At Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) it’s our people that make us special as a values-led community-based housing association. As our Dementia Worker, you will work within the BeFriend Project, providing a first class befriending service to customers who are living with dementia. Reporting to the Project Co-ordinator, you will assess older people in the community, who are living with dementia and are isolated, to provide BHA’s befriending service. You will assist the Project Co-ordinator in managing, training, and expanding the team of volunteers who provide one to one befriending.
BHA’s successful BeFriend Project operates across Berwickshire and the Kelso area, providing informal companionship to people over 65 who are living in their own homes and are isolated or lonely. You will assist the Project Co-ordinator in developing a new volunteering role of Dementia Befriender, and new training to compliment the role.
You will assess befriendees who are living with dementia and match them with a befriender, referring them to our Group service, or to external services which might be able to help.
You should be enthusiastic about promoting the Project in the community and be able to speak confidently about BHA and what it has to offer.
You are someone who enjoys helping your colleagues out when needed, with the services that BeFriend has to offer.
Training can be provided.
This role is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
We operate an agile working model, which means you can be flexible with your working patterns and location i.e. between your home, our offices in Duns, and other hubs, as appropriate.
What we offer:
To provide efficient, flexible and proactive support to the Chief Executive and to assist and provide support to Bavs key departments: Community Development, Shops and Berwickshire Wheels by providing administrative and clerical support while helping to ensure that the charity meets its goals and objectives.
The Business Support Officer will be tasked with handling a wide range of duties, from managing emails, answering phones and scheduling appointments to filing paperwork and managing our membership and engagement databases.
The Supported Housing Worker role requires assisting in the management of the development thus ensuring the tenants are able to enjoy an acceptable standard of living in an environment which is clean, safe and friendly. You will be responsible for overseeing the wellbeing of the tenants and for assisting them in maintaining their independence.
As Housing Care Worker your role will involve working with our tenants to ensure they receive the support and personal care identified in their care plans. You will directly support tenants in their homes by providing individual advice, practical housing support assistance and personal care.
Both roles are to ensure that we are able to offer the best service to our tenants and make it possible for our tenants to continue enjoying as much independent living as they’re able.
As well as a competitive annual salary, our valued team also benefits from:
We also have opportunities with our Trust Staff Agency - for employees who want to work across different locations, in various roles, with highly flexible hours to suit family commitments - it's a great opportunity with the same training and development that our other roles benefit from.
Previous experience working in social care or the housing sector would be an advantage but this is not always necessary. Our ideal candidate is someone with enthusiasm, a caring nature and willingness to learn as full training, support and ongoing development will be provided.