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Peer Navigator (Assertive & Persistent Outreach)

  • Full time
  • £23,251.47 – £24,466.99
  • West Lothian
  • Closing 18th February 2024

  • Advertised from 23rd January 2024
  • 37.5 hours per week


Change Grow Live are a charity dedicated to the belief that we can make a difference to our Service Users lives.

Our core values are ‘Be open, be compassionate and be bold’ and our teams apply these daily offering support and respect in a safe environment, treating each user as an individual and working with them to find the right treatment and care options.

Working as a Peer Navigator with Change Grow Live is a rewarding role where you can utilise your lived experience with alcohol/drugs/homelessness to make a real difference in the lives of our service users. Supporting our service users from point of entry into the service and through their recovery journey, helping with social re-integration and enabling them to lead purposeful and meaningful lives.

About the role:

  • To support an assertive outreach approach to service user engagement targeting potentially excluded, hard to reach and vulnerable groups
  • To respond to the referrals coming through different pathways and to provide rapid outreach to people who are referred to the service within agreed timeframe.
  • To support the provision harm reduction services including injecting equipment provision, take home naloxone, DBST, Alcohol Brief Interventions and health checks
  • To specifically identify and support vulnerable drug and alcohol users to access and engage with appropriate services.
  • Work with local communities to target people affected by drugs or alcohol and work closely with other community-based projects
  • To work with the Recovery Coordinators to build and develop service users’ personal strengths, social networks and recovery capital
  • To provide the service in a wide variety of venues across West Lothian including home visits, prison gate pickups, street outreach, homeless accommodations, primary care and A&E to engage service users who would not typically access a substance use service.

About you:

  • Lived experience of the drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with good IT skills.
  • Be able to build relationships with individuals with multiple needs, whilst remaining empathetic and non-judgemental.
  • Undertake training to develop skills and abilities.
  • Confident in working alone as well as part of a team.
  • Can remain calm under pressure.
  • Show commitment to facilitating positive outcomes for service users.
  • Excellent knowledge of harm reduction interventions available.
  • Excellent knowledge of services and sources of help for people attempting to recover from substance use.

What we will give to you:

  • 25 days holiday (+ bank holidays) rising by 1 day for each years’ service
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Paid ‘Wellness’ hour each week along with a ‘Wellness’ hub and Employee Assist Programme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • A great selection of benefits incl. discounts for shopping, cinema, holidays, etc.
  • A friendly and supportive team
  • Training, career development & progression opportunities

Application notes

If this sounds like you and you’d like to begin your journey with Change Grow Live, then we’d love to talk to you.

If you have any questions on this opportunity that you would like to talk through please contact Pam Muir | | 07435806491

Find out more and apply on our website.

Closing Date: 18/2/2024

This post is subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check at an enhanced level.

We believe that having diverse people working as part of our team makes us the organisation that we are.

We actively encourage applications from people from all backgrounds to help us to provide the best possible experience for the people who use our services and to make Change Grow Live a great place to work. If you have any feedback on our recruitment processes (good or bad) we’d love to hear from you so that we can make sure they are fair and we attract and recruit the best, most diverse workforce possible.

The safety of vulnerable children, young people and adults is our absolute priority. We will support you in your role to make sure that you are equipped to support the safety of people who use our services and those around them, to the highest standard possible.

West Lothian Assertive Outreach Service is expanding at the moment to build more responsive service for people who use drugs and/or alcohol and have a multiple and complex needs. We would like to involve people with lived experience in providing outreach services and modelling recovery for others. The post holder’s responsibility will be to outreach and engage people who have a history of poor engagement with services in West Lothian.