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A positive approach to mental health

Posted on 10 Oct 2021


A positive approach to mental health

Lothlorien is a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems, situated in a quiet rural setting in South West Scotland. It has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone.

The community consists of 8 residents with mental health problems and 5 voluntary co-workers, living in the main house and a further 5 people living in the move-on house, Roan Lodge, which opened in April 2003. The 4 staff, known as the Core Group, come in on weekdays. The community has 17 acres of land, including vegetable gardens, woodland and pasture land. The main house has wheelchair access and a disabled toilet on the ground floor.

Staff Vacancies at Lothlorien

Due to the restrictions imposed by covid and the complications of a long lockdown where it is hard to recruit staff, Lothlorien is now looking for a Support Co-ordinator, an experienced Administrator, as well as a motivated Deputy Manager to be part of the Lothlorien Therapeutic Community team.

Part of the work of the Deputy Manager will be to promote a sensitive and empowering environment which provides a high standard of care to the people we support, meeting individual needs and ensuring everyone is treated with respect and dignity, as well as protecting their rights to privacy. They will also be expected to ensure each resident is supported and has opportunities with regards to independence, choice and involvement through regular person-centred, trauma-informed planning, meetings and reviews.

If you are interested, please visit the Lothlorien website to download the job descriptions and application forms.