New vacancy – Peer Support Co-ordinator

Salary £22,658 pro rata 15 Hours per week

Fixed Term – Funded to 31st January 2020

Closing date 12 noon Monday 18 February 2019

Interviews Friday 22 February 2019

This job is open to women only (under the Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9)

A great opportunity to join the Women’s Centre team and our exciting new Peer Support project.  We are looking for someone to deliver and coordinate Peer Support Groups at the Centre with a focus on improving mental health and well being. So if you have lived experience of managing your own mental health and a qualification in counselling skills have a look at the information below and consider applying.

Nottingham Women’s Centre is run by women, for women and we’ve been around for nearly 50 years. We aim to help all women to gain the confidence and skills to achieve their potential and become stronger and more independent. We provide a safe and supportive environment in which women can do this, either by taking part in training or activities, getting support and services, or campaigning and becoming active in bringing about change.

We offer a generous amount of leave, opportunities for flexible working, personal development and a supportive working environment that includes access to an employee assistance programme.

In line with our fair recruitment practices, we do not accept CVs please download the supporting documents here: Application Form and Guidance Notes.

JOB PURPOSE:

The post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering peer support groups to promote mental and emotional wellbeing.  The Peer Support Coordinator will equip and support volunteers with lived experience to contribute to the delivery of the peer support project and work alongside the therapeutic services team to ensure a supportive, recovery focused peer support service.

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and deliver Peer Support Groups for women at Nottingham Women’s centre
  • Recruit and supervise volunteer Peer Support Volunteers
  • Arrange and support group facilitator training
  • Evaluate and respond to risks and safeguard appropriately
  • To establish working relationships with other agencies
  • Ensure impact data is recorded in the electronic information management systems.

General

  • Ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation and Nottingham Women’s Centre policies and procedures, including the Centre’s Equal Opportunities policy and Health and Safety Policy.
  • Work in a way which positively promotes the aims, objectives and values of Nottingham Women’s Centre
  • Take responsibility for safeguarding clients, volunteers and staff, paying particular attention to the sharing of information and professional boundaries
  • Participate in training and development as required.
  • Carry out administrative duties relating to the post
  • Act as an effective team member and attend and contribute to staff meetings.
  • Carry out other duties as directed by the Centre Manager and the Board of Trustees. 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

 
Essential Desirable
Qualifications Recognised qualification in Counselling skills/Counselling

GCSE pass at A-C standard (or equivalent) for English and Maths.

 

Training in Peer Support/mentoring from recognised organisation.

Experience Experience of group facilitation

Experience of working in a mental health/social care setting

Lived experience of managing own mental health and wellbeing

 

 

Experience of coordinating/supporting volunteers.

Skills & Knowledge Awareness of equality and diversity and an ability to engage with and work constructively with women from all backgrounds.

Awareness of mental health issues, complex needs and local support services.

Ability to recognise own responses and seek appropriate support.

Understanding of the importance of working safely with women who have experienced trauma.

Ability and willingness to work flexibly with some evening and weekend working.

Competent IT user (including MS Office package)

 

 


Meet the Team – Danielle Firth

My name is Danielle Firth and I joined the Nottingham Women’s Centre in November as a part time administrator for the BBO Towards work project.

For the past ten years I have worked for an apprenticeship training provider and a large hire company as part of their training and development compliance team.
During this time I was able to complete several NVQs, a teaching qualification and most recently my CMI Team Leading diploma.

Having only ever worked in the private sector, working for the Nottingham Women’s Centre is something completely different and I am glad I can be part of such a positive working environment that benefits so many Women. In the short amount of time that I have been here, I have always felt welcomed and supported. I look forward to the new challenges and learning more about this sector.

The majority of my time is taken up by my very active 14 month old daughter, she keeps me on my toes. I enjoy taking her to various play groups and activities to keep her busy.
When I can I enjoy going to the cinema and trying new restaurants with friends and family.