Helping Ourselves through Peer Support & Employment

Job Opportunity

HOPE is presently accepting applications from qualified individuals to fill the following position in our Peer Support Program

Peer Support Worker

Position: Permanent Full Time

Base Location: Brantford Safe Beds

Start Date: December 9.2019 (approximate)

Hours of Work: 35 hours/week (weekdays, but some weekend/evening work may be required)

Wage Rate: 2018-2019, $19.57 to $20.54 depending on qualifications

 Purpose of the Position:

The Peers in the Brant Safe Bed program are “seconded” to CMHA and work from the Safe Bed Location utilizing a Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Model approach.

A Peer Specialist is a trained individual who has their own lived experience of having a mental health issue/s and/or substance use/addiction issues.

The role provides community based support towards recovery for consumers and provide activities, support and linkages that help to improve consumers’ quality of life and ability to cope with daily stressors and empowers the person to make choices related to their life on a day-to-day basis, based on self-determination.

 Duties Include:

  • to serve as a consumer advocate
  • to use and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups
  • to teach consumers how to identify and combat negative self-talk
  • to teach consumers how to identify and overcome fears
  • to support the choices that consumers make and assist them in overcoming related anxiety
  • to assist consumers in building social skills in the community
  • to teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience
  • to provide support and encouragement to consumers, and their family members when it is the choice of the individual to do so
  • to assist consumers to obtain decent and affordable housing
  • to model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies
  • to assist consumers to obtain services that suit that individual’s recovery needs
  • to work alongside other service providers as the individual transitions back in the community
  • to support the individual awaiting admission to a schedule one hospital


  • Social Services worker diploma is preferred.
  • Personal (lived) experience with mental health or addictions and recovery required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
  • A current police records check is required.
  • Current Driver’s license and reliable vehicle is necessary.
  • Peer Support work experience in a mental health service environment is preferred.

 Additional Preferences & Qualifications:

 Mental Health First Aid Training and/or ASIST

  • Certificate training in Peer Specialist community mental health or willing to get trained in the first month of hiring ( Toronto location)
  • Ability to engage in effective peer relationships with individuals
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of services in Brantford and Brant Counties
  • Effective working relationships with hospital and community care givers
  • First aid training and/or CPR training
  • Knowledge of local community programs
  • Strong organizational and computer skills; preferred experience in Client Data Systems (EMH-Ware), Microsoft Office

 Thank you for your interest in this position. H.O.P.E. reserves the right to contact.

only those applicants who shall be offered an interview.

Please submit your interest with cover letter and resume (email or letter)

To Joanne Cleland, Peer Support Manager by Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 4:30pm.

Email:  to apply.