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Mental Health (Link Worker)

  • Part time
  • £24,478 – £26,272 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th September 2022

  • Advertised from 12th September 2022
  • £9,791 two days a week Wed, Fri. 14 Hours a week
  • Pension employee contribution minimum 5% and employer contribution 5%


Street Fit Scotland (SFS) provides health, fitness and well-being programmes for groups/individuals who are affected by or experiencing homelessness, including those experiencing addiction or who are affected by alcohol, drugs, and other dependencies.

We offer and deliver a variety of physical fitness sessions focusing on improving mental and physical well-being; reducing social isolation and loneliness; encouraging people back into mainstream society.

We are looking for a motivated, committed, enthusiastic, organised, and passionate person to join our team.

The post is for a part-time experienced link worker (Mental Health) 14 hours a week.

Purpose of job

  • Provide 1-1 and group support to SFS participants with mental health support needs
  • Develop outreach and multi-agency working to increase the reach of our organisation
  • Develop support resources and innovative approaches to working

Role and responsibilities

  • Deliver emotional and practical support to participants, managing caseloads effectively
  • Manage SFS referrals and deliver group-work induction sessions for new referrals
  • Accompany participants to SFS sessions to engage in sessions (where spaces allow you can also participate)
  • Make referrals and support people to access other relevant services and partner agencies
  • Carry out continuous evaluation of services
  • Attend partnership meetings and other service development opportunities
  • Attend support and supervision and team meetings

Person Specification



  • Build positive and equitable relationships with people
  • Effective team/group-work
  • Good personal computer skills and the ability to use technology
  • Good timekeeping, diary, and record management
  • Take initiative and make decisions relating to your work
  • Good communication skills- written and oral


  • Full clean driver’s licence
  • Lived experience



  • Understanding of the issues affecting participants at SFS
  • Understanding of safe practice in supporting people with their mental health and coping mechanisms
  • Familiar with Street Fit Scotland and our approach to supporting people
  • Understanding of Child and Adult protection processes and how to recognise and action concerns



  • Working with vulnerable people, e.g., people who are experiencing or affected by homelessness
  • Working with people with complex needs, e.g., drug and alcohol dependencies, mental health, trauma
  • Supporting people to develop independent living skills
  • Developing and utilising evaluation tools that help continuously improve the quality of service provided



  • Empathy: listen to and understand people's personal needs and circumstances
  • Integrity: treat everyone at SFS with dignity, respect, and kindness
  • Openness: take a non-judgemental approach
  • Inclusion: committed to anti-discriminatory practice and building inclusive, safe environments
  • Awareness: recognise boundaries to protect both you as a practitioner and the service users you support

This post involves regulated work with children and/or protected adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from appropriately qualified people with diverse perspectives, ways of thinking, and lived experience. We value and celebrate difference, including diversity of age, ability, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, religion/belief, and sexual orientation.

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