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Peer Power is a social justice charity who engage with the most under-supported children, teenagers and young adults in society – our young partners. This is a real opportunity for someone who is passionate about co-production and young people to have a substantial role in supporting us to grow and achieve system change nationally.

  • Location: London

About the role

Peer Power is a social justice charity rooted in the promotion of empathy, and was founded on lived and learned knowledge and experience.

The young people we engage with, our young partners, have experienced injustice and inequality because of race, class, poverty, disabilities and other things, as well as childhood adversity, abuse and trauma.

The organisations, agencies and stakeholders that we partner with include youth justice services, health services, prisons, police, children’s services, schools and more. We know that those delivering, designing and commissioning services care about children and young people, though sometimes the systems they are working in make it hard to embed the empathic and participatory approaches that are so needed.

Together, we work with organisations, agencies and our young partners to heal trauma and adversity through caring relationships and transform youth service systems by supporting the young people we partner with to influence and inspire action.

All aspects of our charity have been developed together, by our core team, young partners and Board. From developing our mission and vision, to defining the roles young partners take, to our funding priorities, we make decisions together. Everything we do is through the lens of co-production with our young partners every step of the way.

We are peer-led and we are known for our excellence and extensive experience in bringing the voices and insight of our young partners who have experienced services into our design. We live our values and are committed to our mantra “No Decision About Me Without Me”.

Since our inception four years ago, we have grown in reach, reputation and influence. We are ambitious about our future growth. Our staff team and trustee board have grown and we have embedded a collaborative model of working across the organisation. With COVID-19 and its impact on young people and services, never have we been more relevant and never has there been a better opportunity to support young people in the creation and delivery of these services. A letter to decision makers  in response to the pandemic can be found here.

Who we're looking for

After five years as Chair, Julie Fox will step down next year and we are looking for a new Chair who can bring strong governance experience, be a support and critical friend to our CEO – Anne-Marie – and our team, and someone who can support us to grow and achieve our mission.

It is a real opportunity for someone who is passionate about co-production, lived experience led organisations and young people to have a substantial role in supporting us to grow and achieve system change nationally.

You will join an ambitious, empathic, committed and values driven team and lead a Board of Trustees from all walks of life who are passionate and motivated about the work Peer Power does.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and live this in everything we do; we want to continue to ensure that our Board reflects the diversity of all the people we engage with.

The Board meets every 6 weeks virtually in the evenings for 2-3 hours. We have recently introduced sub committees. We expect the time commitment for Chair to be about 3-5 hours per week (timing is flexible).

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 25th January 2021

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About Peer Power

Peer Power engages children, teenagers and young adults with two goals in mind: individual change and system change.

We support them in healing after trauma, finding the power and positivity in their stories and creating ways for them to be heard and influence action. We work with them as they develop the skills, experience and training to become future leaders.

Together, we support those delivering, designing or commissioning services as they respond to the experiences of young people, so that approaches across the youth sector are ever more driven by participation and empathy.

Why we exist

The young people we partner with have experienced injustice and inequality, childhood adversity, abuse and trauma. Some of them have described themselves as being ‘abandoned by society’.

  • 92% of young people with experience of the youth justice system have experienced loss or rejection, through bereavement, family breakdown or the onset of illness in a parent
  • 60% of young people with experience of the youth justice system have a speech, language or communication disability
  • Nearly half of all children in custody are from Black, Asian, mixed race or other minority ethnic backgrounds
  • Children in care are almost six times as likely to receive a formal youth justice disposal as their non-care peers
  • Of children in custody, aged 15-18, a third of boys, and 60% of the girls have spent time previously in local authority care due to abuse and neglect
  • 31% of 13-18 year olds in custody were found to have mental health problems, compared to 10% of the wider population.

The costs to the public purse of disengagement:

  • Dealing with acute social problems affecting children and young people in England and Wales costs £17bn a year of public money
  • Contact with the Youth Justice System costs £19bn a year
  • The cost of PREVENTABLE health and social care needs for young people over 20 years has been estimated at £4 trillion

Our vision and mission

Our co-created vision is that empathy-led services and systems support ALL children, teenagers and young adults to achieve their dreams and lead their best lives.

Our mission is to be a caring support network for young people, helping to change their lives through trusted, healthy relationships so they can change and inspire the lives of others and increase empathy in the services designed to help them.

Our Values

  • Empathy – We are compassionate, caring and strive to understand the experiences of others.
  • Respect – We believe in listening, understanding and learning from others.
  • Fairness – We believe in equal access to opportunities, social justice and mobility.
  • Openness and honesty – We encourage each other to be ourselves and own our own stories.
  • Positivity – We focus on people’s strengths and our potential.
  • Love – Our work and our action is grounded in love and kindness, for ourselves and for others.

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    Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 25th January 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 27th January 2021 or w/c Monday 1st February 2021
    Interview with the Panel and Young Persons Panel: Youth panel – 10th February and interviews 11th and 12th February.

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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    We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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