Location: Wimbledon, London
Salary: Up to £30000 per annum
Posted: 8 months ago
Contract Type: Temporary or Contract
Industry: Health & Social Care
Contact Name: Colette Niles

Volunteer Peer Coordinator

Job Description

Our client is one of the largest providers of supported accommodation services various clients such as young people, clients with a history of homelessness, mental health or substance misuse issues. They aim to help vulnerable people find opportunities to change their lives and futures.

Position Available: Volunteer Peer Coordinator - Wimbledon. with some travel to other areas in South London, £30kpa, fixed term contract until 31.08.2021

Role Purpose:

Lead a team of peer advisors to deliver flexible services to participants with complex needs to improve their employability skills and to move into sustainable employment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Take overall responsibility for the allocated delivery of the team

Provide day to day supervision, support and guidance to the Peer Advisors, allocating work appropriately and also carrying out direct work with participants

Organise the promotion of the project and coordinate the recruitment and engagement of participants, according to profiles and equalities targets

Ensure that each participant has a comprehensive initial assessment of employment and wider needs, obtaining existing assessment information where possible

Work with participants to agree and regularly review an action plan which addresses their employment and wider barriers

Support participants to carry out actions on their plan, delivering one to one and group motivational, advice, guidance and employment activities to this end.

Allocate tasks to the Peer Advisors according to their ability and capacity

Ensure activities fit with Matrix standards and carry out observations of sessions to promote high quality of delivery

Liaise closely with the specialist partners to increase the support available to participants

Develop excellent links with local stakeholders, to ensure sufficient referrals, achieve equalities targets, and identify wider local services that can provide support to participants. Work to ensure that interventions are 'joined up' for individual participants

Ensure that participants achieve targets and outcomes as profiled, putting into place any corrective action to address any shortfall

Set up recording systems for participants as required and ensure that information on participants, activities and outcomes are accurate, timely and fit with requirements

Provide monthly and quarterly data and narrative reports and support finance teams to produce accurate financial reports

Develop close working relationship with the Project Manager and respond to and support requests for information or activity to be delivered

Develop close working relationships with the Project Trainer Assessor, to ensure that the Peer Advisors gain the experience and skills needed for their qualifications. Address any difficulties through close supervision of the Peer advisors, utilising the support of the Trainer Assessor as required

Manage day to day budget and expenses of the team and projects

Support activities to obtain and act on participant feedback and help with project evaluations

Experience required:

  • Extensive experience of working successfully with challenging people who have multiple and complex needs
  • Ability to assess the needs of vulnerable clients and provide client led support to address these needs in a variety of ways
  • Experience of developing successful inter-agency work, particularly with a view to working successfully with referring agencies to support the needs of participants
  • Experience of supervising and supporting a team of volunteers to deliver positive outcomes for vulnerable people
  • Experience of maintaining accurate financial records and evidencing all spend
  • Commitment to the concept and effectiveness of peer approaches
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of needs and risk assessment, and care co-ordination/planning, and the ability to coach others in these skills
  • Awareness of and commitment to gender equality and equal opportunity practices and policies, and ability to promote diversity and treat colleagues and clients fairly and with respect
  • The ability to use monitoring systems to record all aspects of the project activity including: actions, outcomes and referrals and demonstrate achievement of targets.
  • Excellent written and communication skills, including familiarity with file-keeping procedures, letter writing, advocacy and competent IT skills.

How to apply:

  • If you feel that you fully meet the above outlined criteria for this role and would like to apply for this post, please forward your CV for consideration.
  • *Please note the above outlined experience is the 'minimum' first stage criteria for this role, we will therefore be unable to consider your application unless you are able to demonstrate a relevant work history in line with this position.


Disclaimer: This vacancy is based in the United Kingdom. Barker Ross Health&Social Care only operates in the UK and can only process applications from candidates who are currently a resident and eligible to work in the UK.

Whilst we endeavour to contact you following your response due to the high volume of applications this cannot always be possible. If you have not had notification within 7 days unfortunately your application has not been successful.

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