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Support Worker, Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service (EYPS)

  • Full time
  • £18,525 – £20,614
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th July 2021

  • Advertised from 14th June 2021
  • Salary dependent on skills & experience. (Plus, an on-call allowance of £20 per shift).37.5 hours per week, permanent. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.


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. It is important to us to find people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes to match our own. 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)

We’re seeking to recruit some great new support workers to work in our Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service. You don’t need to have previous experience or qualifications in this field. If you share our values, this could be the role for you.

EYPS aims to deliver a visiting housing support service to enable young adults to live as independently as possible in their own homes by helping them to develop practical household skills or to help homeless young adults to find, move and settle into a home. They also aim to provide emotional and social support, to assist young people to take part in activities that matter to them including working and training, help them engage with their community and to reduce social isolation.

The Job

As a Support Worker in EYPS you will be responsible for managing your caseload independently, as you will be key working an agreed number of service users. You will look to develop effective relationships with young people affected by a range of challenges, support them to cope in difficult times and enable them to live what they would call a “good life”. In doing so, to provide emotional, practical and social support to help people to live well and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.

Support Workers in EYPS will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the Housing officers, TCAC, Social work, NHS, benefits agencies and voluntary organisations to extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.

You will support and assist service users to set up, maintain and sustain their home including supporting them to access services which will enable them to do this. You will also assist service users with shopping, cooking, cleaning, budgeting and other household tasks as well as maximising income and applying for benefits and grants. In addition, you will support service users to plan for their futures using a person centred approach, which may include help in accessing employability opportunities for them, deal with health issues and other challenges.

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About You

It is essential that you have an SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 or are able to achieve qualification within required timescales while working for LinkLiving. In addition, the post holder must be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting service users and must be able to build equal and positive relationships with people.

As there is a requirement for you to update service user records, apply for grants and benefits it is essential that you have good personal computer skills and the ability to use technology efficiently.

An ability to accept support to reflect on competence and accept feedback from others to ensure competence is maintained is also essential in this role.

Successful applicants will be required to register with SSSC within 6 months of their start date.

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 19 July 2021

Interview Date: Interviews are being held on Tuesday 27 July 2021 at LinkLiving’s Edinburgh office where social distancing will be observed (if covid restrictions allow)

How to Apply

Our online application method is the most efficient way to apply, please visit our website Work for us (

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.

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 job information pack.

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