Job Title: Head of Peer Services (peer role)
Part-time: 28 hrs per week, contract until 31st March 2025, extendable subject to funding
Location: NW9, London (Hybrid)
Salary: £43,000 per year pro rata, actual salary £34,400
Closing date: 1 December 2022, 23:59
This is an amazing opportunity for someone with lived experience of disability (which could include experience of mental health issues or a long-term condition) to lead on our Peer Services function. This is really varied and interesting role, where time will be split between supporting our service manager, developing and delivering training, advising on co-production, and leading practitioner meetings around related topics, including safeguarding. Unusually, you will be able to start with only one direct report, although line management requirements may develop further over time.
A really strong knowledge of safeguarding is essential, as is confidence around advising on how to respond to callers in acute distress, but otherwise this is in many ways a role largely focused around peer support and coproduction, where your thorough knowledge of these areas will inform both our service delivery and our paid for training and consultancy.
You’ll also work to ensure that insights we hear on the front line in terms of the barriers people are facing are fed back to decision makers, as are the insights from meetings with the sector.
If you have an ability to engage with people as equals, a solid understanding of casework and safeguarding, a collaborative and encouraging management style and would love the chance to campaign for a fair deal for disabled people, we want to hear from you.
You’ll be reflective about your own lived experience of disability and comfortable discussing it where appropriate, as well as keen to represent many diverse voices where needed. You’ll also be committed to working within the social model of disability, and passionate about removing disabling barriers from people’s lives.
In return for your commitment to the cause, you will become part of a friendly and supportive team, working within a focused but flexible culture, where diversity is valued and you can bring your whole self to work. You’ll be based in our Colindale office, and able to attend meetings across Barnet and beyond, but with extensive opportunities for home working. Ordinarily, we would envisage no more than two face to face days per month, although there will be exceptions to this from time to time. (And people who like more time working in a team environment can base themselves in the office on additional days.)
This post is only open to disabled people. We encourage applications from Black and global majority disabled people, who are underrepresented at this level of the organisation. DBS check will be required. In your covering letter, please ensure that you explain you would draw on insights from your own lived experience of disability as well as your professional experience to date to deliver the role.