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Support Worker (Supporting Our Young Adults)

  • Full time
  • £17,550 – £19,990
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th January 2020

  • Advertised from 3rd January 2020
  • 1 x Full-Time, Permanent position at Supporting Our Young Adults - S.O.Y.A.


LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and Scottish charity. We have been providing specialist services to support health, wellbeing, and community inclusion for over 25 years.

We are committed to positively supporting people to overcome the negative impacts on their lives of ill-health, poverty, inequality and isolation. We work to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are often excluded from society due to vulnerabilities including homelessness, mental health issues, physical health issues and social isolation.

We provide care, support and employability services to over 1,000 people a year.

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.

We're seeking to recruit a great new support worker to work in our Edinburgh Young Person's Service. We would encourage candidates with experience of working with Young People and relevant training and qualifications to apply for the post, which would be reflected in the starting salary offered. However, if you don't have previous experience but have a strong set of personal values which match ours, we would love to hear from you.

The Service

Edinburgh Young Persons Service (EYPS) comprises two elements - a Visiting Housing Support service (VHS) and Supporting Our Young Adults project (S.O.Y.A.). Both services work in partnership with a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector agencies to ensure that the needs of individual service users are fully met. EYPS has been awarded excellent quality grades (overall 6s) by the Care Inspectorate and has been growing in size, undertaking exciting new challenges over the past few years.

Visiting Support Service - VHS

The visiting support service delivers support to vulnerable young people between 16 and 25 across Edinburgh. The service provided is person centred, flexible and responsive to the changing needs of the individual service user. Support and care is provided to access, establish and maintain an appropriate tenancy and can be practical, social or personal in nature. Once a tenancy is established, support is provided to develop & strengthen social and family networks, including identifying and accessing appropriate education/training or employment.

The service works with around 220 young people each year, some of which live in our Supported Flats. Support is tailored to meet the needs of individual service users in terms of frequency and content. Services can currently be provided through a range of funding streams including Care at Home, Criminal Justice, Direct Payments but the main funder is CEC.

Supporting Our Young Adults - S.O.Y.A.

This project is funded by the Life Changes Trust and is a supported accommodation project for young people with a background of local authority care. Based on a core and cluster model, it consists of 10 self-contained flats, all located in close proximity to a central hub which is staffed flexibly. It aims to provide a stepping stone from local authority care to independent living by providing intensive support to enable young people to develop the skills needed to successfully maintain their tenancies.

The Job

We have an exciting opportunity for a Support Worker to join our established team at S.O.Y.A.

The service will work with young people between 16 and 25 who are leaving the care system to enable them to move to or to keep settled accommodation, develop independent living skills and to engage with employability services.

Core hours of support will be Monday to Friday from 9am to 8.00pm but flexible working will be required to meet the needs of individual service users and the needs of the service. You will participate in a telephone on-call service which will operate on a rotational basis to ensure that young people have access to support 24 hours a day. You may also be required to work weekends occasionally.

Multi-agency partnership working will be a crucial part of this role, with a particular focus on working with accommodation providers and employability services to provide seamless support to young people across all localities.

In this role you will offer practical, emotional and social support to people in their own homes to assist them to maintain their tenancy.

You will need to develop effective relationships with service users supporting them to cope with their lives in a positive and independent way so that they can make informed choices and take responsibility for their actions.

A significant part of the role involves using technology to help deliver the best service we can to the people we support. You will embrace technology by using LinkLiving's IT equipment to help drive efficiency and provide a quality assured service. You will be given a Laptop and SmartPhone to access our integrated care system (Carista) to create support plans, risk assessments, record support, monitor outcomes and gain feedback from service users.

What you will need

Willingness to work towards and achieve an appropriate qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) - for example, SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6.

Ability to meet the standards of care set out in the national Health and Social Care Standards.

Ability to meet the requirements of membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

An approach which is flexible, practical, proactive and reliable.

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

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.

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The Deal

Link is a group of eight social enterprise companies which provide a wide range of services in 26 local authority areas across Scotland. We have more than 10,000 customers and have ambitious plans to make more of our services available to people who need them most.

LinkLiving offer up to 38 days annual leave pro rata, a wide-range of benefits including flexible working arrangements and access to a generous contributory pension scheme. Working within a supportive environment you can expect a range of training and development opportunities

This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration.

Application notes

Closing Date: Midnight, Thursday 16 January 2020

Interview Date: Thursday 23 January 2020

Please note that CVs will not be considered.

To find out more and to apply, please see our website:

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.