New Connections Project Worker

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Are you interested in joining an award-winning Scottish charity whose aim is to provide support to people affected by poor mental health or wellbeing? We have an exciting opportunity to join our New Connections team. It is a full time post with job share/ flexible hours considered.

Job Purpose:

The New Connections Project Worker will play a key role in ensuring the smooth running, development, and continued success of New Connections.

About the Role:

As the project worker, you will be part of a dynamic and creative team of staff and volunteers. You will receive a broad range of training and mentorship opportunities to help you begin or develop your career. You will learn about the principles of peer support and be responsible for creating peer support groups and events.

About Lochaber Hope:

Lochaber Hope is a leading local mental health charity, which since 2005 has been providing unique, person-centred, and holistic support. We are open to the whole community and support those who are experiencing vulnerable or crisis periods in their lives. Our services include confidential counselling and mentor provision, employability support, activity and peer support groups and events, The Workshop Studios, and New Connections. We believe that people have within themselves the ability to reach their own potential. The people we work with are at the heart of what we do, and by creating connections and support around individual needs, we believe we are creating a route for people to achieve their aspirations. We are a ‘Fair Work’ employer, providing training, supervision, and flexible working arrangements.

The main duties and responsibilities of the Project Worker are:

  • To effectively support the day-to-day running of New Connections.
  • To develop and support services and facilities in accordance with the aims of Lochaber Hope and the New Connections project.
  • To develop and support projects, including Bright Minds, The Workshop Studios, Autism Support Groups, and a Drug and Alcohol Addiction Support Service.
  • To work alongside New Connections and Lochaber Hope staff, volunteers, and other service facilitators.
  • To promote the use of New Connections by maintaining and developing the social media pages and website.
  • Positively represent New Connections at networking and inter-organisational working opportunities.
  • To support the set-up, running, and clearing of open days, social events, meetings, and community engagement events as required.
  • Support the development of New Connections by encouraging signing-in, collating group attendance, and reporting attendance and feedback.
  • To develop and maintain constructive working relationships with user groups, volunteers, and local partners.
  • To ensure that the building is suitably maintained through day-to-day activities, reporting any repairs, cleaning, or facilities required.
  • Adhere to and update health & safety, risk assessment, and building compliance documentation and reporting as needed.
  • To stand in for management to cover annual leave when required; few additional duties should be required, but keyholding responsibilities may be involved.
  • Undertake additional duties as necessary in relation to the work of New Connections.
  • Be able to work some evenings and weekends - working hours can be discussed with the manager to ensure the space is continuously staffed and to suit your schedule. 
Requirements

Skills and Abilities:

Required:

  • A professional attitude and approach to the operations of New Connections.
  • A strong commitment to community-based services.
  • Excellent communication skills—both written and verbal.
  • Warm and welcoming customer service skills.
  • Good teamwork skills with the ability to work collaboratively.
  • The ability to prioritize and self-manage work and demands.
  • The confidence to approach and support volunteers and centre users.
  • General computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, Canva Design Suite, and social media (training can be provided).

Desired:

  • A creative mind with the ability to think outside the box when it comes to event planning, advertising, and supporting sustainability.
  • A willingness to support centre users in times of need; training will be provided but a helpful and caring disposition will be a great starting point.
  • A can-do attitude and readiness to learn; ongoing training will be provided to enable you to work with a wide variety of people and help tackle social issues in the centre—the project worker will need to be open to this training and to immersing themselves in the centre and support we can provide.
  • Personal experience or an understanding of Autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders and/or lived experience of alcohol or drug addiction and recovery would be a particular advantage to anyone applying for this role. Candidates should show a willingness to complete training on the same.

Organisational Benefits:

Working within a team of positive and motivated staff who are passionate about the work they do in the community.

Access to training opportunities.

Company Pension (opt out).

Generous holiday allowance of 34 days leave per year.

Starting Salary - £21,840 (Pro Rata) Full-time 35 hours per week.

To apply, please email your CV and a personal statement cover letter to Juliette.garrett@lochaberhope.org.uk before Friday, 5th of July 2024.

 

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