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Project Worker (Older Persons Service)

  • Part time
  • £23,113 – £25,546 pro-rata
  • Fife-wide
  • Closing 8th April 2021


  • Advertised from 17th March 2021
  • 30 hours per week, Permanent. Although hours will be primarily Monday to Friday, flexible working may be required (including evenings and weekends).
  • Permanent
  • LLPWOMAR21

Role

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

The 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 also provides support with social engagement opportunities for older people and their carers through our drop in social cafes.

The main duties of this job is to recruit, train and support volunteer befrienders who will support over 65s to become actively engaged and included within their communities, helping to reduce their social isolation and loneliness.

The Project Worker will provide regular support, guidance and training to our volunteers and a small staff team. They will develop relationships with relevant agencies and other local services to maximise opportunities for the people we support.

The Project Worker will be responsible for their own workload, daily decision making and be expected to work with minimum supervision.

Maximizing user involvement and choice and promoting and developing innovative practice are key aspects of the job.

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 should have some experience of Volunteer management, and/or a relevant qualification e.g. City and Guilds Level 3 Management of Volunteers (or similar). The successful candidate will have the ability and understanding of how to work with volunteers, have experience of supervising individuals and a knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector and volunteering initiatives plus some experience of developing and delivering community projects.

It is essential that the Project Worker has effective communication skills including excellent written, oral and IT skills, experience of developing and delivering training programmes along with knowledge of evaluation methods to ensure the project is running effectively and an understanding of how to produce reports and analyse data.

You should have a non-judgmental attitude and willingness to embrace diversity, be able to adapt to new environments and to work openly and honestly within a team setting. In addition, you will have the ability to prioritise and plan your own workload and be able to create relationships/partnerships with other voluntary and statutory agencies the local area.

It is essential that you have a driving license and access to a vehicle and can travel between all areas of Fife when 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 on our website.

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 Thursday 8 April 2021.

Interview Date: interviews will be held Thursday 15 April 2021 via MS Teams.

Our online application method is the most efficient way to apply and can be started by clicking the “Apply Now” button. 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 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.