- West Suffolk Council
- Place of work:
- Bury St Edmunds
- Salary details:
- £13.37 - £13.64 ph
- Job term:
- Full or Part Time
- Fixed Term
- Closing date:
- 15 October 2019 01:00 PM
Up to 37 hpw. Most hours will be in the standard working week but there will be some early evenings and some weekend working. Part time and job share applicants will be considered.
Fixed term for 21 months.
Required from December 2019, with a comprehensive training package.
Working with our GPs, West Suffolk Council has secured funding to enhance and expand social prescribing within West Suffolk. Social prescribing is a non-medical model used to increase an individual's wellbeing whilst reducing demand on statutory and health services. By using existing community assets within a local area, we aim to make a positive difference to the lives of those who may be living with low mood, anxiety, social isolation, managing a long-term health condition or who would like to be involved more in their community.
Following on from the success in the pilot project in Haverhill, we are now looking to deliver social prescribing from GP practices through West Suffolk where individual co-ordinators would be responsible for a patch of practices.
You will be expected to manage referrals, assess individual's social and wellbeing needs and then co-produce an action plan. The action plan will be built upon the individual's likes, interests, aspirations and agreed actions.
You will be responsible for introducing individuals to appropriate groups, services, and activities within the community. If an individual feels particularly anxious or unsure of attending new groups, the LifeLink Co-ordinator will introduce them to a carefully selected volunteer 'buddy' who will be able to support their next steps.
You will possess good local knowledge of the voluntary / community sector and will also have the ability to assess good matches between participants, buddies and groups as this is a significant aspect of this role. You will maintain contact with every participant, support their wellbeing journey and encourage positive lifestyle change through coaching techniques. Strong communication and proven active listening skills are essential.
In return, we can offer you our benefits package which includes discounts on supermarkets and high street shops and cashback on holidays, together with a competitive salary and pension scheme. We also have flexible working arrangements, learning and development opportunities and generous annual leave entitlement.
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Suzanne Stevenson, Project Manager on 07970 975051 or Lauren White-Miller, Families and Communities Team Leader on 07946 293561.
View the job pack and complete the online application form on our website: www.westsuffolk.gov.uk
Assessment day: 21 and 22 October 2019.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share these commitments.