Inspirit are recruiting.

We are recruiting a Peer Engagement Worker to join our new Haringey Peer Led project. The post is suited to someone with lived experience, ideally from Haringey who has good stability and self management.

The aim of the post is to co-facilitate the Pavilion community project through active co-production with Strategic Co-production Group (SCG) and peer volunteers to develop and deliver a range of peer led activities including the café. You will be seeking to improve community connection, purposeful activity and personal development for service users and people leaving treatment. Also you will recruit volunteers with various lived experiences and skills and to ensure those peer volunteers are supported in a way that enables safe practice.

This post is aimed at someone who has lived experience of using substance misuse services, preferably in Haringey. We would like to recruit someone who can fulfil the Job requirements competently from day one. However, we are willing to consider someone with less experience and willing to be trained during the probationary period and paid at the Inspirit trainee rate during that time.

The post is for 14 hours a week, although you may be able to work flexibly, this role requires physical presence in the building twice a week in negotiation with other staff. You will be expected to attend team meetings and group supervision which may be online. You will need some knowledge of both safeguarding and risk assessment.

Closing date for applications are 10am 17th September

Interviews are on 21st September

We are hoping to recruit someone who will be available to week beginning 4th October 2021

Interested? Contact Linda at l.bush@inspirit-training.org.uk

Goodbye PPP

Goodbye PPP team
The Last Supper

On 15 December 2021 the fabulous PPP team got together for the last time. This wonderful bunch of humans who have demonstrated remarkable commitment to amplifying the voices of those marginalised by the criminal justice system are going their separate ways. The Health and Justice team at NHSE/I London decided to select none of the applicants for the new Patient and Public Voice contract. Instead they are revising the ‘spec’ in the light of Covid 19. This was, of course, a huge disappointment to our tireless representatives.

We were lucky that our planned celebration of their generosity was just before the London lockdown. (unlike the date planned for the staff ending – which to our dismay has still not happened, watch this space – if we are ever allowed to mix households again, we will still make that happen!)

By group consensus we agreed to go to Wagamama, which always has something for everyone. Sadly one of our members was stuck in South Africa for the covid duration, and our own illustrious Mark unavoidably elsewhere. Despite this we made the best of it and managed to laugh and cry the night away. I know I’ll get to work with these stellar individuals again, but for now, this is the end of an era.

 

 

PPP Recruitment August 2020

The PPP team are recruiting!! The London Health and Justice Patient and Public Participation Subgroup are looking for new members. Have you or your family members had experience of healthcare (or lack of it) in a justice setting?? – then talk to us. You may be financially rewarded for your time and you get to be involved in some important and interesting projects that benefit people who need care in the justice settings – such as helping decide what future services look like and who delivers them, supporting changes in the response to mental health issues or substance misuse when picked up by the police (Liaison and Diversion Services) and much more…

Contact a.todd@inspirit-training.org.uk for more information or to express interest

Haringey Strategic Coproduction

Inspirit has been commissioned by Sarah Hart, Senior Public Health Commissioner, Haringey, to support the development of a service user led strategic group. The aim of the group is to support commissioning and the strategic development of substance misuse services in Haringey. Inspirit’s role is to recruit a small group, train them and support them to co-produce their own operating processes until they feel robust enough to work independently.

This is very exciting and those involved have been enthusiastically included by commissioners in the response to covid-19. Inspirit are currently supporting the new group to develop a peer research project regarding the recent loss of a well-liked user led community service in Haringey.. The results will be published here.

Friday Night Alternative

The Friday Night Alternative or “effenay” as it is more affectionately known, is an initiative that aims to give people with ongoing substance misuse issues, an alternative way to experience what we know to be ‘trigger points’. Since Friday’s are for many, the start of the weekend, it is a day commonly associated with euphoria as people break from work and other similar commitments. However, it may also be one of sadness as those with broken family ties and other kinds of personal traumas are brought back to those realities. FNA is a way we can challenge long-held and divisive ideas connected to self-worth by engaging participants in activities they may not have previously considered, or had the opportunity to partake in but which they can now use to redefine how they live their lives.

Inspirit is grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this project.