Have you experienced mental health issues? Are you an ex-offender? Would you like to use your experience to help others turn their lives around? We have a number of paid vacancies for people to join us as Peer Mentors and gain experience working with a leading provider of homelessness and housing advice and support while inspiring and motivating others in their own recovery.
About the team- About the Peer Mentor Service
Shelter is delivering a Peer Mentor Service in partnership with the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Services (CJL&DS) that’s funded by NHS England. CJL&DS assess individuals with complex needs, such as homelessness, mental health or substance abuse, who have contact with the Criminal Justice System to provide early intervention to reduce re-offending behaviours.
The Peer Mentor service’s aim is to help people with multiple and complex needs to enhance the support available through the Liaison and Diversion (L&D) Pathway.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the role
As a Peer Mentor, you'll support people with mental health concerns who are going through the criminal justice system, using your own experiences to engage with and motivate individuals to set goals around their recovery. This will include building a relationship of trust with individuals and understanding the importance of empowering them to make their own choices. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to access personal support to develop new skills and improve your self-confidence to do the job.
We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.
We’re looking for people who have had mental health issues, are ex-offenders or who have been through the criminal justice system. You’ll need to have accessed support services, have an understanding of how these experiences have affected you and be able to tap into these experiences to identify gaps in services and barriers to recovery and how things can be improved. You’ll need to have been stable for at least 18 months and be willing to share details of your successful journey with others to help them.
*The Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1, Paragraph 1 applies to this post. We are unable to accept applications if the individual is still on license for a previous offence.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave (pro rata), enhanced family friendly policies, childcare vouchers, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Apply to be part of an exciting new initiative and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.