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Senior Support Worker – SOYA (Supporting Our Young Adults)

  • Full time
  • £21,506 – £25,356
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th August 2020

  • Advertised from 31st July 2020
  • £21,506 - £25,356 per annum (dependent on skills and experience) 37.5 hours per week


The Role

LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and Scottish charity. We have been providing specialist services to support health, wellbeing, and community inclusion for over 25 years.

We are committed to positively supporting people to overcome the negative impacts on their lives of ill-health, poverty, inequality and isolation. We work to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are often excluded from society due to vulnerabilities including homelessness, mental health issues, physical health issues and social isolation. We provide care, support and employability services to over 1,000 people a year.

Reporting to the Service Manager, the Senior Support Worker is responsible for coordinating a team of support workers to provide a range of services and support to a wide range of service user groups. The Senior Support Worker will carry out regular supervisions with staff and help to coach and mentor them in their roles.

In addition to providing leadership to the team of support workers, the Senior will be responsible for establishing the volunteering element of the service, identifying and setting up opportunities for the young people in the project in line with contractual requirements. Working with colleagues in Link Academy, the Senior will also be responsible for the delivery of group work sessions within the project.

The Senior Support Worker will also meet with service users and carry out assessments with new and current service users in order to ensure the appropriate level of support is given.

What we need from you:

The postholder will be expected to demonstrate LinkLiving’s core values of:

• 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)

The Senior Support Worker will be required to oversee the team of Support Workers and foster effective team working, ensuring the team functions well overall by undertaking, for example, team planning, sharing lessons learned and implementing new ways of working.

The successful applicant will need to be able to develop warm and effective relationships with service users supporting them to cope with their lives and undertake a variety of duties in order to do so.

In return you will be offered the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge through employee training and development. You can expect to work in a supportive, trusting and transparent working environment, with the autonomy to offer creative and innovative solutions whilst maintaining Link’ s values; Responsibility, Empathy, Social Impact, Participate, Equality, Challenge and Transparency.

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

What’s in it for you?

Link offers excellent terms and conditions, and as an Investor in People and Healthy Working Lives Gold Award holder, we aim to provide a wide range of development opportunities and healthy living initiatives. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities.

You will work with colleagues who offer support to ensure our customers' expectations are met. In return, we are looking for applications from people who will contribute to our aims and work to the highest professional standards.

As a Link employee, you'll benefit from generous annual leave entitlements, a wide range of learning and development opportunities, highly competitive employer pension contribution rates, discounts on shopping, restaurants and other services via Westfield Rewards, enhanced maternity and sick pay entitlements, employee support and counselling service and occupational health services.

This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. Successful applicants will also be required to register with SSSC within 6 months of their start date.

Application notes

Closing Date: Midnight on Thursday 13 August 2020

Interview Date: Interviews will be held on Tuesday 25 August 2020 in Edinburgh.

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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 advert above, and in the job description.

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