Co-production Worker

Co-production Worker

Co-production Worker

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the input of people with living experience of mental health issues with REACH the South East Essex Recovery College. Working with the Recovery College Manager, you will enable co-production in the planning and delivery of the Recovery College through the design and delivery of courses, development of ‘student union’ and through the recruitment of peer support volunteers.

REACH is the South East Essex Recovery College, part of the Recovery Network to improve mental health and wellbeing for all adults in the area. REACH stands for Recovery, Empowerment, Achievement, Community and Hope – the principles of the College.

REACH supports people to manage their own mental health through learning, empowerment and co-production. It develops self-management skills for people with mental health challenges through:

  • learning and developing skills
  • developing expertise in their mental health and their condition(s)
  • developing personal skills
  • identifying and reaching goals and aspirations
  • reaching their own solutions through coaching

The foundation of the REACH philosophy is to co-produce everything with beneficiaries of the service. This includes supporting individuals and groups of students to develop and deliver REACH activities in partnership with staff. We recognise the talents of people with living experience of mental illness and provide individual support to be effective partners in delivery through training, supervision and team working. This foundation provides the right support to ensure the recovery journey is maximised, that those who have recovered are inspiring and give hope to others.

REACH provides courses to people to enable them to learn skills, techniques and methods to improve their lives. We recognise that in order to achieve this aim we need to provide a high level of support for some students to enable them to access the learning and to implement the actions they require to make changes to their lifestyle and management of their condition. REACH supports learning through shared experiences and uses the term ‘course’ to describe a collection of actions and services that form a learning experience. This can include one to one activity, practical and classroom based workshops, mentoring, coaching, small group sessions and telephone contact sessions.

REACH is managed by Trust Links. Trust Links is a local independent charity that aims to develop nurturing and supportive environments that develop strong, resilient and health people and communities. It was established by local people to address mental health needs in the Southend area in 2000, and was registered as a charity and limited company in 2002.

Trust Links has been commissioned to host the pilot South East Essex Recovery College until at least end March 2019, working with statutory and voluntary sector partners from the Recovery College Consortium Board to develop and implement the Recovery College through a collaborative arrangement.

Co-production Worker

16 hours per week, £16k-£18k pro rata

This exciting role will:

  • Lead the input of people with living and lived experience of mental health issues to the design, development, delivery and evaluation of REACH, to ensure true co-production through the Recovery College
  • Develop peer support mechanisms through ‘student union’ activities, social media and other routes
  • Support the development and co-delivery of Recovery College courses
  • Support the effective marketing and publicity around the Recovery College
  • Lead the recruitment, support and supervision of peer support volunteers and sessional workers for the Recovery College

The essential criteria for the role are:

  • Living experience of mental health issues as a service user or carer
  • Experience of working with people with mental health issues in a supportive way (in a paid or voluntary capacity)
  • An understanding of the mental health system
  • Excellent work ethic, team player and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent listening, communication and people skills
  • Willingness and commitment to undertake further training and development
  • Strong commitment to the principles of recovery

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved at the cutting edge of transforming local mental health services through this innovative programme.

For application form and job descriptions visit

For more information please call 01702 213134

Deadline: Noon on Tuesday 2nd January 2018