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Support Workers (Older Person’s Service)

  • Part time
  • £17,550 – £19,990 pro-rata
  • West Bridge Mill, Kirkcaldy, Fife
  • Closing 19th June 2019


  • Advertised from 5th June 2019
  • Salary dependent on skills & experience. 16 hours per week, fixed term for 1 year. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.
  • LLSWFJUN19

Role

LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and Scottish charity. We have been providing specialist services to support health, wellbeing, and community inclusion for over 25 years.

We are committed to positively supporting people to overcome the negative impacts on their lives of ill-health, poverty, inequality and isolation. We work to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are often excluded from society due to vulnerabilities including homelessness, mental health issues, physical health issues and social isolation. We provide care, support and employability services to over 1,000 people a year.

At LinkLiving, our values are at the heart of everything we do and we put the people we support first. Our values are:

  • Empathy (listen to and understand an individual’s needs and circumstances)
  • Respect (treat others the way they wish to be treated)
  • Integrity (be honest and have strong moral principles)
  • Caring (show kindness and concern for others)

Our main aim for this job role is to find people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes to match our own.

We’re seeking to recruit some great new support workers to work in our Older Person’s Service. You don’t need to have previous experience or qualifications in this field. If you share our values, this could be the role for you.

The Service

LinkLiving’s Older Person’s Service is a range of services to help older people who may be socially isolated and who need to live independently and safely in their own homes. It supports:

  • Older people to (re)connect with their community or help them share their experience and skills for the benefits of others;
  • Older people who have a range of long-term conditions which limit what they can do, while others are in good health but lack the resources required to live a full and active life;
  • People who have significant caring responsibilities
  • People to improve or manage their mental and physical health

The services are based in Fife and have a number of distinct support strands which include:

  • Support to address loneliness and social isolation among older people in West Fife through 1:1 befriending and support to attend our social cafes.
  • Help to enable older people to remain at home through the provision of assistance with daily living and through engaging with relevant community and statutory supports

The Job

We have an exciting opportunity for two ambitious and motivated part-time Support Workers to join our team and improve the lives of people supported by our Older People Service.

In this role, you will develop effective relationships with older people affected by a range of challenges, support them to cope in difficult times and enable them to live a good life. You will provide emotional, practical and social support to help people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.

You will support older people to access our 1:1 befriending and to attend our social cafes, thereby reducing loneliness and social isolation.

Multi-agency working is an important part of the job. You will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the NHS (in the community and in hospitals), social work and voluntary organisations. By understanding the assistance they offer and maintaining strong links with partner agencies, you will extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.

You will be part of a team while managing your own caseload and being a key worker for some of the people we support. You will take part in regular team meetings and receive regular support and supervision. You will participate in a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance your experience and skills and improve the quality of our service.

You will embrace technology to help deliver the best possible service to the people we support and will be provided with the tools necessary to enable effective recording and reporting of the support you provide

What you will need

  • Willingness to work towards and achieve an appropriate qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) - for example, SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6.
  • Ability to meet the standards of care set out in the national Health and Social Care Standards.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
  • An approach which is flexible, practical, proactive and reliable.

Successful applicants will be required to register with SSSC within 6 months of their start date.

Application notes

For further information or to apply, please visit: linkhousing.org.uk/who-we-are/work-with-us/current-opportunities

To find out more about a career in care, the following video provides an insight into what you can expect - aquestionofcare.org.uk

The Deal

Link is a group of eight social enterprise companies which provide a wide range of services in 26 local authority areas across Scotland. We have more than 10,000 customers and have ambitious plans to make more of our services available to people who need them most.

LinkLiving offer up to 38 days annual leave pro rata, a wide-range of benefits including flexible working arrangements and access to a generous contributory pension scheme. Working within a supportive environment you can expect a range of training and development opportunities

This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration.

Closing Date: Midnight on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Interview Date: Thursday 27 June 2019 in Kirkcaldy.

Please note that CVs will not be considered.

Link is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. Our offices are fully accessible to wheelchair users and we will interview all disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.