Garvald West Linton
Garvald West Linton

Charity registered in Scotland SC020909

Garvald West Linton is an established provider of residential and day services for adults with learning disabilities.  Care is provided in five houses and there are eight workshop areas as well as a further education programme and individual therapies.  Our work is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner.  We are situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh in beautiful surroundings.  

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Care Staff Vacancies

  • Full time or Part time
  • £18,720
  • West Linton
  • Closing 15th May 2020

We are recruiting for both Full Time/Part Time Care Staff and Nightshift workers.

We have both Live In and Live Out positions available.

(Attractive salary and benefits, training and career prospects)

Join our team and make a real difference delivering care to vulnerable adults with learning disabilities. You don’t need previous experience, as full training and support will be provided.

Garvald West Linton is an established provider of residential and Day Care services for adults with learning disabilities. The Care Practitioners provide care in five houses and there are eight workshop areas as well as further education and individual therapies. Our work is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner. We are situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh in beautiful surroundings near West Linton.

Values and Attributes

You must be;

  • able to treat our service users with dignity and respect
  • able to uphold their rights as individuals
  • honest and trustworthy
  • reliable and dependable

Skills and Abilities

You must be able to

  • communicate well
  • recognise and respond to the needs of others
  • work as part of a team
  • be flexible in approach
  • maintain good sense of humour

Some of the tasks include:

  • Carries out support tasks relating to personal care and daily living of residents in each house and encourages teaching by example, working alongside, or doing the task.
  • Escorts residents to workshop and, where necessary, stays in workshop to assist with 1-2-1 needs.
  • Carries out handover for controlled drugs, ensuring drugs are counted and keys handed over.
  • Responds to challenging behaviour in an empathetic, person-centred manner with awareness of everyone’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs
  • Assists with the care planning process and applies care plans in daily life including record keeping.
  • Assists with domestic duties such as cleaning and laundry, to enable the smooth running of the household
  • Attends regular supervision meetings (normally 4 – 6 weekly) with Line Manager, preparing and playing an active part in the process.
This vacancy has now closed

Residential Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,500
  • West Linton
  • Closing 18th March 2020

Garvald West Linton is the provider of Residential and Day Care services for adults with learning difficulties, situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh in beautiful countryside surroundings. Currently we have a new vacancy for a Residential Manager post to start with us as soon as possible.

Main Purpose of Role

The Residential Manager takes full responsibility for the delivery and management of the Garvald West Linton Residential Service ensuring that all the residential facilities are functioning at the highest standard in line with current regulations and delivering the expected level of service to all residents which is responsive to their changing needs. Currently we are in the process of looking to develop further options within our residential services to meet higher levels of support needs for individuals accessing our service. The Residential Manager will be registered with the Care Inspectorate as the Registered Manager of the Residential Service.

Key Priorities

  • to provide leadership and support for the House Managers ensuring that GWL meets relevant service standards in the delivery of care to residents.
  • to have an overview of GWL’s residential provision and ensuring that it meets the needs of the residents and maintains a social therapeutic setting.
  • to interface and work constructively with the Care Inspectorate and other external bodies ensuring that GWL’s relationships continue to benefit the organisation, the residents and the wider community
  • to understand and work within the principles of social therapy and to support the cultural life of GWL in the celebration of cultural events



  • Qualifications that meet the SSSC requirements for a Manager


  • Qualifications relevant to the field of Social Pedagogy and/or Social Therapy and Curative Education.
  • Qualifications that demonstrate skill in managing conflict and/or interpersonal relationships.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of managing a residential service preferably within a social therapy setting.
  • Willingness to support the cultural practice and ethos of GWL.
  • Significant experience in a similar managerial position within the Health and Social Care sector including supervising and managing staff.
  • Understanding of the National Care Standards the SSSC and good practice in Adult Protection
  • Working knowledge of Health & Safety, risk assessments, environmental health and fire regulations.
  • Experience of working with adults with learning and/or physical disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour.
  • Previous experience of recruitment, resolving human resource issues and knowledge of relationship management and conflict resolution.
  • Prior knowledge of preparing and working to budgets and annual targets.
  • Knowledge of social pedagogy and its relevance in an adult care setting for people with complex needs

Skills and Abilities

  • Skilled people manager with the ability to give and receive feedback to improve individual and team performance, and a genuine desire to support others in learning and CPD.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to act as a role model for others.
  • Strong communicator who can liaise effectively with stakeholders e.g. residents, day service users, parents, staff, health professionals, other care providers, Senior Management Team and Garvald Trustees.
  • Ability to work within a set budget and provide relevant updates relating to spend etc.
  • Proven negotiation skills, executed in a similar setting.
  • Ability to act as a strong member of a team but independently manage GWL’s residential service.
  • Excellent time management with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Computer literacy with knowledge of MS Office packages, email and internet use.
  • Must hold a full and valid driving licence

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to embracing and pursuing the principles of social therapy (based on the Rudolf Steiner principles) and their application in a residential setting.
  • Flexible and resilient with the ability to react quickly and appropriately to escalating situations.
  • Self-awareness and a positive outlook with confidence and belief in own abilities.
  • Logical approach to problem solving and decision-making.
  • Confident in ability to work with individuals who exhibit challenging and complex behaviours.

Benefits include

  • Salary £31,500 per annum based on 40 hours per week
  • Holiday entitlement will be 6 working weeks in first year of employment, rising to 7 working weeks in second and subsequent years.
  • A non-contributory Group Life Assurance Scheme is offered to all staff on commencement of employment. The level of cover is four times annual salary.
  • Automatic enrolment in the Pension scheme for qualifying staff in which both parties will contribute.
  • We offer a comprehensive Employee Wellbeing Programme (EWP) by Health Assured. The EWP is an integrated online and offline personal support programme that gives all our contracted employees access to a range of specialist support and information.