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Peer Engagement Officer (Sessional)

You’ll work with us to gather information about substance use in Glasgow, which we will use to influence policies and practice relating to drugs.


About this work opportunity

We’re looking for people with experience of drug use and recovery to be part of our Peer Voices Group in Glasgow. This is a paid opportunity, so you’ll be employed as a sessional staff member at Waverley Care. If you would like to be involved, we’ll ask you to come along to our office at 12 Queens Crescent, for two hours once or twice each month. You will meet with other sessional workers as part of the group, alongside Ruth or Jen from our Research and Engagement Team.

About the role

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  • Job Title: Peer Engagement Officer (Sessional)
  • Hours of Work: Flexible
  • Hourly Rate: £14.17
  • Location: 12 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS
  • Reports to: Ruth McKenna, Senior Research and Communications Manager

What's involved

You’ll work with us to gather information about substance use in Glasgow, which we will use to influence policies and practice relating to drugs. The kinds of activities you might be involved in are:

  • Sharing your opinions on drug laws and how these are enforced in Glasgow
  • Talking to people who use drugs to gather their experiences and opinions
  • Working together to respond to Government consultations about social policies, such as housing, health and welfare benefits

What are the benefits of being involved?

  • Gain paid, professional development, in a supportive environment
  • Receive training in a range of skills, including verbal and written communication skills, influencing policy, and analysing information
  • The opportunity to meet new people
  • The opportunity to influence UK and Scottish policy and practice relating to drugs

One of the group activities will be identifying skills you would like to learn, so if there are things you would like to do or learn that are not listed, we can try and make this happen.

What skills or experience do I need to apply?

  • Reliable, with good timekeeping
  • Good listener and able to empathise with people’s experiences
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Lived experience of drug addiction and recovery
  • Past volunteering experience is desirable.

What stage of recovery do I need to be at to apply?

We will consider each application based on your individual circumstances and experience. We ask that applicants have been in recovery for at least one year. We are happy to accept applications from people who have sustained recovery through maintenance treatment, such as methadone or buprenorphine.

What next?

If you are interested in becoming a sessional staff member with Waverley Care, please download an application form here and return it to ruth.mckenna@waverleycare.org by 29th August 2019.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, you can drop in to Waverley Care at 12 Queens Crescent, G4 9AS and ask to speak to Ruth or Jen, call us on 0141 332 2520 or get in touch using the email address above. We can talk you through what the work will involve and answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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