This exciting new role of Children and Families Worker is based at St Columba’s Hillhead Church of Scotland. St Columba’s Hillhead is an active, warm and friendly church located over two sites in East Kirkintilloch. Our vision is “to know Him and make Him known”.
We are looking for someone who is creative, enthusiastic, adaptable and who is passionate about following Jesus. You should be able to develop initiatives and be able to work independently, be a keen team player and have experience of working with volunteers.
You will help our work with children and families develop and grow, build on relationships in the community as well as with local schools and other churches. You should have recent experience of church-based children’s work (paid or voluntary) and have vision to work with children and their families who do not currently have connections with church.
For this post it is an Occupational Requirement (Equality Act - part 1, schedule 9), that the post-holder is a committed Christian.
Whilst this post is advertised as a full-time appointment, we would consider a part-time appointment of 0.6wte or more.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead our Regional Family Support Team to ensure the delivery of high-quality support to people with family members resident in HMP Barlinnie, HMP Shotts, HMP Low Moss and HMP Kilmarnock, HMP Dumfries, HMP Greenock, HMP Addiewell or those living across the West of Scotland who may have family members in prison elsewhere in Scotland.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Starting salary: £35,655 FTE (band £35,655 - £38,683)
Probation period: 6 months
25 flexible leave days plus 10 public holidays
Hybrid working (negotiable)
4% matched contribution workplace pension scheme
Laptop and mobile phone for all staff
Our Regional Manager will:
• Lead a team of staff and social work students to provide 1:1, family work in family homes, community venues, prison, and/or prison visitor centres
• Liaise and contribute to key local and community forums such as Community Planning Partnerships, Third Sector Interface meetings, or Local Authority partners’ meetings
• Create and develop a range of support services to meet the local need across the East of Scotland.
It is important that our Regional Family Support Manager is:
• Experienced in leading others
• Passionate about developing high quality family support practice
• Trauma-informed and rights-focused in all they do
• Skilled in building strong, effective relationships with staff, local and regional partners, and stakeholders
• Skilled in creating support to meet the most challenging issues that impact families affected by imprisonment
• Confident, resilient, and respectful when dealing with challenging situations.
If you are an experienced professional with managerial experience in social work, community work, family support, or other appropriate experiences and are passionate about making a difference for families impacted by imprisonment, then we want to hear from you.
Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support families affected by imprisonment. Imprisonment can often have a huge impact on the things that matter most to families: money and secure housing, safe and connected relationships at home and in the community, and the emotional health and wellbeing of families. Families Outside is dedicated to providing a range of practical, social, and emotional support to people with someone in prison that are relationship-based, prison-aware, and family-focused.
Ceartas is an independent professional advocacy service which works with all people aged 16 and over in East Dunbartonshire.
The post holder will work to develop awareness of independent advocacy; services and supports for people affected by dementia in East Dunbartonshire through the provision of individual and group support utilising a peer support model.
East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid’s Children and Young People team provide vital support to children dealing with the trauma of domestic abuse and leaving their home. They ensure that children and young people are given a service which is driven by them and meets their needs.
This post provides support to children and young people living in our refuge accommodation and when they move from refuge into more permanent accommodation. You will work closely with partner organisations, promoting the service and raising awareness.
This is a temporary position as a result of maternity leave and is for a period of 9 months with the possibility of an extension. This contract will be for 30 hours per week, although we will consider fewer hours for the right candidate.
Whilst the main office base is in Bishopbriggs, the post holder may be required to travel throughout East Dunbartonshire therefore a degree of flexibility is essential.
Candidates should have an understanding of, and commitment to, the feminist analysis of domestic abuse (or a willingness to learn), experience of interagency working and be willing to work as part of a collective where all staff share management responsibilities.
At least two years’ experience in supporting vulnerable children and young people exposed to trauma is required. Applicants must hold a recognised relevant qualification at a minimum of SVQ Level 3 (alternatively, an equivalent in child care qualifications will be considered).
Posts are subject to a successful PVG scheme check, suitable references and completion of a satisfactory 6-month induction period.