The West Lothian 50+ Network (WL50+) has been supporting people in West Lothian over the age of 50 for over 25 years. The organisation has around 430 members. The charity holds monthly member meetings; social evenings and events; holidays; monthly day trips; and over 50 special interest groups including walking, singing, bowling, quilting, genealogy, French, theatre, mah-jong, cycling, bridge and pilates.
WL50+ is overseen by a twelve-strong Committee of volunteers elected from the membership. The wide range of special interest groups are run by members for members drawing on their extensive skills, experience and interests. The staff are based at the WL50+ Hub in Bathgate, which is also a space for members to meet. The Hub is normally open to members 10-2 Monday to Friday. We have recently acquired new premises in Bathgate where we will run some of the Network’s activities and special interest groups.
The aims of WL50+ include:
The charity needs a dedicated resource to lead the charity going forward but first to successfully manage the charity out of Covid. This new role will not only help manage this growing charity but help steer the charity out of lockdown. The post holder will have the skills and experience to develop and support a strong team of staff and volunteers.
Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.
SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.
Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.
SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.
We have a vacancy for experienced support worker 2 based in Bathgate. As a key worker we expect you to establish positive relationships and offer practical and emotional support to the people who use our services and have severe and enduring mental health problems. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a mature and caring attitude and possess excellent listening and communication skills. You should already have extensive experience of working in the field of mental health or social care, and must be able to demonstrate a high degree of skill in report writing, assessing client need and developing professional support plans. SVQ Level II in Social Care or equivalent is highly desirable. Whatever your background, a flexible caring approach combined with good practical skills will be essential. Access to your own transport is required. You should be flexible in the hours you are available to work, which may include weekends, and evenings.
Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form