Dementia Meeting Centre Development Worker

  • Part time
  • £29,000 pro-rata
  • Based in The Heart, 4-6, Main Rd, Newhaven, Edinburgh EH6 4HY
  • Closing 31st March 2023

  • Advertised from 17th March 2023
  • £6,700 2 days per week. 6 month contract


Background to Heart of Newhaven Community

Victoria Primary School (until recently the oldest working primary school in Edinburgh) was acquired for community use by conclusion of a Community Asset Transfer in August 2022 and has since been renamed The Heart. There are few community resources in the area and a general lack of communal/meeting spaces for use by local groups: public meetings demonstrated a real interest in the potential The Heart might offer in this respect. Most notably, there is a desire for more facilities and activities for older and isolated individuals as well as a recognised need for more early years’ resources and for mental health support. In particular this area of Edinburgh has no facilities for people living with a diagnosis of dementia.’ We have been a member of the Scottish Meeting Centre Network since January 2022. Conversations with people with lived experience of dementia confirm our belief that The Heart can meet the ‘basic fellowship need’ and opportunity to ‘meet other people with the same condition meeting as equals’.

Overview of the post

Meeting Centres are a model of dementia support first developed in the Netherlands. They are social clubs where people living with dementia and their family carers can get help, support, and advice to adapt to the life changes dementia brings.Heart of Newhaven are now recruiting for a new Development Worker position, to help set up our Centre. This position is initially funded for 6 months by Age Scotland.

Application notes

Start date: 5th June 2023

To apply, please send us a copy of your CV, a supporting statement describing how you meet the person specification, and a short covering letter.

The closing date for applications is noon on March 31st and interviews will be scheduled on April 17th. If you think this may be the job for you, please apply without delay as we would really like to meet you…

Heart of Newhaven Community is open to flexible working requests. The charity is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

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