Peer Support Worker - Crisis Cafe

July 2024

Are you passionate about supporting people struggling with their mental health and looking for an exciting and rewarding new role?

Hours: Part Time - 22.5 hours (3 shifts) per week

Salary: £14,040 per annum

Contract:  Permanent

Location: Methold House, Worthing

Holiday Entitlement: 25 days per year rising to 27 days after 2 years, plus an additional allowance for bank holidays, pro-rata

West Sussex Mind Values:

Excellence, Equitable, Open, Together, Curious, Unstoppable

Winner of National Mind Anti -Stigma Award 2021


We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and resilient peer support worker to help us deliver our drop-in crisis café in central Worthing.

We have a new vacancy to join our dedicated Staying Well team who provide a safe and welcoming service for people who are struggling to cope when other mental health services are not available. The service is open 5pm-10.30pm on weekdays and 12 noon–10.30pm at weekends and individuals are able to “drop in” for support within these hours. The service operates 365 days a year.

The successful candidate will work with a small team of Mental Health and Peer Support Workers, along with an NHS Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner, to offer support to people who feel that they have reached breaking point with their mental health. 

At Staying Well, our Peer Support Workers use their own lived experience of having mental health problems and using mental health services to support service users in their recovery journey. This includes offering a listening ear and empathy as well as in-the-moment interventions which enable individuals to manage their emotional distress. In addition, the team can offer structured support to empower individuals to recognise their current strengths, to develop self-care and coping strategies or to signpost people to other local organisations who may be able to help.   

Join us and in return we will offer regular supervision, training, progression opportunities, employee assistance and a generous leave allowance.

How to apply:

Please find below an application form, guidance notes, job description and briefing document.

If you would like to have an informal discussion prior to applying, please contact Jenny Thorne at to arrange this.

Closing date: Monday 5th August at 12 noon

Interview date: Friday 16th August 2024

Please email completed applications to    

Please note we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must therefore be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time once we receive sufficient applications and encourage all interested applicants to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

No agencies or CVs.

Application Form

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Guidance Notes

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Job Description and Person Specification

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Briefing for applicants

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