Leeds: Young People’s Peer Support Worker, Leeds Mind

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Leeds Mind is the city’s leading mental health charity. We have faith and optimism in our clients and so the services we deliver are built around their needs. We support the people of Leeds to discover their own resources to ‘recover’ from periods of poor mental health, and to live life independently with their mental health condition.

Our values of Kindness, Hope, Respect, Empowerment, Support and Inclusion are pivotal to the work we do.

Our Service

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to play a central role in a brand new young people’s service at Leeds Mind. We have secured funding until February 2025 to coproduce new lived experience based support for 11-25 year olds who have experienced trauma. This will be a unique offer in the city, building on and expanding the award winning work of our 14-25 peer support groups.

The Role

The post holder will draw on their own lived experience of trauma to support 11-25 year olds. They will have a 1:1 caseload as well as facilitating peer support groups. They will work closely with people with lived experience, external partners and the Service Lead to continually adapt the service to respond to what young people want and need.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Own lived experience of trauma as a child/young person and ability to use this appropriately to support others
  • Managing a 1:1 caseload
  • Facilitating peer support groups
  • Person centred working and ability to adapt approach based on coproduction
  • Outreach/engagement work with a diverse range of young people
  • Ability to manage dynamic risk and respond appropriately to mental health crises
  • Excellent verbal and written communication with a range of people including 11-25 year olds, parents/carers and other services
  • Living our core values every day

Hours: 37, including some evening and weekend work
Scale: NJC Scale 6 points 18 to 22
Salary: £25,419 – £27,514 per annum
Contract: Fixed Term until 28/02/2025
Closing Date: 26 June 2022
Interview Date: 6 July 2022

The role is based at Clarence House, Clarence Road, LS18 4LB and will involve travel across Leeds.

Leeds Mind is an equal opportunities organisation. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and identities, particularly culturally diverse, LGBTQIA+ and/or disabled people, who are under-represented within Leeds Mind.

For an informal discussion about the post prior to applying, please call 07805 614863 and speak to Yoshiko (Monday to Wednesday).

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a right to work in the UK check as well as an enhanced DBS check with children’s barred list check. Leeds Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Reg charity number: 1007625