Post: Carers Support Worker, Perth & Kinross

Hours: Part Time – 21 hours per week. Flexible working options will be considered.

Location: Home working until Covid restrictions are eased, then based in Perth.

Contract: Fixed Term contract - January to December 2021 (Extension possible depending on available funding)

Salary: £12,801 per annum (£21,336 full time equivalent)

Grade: Level 4

Reporting to: Steve Urquhart, Area Manager Tayside and Fife

Interview date: 17th December 2020

Closing date: Midday 8th December 2020

About the Role

Are you committed to supporting carers of people living with a mental illness? We are looking for a new Carer Support Worker for Perth and Kinross who is skilled in building relationships, providing support and who is empathic with excellent communication skills.

You will provide information, guidance and support to carers on a one to one, group or drop-in bases. Support in Mind Scotland knows that carers of people with a mental health problem face very specific and challenging problems that arise from caring for someone being treated under the Mental Health Act. You will therefore take a rights-based approach to the work. You should also have relevant lived or professional experience of mental health.

Carers may be relatives or friends of people living with a serious mental illness. You will work with partners across the Perth & Kinross community to ensure the needs of carers are met. Part of the role will be to identify and then support hidden carers who may be feeling stigmatised, isolated and struggling to cope.

The Carers Support Worker will also be involved in helping to develop and run carer-led training and education events, produce newsletters and regular updates, and ensure that national developments and news are disseminated to carers across Perth & Kinross.

Working alongside colleagues, this role is an opportunity to support an increasing number of carers through the very challenging time of the pandemic. 

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate should be interested in people, with excellent social skills and a good sense of humour!

They should be educated to SVQ 3 level or have lived or work experience in mental health. They should have a sound theory base of social care interventions including risk assessment and have a good understanding of the law relating to carers and carers’ rights.

The successful candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme. A full driving license and access to a vehicle is highly beneficial to this role.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and the charity and are a “Happy to Talk Flexible” employer. The post is for 21 hours a week, working days will be discussed and agreed with the Area Manager and can be adjusted for the suitable candidate.

For an informal discussion, please contact:

  • Sandra Young, Carers Support Worker Mob: 07342 038181 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am - 1pm)
  • Sheila Mackay, Carers Support Worker Mob: 07920 490534 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays mornings)
  • Or email Steve Urquhart, Area Manager Tayside and Fife at [email protected]

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!

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.

Find out more about Who We Are and What We Do on our Website at supportinmindscotland.org.uk and on Social Media

How to Apply?

We have adjusted our recruitment process, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will conduct interviews via video call.

Please email your completed application pack to [email protected] by midday on the 8th December 2020. With: Recruitment – Confidential Carers Support Worker, Perth & Kinross in your email subject line.

Interviews will be held via video call software. If you are shortlisted to interview, we will provide you with guidance on how to access the interview.

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, so please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.

Application Pack

Job Description

Conditions of Service

Application Form

Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form

About Us

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.

Support In Mind Scotland is the operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC088179. Charity Number SC 013649.