Peer Support Worker
14 hours

A fantastic opportunity to come and join the Children 1st team in Midlothian

This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to parents impacted by substance use and poor mental health and their families.  You will be skilled in “getting alongside” parents with a compassionate approach, using your own lived experience of substance use or ACES to form trusting relationships, facilitating lasting, meaningful change.

The role will be varied, including 1:1 and group based supports which will see you supporting parents to engage in mutual aid meetings, attend health and wellbeing appointments, be more connected in recovery communities, feel more confident, with improved self-esteem and support more positive family relationships, amongst other tasks.  You will work alongside our project workers and volunteers to deliver whole family support, focussed on helping families build stronger relationships

If you have compassion, are skilled at forming trusting relationships, dedication to making a meaningful difference, are non-judgemental and can evidence stability in your lived experience, we would be interested in hearing from you.  You will be expected to have an understanding / experience of recovery orientated support and an awareness of the supports available in the Midlothian community

What kind of Peer Support Worker will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform children’s lives
  • determined to support children to stay safely with their own family
  • big hearted, and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • is compassionate and understanding of trauma
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Above all else, the most important thing to us is that you are someone who will do the right thing for children and their families at every turn.

Base:  Dalkeith

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 9 public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.

Further Information

This a part time, fixed term post of 14 hours a week, funded for 12 months. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

Job title: Peer Support Worker

Job Subtitle: Midlothian

Reference number: CFS21/68

Location: Dalkeith

Closing date: 23/09/2021 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that the interviews will take place on Monday 04 October 2021

Salary: £18,079 - £20,259 pro rata for part time

To apply, please download and complete the attached 3 forms below (A, B and C) and email completed forms to:

Alternately, if you are unable to email us, postal applications may be sent to Human Resources, Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT.

Please also refer to the ‘Job Description and Person Specification’ and ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further information as per relevant documents attached below.

For further information or enquiries, please email:

We welcome and encourage applications from potential people of all backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, disability, who reflect our values.