Position: Thrive Peer Worker

Hours: 24hrs per week

Salary: £20,250 pro-rata (actual salary £13,500) 5% employers pension contribution

Annual Leave: 32 days in year one, increasing to 37 days from year two (pro-rata) Includes some set public holidays and two week Christmas closure

Benefits: Access to Employee Assistance Programme

PVG: This post requires membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme

Contract: Permanent

Location: Edinburgh. A mix of homeworking with regular visits to Space & NHS offices

Closing date for applications: 5pm 14th July 2022



About Space


Space & Broomhouse Hub is a Scottish award-nominated charity organisation working to improve the happiness, mood & mental wellbeing of our community members;  enhancing physical health, developing skills & job opportunities, whilst growing the confidence of the residents of our area and beyond in South West Edinburgh. We do this by nurturing, supporting and inspiring people of all ages so that lives are fuller, potential is fulfilled and community connections flourish.

In 1991, at a time of depression and recession, community activism and a refusal to accept Broomhouse deserved anything less than other communities – local residents campaigned to turn a row of six shops into one centre. The Broomhouse Centre.

30 years on, and still with local community groups and trustees at the core, Space at the Broomhouse Hub has a new state-of-the-art community building housing a community training café. We have grown and now deliver 17 projects, with 50+ staff and 250 volunteers. We deliver diverse services supporting young people, families, older people and carers amongst others, engaging with local people more than 34,000 times last year.

Whilst holding the integrity of Space at our core, we are a values-led organisation that is:


Welcoming –      Nurturing relationships & kind experiences that enable people to smile, flourish & be resilient

Fun –                      Passionate, non-judgmental & friendly people, developing an inclusive community

Creative –            Initiating and embracing challenges, innovation, opportunities and new ideas

Bold –                    Ambitious, aspirational and determined to have a lasting impact

Trustworthy-     Open, honest, holistic, professional and transparent – continually improving our effectiveness


For more information about Space and Broomhouse hub – Space Services



About Thrive


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a ground-breaking approach to mental health services across Edinburgh.  The South West Thrive Welcome Team brings together a collaboration of partner organisations to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people in South West Edinburgh, to enable them to live well and fulfill their potential. This partnership is between Space, SAMH, and the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership working under NHS governance.


Our organisations share a commitment to the Thrive vision and values of trust, respect, collaboration, person-centeredness, innovation, and compassion. Together we deliver a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency response so that citizens receive the right help at the right time.



What is Peer support?

Peer support is intentionally using lived experience to support others and is well known within recovery and mental health services across the world. Peer Work within Thrive is centred around supporting citizens to identify and work towards achievable and meaningful recovery goals, drawing on mutual resources as peers, and utilising a range of recovery tools, techniques, and experience.

We believe the peer support relationship should facilitate the sharing of personal experiences in a way that is purposeful, modeling personal responsibility, self-awareness, self-belief, self-advocacy and the sharing or teaching of coping, self-help and self-management techniques.

Peer working should also help citizens to identify and overcome fears within a relationship of empathy, trust and honesty, and challenge negative self-talk.


The Role

The main role of the Thrive Peer Worker is to use your own lived experience of mental health and recovery solutions to reduce the toll of poor mental health, and to promote good mental health practices, with citizens and within our communities. It is also about promoting the understanding and values of peer work.

This is achieved by providing short term, one-to-one, emotional and practical mental health support to citizens across South West Edinburgh, providing a space to discuss issues at their own pace, explore skill development and tools to support citizens to manage their mental health challenges


Peer support workers play a central role in the planning and provision of quality, recovery-focused support to people who use the service.


The full job description listing all key tasks can be found below

For more information about Thrive Edinburgh, click here.

If you would like to have a conversation about the role or project before applying please contact Sharon Gurr sharon@spacescot.org.


Special conditions of the post:


  • This post has no fixed base and will be a mixture of home working and community-based support, with travel between locations in South West Edinburgh. This includes regular visits to Space, NHS offices (Henderson Unit at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Cambridge Street House) and greenspaces in South West Edinburgh including the SAMH Redhall Walled Garden.
  • This post is part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team consisting of the NHS, SAMH and Space. Thrive is connected to mental health services including mental health occupational therapists, psychology, social work and psychiatry, and is under NHS governance.
  • This post is line-managed by Space in conjunction with the NHS Thrive South West Welcome Team Coordinator.
  • This post involves a large proportion of each day working online to attend meetings, training and citizen appointments.
  • Although a lot of support is offered, this post also requires the postholder to feel comfortable about working independently,
  • Day-to-day work activities are directed by the Thrive South West Welcome Team Coordinator. The Thrive South West Welcome Team Coordinator will be held by an NHS employed nurse or occupational therapist, or an Edinburgh City Council employed social worker.
  • All work is completed in line with NHS Lothian governance expectations eg. policies and procedures

How to Apply:

Please complete the following documents and email them to sharon@spacescot.org by 5pm Thursday 14th July 2022.

  • Application Form
  • Covering Letter detailing how your skills and experience meet each required area of the person specification for the role.


Click to download:

Thrive Peer Worker Job Description & Person Specification July 2022

Application Form