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Welcome to the home of careers at Rowan Alba. This is where you can find everything you need to know about how you can progress your career and life by working for us. 

What makes Rowan Alba a different kind of employer?

At Rowan Alba we understand that we all have different journeys. We believe that people change and no one should be written off without being given another chance. 

Why is this important when it comes to our staff?

Because we believe in people and value their lived experiences we foster a culture of personal development and peer support. Many of our staff began as volunteers or service users and as their skills grew they took on paid roles. Rowan Alba has a structured framework for career development, which is as supportive of our employees as our tenants. By joining us you will have opportunities to grow professionally and personally, whilst doing life-changing work.

Current Opportunities

Rowan Alba offers a challenging, yet supportive working environment within a friendly and forward thinking charity. Below you will find all the exciting new opportunities that we have to offer. 

Thorntree Street - x2 Support Worker

Salary: £23,844.91 per annum

Job Type: Full time. 35 hours per week

Contract type: Permanent

Info: 28 days annual leave plus 4 public holidays and contributory pension scheme

Location: Edinburgh

Closing Date: 17th July 2024. (We reserve the right to close the advert early if a suitable candidate is found.)

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Support Worker who is passionate about supporting individuals. We are looking for a dedicated and committed individual, who has gained experience within a social care setting. worked with people who are alcohol dependent, have complex (often homelessness related) health needs and are prone to challenging behaviour and episodic poor physical and mental health.

As a Support Worker you will be responsible for ensuring that a high-quality person-centered support service is delivered, provide positive, practical, and emotional support to the residents that promotes choice and encourages personal responsibility, and be an effective Team Player in a challenging environment and establish and maintain efficient professional relationships with a range of external services.

You must possess or be willing to work towards a suitable qualification in line with the SSSC Regulatory Requirements.

For more information, please download the job description by clicking here.

If you are interested in the post, please complete the application form (click here to download), and return it as a word document to Jamie Beaton at hradmin@rowanalba.org or by post to 1 Lochrin Square, 92-98 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA.

Application Notes:

Please note, CV’s will not be accepted. Please complete the application form and return it to hradmin@rowanalba.org

The successful candidates will be subject to a PVG and reference check.

Please note: We are unable to provide VISA sponsorship.

Birken Tree House - Twilight Support Worker

Join Our Team at Birken Tree House

Rowan Alba, a leader in providing safe housing solutions to the homeless, is excited to announce opportunities at our new development, Birken Tree House in Edinburgh. Birken Tree House is a service exclusively available to homeless women. We are seeking a compassionate and dedicated Twilight Support Worker to support homeless women on their path to stability and independence. 

We believe in empowering our clients to make their own choices and encourage them to live as independently as they can. If you share our values and want to make a positive impact, then we warmly invite you to apply for the position of Twilight Support Worker with Rowan Alba in Edinburgh. 

We are now actively searching for a Twilight Support Worker to join our team at Birken Tree House in Edinburgh. We have a part-time, permanent position available at a charitable organisation that is committed to helping those in Scotland experiencing, or at risk of homelessness. 

As a Twilight Support Worker, you will be working with women who may have complex health needs, including those related to homelessness, as well as individuals struggling with addiction and challenging behaviours. 

About the Role: 

  • Location: Edinburgh, Birken Tree House 
  • Salary: £13,625.66 per annum 
  • Hours: 20 hours per week, permanent. Hours will be between 5 – 9 pm. 
  • Benefits: 28 days annual leave, 4 public holidays, and contributory pension scheme 


  • Support women with complex health needs, addiction issues, and challenging behaviours. 
  • Ensure a supportive and secure atmosphere overnight. 
  • Empower clients towards independent living. 


  • Female applicants only, due to Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9, Equality Act 2010). 
  • Willingness to obtain qualifications per the Scottish Social Services Council Regulatory Requirements. 
  • Subject to PVG and reference checks. 
  • Please note: We are unable to provide VISA sponsorship. 

Application Process: 

  • Download and complete the application form [please click here], then submit it via email to Jamie Beaton at hradmin@rowanalba.org, or by post to: 1 Lochrin Square, 92-98 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA, FAO Jamie Beaton. 

Application Deadline: 17th July, 2024. We encourage early applications as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early. 

Join us and make a positive impact in the lives of women striving for a better future. For informal inquiries, please contact Jamie Beaton at hradmin@rowanalba.org. 

Residential Services - Locum Support Worker

We are looking for flexible, dynamic individuals to join our friendly organisation as Locum Support Workers at our residential services in Edinburgh.

As a Locum Support Worker you will provide housing-related support services to a wide range of individuals. Your role will be to provide tailored support to help address the individual needs of the client to maximise their independence. You will be a self-motivated, solution focused and a forward thinker. You will need to work well, both individually and as part of a team.

If you think you can do a remarkable job for us, then we’d love to hear from you – please contact us on hradmin@rowanalba.org for more information.

CARDS - Locum Support Worker

Community Alcohol Related Damage service (CARDS)  

Locum Worker – General  

Hourly Rate : £12.00 + 12.07% holiday pay on top of actual hours worked 

Job Type: Locum, flexible.  

Contract type:  Standard Locum Agreement – This is not a contract of employment 

Location: Edinburgh 

Open Recruitment  


We provide community befriending and supported accommodation to Edinburgh’s most marginalised homeless or isolated people.  The outreach service CARDS works specifically with people who have experience of alcohol harm, past or present and the overall aim of the service is to match individuals with volunteers.  


Key objectives of the service are: 

  1. To engage with individual’s identified by the CARDS team and establish a relationship with the overall aim of preparing the individual to receive a weekly visit from a volunteer.  
  2. Explain the CARDS service and support them to make a decision based on information around the values of the organisation and our approach.   
  3. Facilitate a match with a volunteer and supporting the match through double visits and guiding both through the process to a point of safe lone working.  
  4. Assist clients with their individual goals and aspirations and link with mainstream services that can support them to remain well. 
  5. Provide focussed crisis intervention support to clients to access the support they require or the signposting that is relevant.  
  6. Be the first point of contact for the volunteers working with individuals on your case load. 
  7. Take part in team meetings once a week for direction, support and feedback. 
  8. Self-manage your diary to accommodate travel, sessions, admin, teamwork and communications. 
  9. Communicate with CARDS Staff and with updates on client related work.  
  10. Progress specific tasks with individuals delegated by the CARDS team such as, obtaining bus passes, getting out in the community, liaising with agencies, and communicating on behalf of the client to access services.  
  11. Take part in meetings with the CARDS team as appropriate. 
  12. Support with individual projects aimed at improving the effectiveness of the CARDS service and the wellbeing of the CARDS individual clients and the wider CARDS community.  

For more information, click here to download the job description & person specification.

If you are interested in the post and would like to apply, please complete the application form (click here to download) and email to Jamie Beaton on HRAdmin@rowanalba.org 

Please note, CVs will not be accepted. 

If you have any questions regarding the post, please contact Tracey on 07715082427 or phone us on 0131 229 7554. The successful candidate will be subject to a PVG and reference check. 

The role is designed to be flexible around your commitments and not dictated by Rowan Alba.

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