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Support in Mind Scotland - Carers Support Worker
Created: 26/05/2021, Updated: 27/05/2021
Post: Carer Support Worker, Fife Salary: £21,336 per annum pro rata Hours: Between 18 and 35 hours per week Location: Home working until restrictions are eased, then office based in Methil, Fife. (Flexible working options will be considered) Contract: Fixed Term ending May 2022. Support in Mind Scotland is seeking applications for either Part-time or Full-time (Extension is possible if continuous funding is secured) Reporting to: Service Manager
Are you committed to supporting carers of people living with a mental illness? Support in Mind Scotland is looking for a Carer Support Worker for Fife who is empathic, skilled in building relationships and providing support to provide information, guidance and support to carers on a one-to-one, group or drop-in basis.
Support in Mind Scotland knows that carers of people with a mental health problem face very specific and challenging problems that arise from caring for someone being treated under the Mental Health Act. You will therefore take a rights-based approach to the work. You should also have relevant lived or professional experience of mental health. Carers may be relatives or friends of people living with a serious mental illness. You will work with partners across the Fife community to ensure the needs of carers are met. Part of the role will be to identify and then support hidden carers who may be feeling stigmatised, isolated and struggling to cope.
The Carers Support Worker will also be involved in helping to develop and run carer-led training and education events, produce newsletters and regular updates, and ensure that national developments and news are disseminated to carers across Fife. Working alongside colleagues, this role is an opportunity to support an increasing number of carers through the very challenging time of the pandemic.
The ideal candidate should be interested in people, with well-developed communication and social skills and a good sense of humour! Educated to SVQ 3 level or have lived or work experience in mental health, they should have a sound theory base of social care interventions including risk assessment and have a good understanding of the law relating to carers and carers' rights. The successful candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme. A full driving license and access to a vehicle is highly beneficial to this role. Support in Mind Scotland is committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and the charity and is a "Happy to Talk Flexible" employer.
Support in Mind Scotland provides support throughout Scotland and offers a range of services to people directly affected by a mental health issue and to those who care for them, whether family, friend or supporter. It is committed to delivering services shaped by the lived experienced of people affected by mental health.