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  • LinkLiving - Self Help Coach (Better Than Well)

    Created: 11/01/2024
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies

    Post: Self Help Coach (Better Than Well)
    Hours: 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday
    Contract: Fixed term for one year (this is to cover maternity leave) 
    Salary: £26,211 - £28,759 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
    Location: This post is based at LinkLiving's Kirkcaldy office

    Are you passionate about helping people to live a better life? Do you want to work for a charity where your health and wellbeing matter just as much as the people you support? Do you want to be part of a trauma-informed team where you will be supported to develop creative and flexible ways of working?

    At LinkLiving, their values and people are at the heart of everything they do including how they recruit staff. It is important for them to find people who share their 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), and caring (show kindness and concern for others) LinkLiving is a Scottish health and wellbeing charity that supports people to manage or overcome the effects of negative life experiences (including trauma, mental health challenges, poverty and inequality) so that they can build on their strengths and aspirations in order to live their best possible lives.

    LinkLiving support people through a range of models including: 

    • Personal development and employability programmes 
    • Self-help coaching
    • Supported accommodation
    • Care at home
    • Housing support
    • Befriending
    • Social cafes

    The Service

    The Better than Well service is made up of self help coaches who provide help to people over the age of 16 in Fife who have struggled with trauma and have found it difficult to engage with other services. The Better than Well service is now increasing the staff team as part of a service expansion to increase the service provision in various localities. Further investment in the Better than Well Service has meant they can increase the number of coaches. They will therefore be looking for a further two full-time self help coach positions to work with clients who have experienced childhood trauma.

    The Job

    The purpose of the job is to deliver LinkLiving's supported self-help service, Better than Well, 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 provides up to eight one-to-one supported self-help sessions to adults who have experienced childhood trauma in Fife, particularly those who have found it difficult to engage with other services. The service is available to all adults who have experienced childhood trauma, but there will be an additional effort to engage with people who have also experienced homelessness. Better than Well also provides trauma-informed practice training to frontline professionals both across Link Group of companies and to external partner agencies.

    About You

    LinkLiving is seeking a passionate advocate with a higher education background and a deep understanding of the complex issues facing marginalized communities. You'll thrive in collaboration, contributing with open communication, empathy, and a dedication to building positive relationships. Mental health is your priority, both personally and professionally, with expertise in self-help resources and a commitment to their use.

    You'll naturally apply a person-centered approach, empowering individuals to find their own strength and navigate challenges. Proactive wellbeing management ensures you face any situation with a calm mind and resourceful spirit. Your excellent communication skills adapt to diverse audiences, fostering clear and effective dialogue. A flexible and practical approach, paired with data management skills, makes you a valuable asset.

    A current driving license and reliable car provide the reach to support those in need, wherever they may be. While not essential, experience with self-help techniques like CBT further expands your toolkit. 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 benefits of being a LinkLiving employee (subject to the policies and benefit terms and conditions) include:

    • Competitive salary, reviewed annually, and opportunity for annual performance related salary increases and discretionary non-consolidated pay awards
    • Subject to terms of the scheme 35 days' holiday per year (inclusive of public holidays) pro rata plus additional three days pro rata after three years' service, with an opportunity to buy and sell holiday
    • Temporary enhanced business travel mileage allowance to support employees with increased fuel costs
    • Access to paid SVQ qualifications and a wide range of learning and development opportunities
    • Funded Disclosure Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council memberships
    • Defined contribution pension scheme with generous employer contributions plus salary exchange and additional voluntary contribution options
    • Life assurance scheme providing death in service benefits to named beneficiaries
    • Healthcare cash plan for employees (and dependents) to support health and wellbeing
    • Discounts on shopping, restaurants, and other services
    • Employee assistance programme for employees and their immediate household dependants to support health, mental and financial wellbeing
    • Discounted travel schemes including cycle to work scheme, monthly bus pass scheme and travel ticket loan and much more 

    For a full list of benefits available to employees, please see the following link - 

    This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. Link will meet the cost of any new PVG scheme membership or scheme record update.

    If you have any questions about the role, please e-mail [email protected] and they can arrange for someone from the service to call you for an informal chat.

    To find out more about what LinkLiving do and to view the generous pay and benefits package, please visit their website at 

    If you're thinking about working in adult social care, download the guide to adult social care jobs in Scotland for in-depth information on everything you need to know to get started. In addition, you can enrol on a free, online six week part-time tutor-supported 'Introduction to a Career in Social Care' course. The course introduces the area of social care and can be a stepping stone to employment or further training.

    How to Apply

    Click here to complete an application form. Click on the "Apply online" button. Instructions on how to complete the form are at the top of the page. They can offer suitable alternative methods to apply if requested including although not exclusively; hard copy, Braille and audio. You can request these by e-mailing their resourcing team at [email protected] and detailing which format you would require.

    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. They aim at all times to recruit the person who is most suited to the job and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. LinkLiving's offices are fully accessible to wheelchair users and, as a Disability Confident Leader, they will interview all disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.

    The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 29 January 2024. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 06 February 2024 at LinkLiving's Kirkcaldy office. 

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