Mind in Somerset is an independent charity that has been formed from the merger, in October 2018, of Mind in Taunton and West Somerset and South Somerset Mind. The result is a charity able to deliver ...
Addiction support group worker, Sedgemoor
SummaryYou will be working as part of a group aimed at supporting people living free from addiction.
Bringing your lived experience, you will have the desire to support and encourage others on their individual recovery journeys. You will be able to clearly draw upon and share, your own experiences of mental health challenges around addiction and support them in finding their own path too .
In this role you will be:
· To contribute to the running of the addiction support group, to be an active member of the group , willing to share own experiences and also help facilitate helpful and appropriate conversations about the challenges and rewards of living life free from addiction
· providing practical information and signposting to other agencies as appropriate
· willing to be open and transparent about the challenges of active addiction, including self disclosure where appropriate
· to be willing to form helpful relationships with other community organisations ( SASP, Somewhere House, Police, SDAS etc)
· helping to access community facilities and resources
· Record information in line with Mind in Somerset procedures
· Work in accordance with all policies and procedures
· role modelling and providing positive examples of hope and possibility where appropriate
· showing understanding, acceptance and empathy based on shared experience
· supporting individuals to develop ideas for coping strategies and problem-solving skills
· help individuals identify their own hopes, dreams and aspirations and to explore opportunities and ways to realise them
· Commit to be willing and open to the supervision process
· Attend all related training
· You will be provided with initial and on-going training and support.
We are looking for Peer Supporters who have:
· personal experience of recovery from mental health challenge
· the desire and ability to share personal experiences of mental health and recovery to support, empower and bring hope to others
· the confidence to work with individuals
· the capacity to manage their own mental health needs
· an awareness of self-management resources and coping strategies
· an ability empathise with others and form trusting relationships
· a non-judgemental approach and an ability to maintain appropriate boundaries
· good listening and communication skills, reliability and good time keeping
· an ability to take responsibility for your own self-care and willingness to utilise the support and supervision provided by the Peer Support Connections Coordinator