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Youth Peer Support Worker

Lives Lived Well - Southport, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: Gold Coast Student Jobs


  • Multiple part-time roles across various locations
  • Support young people to change their lives in a supportive team environment
  • Enjoy benefits including salary packaging in addition to your competitive salary

About Lives Lived Well

Mental health concerns and alcohol and drug dependency can make life really tough – and too often people find themselves grappling with economic challenges and social isolation as well.

Our driving belief is that “with the right support people can change”. We are a progressive, for purpose organisation, delivering leading edge clinical services aimed at supporting people to live their lives well. We are growing fast in Queensland and New South Wales – in size, geographic footprint, service diversity and clinical innovation.

About the program

These roles will be based in our youth mental health programs; headspace and Lighthouse, located across Southport, Meadowbrook and Upper Coomera.

headspace provides mental health support to young people aged 12 – 25, with a range of services available including a specialist early intervention program in Southport and Meadowbrook for young people experiencing, or at risk of developing psychosis. Lighthouse is a specialist service offering support to young people who have experienced complex trauma. All of our services are driven by person centred care, with a strong focus on functional recovery, youth specific interventions and support from peers who have experienced the same or similar challenges.

About the roles

We are looking for passionate individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges, treatment and recovery, to walk alongside and support other young people aged 12 to 25 who are receiving case management and support in our youth mental health services.

You will join a supportive, multidisciplinary team who work collaboratively and highly value lived experience and peer work.

You will thrive in this opportunity to:

  • Initiate and participate in supportive conversations that help young people feel listened to, supported and less alone in their experience
  • Support young people to work toward their recovery goals and practice recovery strategies
  • Appropriately, and purposefully share parts of your own lived experience in relation to mental health challenges, treatment and recovery, as well as young-adult experiences including bullying at school and on social media, peer group pressure, study and school stress, and other adolescent developmental experiences
  • Work in partnership with clinicians to develop and deliver therapeutic and social groups for young people
  • Work on quality improvement projects to help improve service delivery for young people

About you

You are an approachable, engaging individual with the ability to connect with your peers who are navigating mental health challenges and difficult life experiences. You will be a role model and mentor who can confidently use your own lived experience to provide other young people with hope and optimism about their circumstances and recovery journey. You can work both autonomously and collaboratively within a team and maintain appropriate boundaries with the young people you are supporting. You will also demonstrate the following:

  • A lived experience of mental illness and treatment in a mental health service (preferably in a youth specific mental health service)
  • Minimum 12 months previous experience in a Youth Peer Support role or similar consumer support or lived experience role in a mental health or youth services setting
  • Willingness and ability to share your lived experience in a safe, purposeful way
  • Ability to clearly describe the strategies and factors that have contributed to your recovery and wellbeing
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating or co-facilitating recovery or support groups for young people

The part-time roles are available across multiple locations and are offered on a contract basis until 30 June 2022. The hourly rate for this role ranges from $28.41 to $31.00 hour.

Access the position description on our careers page for further information.

Ready to join us?

We offer:

  • Extra leave - five paid wellbeing days off each year, in addition to your annual leave
  • Learning - comprehensive onboarding and leadership development program
  • Support - collegiate and supportive leadership team and a manager who cares about you
  • Salary sacrificing - Full PBI up to $18,540 towards everyday expenses, meals and entertainment

We're passionate about the possibilities! If you are too…apply today!

Click ‘apply’ and go to our LLW Careers page and submit your application. Please note we only accept applications through our Careers page.

Application close: Friday 18 June 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

For questions or information about the role, email

Lives Lived Well is an equal employment opportunity employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of social, cultural and gender backgrounds that reflect our community including First Peoples.

Confirmation of employment will be subject to candidate's possession of a Current Australian Drivers Licence, Working with Children Check (Blue Card) and completed Australian Criminal History Check.

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Southport, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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