LinkLiving
LinkLiving

Charity registered in Scotland SC032418

LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and a Scottish charity. We have been providing specialist services to support health, wellbeing, independence and community inclusion for over 25 years. We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people we work with and are recognised as a leader in responding to and delivering on individual needs. We provide accommodation, care, employability and support services to over 1000 people each year in Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and North Lanarkshire. LinkLiving is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprises.

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Support Worker (Edinburgh Mental Health Service)

  • Full time
  • £17,063 – £19,579
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th January 2019

LinkLiving's Edinburgh Mental Health Service is a visiting housing support service, delivered by teams which work across Edinburgh. As well as enabling people affected by mental health problems to live as independently as possible in their own homes, we engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure the people we work with get the support they need.

Visiting housing support

We deliver visiting housing support to around 180 people in Scotland's capital who experience a variety of mental health problems. Our support includes:

* Engaging with people and professionals who have an interest in their welfare.

* Equipping people with skills and tools to help them manage their mental health

* Creating personal support plans to help the people achieve the outcomes they desire

Recovery-based approach

We work from a recovery-based perspective, which means we enable the people we support to live a good life - as defined by them - with or without symptoms.

We use conversations and plans to help people identify their long-term ambitions and short-terms goals and develop strategies for achieving them.

We recognise the importance of the home as the base from which people can work towards recovery. We provide support in all aspects of maintaining a home, with an emphasis on developing people's skills to look after and sustain their home independently.

The role of communities

We also recognise the role which communities can play in recovery. We connect the people we work with appropriate sources of local support and with networks and organisations which deliver social benefits, including a sense of belonging, community and purpose.

Putting people at the centre

We appreciate that the mental health problems experienced by the people we work with can sometimes have a significant adverse impact on their lives, so we take time to help them to recognise, understand and manage their symptoms.

At all times, our support is flexible, person-centred and responsive to the changing needs of the people we work with.

The job

We have an exciting opportunity for ambitious and motivated Support Workers to join our team and improve the lives of people supported by our Edinburgh Mental Health Service.

In this role, you will develop effective relationships with people affected by a range of mental health problems, supporting them to cope in difficult times and working towards recovery and a good life. You will provide emotional, practical and social support to enable people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.

Working in partnership

Multi-agency working is an important part of the job. You will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the NHS (in the community and in hospitals), social work and voluntary organisations. By understanding the assistance they offer and maintaining strong links with partner agencies, you will extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.

You will work as part of a team while managing your own workload and being a key worker for some of the people we support. You will take part in regular team meetings and receive regular support and supervision. You will participate in a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance your experience and skills and improve the quality of our service.

Using technology to deliver the best service

You will embrace technology to help deliver the best service we can to the people we support. You will be given a laptop and smart phone to access Carista, our integrated social care management system. You will use Carista to create support plans and risk assessments, record support, monitor outcomes and gather feedback from the people you work with.

Your working hours

Your core days of work will be Monday to Friday, while you will work around one in six weekends. Occasional flexible working will be required, as and when needed, to meet the needs of the people we support and our service.

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 scheme.

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

Successful applicants will be required to register with the SSSC within six 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 available on our online recruitment portal.

About us

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

We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people we work with and are recognised as a leader in responding to and delivering on individual needs.

We provide accommodation, care, employability and support services to over 1000 people each year in Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and North Lanarkshire.

LinkLiving is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprises.

Annual leave and benefits

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 Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership

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Senior Support Worker - Edinburgh Young Persons' Service

  • Full time
  • £20,651 – £24,348
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th February 2019

The Service

Edinburgh Young Persons' Service comprises two elements - a visiting housing support service and a supported accommodation service (Positive Transitions Project). Both services adopt a psychologically informed approach to support and 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.

Both elements of the service were awarded 6 (excellent) in our two most recent inspections by the Care Inspectorate (2016, 2018).

Visiting Housing Support

The housing support service delivers visiting 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 is provided to access, establish and maintain an appropriate tenancy and can be practical, social or emotional in nature. Once a tenancy is established, support is provided to develop independent living skills & strengthen social and family networks, including identifying and accessing appropriate education/training or employment.

The service works with between 200 and 250 young people each year, with a particular focus on those in temporary accommodation. Support is tailored to meet the needs of individual service users in terms of frequency and content.

Positive Transitions Project

This project is funded by the Big Lottery 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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 Senior Support Worker to join our Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service.

As a senior practitioner, you will work with a range of service user groups including complex and varied key-working issues, co-ordinate complex support arrangements and support the leadership of the service. You will have line management responsibility for a number of support workers to whom you will provide regular support and supervision. You will also be responsible for completing the performance management review process with all the support workers you line manage.

You will have full knowledge of multi-agency working, housing support / care at home systems and extensive knowledge of diversity of service user groups which you will use to establish and maintain respectful and empowering relationships with service users so that they feel valued and supported and in control of their own lives. You will be responsible for carrying out assessments of new service users and for reviewing existing service users on a regular basis.

In your role you will also offer practical, emotional and social support to people in their own homes to assist them to maintain their tenancy. You will need to develop warm and effective relationships with service users supporting them to cope with their lives in a positive and planned 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.

What you will need

  • Willingness to work towards and achieve an appropriate qualification recognised by SSSC
  • Ability to build equal and empowering relationships with colleagues and service users
  • Demonstrate an understanding of working with people to include them and tackle exclusion
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide effective guidance and support to team members
  • Meet the requirements of registration with Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme check
  • Flexible, practical and proactive approach

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 information pack

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.

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Service Delivery Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,099 – £33,785
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st February 2019

The Service

Edinburgh Young Persons' Service comprises two elements - a visiting housing support service and a supported accommodation service (Positive Transitions Project). Both services adopt a psychologically informed approach to support and 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.

Both elements of the service were awarded 6 (excellent) in our two most recent inspections by the Care Inspectorate (2016, 2018).

Visiting Housing Support

The housing support service delivers visiting 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 is provided to access, establish and maintain an appropriate tenancy and can be practical, social or emotional in nature. Once a tenancy is established, support is provided to improve independent living skills, develop & strengthen social and family networks, including identifying and accessing appropriate education/training or employment.

The service works with between 200 and 250 young people each year, with a particular focus on those in temporary accommodation. Support is tailored to meet the needs of individual service users in terms of frequency and content.

Positive Transitions Project

This project is funded by the Big Lottery 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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 are keen to recruit a Service Manager who will join LinkLiving's management team at an exciting point in the organisation's strategic direction.

As Registered Manager you will use your knowledge of social care practice and processes to lead, motivate and develop the Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service, ensuring that objectives and targets are achieved and all statutory regulations and standards met. Your knowledge and experience of the sector will enhance and develop relationships with funders and commissioning bodies.

You will participate in a range of external networks for the benefit of service users, acting as an ambassador for the whole organisation internally and externally, and, with the Head of Services and Development, will negotiate effectively with external funding partners to secure funding for service consolidation and development.

You will manage a complex budget of funding from Health, Local Authority, Scottish Government and others including grant making trusts, and manage a complex and extensive range of stakeholders.

Leading by example, the Service Manager will respond to a review of needs, gaps and best practice, maximise service user involvement and choice, and oversee support services to service users in line with service delivery and regulatory standards requirements. You will also be required to participate in an on-call rota.

What you will need

  • SSSC recognised qualification (e.g.SVQ4 Health & Social Care or equivalent)
  • Proven track record of leading or being part of a management team leading a care / support service.
  • Experience of managing resources and performance effectively with clear objective setting
  • Current knowledge of the social care / housing support sector and issues affecting service users
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with voluntary and statutory agencies

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.

The deal

Link 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 development opportunities. You'll work with colleagues who offer support to ensure our customers' expectations are met. In return, we are looking for applications from people who will contribute to our aims and work to the highest professional standards.

This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. Should you be successful in securing a post with Link it will be expected that you will meet the registration cost.

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Senior Support Worker - Edinburgh Services

  • Full time
  • £20,651 – £24,348
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th February 2019

LinkLiving's Edinburgh Mental Health Service is a visiting housing support service, delivered by teams which work across Edinburgh. As well as enabling people affected by mental health problems to live as independently as possible in their own homes, we engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure the people we work with get the support they need.

Visiting housing support

We deliver visiting housing support to around 180 people in Scotland's capital who experience a variety of mental health problems. Our support includes:

* Engaging with people and professionals who have an interest in their welfare.

* Equipping people with skills and tools to help them manage their mental health

* Creating personal support plans to help the people achieve the outcomes they desire

Recovery-based approach

We work from a recovery-based perspective, which means we enable the people we support to live a good life - as defined by them - with or without symptoms.

We use conversations and plans to help people identify their long-term ambitions and short-terms goals and develop strategies for achieving them.

We recognise the importance of the home as the base from which people can work towards recovery. We provide support in all aspects of maintaining a home, with an emphasis on developing people's skills to look after and sustain their home independently.

The role of communities

We also recognise the role which communities can play in recovery. We connect the people we work with appropriate sources of local support and with networks and organisations which deliver social benefits, including a sense of belonging, community and purpose.

Putting people at the centre

We appreciate that the mental health problems experienced by the people we work with can sometimes have a significant adverse impact on their lives, so we take time to help them to recognise, understand and manage their symptoms.

At all times, our support is flexible, person-centred and responsive to the changing needs of the people we work with.

The Job

An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Support Worker with the Edinburgh Mental Health Service.

As a Senior Support Worker, you will be responsible for supervising a team of Support Workers by providing regular support and supervision. You will also be involved in delivering practical, emotional and social support to service users in their own homes to assist them to maintain their tenancy. You will need to develop warm and effective relationships with service users supporting them to cope with their lives in a positive and planned way so that they can make informed choices and take responsibility for their actions.

You will have full knowledge of multi-agency working, housing support / care at home systems and extensive knowledge of diversity of service user groups which you will use to establish and maintain respectful and empowering relationships with service users so that they feel valued and supported and in control of their own lives. As a senior practitioner, you will work with a range of service user groups including complex and varied key-working issues, co-ordinate complex support arrangements and support the leadership of the service.

Working in partnership

Multi-agency working is an important part of the job. You will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the NHS (in the community and in hospitals), social work and voluntary organisations. By understanding the assistance they offer and maintaining strong links with partner agencies, you will extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.

You will work as part of a team while managing your own workload and being a key worker for some of the people we support. You will take part in regular team meetings and receive regular support and supervision. You will participate in a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance your experience and skills and improve the quality of our service.

Using technology to deliver the best service

You will embrace technology to help deliver the best service we can to the people we support. You will be given a laptop and smart phone to access Carista, our integrated social care management system. You will use Carista to create support plans and risk assessments, record support, monitor outcomes and gather feedback from the people you work with.

Your working hours

Your core days of work will be Monday to Friday, while you will work around one in six weekends. Occasional flexible working will be required, as and when needed, to meet the needs of the people we support and our service.

What you will need

Hold a SSSC recognised qualification such as an SVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care (or equivalent) or be willing to work towards this qualification.

Knowledge of social care and housing issues

Experience of working with vulnerable young people, people with learning difficulties, people with mental health difficulties, people with a history of offending behaviour, people with drug or alcohol issues or people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Ability to support service users in a person centred way

Ability to support and mentor colleagues

A comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria is available on the Job Specification.

For a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification available on our online recruitment portal.

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Support Worker - Edinburgh Young Person's Service

  • Full time
  • £17,063 – £19,579
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th March 2019

The Service

Edinburgh Young Persons' Service comprises two elements - a visiting housing support service and a supported accommodation service (Positive Transitions Project). Both services adopt a psychologically informed approach to support and 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.

Both elements of the service were awarded 6 (excellent) in our two most recent inspections by the Care Inspectorate (2016, 2018).

Visiting Housing Support

The housing support service delivers visiting 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 is provided to access, establish and maintain an appropriate tenancy and can be practical, social or emotional in nature. Once a tenancy is established, support is provided to develop independent living skills & strengthen social and family networks, including identifying and accessing appropriate education/training or employment.

The service works with between 200 and 250 young people each year, with a particular focus on those in temporary accommodation. Support is tailored to meet the needs of individual service users in terms of frequency and content.

Positive Transitions Project

This project is funded by the Big Lottery 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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 Support Workers to join our established team and be part of a new city-wide visiting support service for young people, delivered in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.

The service will work with young people between 16 and 25 who are at risk of becoming homeless, who are homeless or who have recently experienced homelessness to enable them to move to or to keep settled accommodation, develop independent living skills and to engage with employability services. Support will be delivered to young people in a range of accommodation tenures, with a particular focus on working with those in temporary accommodation.

Core hours of support will be Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm but flexible working will be required to meet the needs of individual service users. 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.

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.

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 information pack below on our online recruitment portal

linkhousing.org.uk/who-we-are/work-with-us/current-opportunities

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.

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Team Leader – Better Than Well

  • Full time
  • £20,651 – £24,348
  • West Bridge Mill, Kirkcaldy, Fife
  • Closing 19th February 2019

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. ‘Better than Well’ will support adult survivors of childhood trauma in Fife, particularly those who have found it difficult to engage with other services and will be open to all adult survivors, but there will be an additional effort to engage with survivors who have experienced homelessness.

Working closely with the Service Delivery Manager, the Team Leader will ensure the achievement of high-quality services for people who have experienced childhood trauma to manage any resulting impact and focus on their safety and stabilisation.

The Team Leader will provide day to day management, leadership, support and supervision to a team of staff.

Leading by example, the Team Leader will ensure that objectives and targets are met and the service meets all internal and external standards and reporting requirements.

The Team Leader’s role includes an externally facing remit to develop relationships with other partners and services whilst actively promoting opportunities for the services to work together to deliver improved outcomes for those we provide services for.

The Team Leader will work together with the team and Service Delivery Manager to facilitate training sessions and shared learning events with our range of external partners. The Team Leader will be responsible for ensuring outcomes are recorded and reported in line with funder requirements.

You will need:

- Educated to diploma level (or equivalent) with experience of approaches to self-help techniques and/or CBT approach

- Knowledge of issues affecting people who are excluded and marginalized

- To be able to lead, manage and motivate team through regular planned meeting and support

- Demonstrable experience of using a person-centred approach

- A knowledge of mental health self-help resources and a commitment to their use

- Good communication skills in a variety of situations

- Meet the requirements of registration with Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme check

The deal

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

We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people we work with and are recognised as a leader in responding to and delivering on individual needs.

We provide accommodation, care, employability and support services to over 1000 people each year in Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and North Lanarkshire.

LinkLiving is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprises.

Annual leave and benefits

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.

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Self Help Coach (1.5 positions)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,651 – £24,348
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Closing 19th February 2019

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. ‘Better than Well’ will support adult survivors of childhood trauma in Fife, particularly those who have found it difficult to engage with other services and will be open to all adult survivors, but there will be an additional effort to engage with survivors who have experienced homelessness.

Engaging with a range of community facilities across Fife, The Self Help Coach will support people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, lack of motivation, low mood and stress.

The postholder will provide includes enabling people to recognise, understand and manage their symptoms and support them to take the steps they need to take to maintain good mental health. The Self Help Coach will also introduce people to additional specialist sources of support, encouraging people to develop good personal networks and stronger connections with their community.

Other key responsibilities of the Self Help Coach is to maintain accurate, up-to-date and secure records of the people they support, and to participate in regular clinical and non-clinical support and supervision.

You will need:

- Educated to diploma level (or equivalent) with experience of approaches to self help techniques and/or CBT approach.

- Knowledge of issues affecting people who are excluded and marginalized

- To be able to actively contribute to team working

- A knowledge of mental health self help resources and a commitment to their use

- An ability to building equal and positive relationships with people

- Good communication skills in a variety of situations

- Sensitivity and responsiveness to people’s emotional and social health

- Demonstrable experience of using a person centred approach

- Meet the requirements of registration with Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme check

The deal

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

We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people we work with and are recognised as a leader in responding to and delivering on individual needs.

We provide accommodation, care, employability and support services to over 1000 people each year in Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and North Lanarkshire.

LinkLiving is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprises.

Annual leave and benefits

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.

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Support Worker (Comely Green Service)

  • Part time
  • £17,063 – £19,579 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th March 2019

LinkLiving's Comely Green Health Service is a visiting housing support service, delivered by teams which work across Edinburgh. As well as enabling people affected by mental health problems to live as independently as possible in their own homes, we engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure the people we work with get the support they need.

Visiting housing support

We deliver visiting housing support to around 180 people in Scotland's capital who experience a variety of mental health problems. Our support includes:

* Engaging with people and professionals who have an interest in their welfare.

* Equipping people with skills and tools to help them manage their mental health

* Creating personal support plans to help the people achieve the outcomes they desire

Recovery-based approach

We work from a recovery-based perspective, which means we enable the people we support to live a good life - as defined by them - with or without symptoms.

We use conversations and plans to help people identify their long-term ambitions and short-terms goals and develop strategies for achieving them.

We recognise the importance of the home as the base from which people can work towards recovery. We provide support in all aspects of maintaining a home, with an emphasis on developing people's skills to look after and sustain their home independently.

The role of communities

We also recognise the role which communities can play in recovery. We connect the people we work with appropriate sources of local support and with networks and organisations which deliver social benefits, including a sense of belonging, community and purpose.

Putting people at the centre

We appreciate that the mental health problems experienced by the people we work with can sometimes have a significant adverse impact on their lives, so we take time to help them to recognise, understand and manage their symptoms.

At all times, our support is flexible, person-centred and responsive to the changing needs of the people we work with.

The job

We have an exciting opportunity for ambitious and motivated Support Workers to join our team and improve the lives of people supported by our Edinburgh Mental Health Service.

In this role, you will develop effective relationships with people affected by a range of mental health problems, supporting them to cope in difficult times and working towards recovery and a good life. You will provide emotional, practical and social support to enable people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.

Working in partnership

Multi-agency working is an important part of the job. You will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the NHS (in the community and in hospitals), social work and voluntary organisations. By understanding the assistance they offer and maintaining strong links with partner agencies, you will extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.

You will work as part of a team while managing your own workload and being a key worker for some of the people we support. You will take part in regular team meetings and receive regular support and supervision. You will participate in a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance your experience and skills and improve the quality of our service.

Using technology to deliver the best service

You will embrace technology to help deliver the best service we can to the people we support. You will be given a laptop and smart phone to access Carista, our integrated social care management system. You will use Carista to create support plans and risk assessments, record support, monitor outcomes and gather feedback from the people you work with.

Your working hours

Your will be required to work five evenings per week. Occasional flexible working will be required, as and when needed, to meet the needs of the people we support and our service. You will also be required to work public holidays.

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 scheme.

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

Successful applicants will be required to register with the SSSC within six 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 available on our online recruitment portal.

About us

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

We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people we work with and are recognised as a leader in responding to and delivering on individual needs.

We provide accommodation, care, employability and support services to over 1000 people each year in Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and North Lanarkshire.

LinkLiving is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprises.

Annual leave and benefits

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 Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership.

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