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Fife Carers Centre - Carer Support Worker
Post: Carer Support Worker
Hours: 35 per week
Salary: Equivalent to SJC AP4 Salary Scale Spinal SCP 27-30
Job purpose: Providing a sensitive, person centred support service for carers in Fife, via telephone contact, visits to the Carers Centre and outreach work. To develop the work of the Carers Centre by building up networks and good working relationships with other agency representatives. To assist carers in presenting their views to the appropriate planning authorities and decision makers.
Core tasks include:
Working independently with carers The Carer Support Worker is responsible for. Assessing the needs of carers in order to identify services and supports required. Assisting carers maintain their physical and mental wellbeing by:
Providing carers with a comprehensive information service to enable them to make informed choices about their own emotional, physical and economic wellbeing;
Giving individual and/or group support to carers in order that they know how to access services they require to enable them to continue in their caring role;
Assisting carers to develop self advocacy, and where necessary, advocate on the carers behalf;
Providing carers with a benefit check, and assist with benefit applications, including form filling where necessary in order to maximise income;
Providing a listening ear for carers;
Identifying and making appropriate referrals to other support services and agencies;
Helping raise monies to benefit individuals, allowing them to purchase services or goods that are not provided through mainstream funding.
The Carer Support Worker will also be expected to undertake administrative duties relating to the post, and to carry out minor and non-recurring duties as arise from time to time, and to help cover Carer Centre duties as part of a team.