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Combat Stress

Combat Stress – Family Peer Support Mentor

Status:         Fixed-Term for 12 Months

Salary:         Band 5, £25,113 – £31,230, dependent on experience (Pay Award Pending)

Hours:         Part-time, 22.5 hours, Hours are negotiable

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About Us:

Combat Stress was established in 1919. We are the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Today we provide UK-wide support to veterans from every service and every conflict, on the phone and online, in the community and at our treatment centres. We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So, when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to take on the future.

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Family Peer Support Mentor to join our growing Peer Support team. We work in partnership with Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust who are the Lead Provider of the Op Courage Veterans Mental Health High Intensity Service in the North of England. You will be part of the HIS team delivering important support to the family members of veterans accessing the HIS. This support will be both individual and group intervention, at a time when the veteran is accessing either crisis or inpatient care. Although a non-clinical service, you will be working alongside clinicians and Veteran Liaison Support Officers responsible for providing support to veterans and you will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team at HIS. The HIS is also delivered in partnership with CNTW and Walking with the Wounded.

You will be providing a time limited intervention of 12 weeks, in-line with the processes of HIS. During this time, you will be expected to meet with families and help them navigate the journey through support services with the NHS by providing valuable peer mentoring and low-level psychoeducation. Albeit a service that supports adults, you will need to be child aware and be prepared to signpost and refer to other services as required.

In this challenging but rewarding role, you will be part of passionate team making a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families. You will be encouraged to develop your skills through CPD and regular reflective practice sessions.

To be successful you will need to demonstrate experience in supporting families, and either have lived experience of Mental Ill Health or a sound working knowledge of the conditions faced veterans accessing the HIS.

This role is subject to a DBS check.

What we offer:

You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans, that has a fantastic cause and a committed follower base.

Benefits:

•          25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays

•          Competitive stakeholder pension scheme – contributions matched up to 10% of salary

•          Discount shopping vouchers

•          Cycle to work scheme

•          Access to the Employee Assistance Programme

Plus many more.

How to apply:

To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to recruitmentnorth@combatstress.org.uk

For further information about the role please contact Dave Aitken, Head of Engagement and Social Care on dave.aitken@combatstress.org.uk

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