Who are we?

Penumbra is one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities, providing a wide range of community based, recovery focussed mental health services. We’re proud pioneers in the peer movement, with 20% of our colleagues employed in peer support roles. Our creative and forward thinking approach to mental health recovery has earned us the reputation as a key influencer in public campaigning, policy and practice, and a highly respected provider of high quality and innovative mental health recovery services. Everything that we do is informed by lived experience. Read more about a career in peer support in our Penumbra Guide to Peer Work.

Putting lived and living experience of mental ill health at the heart of what we do has made Penumbra an inspiring and hopeful place to work


Our work

We work right across Scotland and our services include: the Edinburgh Crisis Centre; Distress Brief Intervention; supported living and accommodation; services for people who experience self-harm; suicide prevention services; carers and families support; our Nova project (social inclusion, 121 keyworking and groupwork); and services for people who have alcohol related brain damage (ARBD). We’re an alliance partner in Future Pathways and we host the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN). The SRN works to promote and develop recovery focussed approaches to mental health recovery in communities informed by lived experience.

As well as our frontline services, we campaign to promote positive attitudes around mental health, and we are a key influencer in policy and practice development.

What makes The Penumbra Approach unique?

Many of our services have been innovative or the first of their kind in Scotland as we aim to provide support that is responsive to the emerging and changing needs of people and communities. Our work is hallmarked by our whole person approach using our IROC Wellbeing Toolkit. Our HOPE® framework for mental wellbeing remains the foundation of our approach and is actively underpinned by our values of courage, compassion, curiosity and collaboration. A focus on recovery remains the central theme in all that we do, whether this is delivering frontline services, raising awareness through public campaigns, or contributing to policy discussions and practice development within the wider sector.

All our work aims to ensure that we remain hopeful and focussed on positive outcomes for people who experience mental ill health or poor mental wellbeing. Ensuring that people move from being passive recipients of pre-determined services to being active participants in shaping the support that meets their needs, personal goals and chosen lifestyle. But what does that actually mean for people accessing our services?

Our aim is not to ‘fix’ people, but to work together with the person accessing our support to tailor practical self-management tools to promote and maintain good wellbeing.

I don’t know what I would have done without finding you and this service. The potential to try suicide again was a distinct possibility, but now those thoughts are gone

People are at the heart of everything we do

Our teams and the people who access our services are at the heart of everything we do. Our teams deliver exceptional support and we aim to continue to develop new roles and opportunities to enable careers to develop as we develop as an organisation. Our people help us to shape and inform our creative and forward thinking approach to mental health recovery, and continue to contribute to our reputation for being key influencers in public campaigning, policy advocacy and practice development.

Thank you for believing in peer support. You helped make my dream of a career in mental health a reality. Your determination and dedication to making Penumbra a leading force in mental health inspires me so much. I am so proud to say I work for Penumbra

Our promise to you

At Penumbra we pride ourselves on being a great employer. We work hard to create a supportive environment where people can grow and thrive. We continue to develop new roles and opportunities to enable careers to develop as we develop and grow as an organisation. But what about the nitty gritty? We’re a living wage employer and you will be supported through continuous professional development by way of training and tailored resources. Our working is flexible in order to achieve a good work/life balance, and we offer an excellent employee assistance programme. All new colleagues are given a fully paid six month induction programme, we operate a safe and secure lone working system, and you will be eligible to enrol into our pension plan.

So, do you want a rewarding and meaningful career in mental health recovery support?

If the answer is yes and you share our passion for mental health recovery, then we want to hear from you. If you want to work alongside some inspiring people every day, and if you want to inspire recovery in others, then we want you to join the Penumbra family.

I have worked, and continue to work, with fantastic people who share my passion for making the world a better and more just place for people who experience mental ill health

For more about out roles, check out our day in the life of blogs – Volunteers, Peer Workers, Recovery Workers, Recovery Practitioners, Assistant Managers and Managers. 



You can read our Gender Pay Gap Report HERE.

If you have a question about a vacancy please drop us a line recruitment@penumbra.org.uk