• Advertised from 15th February 2021
  • £18,135 - £20,389 per annum, pro rata (dependent on skills & experience). Fixed term


Contract Type:

Post 1 – 37.5 hours per week, Fixed Term until 31 March 2022 (with possibility of extension depending on funding),

Post 2 – 25 hours per week. Fixed Term until 01 February 2022 (with possibility of extension depending on funding).

Although hours will be primarily Monday to Friday, flexible working may be required (including evenings and weekends).

Please state in the ‘Match to job Requirements’ section on your application which post you wish to be considered for.

Job category/type: Full-time/Part-time, Fixed Term

LinkLiving is a Scottish health and wellbeing charity that supports people of all ages to overcome the negative impacts of trauma, mental health, inequality, and isolation. We deliver our support to service users through a range of models including:

• Personal development and employability programmes

• Self-help coaching

• Supported accommodation

• Care at home

• Housing support

• Befriending

• Social cafes

LinkLiving’s values are at the heart of everything we do. As a Project Worker you will be expected to share our 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 Job

Whilst we also work with other age groups, our Older Persons Service promotes social inclusion opportunities for vulnerable people aged 65 and over by providing 1-1 volunteer and staff befriending in their own homes, within their communities, and support with social engagement opportunities for older people and carers through our drop in social cafes.

Assistant Project Workers work closely with the project workers and volunteers to support the people who receive our services to become engaged and included within their communities. Under the direction and guidance of the Team Leader and Project Workers, the Assistant Project Workers will assist with the delivery of social cafes and provide of one-to-one befriending support.

They will develop relationships with relevant agencies and other services to maximise opportunities for the people we support. Maximising user involvement and choice and using initiative to develop activities for the benefit of service users and carers are key aspects of the job.

To find out more about a career in care, the following video provides an insight into what you can expect - aquestionofcare.org.uk

About You

You will need to be able to demonstrate your commitment to LinkLiving’s 4 key 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)

You will have a knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting older people and knowledge and understanding of local community initiatives and projects, along with the ability to create relationships/partnerships with other voluntary and statutory agencies and the knowledge of the use of evaluation methods to ensure a project is effective.

The successful candidate will come with effective communication skills including excellent written, oral and IT skills with the ability to take the lead in conversations, a non-judgmental attitude and willingness to embrace diversity, the ability to work openly and honestly within a team setting, to prioritise and plan their own caseload and be able to build equal and positive relationships with people.

You will have good personal computer skills and the ability to use technology efficiently to maintain and update records, the ability to adapt to new environments and be educated to a general standard.

You will also have the ability to drive and able to travel between services as required.

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.

Further Information

To find out more about what LinkLiving do, please visit our website at linkliving.org.uk

What’s in it for you?

LinkLiving 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 share our objectives – our employees, volunteers, funders, and our project partners. In return, we want people who are passionate, caring and dedicated, committed to our vision and values and will work to the highest professional standards.

As a LinkLiving 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.

Application notes

Closing Date: midnight on Sunday 07 March 2021

Interview Date: interviews will be held Monday 15 March 2021 via Microsoft Teams

How to Apply

Our online application method is the most efficient way to apply and can be started by visiting our websiteYou must complete an application form to be considered for any of our vacancies. Also, if you aren’t sure about how long you have to fill in the form, you will be able to save it and return to it by clicking on the ‘My Applications’ tab of the vacancy search page and entering your username and password.

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 jobs@linkhaltd.co.uk and detailing which format you would require.

Please note that CV's will not be considered.

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.