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Grantfield, Lerwick, ZE1 0NT
£12.32 - £15.17 per hour
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Full Time & Part Time

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Supported Living & Outreach (SLO) is a registered Housing Support and Care at Home service that sits within the Adult Services department of Community Health and Social Care Directorate. The service follows guidance from the Scottish Government’s Keys to Life Strategy, Health and Social Care Standards (My Support, My Life) and Fairer Scotland Action Plan; with a focus on promoting choice and control and independent living through a healthy life, active citizenship, and inclusion. The service is registered with Care Inspectorate and staff are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and adhere to codes of practice and registration requirements.

In addition to learning and physical disability and/or complex need, individuals we support may have, emotional and social needs with associated behavioural challenges, requiring compassionate support to understand, prepare for and manage independent living. We support individual with many different physical and learning disabilities, some knowledge in the following health conditions would be advantageous:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Visual Impairment
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia

The service delivers a local provision of supported tenancies and outreach support for people who have learning disabilities and complex needs. At the core of our service is the belief in inclusion and relationships that enable meaningful connections to family, friends and the wider community. The fundamental outcome of the service is to promote independent living, meet needs and work together to enable a life of choices, opportunities and participation. This work is very rewarding.

The purpose of the role is to provide person centred care, individualised support, skills building and whole life learning to people with a range of needs using assets based approaches. The role can be very physically and emotionally demanding and a high level of personal resilience and strength is essential to support users of the service.

Activities may include:

  • Moving & assisting, intimate care, and other tasks associated with personal care,
  • Social skills education, budgeting and all activities involved in successful daily living and citizenship,
  • Outdoor and indoor activities that promote a healthy lifestyle,
  • Risk assessment, support planning and risk enablement that encourage positive behaviour support.

A set of core strength based approaches, practice and values would be essential in supporting the people who use the service including: Passion, drive, commitment, unconditional positive regard, trust, patience, resilience, innovative thinking and understanding.

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

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Additional Information

This vacancy is being advertised as a Career Graded post, which is a career development opportunity. This means that the Council is committed to supporting the successful candidate to obtain the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to become fully competent in the role. Please see the Career Grade document attached to this advert that outlines the entry level requirements for the job and the expected career progression route.  The successful candidate will be supported to become fully competent in the role and progress through the career grade. Where there is a requirement to achieve a qualification, this will be fully funded by the Council.

  • The grade of this post is F/G/H
  • This post is career graded - your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.1732 per hour
  • Various Permanent Full Time & Part Time posts for 22-37 hours per week, 52.18 weeks per year 
  • Please note some of these posts are subject to Female Only staff.
  • Preferred candidates will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update prior to a formal offer of employment being made
  • The successful candidate will have to complete registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) within 6 months of the agreed start date
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at Supported Living & Outreach, Grantfield, Lerwick.

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  Diane Colvin, Senior Social Care Worker, Telephone on 01595 744484 or email

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here

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