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Peer Support Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,475
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 15th August 2022

  • Advertised from 1st August 2022
  • Up to 37.5 (full time and part time available)
  • W763


Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

We work in over 60 communities in Scotland with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

For Scotland’s Mental Health

About the Role of Peer Support Worker

This work is about helping people to live well and achieve the things in life that really matter to them. We have roles available in a new mental health service, commissioned by Glasgow City Council supporting people living with moderate to severe and enduring mental health issues to live fulfilled lives and achieve goals.

Based in Dowanhill area of Partick, this new exciting service will use recovery focussed interventions, supporting people to develop skills and positive support networks towards living an independent life in the community.

Peer Support Workers at St Peter’s Mental Health Supported Living will use their own lived experience of mental health issues to support service users in a recovery focussed way. Using formalised peer support models the Peer Support Worker will enhance the support provided to the individual by developing mutually empowering relationships. There is an expectation that peer support workers will facilitate group work that will aid individuals in their recovery journey.

What we are looking for

Respect and dignity for the people who use our services is at the heart of everything we do. You don’t need any specific qualifications, but what you do need is the right attitude and values. We will ask you to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme, and register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). We’re looking for people with great people skills who are honest, reliable and resilient in challenging situations.

Everyone we support is different and we use individually tailored plans to help them to identify where their strengths lie and support them in the areas where they may need it. In this role your attitude and personality matter as much as your skills and experiences. We are looking for initiative, compassion, energy and determination and the ability to motivate and inspire people who use our services to develop their skills and self-confidence and realise their aspirations. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity and you will go home each day knowing you made a difference.

Supporting the people who use our services means there are a variety of shift patterns including evenings, weekends, sleepovers and on-calls. You will be allocated to a service base but may be required to work flexibly across local services.

What we will provide for you

You will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities. You will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as develop professionally. Some of our benefits include;

• Fully funded SVQ qualification to meet the conditions of your SSSC registration

• Reimbursement of PVG & SSSC fees and registration costs.

• Funded continuous learning and development opportunities, access to over 100 courses online in addition to classroom and virtual training sessions

• 30 days annual leave rising to 33 after 5 years’ service

• 4 public holidays

• 2 paid wellbeing days off per year to use on what matters to you.

• Team wellbeing budgets

• Workplace pension scheme

• Life Assurance policy

• Employee Assistance Programme

Application notes

Closing date for applications will be Monday 15th August 2022 at 12 noon

Get in touch

If you would like an informal chat about this role and working for SAMH, please contact: Vickie Fyfe on 07596 316 260 or

Please go to our website to download an application form, please scroll down and download the application form.

PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of any qualifications declared on the application form are required.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed before the closing date.