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  • Collydean Community Centre - Community Companion

    Created: 09/07/2019

    Post: Community Companion

    Hours: 5 per week

    Salary: £9.00 per hour

    Collydean Community Centre has been successful in securing an award from Henry Duncan Grants. The Centre will now be able to offer “trained & trusted” staff to reach out and engage with vulnerable children, young people and adults within the Collydean area. The Community Companion will offer support and friendship when they engage with the Centre. Initially, time will be spent in the community café for hot snacks or just a tea or coffee and hopefully help them engage, when they feel confident, in an activity of their choice. Focus of the grant being on health & well-being and fun and friendship.

    Applications are invited from people who have knowledge and experience in working with children, young people and adults with mental health issues and the elderly and infirm who may feel isolated in their own homes. Can work in partnership with other mental health practitioners. Have the ability to engage effectively and positively with young and old people in their own community and develop strong and trusting relationships, as well as contributing towards their care plan and helping them make positive life choices.

    Essential Function/Responsibilities:

    • Be patient and understand that the Companion relationship is a process that takes work and time;
    • Enthusiasm, effort, interest and reliability;
    • Prepared to work hard, conscientiously and always responsible;
    • Support, encourage and motivate children, young people and adults on an ongoing basis and at times with individual attention, with a longer-term aim to integrate those potentially isolated into larger activity groups;
    • Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with vulnerable persons and their families;
    • Attend on-going training when needed or requested to do so;
    • Complete evaluation surveys as requested by Centre Manager.

    Although no formal qualifications are necessary, a SVQ2 or SVQ3 in Health & Social Care would be desirable.

    The post holder should be non-judgemental and be viewed by children, young people and adults, as a positive caring role model and influence in their lives. Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland.

    To lodge an interest, please e-mail [email protected] or telephone 01592 742 913 or 07926 503 923.

    Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 19 July 2019.

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