Due to continued growth we have a unique opportunity for a Young Persons Worker to join our team in West Lothian. This is an exciting and rewarding role with the opportunity to make a huge personal impact.
West Lothian Outreach Service is funded by West Lothian Council to provide housing support to young people aged between 16 and 25 years and resident in their own tenancy or temporary accommodation. In addition, the service is funded to undertake prevention work with young people aged 15+ identified by the local authority. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful long-term career with a leading UK children's charity.
What Employee's Say
“I have been working for Action for Children Housing Support team for about 18months now and I feel they are one of the most supportive, approachable and flexible teams that I have ever worked for”
“WLOHSS is a welcoming and enjoyable place to work. All staff are approachable and support each other with cases, meetings, and technical support”
“I left the service due to personal reasons and returned 5 months later when an opening became available. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to return, as WLOHSS is a professional, well managed, supportive service, providing flexible working and puts the young people we support first”
“I work with a brilliant team that all pull together to get a good job done and although the job can keep us on our toes, we always feel valued and supported by amazing, caring managers”
You will have an SVQ level 2 Health & Social Care or equivalent with direct experience of working with young people in either a residential or community based setting, ideally either on a 1-1 or group work basis. A knowledge and understanding of Housing Support and prior experience of providing “structured issued based support” with experience working with a diverse team sharing information and best practice. You must be willing to be flexible around working hours and your working week in order to support and meet the needs of the young people as well as possessing sound IT, written and verbal skills and the ability and passion to work within a focused and challenging environment. Must be able to drive and have a car.
You will be committed to Action for Children's defining statement, “keeping the child at the centre,” and promoting our participation standards in your work.
Although set hours are in place we are more than happy to discuss the opportunity of flexible working that may be better suited to you but that also work for the service.
When you join Action for Children, you will be joining a collaborative, diverse and supportive team of like-minded-individuals, every one of them as passionate as you are. We want all of our employees to feel valued and well rewarded for the vital work they do.
When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts:
· By paying you a competitive salary and a generous paid holiday allowance- minimum 29 days (pro-rata) plus public/bank holidays
· By supporting you and welcoming new additions to your family – flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages
· Ability to buy & sell leave – Buy up to five days holiday each year or sell two days for cash
· By giving you a pension – we have a contribution scheme that matches a maximum of 7% employee and 7% employer contributions which includes a death in service benefit.
· Discount Portal – Thousands of discounts off amazing brands
· By providing excellent learning and development opportunities and all the support you need to thrive.
Action for Children is committed to safer recruitment practices, designed to protect the welfare of the children and young people using our services.
The post-holder will be subject to an PVG/ Disclosure check and you will be required to register with SCCC.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively.
Do you want to work with an awards winning organisation?
Do you share Aspire values in respect of the rights of vulnerable people to live ordinary lives?
Are you caring, compassionate, enthusiastic and committed to supporting people in the community who may have additional support needs?
A full UK driving licence with access to a car is essential, as travel throughout the service area is an expectation of the post.
Salary is dependent on service and shift pattern.
Your role may include:
· Assisting with personal care;
· Working with individuals to participate in community based social activities of their choice; and/or
· Assisting people with clinical and health care needs.
Additional desirable qualities, qualifications and experience of the post holder include:
· Hardworking, flexible, motivated and driven to do the right thing by the people we support;
· SVQ 2 or 3 in Health & Social Care or a commitment to undertake a SVQ; and
· Registration with the Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) or a commitment to become registered.
Employee benefits include:
· Excellent Learning and Development opportunities and strong Support & Leadership;
· Employee Discount Schemes and Referral Recruitment Bonus;
· Contributory Pension Scheme and 4 x Annual Salary Life Assurance benefit; and
· Employee Health Assured assistance programme.