Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC
Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC
Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards sustainable, paid employment by making and selling exquisite chocolates, branded Grace Chocolates changing lives. The women can engage with our services in two ways: on regular production days and as a participant in our Making Positive Changes programme.

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Admin & Finance Officer

  • Part time
  • £21,000 – £23,000 pro-rata
  • Stirling
  • Closing 27th January 2023

The organisation

Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards fulfilling their potential. We use the vehicle of chocolate making, branded as Grace Chocolates changing lives, to help the women become economically independent and grow in self-esteem and confidence. By engaging with Positive Changes the women have the opportunity to gain work experience and improve their CV which will help lower barriers they face when looking for fulfilling employment. Each woman is also encouraged to develop their own Personal Development Plan to help them set goals and aims which is their pathway towards achieving their ambitions. The women are involved in all aspects of the making and selling the chocolates and our customers include: individuals for gifts and treats; weddings; corporate organisations for serving and giving as gifts to their clients; restaurants and event companies to serve to diners; and other Public Sector organisations for gifts and serving to their guests.

We are a growing organisation and are looking for a person who has the flexibility, adaptability and ambition to grow as the organisation thrives.

The role

We are a small team and this role is a pivotal part of the organisation providing support to the rest of the team, including: the women we support; customers for the chocolates; the production team; the service delivery team; and management. No two days will be the same. You will respond to the needs of the day which will vary with the seasons and the courses and programmes we are delivering at the time. You may be booking rooms and arranging travel for the women, ordering stock for production or booking Board meetings and ensuring the relevant paperwork is available online in advance of the next meeting. Experience of online financial systems is a key element of the role; we use Xero. While we use an external payroll provider to process the salaries you will be required to liaise with them to ensure salaries are paid accurately and on time; you will invoice customers and ensure their bills and ours are paid on time; you will reconcile the bank account each month and ensure our spend is accurately allocated to the corresponding pots of funding. On a monthly basis you will produce management information and respond to the needs of the Board and management on an ad hoc basis.

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Mentoring Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £22,500 pro-rata
  • Stirling - with some home working possible.
  • Closing 15th December 2021

Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards sustainable, paid employment by making and selling exquisite chocolates. One hundred percent of our profits are reinvested to support our work and fifty per cent of our workforce is made up of women who have previously accessed our services. Women can engage with our services: on regular production days; as a participant in our Making Positive Changes programme and/or as part of our mentoring programme.

By engaging with us the women have the opportunity to gain work experience, write a Personal Development Plan, improve their CV and gain workplace skills which will help lower barriers they face when looking for fulfilling employment. Each woman is encouraged to develop their own Personal Development Plan to help her set goals and aims which is her pathway towards a permanent job. The women are involved in all aspects of the making and selling the chocolates and our customers include: individuals for gifts and treats; weddings; corporate organisations for serving and giving as gifts to their clients; restaurants and event companies; and other Public Sector organisations for gifts and serving to their guests.

This post is a fixed-term contract for 3 years. The intention is the post will become permanent, subject to funding.

The Role

We want to enhance and expand the mentoring programme we are currently piloting where women with convictions are mentored by volunteers including women with lived experience of the criminal justice system and skilled volunteers keen to share and grow their existing knowledge and skills. The programme supports and encourages women with convictions on their journey to desistence by providing a holistic, wrap around service and providing a fulfilling volunteering experience for volunteer mentors. We want to increase our pool of volunteer mentors to include more people with convictions and attract skilled volunteers who have existing gifts and skills to share which they are keen to develop and grow. We have existing relationships with referral agencies and your role will include strengthen these relationships and providing greater access to volunteers facing barriers to volunteering.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit volunteer mentors
  • Build relationships with potential mentee referrers
  • Adhere to processes and procedures in accordance with the Scottish Mentoring Network Quality Awards standard.
  • Evidence the effectiveness of the mentoring programme demonstrating our social impact
  • Attend regular 1-2-1 support and supervision sessions

Skills and Experience Required:

Essential:

  • Excellent project management skills
  • Well organised with great attention to detail
  • Able to build relationships with all members of the community
  • Excellent IT skills including: Word and Excel, social media and other internet platforms
  • Willing to complete Mentoring Coordinator training with Scottish Mentoring Network

Desirable:

  • Experience of coordinating a volunteer programme
  • Existing relationships with potential referrers

Reporting To: Chief Executive, Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC

Our Team

As a social enterprise we have the chocolate production team in addition to a team of staff and volunteers who help and support women who have touched the criminal justice system. Each team member has clearly defined roles, responsibilities and duties to undertake within and across the organisation. Their collective talent, skills and strengths means that we deliver high-quality products and services to our customers and clients.

We place great value and importance on positive relationships, on our ability to communicate effectively and on our abilities, systems, processes and partnership working to support us in our work. Our aim to set high standards of practice in everything we do.

We are a small, but growing, team who work well together with the primary aim to support the women. Your contribution will be as a valuable member and enhancement of that team. We encourage positive learning using self-reflection to problem solve and learn from our mistakes. As a result, we have a harmonious working environment and it’s a pleasure to come to each day.

The kind of person we are looking for:

  • Is passionate about our ethos, goals and aims of the organisation
  • Highly organised with great attention to detail
  • Is willing to work as a member of the team
  • Is willing to pitch in, has a “can do” attitude and to go the extra mile
  • Is willing to adapt to our positive learning work ethos
  • Has a certain degree of flexibility around working days
  • Is reliable with integrity and passion
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Service Delivery and Development Worker

  • Part time
  • £22,500 – £25,000 pro-rata
  • Stirling
  • Closing 28th March 2022

Are you passionate, enthusiastic and motivated to support women who have touched the criminal justice system? We are looking for the right person to help deliver our services which will support the women as they gain qualifications, work experience, life skills and have the opportunity to raise their self-esteem and confidence while improving their health & wellbeing. You will be part of a team which deliver a suite of programmes which includes: Making Positive Changes, our highly successful training programme; RISE our mentoring programme and our work experience opportunities where the women join us on our regular production days. You are likely to have existing experience and contacts within the employability sector in Scotland and you will have experience of working with women which may include those who have touched the criminal justice system. These services complement each other and provide holistic support which the women can access on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction with the other services as they journey towards the world of work. Liking chocolate is a bonus, what is more important is that you have the knowledge, skills and experience: want to work in a positive learning environment and are empathic with our values and team spirit.

The organisation

Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards sustainable, paid employment by making and selling exquisite chocolates, branded Grace Chocolates changing lives. The women can engage with our services in two ways: on regular production days and as a participant in our Making Positive Changes programme.

By engaging with us the women have the opportunity to gain work experience, write a Personal Development Plan, improve their CV and gain workplace skills which will help lower barriers they face when looking for fulfilling employment. Each woman is encouraged to develop their own Personal Development Plan to help her set goals and aims which is her pathway towards fulfilling work. The women are involved in all aspects of the making and selling the chocolates and our customers include: individuals for gifts and treats; weddings; corporate organisations for serving and giving as gifts to their clients; restaurants and event companies; and other Public Sector organisations for gifts and serving to their guests.

This post is initially funded for 1 year with the intention that it will become a longer-term position. This is not guaranteed and is subject to funding.

The Role

The successful applicant will be a core member of our team with responsibility for providing a range of professional, flexible and responsive services and support to the users of our services contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation as a whole.

Key responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

• Facilitating on our Making Positive Changes programme up to 4 times per year;

• Building relationships with referral organisations, including: Scottish Prison Service, local authority social justice teams and other agencies;

• Building relationships with potential employers to secure work placements and job interviews for the women who use our service;

• Oversee our online health & wellbeing workshops;

• Support women accessing work experience in our production environment;

• Building relationships with colleges and places of further education to best support the women in their application process should they choose further education as a path towards employment; and

• Producing information and data to demonstrate the effectiveness of our work to stakeholders.

A full Job Description is available for download below.

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Service Delivery Worker - Health & Wellbeing Workshops

  • Part time
  • £22,500 – £25,000 pro-rata
  • Stirling
  • Closing 11th July 2022

Are you passionate, enthusiastic and motivated to support women who have touched the criminal justice system? We are looking for the right person to deliver our Health & Wellbeing online workshops to help improve the health & wellbeing of the women we support. Our suite of programmes support the women as they gain qualifications, work experience, life skills and have the opportunity to raise their self-esteem and confidence and our workshops add to the wrap around support we provide. You will be part of a team which deliver a suite of programmes which includes: Making Positive Changes, our highly successful training programme; RISE our mentoring programme and our work experience opportunities where the women join us on our regular production days. You are likely to have existing experience and contacts within this sector in Scotland and you will have experience of working with women which may include those who have touched the criminal justice system. These services complement each other and provide holistic support which the women can access on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction with the other services as they journey towards making positive changes in their lives. Liking chocolate is a bonus, what is more important is that you have the knowledge, skills and experience: want to work in a positive learning environment and are empathic with our values and team spirit.

The organisation

Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards making positive changes in their lives and reaching their potential. We use the vehicle of making and selling exquisite chocolates, branded Grace Chocolates changing lives to engage with the women and generate revenue. 100% of profits are reinvested to support our services.

By engaging with us the women have the opportunity to gain work experience, write a Personal Development Plan, improve their CV and gain workplace skills which will help lower barriers they face when looking for fulfilling employment, which for many is an aspiration. Each woman is encouraged to develop their own Personal Development Plan to help her set goals and aims which is her pathway towards fulfilling work. The women are involved in all aspects of the making and selling the chocolates and our customers include: individuals for gifts and treats; weddings; corporate organisations for serving and giving as gifts to their clients; restaurants and event companies; and other Public Sector organisations for gifts and serving to their guests.

This post is initially funded for 1 year with the intention that it will become a longer-term position. This is not guaranteed and is subject to funding.

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Service Delivery Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,500 – £25,000
  • Based in Stirling, some daytime travel may be required
  • Closing 11th July 2022

Are you passionate, enthusiastic and motivated to support women who have touched the criminal justice system? We are looking for the right person to deliver our services which will support the women as they gain qualifications, work experience, life skills and have the opportunity to raise their self-esteem and confidence. You will be part of a team which deliver a suite of programmes which includes: Making Positive Changes, our highly successful training programme; RISE our mentoring programme and our work experience opportunities where the women join us on our regular production days. You are likely to have existing experience and contacts within this sector in Scotland and you will have experience of working with women which may include those who have touched the criminal justice system. Our services complement each other and provide holistic support which the women can access on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction with the other services as they journey towards making positive changes in their lives and fulfilling their potential. Liking chocolate is a bonus, what is more important is that you have the knowledge, skills and experience: want to work in a positive learning environment and are empathic with our values and team spirit.

The organisation

Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards making positive changes in their lives and reaching their potential. We use the vehicle of making and selling exquisite chocolates, branded Grace Chocolates changing lives to engage with the women and generate revenue. 100% of profits are reinvested to support our services.

By engaging with us the women have the opportunity to gain work experience, write a Personal Development Plan, improve their CV and gain workplace skills which will help lower barriers they face when looking for fulfilling employment, which for many is an aspiration. Each woman is encouraged to develop their own Personal Development Plan to help her set goals and aims which is her pathway towards fulfilling work. The women are involved in all aspects of the making and selling the chocolates and our customers include: individuals for gifts and treats; weddings; corporate organisations for serving and giving as gifts to their clients; restaurants and event companies; and other Public Sector organisations for gifts and serving to their guests.

This post is initially funded for 1 year with the intention that it will become a longer-term position. This is not guaranteed and is subject to funding.

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This vacancy has now closed

Mentoring Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £22,500 pro-rata
  • Office 10, Commerical Centre, STEP, Stirling, FK7 7RP with some home working possible.
  • Closing 15th December 2022

Positive Changes (Scotland) CIC is an organisation which supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards sustainable, paid employment by making and selling exquisite chocolates. One hundred percent of our profits are reinvested to support our work and fifty per cent of our workforce is made up of women who have previously accessed our services. Women can engage with our services: on regular production days; as a participant in our Making Positive Changes programme and/or as part of our mentoring programme.

By engaging with us the women have the opportunity to gain work experience, write a Personal Development Plan, improve their CV and gain workplace skills which will help lower barriers they face when looking for fulfilling employment. Each woman is encouraged to develop their own Personal Development Plan to help her set goals and aims which is her pathway towards a permanent job. The women are involved in all aspects of the making and selling the chocolates and our customers include: individuals for gifts and treats; weddings; corporate organisations for serving and giving as gifts to their clients; restaurants and event companies; and other Public Sector organisations for gifts and serving to their guests.

This post is a fixed-term contract until March 2024 and the intention is the post will be extended, subject to funding.

The Role

The role involves the coordination of the Mentoring programme from all aspects. It was developed from a pilot in 2021 and launched in Spring 2022. The programme supports and encourages women with convictions on their journey to desistence by providing a holistic, wrap around service and providing a fulfilling volunteering experience for volunteer mentors. We want to increase our pool of volunteer mentors to include more people with convictions and attract skilled volunteers who have existing gifts and skills to share which they are keen to develop and grow. We have existing relationships with referral agencies and your role will include strengthening these relationships and providing greater access to volunteers facing barriers to volunteering.

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