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Community Link Worker

Royal Voluntary Service
£22000 per annum
Closing date
27 Nov 2020

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Community Link Worker 
Covering four GP practices across Dunbar and East Linton 
£22,000 per annum Plus Benefits including Pension, Employee Assistance Helpline, 25 Days’ Holiday + Bank Holidays 

If you have a background in community learning and development, social work or health, this is an exciting opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact on people in your local community.

Royal Voluntary Service is an innovative charity that focuses on inspiring people to give the gift of voluntary service to support the NHS and older people at home and in the community. We’ve been working across East Lothian for over 35 years, with services currently funded by East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership.

We are now looking for two Community Link Workers to join our team on a full-time and part-time basis. These are 12 month contracts, which have the potential to extend for a further 12 months, subject to funding. 

As a Community Link Worker, you will use a social prescribing approach to provide targeted support to adults facing issues that are impacting their ability to live well. 

Working across four GP practices in Dunbar and East Linton, you will work with patients who are experiencing difficulty due to socio-economic factors, social isolation, ongoing health needs, or other factors relating to health inequalities.

Specifically, you will: 

- Support the set-up and development of the Community Link Worker service 
- Establish pathways into the service 
- Carry out initial 1-1 assessments with patients 
- Help patients to connect with their community and build their strength and resilience 
- Signpost and refer patients to relevant local services
- Ensure that all activities are delivered in line with funding agreements

To join us as a Community Link Worker, you’ll need: 

- At least two years’ experience in community learning and development, social work, health or another related field
- Experience of working in partnership with other local and statutory organisations 
- Caseload management experience
- Good IT skills, including proficiency in MS Word and Excel
- An SVQ Level 3 qualification or equivalent qualifications (such as GCSEs)

A driving licence would be beneficial to your application, as would experience of working in a primary care setting, or a degree level qualification.

This role is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time hours are 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday. Part-time hours are 14 hours per week.

The closing date for applications is the 27th November 2020.

To discuss this role in more detail, please contact Nigel Green at Royal Voluntary Service.

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Other organisations may call this role Social Prescribing Co-ordinator, Social Prescribing Link Worker, Social Prescribing Worker, Project Worker, Community Health Advisor, Health and Wellbeing Coach, Link Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Social Worker, Wellbeing Officer, or Social Prescribing Officer. 


About us

Royal Voluntary Service wants to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age. 

We are one of the largest volunteer organisations in the country. Our 35,000 volunteers help older people stay active, independent and able to continue to contribute to society. They do this by providing practical and emotional help where and when it’s needed. 

Royal Voluntary Service helps in all sorts of ways:

  • We help older people get out of the house for a bite to eat, social occasions or just to see friends
  • We enjoy popping round for a chat as often as is liked
  • We will help with jobs such as doing the shopping and collecting library books
  • We can also do the simple but important things, such as changing a light bulb or fixing a lock
  • We are here to make sure older people are calm and well informed before they have appointments or a stay in hospital, and we’ll check they are ok when they get home
  • We also work on a national level to raise awareness of the issues older people face. We do this through our media campaigns and research, and by lobbying the government for age-related policy improvements.

Be part of an important and growing movement

As a charitable organisation we’ve got big plans for the future. Our aim is to reach two million older people in the next ten years. It’s incredibly important we achieve this as the UK’s older population is growing and needs more support.

Sharing time with older people is enjoyable, rewarding and inspiring for all of us, young and old. By volunteering now you can help today’s generation of older people live and enjoy the kind of old age they deserve.

To support our volunteers we run a full range of fundraising activities that enable them to continue their vital work.

Find Us
02920 739000
Royal Voluntary Service
Beck Court
CF23 8RP
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