We are recruiting a Kinship Support Project Worker who will become part of a small team offering support to Kinship carers across East Lothian. Kinship carers have a unique role in caring for their children. In this role you will provide emotional and practice support, advocacy and financial advice and signposting, one to one work with children and young people who are supported by our carers.
We are looking for someone who shares out core values (see website) and a passion for advocating the rights of families. In this role you will also developing supporting Kinship peer support groups as part of a small team, and link in with wider Kinship support services and resources.
This is a new role and we welcome someone who has the drive and vision to develop and shape a new small service. If you would like to discuss this further, please refer to our website for contact details.
If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification we want to hear from you.
This is a part time, fixed term role of 28 hours per week until 01 April 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.
Reporting to: Board of Trustees
Management reports: 3 members of staff and over 30 regular volunteers
Budget responsibility: Accountable for operational budgets and financial management
Offer of employment contingent on Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland
We are looking for a candidate with the ambition, experience and passion to help us grow our services while ensuring we deliver a ‘gold standard’ crisis food service to those that need it, when they need it, during the most challenging of times.
You will play a critical role in ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of our essential local services during very challenging times and in the face of increasing demand. You will have the skills and experience to develop and build a strong team of staff, volunteers and external partners committed to ensuring no one in need in East Lothian goes without food. Working with the Board of Trustees, you will ensure delivery of our strategic aims, including creative measures to help those experiencing food poverty and deprivation in East Lothian by supporting and encouraging self-help and support schemes, mobilising voluntary and community resources and accessing new sources of funding which can extend the reach, scope and scale of operation of the organisation.
Further priorities will include securing income from fundraising and grant income for our core crisis service and developing and resourcing ‘more than food’ projects and taking a strategic lead in helping shape local responses to the root causes of food poverty across East Lothian.
Experience of being accountable for or manager of a front line service would be an advantage.
There may always be a need for our crisis food service, but we believe with the right management we are well placed as an organisation to increase delivery of a range of services and projects to a scale that can have an impact on reducing demand for crisis food interventions and on the issues that contribute to food poverty and insecurity in East Lothian.