Post: Carers Support Worker

Location: Based in the Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Salary: £22,616.16 Pro rata, Grade: Level 4

Hours: Part time, 23 hours per week (Happy to Talk Flexible Working)

Contract: Fixed Term contract provisionally till March 2023 (Possible extension subject to continuous funding)

Interview date: Friday 2 September

Closing date: Midday, Friday 19 August

About the Role:

Are you interested in joining an award-winning Scottish charity, which supports people whose lives are affected by mental health issues?

Support in Mind Scotland provides support throughout Scotland, and offers a range of services to people directly affected by a mental health issue and to those who care for them, whether family, friend or supporter.

We are committed to delivering services shaped by the lived experienced of people affected by mental health. We believe in a holistic approach to providing support and aim to empower our service user to make the best use of what help and support is available to them.

Our Carers Support Service in Edinburgh is looking for someone with a passion for supporting carers and family members of people living with mental illness, who is looking to use their skills and experience in Health and Social care to make a positive impact on Carers and their caring role.

In this Carers Support role, you will be responsible for empowering carers by encouraging and enabling them to focus on their own health and wellbeing. You will do this by working with them on plans and strategies to manage their lives and cope with their caring role.

The expected outcomes for Carers include:

  • Carers are able to access the services they need to continue in their caring role
  • Carers are able to access planned short breaks when they need them
  • Carers have maintained or improved their level of health and well-being
  • Carers receive the information and advice they need when they need it
  • Carers feel supported in their caring role
  • Carers are actively involved in the planning and delivery of the service they receive

You will provide emotional and practical support, help to raise carers awareness of their rights and of support packages available to them, signpost and refer them to various agencies, charities and services that they need.

You will facilitate a safe and appropriate space for peer support and empower carers by giving them access to information relevant to them. This can be through online groups as well as building-based spaces.

Who are we looking for?

You will be empathic, a good listener and possess a clear understanding of the issues faced by carers. Knowledge of specific legal issues faced by carers of people living with mental illness is highly desirable.

You will be comfortable working in a team or lone working with carers to meet their needs, and be confident using Microsoft packages, such as Teams, Spreadsheets and online communication platforms such as Zoom.

A good working knowledge of mental ill health is essential, as well as the ability to provide one-to-one support and facilitate group support.

Why join us?

This is a great opportunity to join a thriving charity and help shape its future. In return for your work, passion and dedication, we offer scope for development, a benefit package including 37 days’ holiday, enhanced sick pay, season ticket loan, regular support & supervision and access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities that benefit the individual and the charity and are a “Happy to Talk Flexible” employer: The post is for 23 hours per week; we would consider flexible ways of spreading these hours across the week for the suitable candidate.

If you are passionate about enabling Support in Mind Scotland to deliver a valuable service to the Scottish community and feel your profile matches this role’s criteria, then we want to hear from you!

How to Apply?

Follow the link below to complete your application on Breathe HR:

Please submit your completed application pack by midday the 19th of August 2022.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the relevant section within the application pack to inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated. Please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.