Self Help Coach

  • Full time
  • £23,113 – £25,546
  • Fife
  • Closing 7th February 2022

  • Advertised from 7th January 2022
  • Salary: Dependent on skills & experience. Full time hours, 37.5 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

The Better than Well service is made up of Self-help Coaches who provide help to people over the age of 16 in Fife who have struggled with trauma and have found it difficult to engage with other services.

The Better than Well service is now increasing the staff team as part of a service expansion to increase the service provision in various localities. Further investment in the Better than Well Service has meant we can increase the number of Coaches. We will therefore be looking for a further 2 full-time Self Help Coach positions to work with clients who have experienced childhood trauma.

The Job

The purpose of the job is to deliver an exciting new project which is supported by the Scottish Government’s Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund and Action 15 from Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

Better than Well supports adults who have experienced childhood trauma in Fife, including those who have found it difficult to engage with other services. Better than Well Self Help Coaches offer up to 8 one to one coaching sessions to individuals who have experienced childhood trauma stay safe and stable using a cognitive behavioural therapy approach. There will be an additional effort to engage with people who have also experienced homelessness.

The postholder will provide a person-centred coaching service which responds flexibly and quickly to the mental health needs of adults who have experienced trauma in childhood, enabling people to recognise, understand and manage the symptoms. You will work with clients to help them identify their personal outcomes by undertaking baseline and exit assessments of the people we support, using appropriate clinical measures and agreeing a schedule of self-help sessions. In addition to conducting face to face sessions, the post holder will also be expected to carry out sessions using remote platforms. - either telephone or digital platforms. The service uses a blended model of delivery with either face to face or remote sessions offered to individuals.

You will also be expected to develop positive partnerships with agencies which are relevant to support for adults who have experienced trauma and raise awareness of Better than Well through giving presentations. Coaches will receive training in facilitating Trauma Informed training courses to partner organisations.

About You

You will be educated to Higher Education level with experience of self-help techniques and CBT approaches and come with knowledge of issues affecting people who are excluded and marginalized.

Experience of using a person centered approach is fundamental to this role as well as knowledge of mental health self-help resources and a commitment to their use. You will have empathy, active listening skills and be sensitive and responsive to people’s emotional and social health.

As the postholder is required to develop positive partnerships with agencies and participate in relevant network meetings, good communication skills are essential to the role.

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; a competitive pension; life assurance and a comprehensive wellbeing package.

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

Application notes

Interested? To find out more, 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

Applications will be evaluated as they are received, with candidates meeting the specifications being invited for interview

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.