We’re Hiring: Social Prescribing Link Worker for Adults

Calls for a chat about the role are welcomed: please tel Polly Theedom, 07732 954 624

Come and join our team of Social Prescribing Link Workers for Adults; they are an incredibly special bunch helping to change peoples’ lives for the positive by helping participants to work out what is important to them and helping to guide them towards this.

You will be welcomed by our supportive and friendly Link Worker team who not only work in surgeries across North Bristol but work connectively with our other health and wellbeing teams and projects such as Fitness Coaching, Community Development, Employment and Training, Greenway Community Learning, Volunteering, Neighbours Connect and CASS.

The many individual talents and personal interests of our Link Workers are highly valued and supported; we have artists, counsellors, gardeners, carers, writers, crafters, bakers, performers, potters and activists amongst us.  All skills bring important aspects to this position of inspiration and we encourage Link Workers to share and set up new groups of interest.

In this exciting role you will have the opportunity to make a real difference, supporting others to reach their full potential.

This role has three main aspects:

  1. To hold a caseload of participants and help to empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing
  2. To work closely with GP practices and other healthcare professionals to address issues that cause or exacerbate health problems
  3. To support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable and to help people start new community groups

Location: Greenway Centre, Bristol BS10 and GP surgeries across North Bristol

Salary: £22,376 – £25,210 per annum (pro rata for part time roles)

Contract type: Maternity Cover (up to 12 months)

Hours: Part-time, 22.5 hours (part of 37 hours FTE)

Holiday: 33 days annual leave (inclusive of Bank Holidays)

Benefits: Occupational pension, free membership to Greenway Gym and fitness classes

Contact: For further information or to arrange an informal chat contact Polly Theedom – email: pollytheedom@southmead.org or telephone 0117 950 3335 and ask for a message to be left with Polly

How to apply: Please email your CV and a Cover Letter (detailing how you meet the job requirements) to: pollytheedom@southmead.org

Deadline: 09:00am – Monday 6th February with interviews held the week beginning Monday 13th February.

About us

We are a charity made up of staff, volunteers and residents who work together to achieve our vision of a thriving community.  We improve health, wellbeing, local pride, and employment.  We bring business and investment to the area.

Our two sites – Greenway Centre and Southmead Adventure Playground, are much-loved local venues that provide inspiring spaces for events, meetings, training and business.  We run or host an exciting programme of events ranging from conferences and sporting events, to creative writing, dancing and pantomimes.

We lead on holistic social prescribing across North/West Bristol, alongside delivering contracts from the Clinical Commissioning Group & Bristol City Council.  We partner with many groups and organisations, influence the future, and deliver world class services.   We are piloting an innovative project with Adult Social Care which seeks to provide an individualised service, whilst saving money, by using our social prescribing and volunteer coordination expertise.  We operate a gym with a range of fitness classes, as well as an exercise-on-referral scheme with health professionals.  We are a founding member of Bristol’s Healthy Living Consortium and we have a number of significant partnerships on the horizon for delivery of Health & Wellbeing services.

Read more in our> Impact Report

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About you

  • You will have experience of working holistically, on a one-to-one basis, with individuals who have poor mental health and wellbeing.
  • You have experience of working from an asset based approach, building on existing community and personal assets.
  • You have exceptional inter-personal skills, with experience of and enthusiasm for supporting people using a preventative approach.
  • You have an understanding of health inequalities/social determinants of health and knowledge of community based interventions that support people to lead healthier and happier lives.
  • You will have excellent IT, organisation, problem solving and project management skills.
  • You will embody our values of: Positivity – Integrity – Excellence – Welcoming – Entrepreneurial


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  • We are committed to building a staff team which represents the diverse community we work in. We encourage and welcome applications from all backgrounds.
  • Southmead Development Trust is a Disability Confident employer.
  • Please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments you’d like us to make when you attend for interview or start work with us.