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  • LinkLiving - Support Worker

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

    Post: Support Worker 
    Job reference: LLSWFMAR24
    Hours: 37.5 per week (Monday to Friday - Saturday on a rota basis)
    Salary: £22,475 - £23,593 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)


    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 Job

    LinkLiving has six Support Worker positions available:

    • 1x short-term housing support based primarily in North East Fife
    • 1x for short-term housing support based primarily in Central Fife 
    • 2x for short-term housing support based primarily in West Fife
    • 2x for Care at Home based primarily in West Fife 

    One of these roles is reserved for male applicants only. 

    Please indicate in the "match to job requirements" section of the application form which position(s) you're interested in. 

    About You

    Short-term Housing Support is responsible for delivering a housing support service for up to six months to enable people to sustain their tenancy and live as independently as possible in their own homes. It is the Support Worker's responsibility to develop effective relationships with people affected by a range of challenges, support them to cope in difficult times and enable them to live a good life. In doing so, you'll provide emotional, practical and social support to help people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.

    As a Support Worker in this service, you will support and assist service users to achieve outcomes in the following areas:

    • Income maximisation managing/sustaining a tenancy
    • Improved independent living skills
    • Accessing specialist support
    • Reducing isolation
    • Improved mental health and wellbeing
    • Long term care at home

    Support Workers in the Fife Support Service, Long Term Care at Home, are responsible for delivering a visiting care at home service to enable people to live as independently as possible in their own homes (which may include prompting of personal care and medication, where required, and help to enable people to develop practical household skills).

    The post holder will provide emotional support, to assist people to take part in activities that matter to them and help them engage with their community to reduce social isolation. It is the Support Workers responsibility to develop effective relationships with people affected by a range of challenges, support them to cope in difficult times and enable them to live a good life. In doing so, you'll provide emotional, practical and social support to help people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.

    As a Support Worker in this service, you will support and assist service users to maximise their income and benefits. This might involve liaising with other agencies that may be involved with the service user, advocating on their behalf and accessing professional help if required and appropriate. In addition, you will support service users to cope with the responsibilities of a tenancy and help them take responsibility for the safety of themselves and their home. 


    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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