A day in the life

Penumbra employs over 400 people in 15 locations across Scotland – from Stornoway to the Borders. Each team takes a recovery approach in supporting people facing mental health challenges.

Within the organisation there are a variety of different roles – Volunteers, Peer Workers, Recovery Workers, Recovery Practitioners, Assistant Managers and Managers. To find out what it’s like to spend a ‘day in the life’ of any of these positions, please click on the images below.

20% of our colleagues are employed in peer support roles and used insight from their own recovery in mental ill health to support people accessing our services. For more on what peer work involves, check out our Penumbra Guide to Peer Work.

Investing in our workforce

Care Acolade 2014

We support, value, develop and involve all of our staff and we ensure employees have a personal development plan and undertake the training and learning development they need.

In recognition of our continued investment in our staff we won the Care Accolade’s Investing in the Workforce, Developing Practice award in 2014.

What our staff say

Staff Survey

Our most recent staff survey found:

  • 95% of staff would recommend Penumbra as a good place to work


  • 95% of staff feel they have a competitive benefits package when compared to other third sector organisations


  • 96% of staff are proud to tell people they work for Penumbra


  • 90% of staff look forward to coming to work

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