Vacancy - Development Worker – Care Co-operatives Project / Homeshare Scheme



Post: Development Worker – Care Co-operatives Project / Homeshare Scheme

Hours: 35  hours per week initially one year contract

SJC Salary Scale 30 - 34: £26,895 - £30,186

Plus contribution to pension




To support the design, development and implementation of the Co-operatives project which supports people with learning difficulties and their families to have extraordinary and valued lives through the establishment of Care Co-operatives. To engage people in EDG’s recently launched Homeshare Scheme. To promote choice and inclusion and through personal practice demonstrate the values and principles upon which EGD is based.

Guiding values and principles in practice

The work of the Edinburgh Development Group is underpinned by the values inherent of the concepts of inclusion and the rights of the individual.  We aspire to demonstrate in all our interactions both within and out with the organisation, fairness, honesty and our deep belief that everyone should be able to explore their potential and find value in their contribution.


EDG expects every, member of staff to be conversant with the Code of Practice.  Development staff are expected to demonstrate practice that is aware of and sensitive to the use of power in all work related relationships.  They are required to take part in ongoing management of their performance through regular support and to contribute to the learning ethos of the organisation. They will demonstrate proactive development of practice that addresses prejudicial and oppressive behaviour.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Provide people with learning difficulties and their families with the opportunities to get involved in establishing Care Co-operatives.
  1. To promote and encourage co-production in the development of the
Co-operatives, addressing the issues that affect the lives of each person within the co-operative and the collective concerns of the membership of each co-operative.

  1. To market EDG’s Homeshare Scheme and support people to get involved as Householders and Homesharers.
  1. To promote inclusion within community.
  1. To use a person centred approach in working with people with learning difficulties and their families.
  1. To work with people with learning difficulties, EDG staff and other organisations e.g. partners and ‘critical friends’ to develop the co-operatives and e.g. householders (Carers and people with learning difficulties) and Homesharers (students)

  1. To contribute to the evaluation of the project including providing information to the external evaluator and facilitating Co-operative members’ participation.

Main Tasks

1.    To support the delivery of the care co-operative and Homeshare Scheme.

2.    To support people to use person centred planning tools and make information useful for them.


3.    To work directly with individuals and families to ensure that they stay in control and get the most out of their involvement with the project.

4.    To work collaboratively and communicate with other organisations to ensure that they understand and support the establishment of the care co-operatives.

5.    To work as a member of a team within EDG to facilitate its growth and development.

6.    To design and produce information for the project e.g. leaflets etc in accessible formats for people with learning difficulties, and their families.


The post requires an understanding of the variety of needs and presentation s of people with learning disability and their Carers. An understanding of the communication and information needs of people with learning difficulties.  The post holder will be able to use technology imaginatively and to the best advantage to make information accessible and will be able to support groups and individuals to be heard within the care Co-operative programme.  A key feature is the ability to include people with learning difficulties in this collaborative work and to ensure that it is relevant and values led.



The post is accountable to the Board of Directors through the Chief Executive who will provide regular supervision and support.

Personal development

EDG has a policy of staff personal and professional development, which encourages staff to realise personal potential and to grow and learn as a professional.

Please go to the Goodmoves website to download job details, application etc.

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