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Peer Support Worker - LOFT Community Services

Nov 22, 2023
Toronto, Ontario
DATE: November 6th, 2023
LOCATION: Toronto, ON – Front St HUB (MATCH)
COMPENSATION: $46,577 - $56,329 Annually Prorated
CONTRACT DURATION: Permanent – (Part-Time: 21 hours/week)
LOFT Community Services is a unique and dynamic charitable organization that supports people living with complicated issues such as mental and physical health challenges, substance abuse, poverty and homelessness. Serving approximately 10,000 annually and providing 1,733 units of supportive housing last year, LOFT is one of Ontario’s largest mental health service providers of its kind. LOFT is also recognized as a Nonprofit Employer of Choice™ Award (NEOC) recipient.
To help fulfill its mission, LOFT is hiring a Peer Support Worker.
The Peer Support Worker position is open to those who have lived experience with mental health and/or addiction and have gone through a process of recovery. The peer mentor is responsible to use their lived experience to assist others in the recovery process and to navigate the mental health and addiction systems. This would be accomplished through a variety of activities such as group facilitation, individual support with appointments and structured positive relationship building. The position works within a Recovery and Housing First philosophy, to teach life skills, access community resources and support, and link to appropriate services. The position provides access to a range of team members including a psychiatrist and case managers who will work cooperatively to assess, plan, treat and support clients. 
  • To accompany clients to various appointments in the community.
  • Help with goal setting, problem solving and emotional support
  • Work in collaboration with other program staff and community partners
  • Contribute to program development and implementation.
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate mental health/recovery/treatment groups.
  • Have up-to date knowledge of local resources. Assist with referrals to support as needed.
  • To help ensure that clients are connecting with caseworkers and caseworkers with clients.
  • Supports a regular number of clients by meeting in the community
  • Establishing a supportive relationship, always
  • Guide clients to make choices that promote safety, wellness and recovery.
  • Positive role model and encouragement of others in the recovery process
  • Assist with drop-in programs at various city locations
  • Attend training sessions and group meetings
  • Have regular supervision with director or senior staff
  • Prepare and dismantle group/including light cleaning and trash removal
  • Completion of Peer Support training is an asset
  • Personal experience in recovery from a mental health or homelessness and/or addiction challenge, and ability to draw upon wellness and recovery in providing intentional peer support is an asset
  • Skills in applying harm-reduction principles, providing support from an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework and providing trauma-informed peer support
  • Knowledge of relevant mental health, health and housing related legislation
  • Extensive knowledge of local community mental health services and other resources, including formal and informal supports
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Understanding of cultural competency and anti-oppression framework
  • Reflective of a multi-barriered group, as serviced by the program, a strong asset
We believe there are many different ways of developing skills, and we love diverse
experiences! So even if you don’t “tick all the boxes” but think you’d thrive in this role, we encourage you to apply.
Note: All LOFT employees are required to be COVID-19 vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with LOFT’s Vaccination Policy; unless they are employed in or work regularly with staff who are employed in, non-client facing roles.
Note: A satisfactory vulnerable sector check (VSC) is also required.                                                 
CLOSING DATE: November 20th, 2023
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