Over the last two years, we have been working in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health to train and recruit people who have personal experience of mental distress. People who have completed the course have taken on paid or voluntary roles within our supported housing projects, using their experiences of recovery to mentor others.

We are now taking applications for our next course which starts at the end of October 2017.

What does the training involve?

The training takes place over 11 days and is accredited with the Open University at Level 4 (20 credits). Students are asked to keep a reflective diary and do some reading in their own time. At the end of the course students submit a 3,000 word reflective assignment to gain their accreditation.

Who are the Institute of Mental Health?

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is a partnership between Nottingham University and Nottingham NHS Trust. Nationally, they are the lead training provider in the field of recovery and peer support and have worked with a variety of agencies such as NHS Trusts, Mental Health Charites and The Police.

Who is eligible to apply?

Customers: We have a limited number of free spaces for customers who feel that they have their own experience of mental distress (as defined by them). We prioritise applications from people who have the aim to achieve paid work with us and can commit to completing the training.

Staff: We also welcome applications from members of staff across the group. Applications are particularly encouraged from people who have responsibility for line managing peer support workers or who are interested in cascading the training at local level. Completing the course can also be beneficial to anyone who is looking to have a better insight into their own wellbeing.

External candidates: We welcome applications from staff from other agencies or anyone who wants to learn about peer support.

How much does it cost?

We have limited number of free spaces. Other vacancies are sold on an individual basis and cost £1119 per person

What kind of support is available to help people complete the assignment?

After to course finishes, students have 6 weeks to complete their assignments. During this time, we set up study groups and offer 1:1 support to anyone who would like extra help to complete their work.

What are the course dates?

Weds 25 Oct Thurs 26 Oct
Wed 1 Nov Thurs 2 Nov
Thurs 16 Nov
Weds 22 Nov Thurs 23 Nov
Weds 29 Nov Thurs 30 Nov
Weds 6 Dec Thurs 7th Dec

Where will the training take place?

Conference Room, Darwin Court Healthy Living Centre, 1 Crail Row, London SE17 1AD

Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact Chris Barker, Project Officer on 07535 340921 or by email at chris.barker@familymosaic.co.uk.