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Senior Peer Support Officer - Groups

Employer
Bipolar UK
Location
Flexible - Homeworking North England
Salary
£28000 - £32000 Initial 2-year fixed contract with view to becoming permanent should targets be met
Closing date
20 Sep 2021
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The Senior Peer Support Officer role will work within Bipolar UK’s Peer Support Services team and needs to be located in the North of England. Working closely with two other Senior Peer Support Officers, for Groups and Digital, this role will lead and facilitate aspects of service delivery and support for our cohort of remote volunteers and national network of Peer Support Groups across Northern England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The successful candidate will bring experience and confidence to this new role and work closely with a committed team who facilitate and deliver our peer support services and input to funding development with our Business Development Manager and Fundraising team.

The position requires a proactive and reliable individual with good interpersonal skills who is organised and willing to travel. The role involves online and some in-person support of the group network as well as developing links with other mental health services or appropriate agencies.  This is a varied and hands-on role for someone with excellent communication (verbally and written) and organisational skills, and who can empathise with our community.

Background:  Bipolar UK’s mission is that everyone affected by bipolar can live well and achieve their potential. Peer support is at the core of our work. Our services are ambitious and wide-reaching, and we currently provide peer support in several ways, including our in-person Peer Support Groups, Email and Call Back Service, Work and Learning, website and social media. Alongside these areas we plan to ensure we are providing and scoping new and accessible digital services.

Bipolar UK

Bipolar is a severe mental illness characterised by extreme highs and depressive lows. Having the condition increases the risk of suicide by 20 times. Bipolar UK is the national charity for people affected by the condition. Our mission is to empower everyone affected by bipolar to live well and achieve their potential. This includes close friends and family.

This is an exciting time to join Bipolar UK as we are a rapidly expanding charity with big plans to grow our income and impact over the next five years. We are looking for an ambitious and talented individual who will maximise the opportunities presented by the Bipolar Commission and key strategic relationships. This will involve reopening and growing our network of in-person Peer Support groups, maximising the impact of our expanding digital resources and generating income and support from key partnerships and major donors.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 to rphillips@bipolaruk.org by Monday 20 September 2021.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 30 September and Thursday 7 October 2021.

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