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  • LinkLiving - Assistant Project Worker

    Created: 11/04/2024
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies

    Post: Assistant Project Worker (Older Persons' Service)
    Job reference: LLAPWAPR24
    Hours: 37.5 per week, Monday to Friday
    Salary: £23,756 - £24,938 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 in order to live their best possible lives. LinkLiving 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

    LinkLiving's Older Persons' Service addresses loneliness and social isolation amongst older people through volunteer befriending, social cafes, and their Help to Stay at Home service.

    The Job

    The Older Persons' Service promotes social inclusion opportunities for isolated and lonely vulnerable older people by providing one-to-one support in people's own homes. The regular contact that this service will bring will make a real difference to an older person's life. Older people will ideally benefit emotionally through shared interests and experiences with their matched staff member and also through practical assistance, such as help with transport to health services including GP, dentist and hospital appointments, collection of prescription, support to attend appointments, shopping trips and social outings.

    The purpose of the job is to work closely with the project workers and volunteers to support the people who receive services to become engaged and included within their communities.

    About You

    You will have good computer skills and the ability to use technology efficiently to maintain and update records, combined with a knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting older people. The successful candidate will be able to work openly and honestly in a team setting and have an ability to prioritise their own caseload.

    A valid driver's licence and access to a car that can be used daily to travel between services as required is essential for this role.


    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
    • Opportunity to buy and sell holiday
    • Enhanced company sick and family friendly pay
    • Access to paid SVQ qualifications and a wide range of learning and development opportunities
    • 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
    • Access to an electric vehicle leasing scheme
    • 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
    • Annual flu vaccination
    • Access to a savings and borrowing scheme
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Monthly bus pass scheme
    • Season/travel ticket loan

    Click here to read the full list of benefits available to LinkLiving employees.

    This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. Link 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

    Complete an application form on LinkLiving's website. 

    Link can offer suitable 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. 

    Link aim 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. Link'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. 

    Applications will be evaluated as they are received, with candidates meeting the specifications being invited for interview.

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