We’re looking for a dynamic, values-driven individual to develop and lead our volunteer home support service in east and central Scotland. This an exciting opportunity to be involved in the growth of a new and innovative service for the families of children with life-shortening conditions. Home support involves volunteers visiting families in their homes to provide practical and sibling support. Volunteers help out at home, giving parents time to be parents and to focus on their families as well as having some valuable time to themselves.
“Our volunteer, Susie, comes to our house regularly – and for me it’s the small things that she does that mean so much. The (volunteer home support) service really adds to my son’s quality of life. It has really removed some of the stress and guilt that I have felt in not always being able to be there” (A Mum who is supported by the service).
Based at Rachel House hospice in Kinross, you’ll be responsible for scaling up the existing pilot and managing around 20 matches. If you have experience of service development and volunteer management and are excited by the prospect of improving the quality of life for families supporting a child with a life-shortening condition, we’d love to hear from you.
For an informal discussion about this post please contact Jill Cook, Voluntary Services Manager on 01577 866 061.
Can you advise families on Self-directed Support and other Welfare Benefits?
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS, cares for children with life-shortening conditions and their families. We operate through our two hospices, our network of staff in the community and hospitals, and our CHAS at Home service in every part of Scotland.
Caring for a very ill child can bring with it unexpected financial responsibilities which can lead to poverty and hardship. These include increased care costs and the possibility of a parent giving up work to become a fulltime carer.
Three children die every week in Scotland from an incurable condition. Our doctors, nurses, chaplains and social workers support as many of those families as we can. We aim to reach every family in Scotland and have an amazing opportunity for you to join our team and develop a new service to help families who may be experiencing money concerns.
As our Family Income Maximisation Officer, you will:
· work with our team of social workers to develop a specialist money support service for families
· provide intensive 1-to-1 support for families
· with our volunteering team, grow a small pool of volunteers to help even more families.
This is an excellent chance to use and grow your skills and experience in:
· providing advice to people who need it
· undertaking complex casework about benefits and money
· developing and motivating volunteers who want to do similar.
Good at working with people, you will already have specialist knowledge and experience in welfare rights or money advice, and strong knowledge of the benefits system. If you are determined to make an impact for children and families, we want to hear from you.
CHAS offers an excellent package which includes access to the NHS or local government pension scheme, and comprehensive work/life balance policies. We anticipate this first role being based in East Central Scotland (we have offices in Kinross or Edinburgh, or you could work from home).
However for exceptional candidates we would be willing to discuss operating this service in another part of Scotland. The post is offered for 2 years initially but may be extended as this service develops.
To be part of the future of CHAS, click 'Apply' at the top of this screen and complete our online application form.
This post is subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children in care? Seamab is a unique charity, committed to transforming the lives of children. We help some of the most vulnerable children in Scotland. Our work gives children back their childhood, making sure they feel safe loved and happy.
We are looking for candidates with a range of skills, who are passionate about working with children and who will contribute to:
Essential requirements for the role:
Benefits of working for Seamab:
Scripture Union Scotland is a registered charity that aims to help all of Scotland’s children and young people explore the significance of Jesus Christ for their lives.
We have vacancies for Trainee Instructors based at both of our activity centres in Scotland. Lendrick Muir is set in 120 acres with accommodation for 150 guests.
Both centres regularly host school groups participating in residential experiences and youth groups enjoying weekend breaks. We offer a range of outdoor activities to our guests, and use outdoor classroom concepts with schools. The centre supports SU Scotland’s strategy – facilitating residential events that help and enable young people in Scotland to explore the Christian faith.Classroom Outdoorsis our highly regarded programme of school ‘residential experiences’ and we are well placed to build on this and further develop the range of activities that we offer.
As a Trainee Instructor you will be working as part of the programme team and be trained to lead activity sessions for our guests and to help maintain the activity equipment and infrastructure, in time taking responsibility for an area. During school residential experiences you will be involved in all aspects of caring for our guests, including some evening work.
Applicants for this post should have a desire to work with young people and have a demonstrated interest in outdoor activities. They should have some previous experience of working with young people. Registration with a National Governing Body (NGB) award training scheme and a full UK Driving Licence would also be beneficial, but not essential.
To gain the most from this post, applicants should be willing to commit to 2 years, during which time we will support them in developing their instructional and group work skills and by working towards NGB awards – climbing and trail cycling are often the first choice.
For this post, it is important that you are committed to SU Scotland’s ethos, working principles and vision and are able to demonstrate this through your commitment and motivation. It is also an Occupational Requirement (Equality Act - part 1, schedule 9), that the post-holder is a committed Christian.
The successful applicant will be required to become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Scheme and the appointment will be subject to a satisfactory PVG Scheme Disclosure.