Funded by the Big Lottery our Perinatal Befriending Support Service is based within the East Lothian area. Our services aim to help mums who are struggling with anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after their baby is born. Our befrienders are there for the mums while they are pregnant and up to the baby is aged one. This befriending relationship helps mum, her partner and immediate family and, as a result, we aim to improve parents' mental health, reduce social isolation and promote healthy attachments between baby and parents.
You will help to develop and implement the principles of the Perinatal Befriending Support Service to provide an early intervention, low intensity service for those with low level (mild to moderate) diagnosed mental health issues or who are at risk of developing mental health issues in the perinatal period.
Our current vacancy is based in Macmerry, Tranent, working 37.5 hours per week. This post is currently funded until 30th September 2021, however we are hopeful that we will be able to secure further funding. Working hours are flexible and will be in line with the needs of the service. Service delivery could be out with normal working hours and may include mornings, evenings and weekends. A 5% unsocial allowance is paid for this. You will work closely with referrers and families to identify and assess the required support. You will recruit, train and support appropriate volunteers to be matched with parents in providing befriending support.
Ideally you will have local knowledge of the area and services available to families. You will have a relevant qualification at SCQF level 8 or have equivalent knowledge acquired by other means. You will have experience of working with children and vulnerable families and be able to demonstrate an understanding of how mental health issues can affect relationships in a family setting and the impact during the perinatal stage. Experience of Volunteer Management would be desirable.
Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.
Applications to be returned by: noon on 20th November 2020