Peer Support Worker - Regeneration Community Services
Permanent Part Time - Peer Support Worker
Date of Posting: September 22, 2021
Position: Peer Support Worker Part Time Ranging from 1-3 days
Bargaining Status: C.U.P.E. Local 4891
Hours of Work: 10:00am – 6:00pm with some flexibility required based on client member need
Program: Peer Program
Reports To: Rhonda Skene, Peer & Employment Program Manager
Salary: $20.42 plus 4% vacation pay
Start Date: 11/1/2021
Regeneration Community Services (RCS) is a non-profit community mental health and addictions supportive housing provider. RCS was founded more than 40 years ago, to provide quality affordable supportive housing and support services to persons with mental health and addictions issues in Toronto. RCS is proud to support over 400 individuals on their recovery journey, with a housing stock of over 350 units across the city.
Regeneration Community Services has received new funding for an expansion of the Step Up Program in the Parkdale area. The Parkdale Step Up Supportive Housing Program is a medium support level housing program where individuals are provided with support with activities of daily living including support with their medication and in developing a sense of community. The program offers 13 hours of onsite staffing available per day and each individual has their own self-contained bachelor unit within a small, 4-story walk up apartment building in the Parkdale area. Clients of this program are individuals who have been designated as Alternative Level of Care, are currently in hospital and no longer require hospital care but do not have appropriate accommodation or currently live in a 24-hour high support housing setting. This will be one of the sites among other Regen sites that the successful candidate will work at. The successful candidate will be part of the Peer Support Team and work closely with the staff team at each site.
- Engage and build relationships with the members
- Empower members to advocate on behalf of themselves
- Assist members in accessing local community-based resources
- Provide resources and information which would support recovery
- Facilitate social recreation activities and outings
- Develop and implement a variety of group-based activities which aid in the recovery process and build skills to live independently.
- Provide a consumer-survivor perspective to program development and implementation
- Help to build and develop a sense of community within the housing program.
- Documentation of client-member interactions in accordance with RCS policies, procedures and protocol.
- Must have personal lived experience in the mental health community. Only applications from persons who are mental health consumer survivors will be considered for this position.
- Experience providing peer support through a volunteer or paid work experience.
- Completion of peer support worker training including training in recovery principals (WRAP or Pathways to Recovery). Participation in or the completion of the PREFER program is a definite asset.
- Knowledge of available community resources in the city of Toronto and resources that would support the recovery process.
- Familiarity with the TTC system.
- Possess excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
- Advanced problem solving and organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Experience working with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
- Willingness to share lived experience in a relevant and appropriate way, maintaining peer/client-member boundaries as necessary.
- Competent computer skills (MS Word, E-mail, and Internet).
- Crisis intervention skills an asset.
- Group facilitation skills and experience working with groups.
- Must possess a level of comfort and sensitivity in working with individuals with severe mental health issues.
- We welcome applicants to share past employment experience on their resume that will allow for the transfer of knowledge and skills that can benefit them in this role.
- Personal characteristics of flexibility, resourcefulness, creativity, commitment and empathy will further support your success in this position.
- Sound judgement and decision-making, time management, problem solving and organizational skills.
- Familiarity with the public transit system.
- First Aid and/or CPR certification an asset.
As part of our hiring practices we encourage and particularly welcome applications from traditionally marginalized communities. This includes, but is not limited to: consumer/survivors, people of color, aboriginals, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community
In an effort to keep our congregate housing settings as safe as possible, all new external candidates will be expected to provide proof of having received the COVID 19 vaccine.
How to Apply
Submission Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 5:00pm
Submit to: Rhonda Skene, Peer & Employment Program Manager