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  • LinkLiving - Team Leader

    Created: 11/03/2024
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies

    Post: Team Leader
    Job reference: LLTLFMAR24
    Hours: 37.5 per week (Monday-Friday, 9.00-5.00)
    Salary: £31,207 - £34,283 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
    Location: 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? LinkLiving's 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 to live their best possible lives. They 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 Fife Visiting Support Services work with people in their own homes, sheltered housing, and temporary accommodation in the community throughout Fife to help them live independently.

    The Job

    The purpose of the job is to provide leadership, support and supervision to a team of support workers whilst ensuring that objectives and targets are achieved, the service to individuals is coordinated, and that appropriate policies and local procedures are in place. The Team Leader is the first-line manager and is responsible for ensuring the service is of high quality and meets all internal and external standards and reporting requirements.

    The Team Leader will combine a thorough knowledge of social care practice and processes with first-class leadership, staff support and development skills. Working closely with the Service Manager, the Team Leader will use their extensive knowledge and experience to ensure the delivery of high-quality, person-centred services to people they support. They will also be expected to establish and develop effective working relationships with partner agencies and to actively promote opportunities for partnership working to deliver improved outcomes for the people who LinkLiving support.

    About You

    You will have a general good standard of education and an SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 9 PLUS SVQ Care Services Leadership and Management SCQF Level 10 or the ability to gain these qualifications within the required timescales. You will be able to demonstrate experience in coordinating complex support arrangements combined with knowledge of social care and housing issues, welfare rights, benefits, procedures, and entitlements.

    The successful candidate will have knowledge of issues affecting people who are excluded and marginalised, along with experience in leading and managing a team and carrying out support and supervision, combined with strong skills in mentoring less experienced colleagues and proven experience in contributing to the development of colleagues. You will have a sense of judgement and the ability to make decisions and be responsible for them, with a flexible, practical and reliable approach.

    You will be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays. Due to the geographical area covered, access to a car and a full driving licence are also essential. 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 above.


    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
    • Access to paid SVQ qualifications and a wide range of learning and development opportunities and 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 plus 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 - 

    Successful applicants will be required to register with SSSC within six months of their start date. This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. LinkLiving 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.

    LinkLiving offer alternative methods to apply if requested including, but not limited to, hard copy, Braille and audio. You can request these by e-mailing [email protected] and detailing which format you 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.

    LinkLiving 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 their 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 Sunday 24 March 2024. Interviews will take place on Thursday 04 April 2024 at their Kirkcaldy office. 

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