Project Worker (Older Persons Service)

  • Part time
  • £24,211 – £26,759 pro-rata
  • Fife
  • Closing 9th February 2023


  • Advertised from 19th January 2023
  • An inflation related pay offer has been agreed and with effect from 01 April 2023 the salary scale for this post will be £26,211 to £28,759 (Dependent on skills and experience). 22.5 hours per week
  • LLPWOJAN23

Role

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

Our Older Persons Service provides support to people aged 65+ by providing both volunteer befriending in West Fife and a range of weekly social cafes across Fife. Both services aim to reduce loneliness and isolation and to help people maintain or build links within their communities.

Volunteer Befriending

There is a high rate of loneliness in Fife, particularly amongst older people. The Older Persons’ Service Volunteer Befrienders provide much needed companionship and light touch support to help the older people of West Fife to maintain or improve involvement in their communities.

Social Cafes

Weekly social cafés offer older people aged 65+ who have become isolated or lonely to meet others, socialise, take part in activities and maintain or improve involvement in their communities.

The Job

The purpose of the job is to recruit, train and support volunteers who volunteer with the people who receive our services supporting them to become actively engaged and included in their communities.

The Project Worker will provide regular support, guidance and training to volunteers and a small staff team. They will develop relationships with relevant agencies and other services to maximise opportunities for the people we support.

The Project Worker will be responsible for their own workload, daily decision making and be expected to work with minimum supervision.

About You

You will be able to demonstrate that you have a relevant qualification in Volunteer management, e.g., City and Guilds Level 3 Management of Volunteers or extensive experience working with volunteers.

Additionally, you must have previous experience of coordinating and supervising a team and demonstrate an understanding of how to work with volunteers.

It is essential that the post holder has effective communication skills including excellent written, oral and IT skills and can produce reports and analyse data. An ability to create relationships/partnerships with other voluntary and statutory agencies is a key element of this role.

The post holder must be able to drive and travel between services as required.

What’s in it for you?

The benefits of being a LinkLiving employee (subject to the policies and benefit terms and conditions) include:

  • Competitive salary, reviewed annually, and opportunity for annual performance related salary increases and discretionary non-consolidated pay awards, subject to terms of the scheme
  • 35 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of public holidays) pro rata plus additional 3 days pro rata after 3 years’ service, with an opportunity to buy and sell holiday
  • temporary enhanced business travel mileage allowance to support employees with increased fuel costs
  • access to paid SVQ qualifications and a wide range of learning and development opportunities and funded Disclosure Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council memberships
  • defined contribution pension scheme with generous employer contributions plus salary exchange and additional voluntary contribution options
  • life assurance scheme providing death in service benefits to named beneficiaries
  • healthcare cash plan for employees (and dependents) to support health and wellbeing plus discounts on shopping, restaurants, and other services
  • employee assistance programme for employees and their immediate household dependants to support health, mental and financial well-being
  • discounted travel schemes including cycle to work scheme, monthly bus pass scheme and travel ticket loan 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

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

To find out more about what LinkLiving do and to view the generous pay and benefits package, please visit our website at linkliving.org.uk

If you are considering a career in social care but aren’t sure what it involves or whether it’s right for you, you can enrol in a free, online 6 week part-time tutor-supported ‘Introduction to a Career in Social Care’ course. The course provides an introduction to the area of social care and can be a stepping-stone to employment or further training.

Closing Date: midnight on Thursday 09 February 2023

Interview Date: Interviews are being held on Thursday 16 February at our office in Kirkcaldy

How to Apply

To complete an application form, please visit our website.

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 jobs@linkhaltd.co.uk 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.


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