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1. Social Prescribing Link Worker   

We are working with the Richmond General Practice Alliance (RGPA) and our local Primary Care Networks to deliver and further develop Social Prescribing in Richmond. Social Prescribing is part of the NHS Long-Term plan and enables GPs and other health care professionals to refer patients to a link worker who can work with the individual to connect them with services and activities in their local community.

This post empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving them time to focus on ‘what matters to me’.

We are now recruiting for talented, dedicated individuals to join our outstanding team of 16 and help develop the service further.
We are looking for people from any previous walk of life with experience of working with individuals to work with and advocate for them in gaining access to the support they need.

We are particularly interested in individuals who have experience of supporting clients with long term mental health conditions or those involved in end-of-life care.

In this role you will:

  • Work with individuals and their carers on a one-to-one basis to plan for their needs and find the support and activities desired;
  • Engage with community organisations and specialist services that provide that support to ease the path for your clients;
  • Work closely with Primary Care Networks, GPs, health care professionals, and other wellbeing services in Richmond to find the need and locate the support;
  • You will have responsibility for managing a caseload and dealing with referrals;
  • Your role involves working with people who might be experiencing complex issues, so you will need outstanding listening and communication skills, empathy and enthusiasm.

You’ll need excellent IT and organisational skills, be adept at seeking out the information for relevant community services and have a tenacity to help people achieve sustainable improvements in their wellbeing.

To Apply

Ruils recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We actively encourage applications from disabled people and parents of children/young people with additional needs.

We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme in that we will guarantee an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post. Please state in a cover letter if you wish us to consider you for this guaranteed interview scheme.

Read the full JD and person spec here. Please send your CV with a cover letter (no more than 2 sides A4) stating how you meet the requirements for this position to us at viv@bettertalent.co.uk.

 

2. FriendBee Befriender  

Friendbee is a SEND Befriending Service that matches young people with a paid Befriender to help them access social and leisure activities. We currently support young people up to the age of 25 that have a Special Education Need or Disability (SEND) that impacts their social life, who also live in the London Borough of Richmond or Royal Borough of Kingston.

Our Befrienders are recruited, trained, vetted and employed by Ruils to make finding the right support easier for families. Our service is designed to make long-term and sustainable matches between families and Befrienders. While we help coordinate matches and manage the employment of Befrienders, parents work directly with Befrienders to establish a schedule for sessions.

This is supplemental and part-time work that should accompany another job or studies. We cannot guarantee set hours, although most Befrienders work 2-4 hours per week on average. Minimum rate per hour is the London Living Wage - £10.85. 

To be eligible for this position you must:

  • Live or work within London Borough of Richmond or Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames 
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have experience working with children in either a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Be able to commit to the Befriending role for minimum of 1 year

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will be set up individually. For more information and to apply visit www.friendbee.co.uk 

 

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