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Self Help Coach (Fife Carers' Self-Help Project)

  • Part time
  • £24,211 – £26,759 pro-rata
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Closing 20th June 2022

  • Advertised from 27th May 2022
  • 15 hours per week Monday to Friday, however flexibility required to meet the needs of the service.


Are you passionate about helping people to live a better life? Do you want to work for a charity where your health and wellbeing matter just as much as the people you support? Do you want to be part of a trauma-informed team where you will be supported to develop creative and flexible ways of working?

At LinkLiving, our values and people are at the heart of everything we do including how we recruit our staff. It is important for us to find people who share our values, which 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)

LinkLiving is a Scottish health and wellbeing charity that supports people to manage or overcome the effects of negative life experiences (including trauma, mental health challenges, poverty and inequality) so that they can build on their strengths and aspirations in order to live their best possible lives. We support people through a range of models including:

• Personal development and employability programmes

• Self-help coaching

• Supported accommodation

• Care at home

• Housing support

• Befriending

• Social cafes

The Service

Fife Carers' Self-Help Project

The Carers’ Self-Help Project provides support in Fife for carers of children, young people, and adults with autistic spectrum conditions who struggle with their own mental health. The service welcomes carers who have a loved one with a diagnosis and those who are on the diagnosis pathway.

This service offers up to six, free, one-hour 1:1 coaching sessions, teaching self-care techniques to manage any current difficulties clients are experiencing. Group sessions are also available.

Supported self-help is a short-term process which uses materials and techniques tailored to client’s needs. We use an approach which considers how stress makes people feel, think, and behave, and cope with the associated physical symptoms. This approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT.

The Job

The remit of this post is to provide stress support parents, family members or any carer of an individual who has been diagnosed as or is pending a diagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based approach. This involves assisting people to access and use self help materials and signposting people to other relevant agencies when appropriate. You will need to develop and maintain respectful and empowering relationships with service users so that they feel valued and supported and in control of their own lives.

The post holder will work within our existing Self Help Team based at West Bridge Mill in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The post holder will be expected to meet with service users in various community sites throughout Fife and therefore flexibility to travel to these areas is essential.

About You

You will have an understanding of the issues affecting service users, including a knowledge of issues affecting people who are excluded and marginalized and a knowledge of self help resources for those caring for individuals with autism and a commitment to their use.

The successful candidate will bring an active contribution to team working, be able to build equal and positive relationships with people, use a person centred approach and have a sensitivity and responsiveness to people’s emotional and social health.

The ability to problem solve and remain calm in a crisis, collect data and maintain records, combined with good communication skills in a variety of situations, having empathy and active listening skills and a flexible, practical and reliable approach are also essential.

For a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification in the Job information Pack above.

What’s in it for you?

As a LinkLiving employee, you'll benefit from:

• A generous annual leave entitlement of 35 days pro rata per annum (including public holidays) rising to 38 days after completion of three years’ service

• Access to a death in service benefits scheme providing 4x salary

• Enhanced company sick and familial pay entitlements

• A Healthcare cash plan for employee and dependents to support health and wellbeing and discounts on shopping, restaurants, and other services.

• A free and confidential employee assistance program and services for employees and their immediate household dependants to support health, mental and financial well-being

• Employer pension contributions starting at 5% and rising to 6% depending on employee contributions

• Access to a savings and borrowing scheme and much more!

This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. Link will meet the cost of any new PVG scheme membership or scheme record update.

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

Further Information

Interested? If you have any questions about the role, please email and we can arrange for someone from the service to call you for an informal chat.

To find out more about what LinkLiving do, please visit our website at

Closing Date: midnight on Monday 20 June 2022

Interview Date: Interviews are being held on Friday 01 July 2022 at our office in Kirkcaldy

How to Apply

To complete an application form, please click on the “Apply Now” button below. Instructions on how to complete the form are at the top of the page.

We can offer suitable alternative methods to apply if requested including although not exclusively; hard copy, Braille and audio. You can request these by emailing our Resourcing Team at and detailing which format you would require.

Please note should an internal applicant be successful in applying for this position on either a seconded or permanent basis, they will move to the terms and conditions associated with the role for the duration of the time they are in post. The terms and conditions are outlined in the job information pack.

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