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  • Furniture Plus: Support Worker (The Plus Partnership)

    Created: 27/06/2023, Updated: 28/06/2023
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies

    Organisation: Furniture Plus
    Role: Support Worker (The Plus Partnership)
    Location: Dysart (with outreach work across Levenmouth)

    Contract: Two years
    Salary: £28,000 per annum
    Hours: 37.5 per week

    Closing date: Friday 07 July 2023
    Interview date: Tuesday 18 July 2023 or Wednesday 19 July 2023

    The Plus Partnership brings together Furniture Plus and Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development team to support local households to achieve their potential by providing holistic support, welfare advice, guidance, and practical assistance. This post aims to engage with families and individuals from across the Levenmouth area to increase support and access to household assistance approaches and work collaboratively to build pathways to resilience and stability.

    Furniture Plus is the largest furniture reuse, recycling and repair organisation in Fife and has continued to grow steadily since its inception in December 2001. Its main aim is to combat poverty and social exclusion- especially homelessness- through its core business activity of re-using, recycling, and repairing furniture and other household goods that may otherwise have gone to landfill- benefitting local communities both socially and environmentally- while generating core income to sustain the project. Furniture Plus works throughout Fife, operating from locations in Dysart and Dunfermline.

    This is a new role to promote an integrated response to addressing issues presented by clients accessing Welfare Reform support services in Levenmouth. A key priority is to provide information, advice and advocacy for people to progress into work, maximise income and receive person-centred holistic support. The role will work within the framework of Furniture Plus' charitable aims.

    Skills and Experience

    Supporting households

    • engage, build relationships and provide support to individuals and families in Levenmouth using a variety of approaches including one-to-one support, drop-in, groupwork, telephone and online
    • ensure service delivery is consistent and outcome-focused support is provided to project participants using a case management approach
    • ensure that a collaborative approach is taken to developing and monitoring desired outcomes and support plans with all project participants
    • provide a range of interventions designed to support project participants in gaining increased resilience and stability, including maximising the income of the households involved through welfare support approaches
    • provide holistic support, advice and practical assistance to households involved in the Plus Partnership to alleviate poverty and mitigate the need for crisis interventions as appropriate and agreed with project participants
    • ensure that project participants are supported to find ways to solve problems, live active lives in the community, and achieve agreed outcomes
    • ensure that appropriate referrals for additional and specialist support are made to relevant external agencies for project participants, where this is identified and agreed
    • develop and maintain appropriate working relationships and communication with all statutory partners and other agencies in relation to supporting project participants as well as ongoing service delivery
    • participate in local forums to promote and maintain multi-agency relationships where required
    • support project participants to attend appointments and community activities where required and agreed upon within the support plan
    • provide non-specialist emotional support as required

    Administration and Finance

    • prepare and disseminate service information to ensure effective communication
    • ensuring that the collation and recording of all relevant client information is undertaken and, with the General manager and Assistant Manager, contribute to the relevant analysis and performance information as required
    • ensure that all necessary reports and correspondence are prepared and submitted within the required timescales
    • report results and outcomes back to Fife Council as a partner/funder

    How to apply

    Send a CV and a tailored supporting statement to [email protected].


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