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Development Worker - Early-Stage Dementia Peer Support Network

  • Full time
  • £28,000 – £31,000
  • Angus, Scotland
  • Closing 29th January 2024

  • Advertised from 8th January 2024
  • 3 year contract.


About Us:

Kirrie Connections is a leading charity, dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by dementia. We believe in the power of community and are committed to establishing a supportive network for those in the early stages of dementia in Angus, Scotland.

Job Overview:

We are seeking a motivated and compassionate Development Worker to spearhead the establishment of an early-stage dementia peer support network in Angus. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in fostering a sense of community, providing resources, and creating a supportive environment for individuals and their families affected by early-stage dementia, using self-management techniques. This post will be funded by The Health and Social Care Alliance.

Key Responsibilities

Network Establishment: Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the creation and growth of an early-stage dementia peer support network in Angus.

Community Outreach: Engage with individuals, families, and community organisations to raise awareness about the peer support network and its benefits.

Needs Assessment:Conduct assessments to identify the specific needs and preferences of individuals in the early stages of dementia, ensuring that the support network is tailored to meet these needs.

Resource Development:Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop informational materials, guides, and resources that will aid individuals in managing the challenges associated with early-stage dementia.

Training and Workshops: Organise and facilitate training sessions and workshops for peer support volunteers, equipping them with the necessary skills to provide effective assistance.

Partnership Building: Establish and maintain partnerships with local health organisations, community centres, and other relevant entities to enhance the reach and impact of the support network.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Implement a system for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the peer support network, collecting feedback and making adjustments as necessary.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Social Work, Health, Community Education, or other relevant discipline


  • At least 2 years post-qualifying experience of working within a community development setting
  • Experience of liaison and joint working with other agencies
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of recruiting, training, working with and supporting volunteers


  • Understanding of dementia and its effects on individuals, families, and communities
  • Understanding of essential factors in communicating and working with people with dementia
  • Excellent understanding of the challenges faced by people affected by dementia
  • Excellent understanding of the dementia care pathway for people affected by dementia in Scotland
  • Knowledge of Scotland’s Dementia Strategy and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, including the writing of reports and presenting to a variety of audiences
  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate, working in a person-centred, inclusive and empowering manner
  • Ability to act as a facilitator of training/group sessions
  • Self-starter, able to work on their own initiative
  • Excellent organisational and ICT skills
  • Organised approach to workload, excellent time management skills
  • Warm, friendly, and supportive approach
  • Tolerant and non-judgmental of others


  • Experience working in third-sector and community-based initiatives
  • Knowledge of the Scottish and UK benefits systems and the various benefits relevant to families living with dementia

Note: The above job description is a general outline of the position and may evolve as the project progresses.

Application notes

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and a brief statement outlining their approach to developing a peer support network for individuals in the early stages of dementia in Angus to

Application Deadline: 9am Monday 29th January.

Kirrie Connections is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.