Job Title: Independent Living Advisor (South)
Region: Home Based, South Region (Kent, Sussex, and Surrey)
Contract: Fixed term contract to April 2023, Full Time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £25,813 - £26,550 per annum
At the Royal British Legion, we believe in building on potential. As an Independent Living Advisor, covering the South East (Kent, Sussex and Surrey) your ability to provide advice, support and advocacy for beneficiaries could have a real impact on people’s lives.
At its heart, RBL is a people organisation. People who want to do the very best for others, while at the same time making the most of the opportunities and experiences we offer them.
We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 210,000 members, 50,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.
As an Independent Living Advisor, you will be responsible for will manage a caseload, providing person-centred advice, guidance and support, across a range of areas, including Direct Payments, Personal Budgets, Individual Budgets, Disability Advocacy, Personal Health Budgets, Disabled Facilities Grants, available Equipment and Minor Adaptations. You will also prepare and present cases to the appropriate statutory bodies and social care/health panels.
To be successful in this role you will have a clean driving license and access to your own vehicle, as well as being located within the region.
If successful, the main duties of your role will be:
- Provide a comprehensive community-based independent living advice service to beneficiaries who are experiencing difficulties with day-to-day living, mobility and self-care (or those caring for someone in this situation), advising on the suitable options available to them through statutory, charitable and private sources through a mixture of face-to-face, telephone and email interactions.
- Conduct assessment of clients, using input from Occupational Therapists and other professionals as necessary, to establish their eligibility for health and social care services in their area.
- Providing a person-centred support service within a designated territory to include home visits, outreach activities in local communities
- Identify, research and source the services that are required to achieve the desired outcomes and contribute to the maintenance of an up to date resource directory of service provision within the locality
- Maintain detailed case records in accordance with Legion policies and procedures for the purpose of continuity of casework, information retrieval, statistical monitoring and report preparation, using the IT software provided.
- Prepare support and present cases to the appropriate statutory bodies, tribunals and courts and social care/health panels, as appropriate.
- To prepare and deliver training, workshops and seminars on independent living issues for a range of audiences including beneficiaries and Advisors
You will have a good understanding of the current UK Social Care system and of advocacy work and experience working with older people, carers and people with disabilities.
Please note this role will be home based with travel required to RBL offices and/or throughout the region. This role is also subject to onboarding checks, including an Enhanced DBS.
About the Royal British Legion – Careers in Advice and Welfare
Across the country, in every city and on every street, the RBL is there to support our Armed Forces community.
Every day, everyone in our Advice and Welfare teams dedicate themselves to bettering the lives of those in this community.
Be it a conversation about financial support, physical and mental wellbeing, employment, housing, independent living or social support – working in these teams means the time you’d spend with those who need our help, and the advice you’d offer, could have a profound effect on their lives.
It's this mission, this scale, this challenge and the values we all live by, that makes the RBL such a fulfilling place to thrive.
We also want those who need our support to be able to get it when they need it, and from those best placed to give it. Which is why we’ve invested in multi-channel support services.
So, if you want to give your days meaning. To put your passion into a role with real impact. To support people and be supported yourself. In an inclusive team that faces every challenge together. Whatever your interests and ambitions, we think you’ll find a role here that works for you, with career opportunities right across the UK.
We believe that the compassion, understanding, and service we show each and every individual should be reflected in the way we all support, respect, and include every individual who works with us. We want everyone involved in our work or receiving our services, to feel proud to contribute to or be part of a diverse and inclusive organisation.
We recognise that we still have a long way to go to ensure that we make the RBL a truly great and inclusive organisation to work for and be part of so we have set out our commitments to provide a clear path to deliver this ambition. We will keep listening, learning, and sharing our progress and impact.
How to Apply
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Closing date for this role is: Sunday 19th June 2022
We reserve the right to close this vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are advised to complete and submit your application form as soon as possible.
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