Vacancies: Mental Health Recovery Educator

Role Title: Mental Health Recovery Educator

Reporting to:  Shine Regional Team Leader or nominated local Shine team member
Hourly Rate: €23/hour
Contract type: Independent Contractor for one year fixed and a minimum of 1 course per year (Course is delivered over 4 hours per week over 8 weeks).
Location: South Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, South Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.

Purpose of role:

  • We are seeking to recruit peer recovery educators to deliver our programmes in the locations above.
  • We are looking for people who are passionate about mental health recovery, peer education and have lived/living experience of mental illness and recovery.
  • Promote and deliver the aims and objectives of Shine in accordance with strategic and operational plans.
  • Foster the Shine ethos and values.
  • Co-facilitate Shine recovery education groups in mental health settings, the community and/or online with people who lived and living experience of mental illness/mental health difficulties.

Training will be provided through online modules and in person. In-person training will take place on Saturday/s in August, dates to be confirmed.

Informal queries can be directed via email to our Information and Support Officer – Training and Co-Production, Jason Dowling, at


Read or download the Full job description and person specification for more information.

Application is by official Shine Application form ONLY. CV’s will not be accepted.

Send your completed Application Form in Microsoft Word or PDF format to In the subject field, please enter Mental Health Recovery Educator.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 28th June 2023, 12pm (noon).

Successful applicants will be invited to an informal interview via Zoom in July.


Conditions of Appointment:  All offers of posts are subject to Garda Vetting approval and completion of HSELand Children First E-learning and Vulnerable Adult programmes prior to commencement of employment.

Shine is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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National survey on the experiences of those living with psychosis

As our government prepares for Budget 2023, Shine in partnership with Mental Health Reform and the HSE National Clinical Programme for Early Intervention in Psychosis, wants to hear the voice of people affected by psychosis to support our call for increased funding for improved specialised psychosis supports nationally.

In our national conversations around mental health, the voice of those that experience psychosis and their families is under represented and often not heard. We understand the concern and fear affecting those who have experiences with psychosis and how it presents a barrier to speaking out. However, it means that psychosis remains a stigmatised and rarely spoken about experience.

International evidence has shown that people who experience psychosis deserve and need dedicated, specialised supports and services. We need to demand that current treatments are not good enough and more needs to be done, at a quicker rate, to support people experiencing psychosis.

Have you, a family member or friend, an experience of living with psychosis? If so, we want to hear from you. Please take our survey and have your voice heard.

The survey will remain open until 5pm on Friday 12th August.

Thank you

The Sharing the Vision Implementation Plan 2022-2024 has now been published

The first Implementation Plan for Sharing the Vision – A Mental Health Policy for Everyone, was launched by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD on Wed 23rd March at 2.30pm.

Shine is proud to have been selected as host for the service user and families reference group for the National Implementation Monitoring Committee (NIMC) for Sharing the Vision.

The Sharing the Vision Implementation Plan 2022-2024 is available to download now from here.

Shirley O’Regan, host of ‘Wellness Wednesday’ on West Limerick 102FM interviews CEO Nicola Byrne

This morning our CEO Nicola Byrne was in conversation with Shirley O’Regan, host of ‘Wellness Wednesday’ on WestLimerick102FM.

Nicola spoke about the work of Shine, highlighting how individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges can access help and support around their recovery both online and face to face. The conversation also focused on the importance of peer support which can be especially beneficial for family members/supporters of people with mental health challenges.


She also talked about the importance of self-care, and the impact of our education programmes See Change -The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership and Headline who support the media in responsible reporting of mental health and suicide.


To listen back visit here Wellness Wednesday on West Limerick 102FM with Shirley O’Regan

Creative Writing, Waterford

Shine Waterford creative writing group starts 24th February and running until 11th May.

Registration takes place Monday 17th February from 11am-1pm.

Groups take place every Monday form 11am – 1pm.

For more information– Please call 051 4226064 Shine Discovery Centre, 1-2 Barronstrand Street.

For more info, download the poster here

Shine Cork Spring Groups Calendar

Shine Cork Spring Groups Calendar is now available to download with an exciting selection of FREE group workshops available.

You can download the calendar here.

Wellness Support Group – commencing 10th February

Discovering Recovery – commencing 12th February

Effective Communications – commencing 12th February

Yoga – commencing 12th February

Relaxation Techniques – commencing 25th February

Personal Development – commencing 26th February

Visual Arts – March start date -TBC

To reserve your place, please call 021 4226064

Recovery and the Family Education Course, Nenagh

Course Content

  • Relatives’ needs in the Recovery Journey
  • Impact of Mental Health Issues on Family Members
  • Mental Health Services and the Admission Process
  • Supporting Life: Suicide Prevention & Postvention
  • Overcoming Self-stigma
  • Effective Communication in the Recovery Process
  • Relative’s Self-Care in the Recovery Process

Venue:  Loretto House, Nenagh

Course length: 7 weeks

Time: 6:45pm-9pm

Start date: 28th January

RSVP: 17th January 2020

Contact: Ann Marie Flanagan, Shine Mid West Regional Development Officer 087 7878 222

Download the flyer here