Self Help Coach

  • Part time
  • £21,506 – £25,356 pro-rata
  • Fife
  • Closing 1st February 2021

  • Advertised from 13th January 2021
  • £21,506.00 - £25,356.00 per annum, pro rata (dependent on skills and experience). 25 hrs per week over Monday – Friday.


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

At LinkLiving, our values are at the heart of everything we do and we put the people we support first. Our values 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

Our main aim for this job role is to find people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes to match our own. An understanding of the issues affecting service users is also an essential requirement of the role.

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 will be open to all adults who have experienced childhood trauma, but there will be an additional effort to engage with people who have also experienced homelessness.

The postholder will provide a person-centred 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 support people to identify their personal outcomes by undertaking baseline and exit assessments of the people we support, using appropriate clinical measures and agreeing a schedule of support 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. Due to current restrictions as a result of Covid-19, sessions will take place remotely initially. However, a blended model of face to face/ remote sessions will be made when conditions allow.

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 and running training courses.

About You

You will be educated to diploma level (or equivalent) 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.

Further Information

To find out more about what LinkLiving do, please visit our website at

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 Monday 1 February 2021

Interview Date: Monday 8 February 2021 via Microsoft Teams

How to Apply

Our online application method is the most efficient way to apply and can be started visiting our website. You 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 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.