Community Links Worker

  • Part time
  • £26,814.3 pro-rata
  • Renfrewshire (On site)
  • Closing 17th April 2024


  • Advertised from 3rd April 2024
  • 22.5 hours per week.

Role

Our team in Renfrewshire are recruiting for a Community Links Worker, to join them in providing high quality care to a diverse client group.

As a Community Links Worker, you will be at the forefront of helping people in Renfrewshire to improve their health and wellbeing.

If you are an enthusiastic and creative individual and are passionate about changing people’s lives for the better, we’d love to hear from you.

This position is based in Paisley but travel will be required throughout Renfrewshire. Working hours for this position will be Monday - Wednesday, 22.5 hours per week. Please note, the salary advertised will be pro-rated for the part-time hours.

This a fixed term opportunity until 31/01/2025.

Our Community Link Workers are uniquely placed third sector workers operating within GP Practices in areas of high deprivation, where people are experiencing health inequalities. Through 1:1 support appointments and small group work we help people change their lives for the better. It is all about getting the right support to people at the right time. This role is for you if you really care, are proactive, and are great at making community connections and love working with people to find solutions

Whilst we are not medical staff, we bring a unique skill set and a third sector perspective that complements the work of the multidisciplinary team in the GP Practice. We support people to tackle their health and wellbeing problems and connect with community support services. Common reasons for referral to our service include low level mental health difficulties, problems with housing, poverty, relationships and bereavement.

This is an integral role for WithYou - as a frontline worker, you will deliver continuity of care through effective partnership working, delivery of interventions and key work responsibilities.

REQUIRED SKILLS

You will be a compassionate and motivated individual, with the ability to connect quickly with the people we support, treating them respectfully and with dignity. To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • SVQ level 3 Social Services and Healthcare or SVQ level 3 Community Development
  • Knowledge and experience of working with people who are experiencing complex social and emotional circumstances including mental health difficulties
  • Ability to work in a structured service, to follow a service model and collect information about the impact of the service
  • Extensive effective interpersonal skills in working with people on a 1:1 basis, including the ability to learn and use recognised therapeutic techniques
  • Knowledge about the impact of poverty and health inequalities on health and wellbeing
  • Ability to establish professional relationships with multiple stakeholders; i.e. GP Practice teams, Social Work, Mental Health Services and Money Advice Services
  • Evidence of creating and maintaining community connections and networking abilities
  • Experience of working independently, whilst upholding the policy and procedures of the organisation
  • Ability to organise own workload and appointment system and use time efficiently to deliver a targeted number of appointments

DESIRABLE SKILLS

A full job description will be provided upon request

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Everyone should feel comfortable getting the support they need for issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.

At We Are With You we work with people on their own goals, whether that’s staying safe and healthy, making small changes or stopping an unwanted habit altogether. We give people support in a way that’s right for them either face to face in their local service, community or online.

We provide a free and confidential service without judgement to more than 100,000 people a year.

We use our expertise to improve the help available and raise awareness around drugs, alcohol and mental health so that more people can get support.

We Are With You.

As an organisation, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices and experiences of our staff. We know that representing the communities we serve is key to us meeting our goals of radically improving people's lives. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring and we encourage people from underrepresented communities and backgrounds to apply to join our team, including people with lived experience, people with disabilities, people from racialised communities, LGBTQ+ people and armed forces veterans.

As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, we provide a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates that are veterans and meet all the essential criteria for a role.

With You is also a Disability Confident Employer and we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with a disability and meet all the essential criteria for a role.

If you have a disability, a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or a medical condition which you believe may affect your performance during any aspect of our selection process, we’ll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to perform at your best.

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 2 days paid volunteer leave per year
  • Auto-enrollment into We Are With You’s pension scheme
  • Access to a Blue Light Card - giving you great savings on big high-street and online brands
  • Flexible working opportunities and access to a range of services and resources to support you with your wellbeing
  • We have an excellent Refer a Friend scheme which offers you a £500 bonus for any recommendations, any role! Our scheme allows you to recommend your friends and family to work with us and earn a £500 bonus payment for every successful referral you make. Please note, the Refer a Friend scheme is only applicable if your recommended friend completes their 6 months probation period

Should you be successful in your application, you will be required to provide 3 years' worth of references and where applicable, will need to undergo an enhanced DBS/PVG check.

Application notes

Visit our website to apply.

All applicants need to submit a CV and a covering letter on why you should be considered for this role. Please note that this role may close early should sufficient applications be received, so early application is advised. Please note, the salary advertised will be pro-rated for the part-time hours