Job Vacancy – Befriending Coordinator

Role: Befriending Coordinator

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: £26,975 pro rata (SCP 46), 4% pension contribution 35 days annual leave (pro rata), inclusive of public holidays

Job Overview:

Changes are excited to have secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to set up and deliver ‘Well Connected’ a befriending programme supporting positive mental health and wellbeing. The befriending coordinated will be responsible for all aspects of the project, from designing and launching the service to its implementation and evaluation. The postholder will set up an Advisory Group to ensure the project is driven by the desires and demands of the community. The success of this new project will influence our ability to secure continued funding beyond the initial three years. We expect the postholder to take an active role in year 3 in seeking funding to enable the project to continue in the longer term.

This is a new role, introduced at an exciting time for Changes as we expand our team and increase and develop our service provisions. We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated candidate who is confident working with a high degree of autonomy in getting this new project off the ground and ensuring it’s success.

Changes Equalities statement:

“Changes strive to ensure fair and inclusive services which celebrate and value the diversity of the community of East Lothian. Changes welcome opportunities to improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the organisation and we will continue to review our progress and champion equalities.”

About Changes

Changes believes in positive mental health and wellbeing for everyone. As a charity in East Lothian, Changes is here to help the community achieve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing by providing a wide range of services and activities including 1-1 therapy, support groups and courses, healthy living activities, training, and volunteering opportunities.

Services are free and open to everyone over the age of 16 living, or registered with a GP, in East Lothian. Changes provides support for a wide range of challenges including stress, panic, low mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, worry, depression, and negative thinking. Activities are friendly, welcoming, and inclusive and offer opportunities to meet new people, get active and get involved in the local community.


The job is based in Changes premises in Musselburgh (5 miles from Edinburgh), with a hybrid work pattern to be agreed

How to apply

For an informal chat about the role, contact Kelly Thacker, Project Development Coordinator by calling 0131 653 3977 or by emailing

To apply please submit the attached application and equalities form and return to CVs will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th April 2022 at 12pm.

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