Changing Futures Peer Researcher/Mentor

Changing Futures

Job Title: Peer Researcher/Mentor  

Location: Plymouth  

Accountable to: Project Manager 

Salary: £19,200 plus £1,500 budget for personal          

                                      & professional development    

Contract term:            Fixed Term Contract until the end of the funding period, Spring 2025. 

Hours: Negotiable from 14hrs to 35 hours. 

Leave: 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays and 

additional leave given at Christmas.  This is pro-rated if working part-time. 

Closing date:  Monday 31st October 2022  



Create the Change you want to see 

 This role is for people who have gained valuable life lessons through your personal lived experience of any combination of the following area’s, within the last 5 years;  

Homelessness, substance misuse, domestic abuse, accessing mental health provision or contact with the criminal justice system and have an understanding of how these experiences affected you.  

During your employment you will receive training, coaching, mentoring and advice to help you overcome any difficulties that may have prevented you from moving into or sustaining employment before.   

We are now seeking passionate and committed individuals who want to use their life experiences to help shape services for the people who are using them, and in turn help make lasting and positive changes for others.  

This opportunity/employment routeway is part of both the Changing Futures local and national programmes.   

As a member of the Plymouth Changing Futures Peer Researcher team your voice will help to shape how the programme develops. You will have the opportunity to attend both regional and national events which influence key policies which impact on people who have experienced multiple disadvantages in the system.


About Changing Futures

  • Changing Futures is a three year government funded pilot programme covering 15 areas across England. 
  • The aim of the programme is to improve the way systems and services work for adults experiencing multiple disadvantages within the current system. 
  • The programme will promote a more joined-up, person-centred approach to local delivery.  
  • Areas must be committed to making long-term and sustainable changes to local systems that will deliver improved outcomes for individuals experiencing multiple disadvantages within the current system.


About the Peer Researcher Role 

These jobs will be based within local organisations and charities across the city, which you will be carefully matched to and much of your day to day activities will be within your host organisation working alongside peers. 


How to apply: 

We are not accepting CV’s and we will not ask you to complete an application form to apply for this role. 

To apply, we are asking you to tell us about yourself, what drew you to this opportunity and what would be important to you as a Peer Researcher/Mentor.  

We are encouraging you to be flexible and creative in your response, you can do this either in writing, video or any other creative way to communicate how you would take this role on and make it your own. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 31st October 2022 and we hope the information in this pack will encourage you to apply.  

If you have any further questions or would like to submit your interest then please email  


If you would like to send a Whats App message/film or voice note to communicate your application then please message;  


Mobile; 07305 007997. 


Drop In & Meet Us Events 

If you want to find out more before applying; 

Please come along to one of our informal drop-in meetings, happening across the city or contact Deborah Atter, Project Manager to find out about other events coming up in October, 


Drop In and see us; 

Monday 26th September, Hamoaze House 11AM – 3PM

Thursday 29th September, Sunflower Centre, Trevi, 11AM – 3PM  (Women only) 

Changing Futures Peer Researcher (Co-Production Worker) Person Spec:  


1  This role is for people who have gained valuable life lessons through their personal lived experience of homelessness, substance misuse, domestic abuse, accessing mental health provision or contact with the criminal justice system and have an understanding of how these experiences affected you.  
2  A commitment to equality and celebrating differences and inclusivity.  Willing to participate in ongoing learning about bias and discrimination including but not limited to; age, race or ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, faith or belief, disability, socio-economic status, or caring responsibility. 

Open-minded and prepared to challenge negative stigma and language associated with those experiencing multiple disadvantages within the system; including mental health, substance misuse, homelessness, domestic abuse or contact with the criminal justice system. 

3  Experience of overcoming personal challenges and barriers and supporting others.  
4  Good communication skills and the ability to make people feel heard.
5  Ability to actively collaborate within a team, recognising the contribution of others and being open to support, guidance and supervision within a shared learning space. 
6  Desire to improve and develop basic computer skills, including word processing, internet and email (we will provide support with this learning) 
7  Enthusiastic and determined to learn new skills and passionate about making a difference to help improve and shape services. 




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