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Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator

Vacancy Salary £19,432.27 to £21,703.54
Vacancy Location Bristol
Type of engagement: Part Time
Hours per week: 21

This is a Permanent, 21 vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Would you like to work for a leading mental health charity?

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

If yes, join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.

 

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator to join our inspiring and friendly Bristol Community team. Your role will be a permanent position, working part time, 21 hours per week based in the service.

 

Our Bristol Community service provides 1:1 targeted support, telephone support and the development of peer support groups and peer/volunteer supporters. We believe that peer support can be used as a tool to aid in an individual’s recovery journey. We support people to build their own skills, confidence and resilience, reducing their reliance on services in the future.   We work with diverse groups including those with learning or physical disabilities, dementia, older people, carers, young people as well those with a mental illness.

 

Who are we?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”

 

In everything we do, we seek to demonstrate our values: Passion, Commitment, Openness, Hope, Expertise, Equity and Understanding. If these values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you.

 

What will you be doing?

As a new role, you will focus on making our volunteering and peer support strategy a reality within the Bristol Community Support Service. This will involve:

  • Identifying and managing Peer facilitators and volunteers, matching them to roles, providing training, 1:1 support and supervision. 
  • Working closely with the Service Manager and Team of Group Development Workers to map needs, priorities, and co-ordinate timescales for management of induction of new Peers & volunteers.
  • Devising a programme of events and activities tailored to promoting Peer network including succession planning to ensure a sustainable approach to our Group Development & Network offer.
  • Enabling the Group development workers to grow peer support that provide safe spaces for people to meet in their local community. 
  • Identifying support needs or adjustments that will enable people with lived experience to become peer facilitators.
  • Developing relationships with local volunteer bureau and networks to promote our volunteering and groups programme.
  • Ensuring appropriate administration processes are in place and up to date to track, engage and communicate with our peers & volunteers.

 

Do you have what we are looking for?

  • Experience co-ordinating all aspects of the volunteer journey including recruiting volunteers through a range of channels and supporting volunteers to deliver their roles successfully.
  • Successful track record of effective working alongside Peers & volunteers including use of supervision, coaching techniques.
  • Experience of facilitating groups and delivering training to groups or individuals.
  • An understanding of engagement strategies with ability to initiate and develop links with difficult to reach communities.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment, identify potential risk and managing / mitigating risks.
  • IT literate with working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office programs and experience of accurate data entry to databases.

 

 

The safety and wellbeing of our service users and colleagues is our first priority, which is why it is now a condition of employment for anyone joining us that they have either had the recommended Covid-19 vaccine or agree to have it when offered by the NHS. You can find more information on our approach and why we have made this important decision in our attached Covid-19 vaccination information document.

 

 

What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

  • Salary of £19,432.27 to £21,703.54
  • Annual increments up to the top of the band  
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance and employee assistance programme
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays  
  • Your "Rethink Day" - 1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Flexible working  

 

Don’t just change jobs, change lives!

 

The Recruitment Advisor looking after this role is Rose Adams. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at recruitment@rethink.org or give her a call on 07775682782.

 

Just a couple of final things,

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this. Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If a shortened closing date has a significant impact on your ability to apply, please let us know.

Would you like to work for a leading mental health charity?

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

If yes, join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.

 

 

 

 

Our work to achieve this is guided by seven core values:

  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Expertise
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Passion
  • Understanding

Passion

We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.

Commitment

We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.

Openness

We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

Hope

We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.

Expertise

We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.

Understanding

People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.

Equity

We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.

Openness

We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development, and a range of e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

Employer funded pension

Flexible
working

Life
assurance

BUPA
employee assistance

Eyecare vouchers

up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more

Annual
leave

25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays

Rethink
day

1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday

For the full list, see our website here.

“From the very start I was made to feel welcome and respected in my new team. In the short time I have been working with Rethink Mental Illness as a service administrator I have been able to contribute ideas and make meaningful change, and I appreciate that Rethink allows me to direct my own role development and help me build on the skills I want to work on.”

“Working for Rethink Mental Illness is the most rewarding job I could ask for. As a Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator I get to work with a huge variety of people, with a range of skills and support them to incorporate those skills into their volunteering roles. I am always looking for gaps that need filling and creating new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our service, mental health in the community, but most importantly the people giving up their time to help.”

“I’ve previously worked in a large corporate environment, in the criminal justice sector and other charities. Without a shadow of a doubt, Rethink Mental Illness has been the best employer I’ve ever had. They care about their staff. Its great working with like-minded people and knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

“It feels very rewarding to be part of such a meaningful Organisation where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to make a difference”.

Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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