GDA is a vibrant disabled people led organisation with over 5000 Members – the biggest groundswell of disabled people in Europe. GDA is a leading example of a community of interest and identity: this means we are connected by common barriers, a shared understanding of solutions, a sense of belonging and a shared identity as disabled people. Our mission is to build the confidence, connections and contributions of disabled people; our vision is that disabled people can participate fully in their own lives, communities and wider society with the support they need and with choices equal to other people.
COVID19 has supercharged inequalities disabled people face and in response we have secured funding from the Scottish Government special COVID funds and the National Lottery Community Fund to meet needs around disbled people’s wellbeing including their physical and mental health. This is for a Wellbeing Service which will include check in calls to offer support to those people who are struggling as well as a COVID Helpline and a Lifeline Service to co-ordinate essential food, medication and other resources to be delivered.
GDA is seeking an experienced self-motivated, flexible and multi-skilled individual to contribute to our ‘Covid-19 Wellbeing Service’, working collaboratively with another Wellbeing Adviser and alongside GDA staff and partners. This is a key part of GDA’s “Resilience Response: Leaving No-one Behind” and will build on GDA’s existing supports to disabled people now since the impact of COVID19 and over many years of supports provided.
As a valuable member of the staff Team, the Wellbeing Advisor will provide reliable, accessible health and wellbeing information, advice and support, responding sensitively and with empathy and kindness to those who call, email, write and contact us via social media. You will have experience of providing information and advice to people facing challenging circumstances and of referring people to further supports and services. The project will be delivered alongside GDA’s other supports and so the ability to learn fast and build relationships with colleagues will be vital, as will the ability to listen well, establish rapport and build trust with callers in order to provide the best support to them.
The post holder will deliver the highest quality service, ensuring that we are responsive to disabled people’s needs and striving to provide a positive experience so that callers feel treated with kindness and understanding.
This is a fixed term post initially funded for 6 months and dependent on current context and related funding ongoing.
Completed applications must be returned by 5pm on Monday 1st June 2020.
GDA positively welcomes applications from those with protected characteristics such as disabled people, people who are LGBTQIA+, black and minority ethnic people, women, younger and older people and those from a variety of faith backgrounds.
Scottish Charity No: SC034247.