The post holder will provide information on support services available locally for both the person with dementia and his/her carers and family members, providing advice and signposting as and when required. The Advisor will also provide support to local communities to help them become more dementia-friendly and to increase their capacity to support those living with dementia. The post holder will work with individuals and groups of people affected by dementia and will seek to ensure that statutory and independent organisations improve their understanding and responses to the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
This is a very flexible post aimed at meeting the needs of people with dementia and their carers in a given geographical area. The focus and location of the post holder’s activity will vary from time to time depending on the needs of clients, although he/she will have a fixed office base.
Successful applicants will have a positive approach to dementia. You will also have good communication skills and a caring attitude. A willingness to learn and participate in training (including SVQ’s) is essential. Relevant qualifications and/or experience of working with people with dementia would be an advantage.
Active Communities passionately believe in the power of sport and physical activity as a way of connecting young people to their communities and opening doors for them to access wider support and personal development opportunities. The post holder will develop physical activity, sport and health and wellbeing opportunities in the communities of Foxbar, Johnstone and Ferguslie Park to create positive individual and community change.
This role will involve working with organisational partners and young people in order to create new opportunities or further implement existing ones.
Active Communities has been funded by the Spirit of 2012, Robertson Trust, Sport Scotland and Scottish Government Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity collaboration to deliver an exciting new community-based programme in Renfrewshire in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland. The project will be called ‘Care 2 B Active’ and will benefit care experienced children and young people.
Our aim at Active Communities is to create happy, healthy and active communities where people enjoy being healthy, physically active and active citizens in their communities. We rely on our volunteers to lead a range of health and wellbeing activities and events.
This new position will take the lead in the recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in a variety of roles across the organisation. As well as developing our Community Health Champions Programme and the new Community Buddy scheme linked to the Community Connecters project.
Community Connecters supports individuals experiencing social, financial (poverty), housing and loneliness challenges to reengage with their community. The project is partnership with RAMH and Linstone Housing and is supported by the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care partnership.
This is a new position with Active Communities and an exciting time to join our growing organisation.
ACUMEN (Advancing Community Understanding of Mental and Emotional Needs)
ACUMEN is a network of people who use mental health support and carers from across the West of Scotland. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join ACUMEN in East Renfrewshire.
The post is funded in partnership with East Renfrewshire HSCP and will forge direct links to other well established service user and carer networks; represent service users and carers in a variety of forums and work to develop opportunities for service user and carer experience to be represented at the strategic level.
The worker will support the Development Manager by practical involvement and representation in service consultation, planning and review. The post will support individuals who may use services in East Renfrewshire by acting as a dedicated focal point for information and consultation. Direct experience of working closely with services is essential as is an understanding of current mental health strategy and excellent communication, organisational and IT skills.
For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please telephone Rachel McLean, Development Manager on: 0141 847 8900