This is a new post which will develop, deliver, support and promote a range of family support and engagement for family members who are affected by someone else’s substance use. The post will operate in partnership with NHS Fife Addictions Service and has an area-wide remit involving significant travel throughout Fife and some to our offices in Glasgow.
The post-holder will be responsible for delivering initial assessments and one to one intensive support for family members aged 16+ years (including face to face, telephone and online support); offering advocacy and self-advocacy support to ensure families can access their rights; supporting the development of family inclusive practice across NHS Fife Addictions Services; using and promoting evidence-based interventions; and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of these and of this new collaborative family support and engagement model.
The post will work across three NHS Addictions bases in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Windygates (main base tbc). The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Senior Family Support Development Officer.
We are seeking applicants who have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional qualification, along with experience of direct client work, group work and direct work with families. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use and values underpinning advocacy. We are seeking an applicant who can encourage and promote the development of family support groups, and effectively and sensitively advocate for others.
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Fife Carers Centre, based in Kirkcaldy, is a well regarded and well established organisation who have been supporting family and unpaid carers throughout Fife for over 24 years. We work with adult carers on a one to one basis and in groups. We support carers in their caring role with relevant and straightforward information as well as practical help. We spend time with carers listening and using the Adult Carer Support Plan and Emergency Planning tools to help carers to think about how their life is affected by their caring role along with what are their aspirations and concerns for the future. We give information and the means to use it to carers on a wide range of topics from applying for benefits to learning more about the condition affecting the person they care for. Most importantly we will work with the carer to protect their own physical, emotional, mental and financial health whilst they maintain their caring role.
As a Carer Support Worker you will be working one to one with carers in the community, you'll see a diverse mix of caring situations and you will be ready to help with compassion, understanding, efficiency, knowledge and imagination as well as humour and a lightness of touch.
We now have an opportunity to expand our team to meet the ever growing need to support unpaid carers in new and diverse ways. We have 4 vacancies for carer support worker roles and invite applications.
Carer Support Workers will be supporting carers by phone, using online platforms and in person when restrictions allow. You will work in the community, from your own home and use Fife Carers Centre in Kirkcaldy as an admin base.