenda through reading, attending study days, conferences and meetings as appropriate
18.    Work within Health and Safety guidelines, with reference to the Lone Worker Policy and individual risk assessments
19.    Familiarisation of, and compliance with the written policies, procedures and guidelines of Jami
20.    Compliance with the Equality Act, and Health and Safety legislation
21.    Attend regular supervision with named supervisor
22.    Participate in the organisation’s appraisal process
23.    Ensure that all activities are operated in a way which is consistent with the values of Jami and the Jewish community it serves
24.    Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by your line manager or another designated senior manager.

Person Specification (all essential unless stated as desirable)

Training and Qualifications

•    Willingness to undertake training relevant to the post    
•    Peer Support Training (desirable)
•    Mental Health First Aid (desirable)

Knowledge and Experience
•    Experience of using mental health services
•    Managing personal mental health problems & recovery
•    Using personal experience of mental health problems to support and empower others
•    Group work
•    One-to-one work
•    Good verbal & written communication skills
•    Ability to use and understand IT including Microsoft Office and Internet
•    Ability to work independently
•    Knowledge of equal opportunities
•    An understanding of recovery & the factors that inhibit this
•    Ability to manage challenging situations
•    Ability to engage & support people with mental health problems
•    To consult, liaise & work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations
•    Ability to use own mental health experiences to support others    
•    Local knowledge of community resources and facilities (desirable)
•    Experience and knowledge of the Jewish community (desirable)
•    Working in a complex and changing environment (desirable)

Communication skills
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills
•    Good presentation skills (desirable) 

Personal Qualities
•    Self-awareness & self-development
•    Self-motivation
•    Professional integrity
•    Time management skills
•    Ability to manage personal stress
•    Enthusiasm, commitment, reliability    

For further details/informal visit please contact yael@theworkavenue.org.uk