Apprentice Peer Support Worker

Berkshire Healthcare N
Liaison & Diversion Service - Berks, Reading
Competitive salary
13 Jan 2021
18 Jan 2021
Role Type
Start Date
These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

Berkshire Liaison and Diversion are looking to recruit a Peer Support Worker Apprentice

What's special about this opportunity?

Berkshire Liaison & Diversion have an exciting new Peer Support Apprentice position for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who has lived experience of the criminal justice system and a history of vulnerability such as mental health and or substance misuse. If you are stable in your recovery journey, having demonstrated a sustained period of stability and personal growth this could be the perfect opportunity to start a new career in care.

"offering and receiving help, based on shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment between people in similar situations" (Mead et al. , 2001)

What's the job;
  • By using your own experience of going through the Criminal Justice System, treatment and recovery you will be supporting service users with vulnerabilities going through the Criminal Justice System
  • You will be a positive role model helping to understand, inspire, motivate, guide and support our service users to engage with services and work on their recovery. You will evidence and show visible recovery; showing that change is possible.
  • You will offer emotional and practical support to our service-users by using your own lived experience of the criminal justice system and the challenges and fears this can create which will enable them to achieve a positive future

What will I get?

Within Liaison & Diversion at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust we value and recognise the empowering affect peer support from staff members with lived experience can bring to the service.

We'd love to welcome you to our warm, friendly team, who want to help you to make your career reflect your ambitions through gaining an Adult Social Care Apprenticeship. Whilst this role is for an 18 months fixed term period, we would be keen to support you to access future opportunities/roles within our service.

We can offer a competitive salary, starting from £18,005 to £19,337 per annum as well as generous annual leave and staff support package.

How can I find out more?

Please don't hesitate to call Shavinder Thind on 07827 271 246 or email who would be happy to talk through the job and discuss how to apply.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and a Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required. We welcome applications from people with a conviction. Having a conviction will not hinder your opportunity to be appointed.

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We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

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The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust's sites.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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