Aberlour
Aberlour

Charity registered in Scotland SC007991

Scotland's children's charity

 


Current vacancies

Top job! Assistant Directors

  • Full time
  • £55,357 – £58,752
  • Base – negotiable
  • Closing 17th May 2021

We are truly ambitious for the young people of Scotland – are you?

If you share our ambition, working for Aberlour could be the most rewarding experience of your life

Aberlour is one of the largest Children’s Charities in Scotland. Over the last year we have continued to grow in size and strength opening four new services and expanded the reach of a further five. We have two new services opening in May and a further eight in discussion. We have never been busier and need the support of professionals who share our ambitions to develop quality services to reach even more children and families.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. We have just developed our latest strategy ‘Being Brave for children, young people and families’ setting our ambitions and targets over the next five years. We are continuing to embracing new possibilities around digitalisation which we believe can enhance and support service development and advance our plans to develop the organisation.

The opportunities

We have a vacant post supporting our disability services across Fife and Lothian - residential, respite, outreach and our new housing support service.

Due to growth, we are looking for an additional Assistant Director to support services across Tayside. These cover a wide range of sectors including disability home support, residential child care and community based family support.

We may also have a further opportunity for an additional Assistant Director within Central Scotland.

The person

If you are a progressive, motivated professional who knows what it takes to develop new innovative solutions that support young people and the commissioners of services, alongside ensuring sustainability and safeguarding as priorities for all your services, we’d love to hear from you.

You will provide leadership and external management, identify opportunities for growth and work with our business development team to secure income streams to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Applicants should have management level experience within the public, private or voluntary sector with direct experience of both management of services and liaison with local government, NHS or alternative funding commissioners. You will also be driven to influence local and national strategy, policy and practice to the benefit of vulnerable people.

The successful post holder will hold a relevant professional social care or social work qualification at SCQF level 9 or above plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above. They will also have a broad current knowledge of Scottish social policy and child care legislation.

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Family Worker- Disability (2 Posts)

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Options Fife- Outreach
  • Closing 14th May 2021

Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with a learning disability and or Autism?

We have an exciting opportunity for 2 family focused, warm friendly, resourceful and empathetic individuals to join our newly extended Disability Service as Family Workers.

At Options Fife we have been providing person centred services to children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism for over 25yrs. Our new family support workers will enhance the existing provision offered, enabling whole family support for children and families with complex learning needs.

As a Family Support Worker, you will offer emotional and direct practical help to families experiencing short- or long-term challenges. You will work with families, identifying areas where support is required, working with them to co-produce a family support plan which will be individually tailored to their child’s and family’s needs. You will agree outcomes and personal goals within the child’s plan

The role of the family worker will be diverse and wide ranging and will include the following:

· Promote and develop healthy routines, including sleep.

· Provide practical support with personal care.

· Support the development of play routines.

· Support parents to address difficulties and reduce risks

· Build upon parents existing knowledge and Equip them with enabling strategies and tools.

· Support families to have positive and rewarding relationships.

· Support families to implement structure, identify triggers and understand the function and purpose of their child’s behaviour. And reduce challenges from escalating.

· Along with families, Liaise and work with partners and colleagues from Social Work, Health and Education to assess, review and evaluate progress.

You will have experience of supporting children and families with a learning disability and Autism. You will have up-to -date knowledge of best practice and supporting tools and interventions.

Working hours will be 37.5 per week across 7 days between the hours of 7am and 10pm. The days and hours worked will be agreed with families within the family support plan. There may also occasionally be a need to provide additional supports out with these times and to be able to respond to crisis and family stress.

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Assistant Service Manager

  • Part time
  • £30,458 pro-rata
  • Options Lothian
  • Closing 14th May 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for children and young people to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Mondays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community/daycare or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

We are looking for an Assistant Manager to work between Fridays and Mondays – this time will be split into direct work with our young people as part of our residential rota, also providing the occasional sleep over or night awake shift, and to offer managerial support to the staff during the weekends.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Young People’s Worker, Disability (2 x part time posts)

  • Part time
  • from £23,965 pro-rata
  • Options Residential Fife, based in Dunfermline
  • Closing 17th May 2021

Our Options Residential Fife service is a full-time, residential care home offering long-term residential care for children and young people with complex learning and physical disabilities. We provide quality living for those children and young people who can no longer live at home.

We are looking for 2 part time Young People’s Workers, each working 24.5 hours per week, to become part of our family. One post is offered on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave (until the end of March 2022), and the other is a permanent contract.

At Aberlour we feel that every child has the right to flourish and is at the heart of everything we do. As a Young People’s Worker, you will play a fundamental role in ensuring that our young people are working towards their goals. Not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. You will provide enabling support to ensure the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care to support our young people with different daily activities. These activities can include college, different hobbies and attending fun groups - each of our young people has a developed plan that helps them achieve their goals.

You will become part of a highly skilled and experienced team and will have a supported induction programme, with access to an extensive training programme which includes CALM training, Child Protection and Fire Safety.

This service operates a residential rota and as part of this, you will be expected to work evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

If you would like an informal conversation about this role please contact Helen Finnie, Service Manager, on 01383 724834.

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Young People’s Workers - Options Fife

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Fife
  • Closing 17th May 2021

Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes and Options Fife- Housing Support

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife- Housing Support - Our new Options Fife- Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes- Our new Options Fife (Residential)- Glenrothes will be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

As a Young People’s worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families. Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25- 30 hours per week) or relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

· competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,

· excellent annual leave entitlement

· access to our group pension scheme

· access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Relief Family Worker - Aberlour Options Dundee

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Aberlour Options Dundee
  • Closing 1st June 2021

Do you share our vision?

Do you want to work in an organisation that really cares for the young people we work with?

We are looking to build our relief pool of Family Workers within our Options Dundee Service. We work in partnership with the families to offer tailored packages of support to help support families to stay together. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community.

The families we work with find our service invaluable- “I don't know what I'd do without them. I trust them, my child trusts them - we both feel safe when they're in the house…They've changed my and my child’s life.”

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Weekend and evening workers required to support the service needs. Availability should be specified on your application and will be discussed at interview. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

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Service Administrator (Dumfries)

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 19th May 2021

Aberlour delivers a number of services supporting children, young people and their families across the Dumfries and Galloway area.

We help parents and children who are struggling to cope. The families we work with may be affected by a range of issues, which could include drug and alcohol use in the family. We work with whole families as well as children on their own and will work with children from birth.

We are looking for an experienced administrator to support the service with general and financial administrative tasks, for 15 hours per week, worked flexibly during office hours.

You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Residential Workers (Sycamore Services Tayside)

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Sycamore Services Tayside – Red Squirrel
  • Closing 3rd June 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. One of our young people in the house would really like someone who is active and likes playing swing ball. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

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Residential Workers (Nights) Sycamore Services Tayside

  • Full time
  • £23,965
  • Sycamore Services Tayside – Red Squirrel
  • Closing 3rd June 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Working nights, you will play a crucial role, providing security to the young people if any of them are unable to sleep or become unsettled during the night. This can be particularly difficult for the young people and your ability to adopt a calm and comforting approach is a key skill to help them through these difficult experiences.

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

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Assistant Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,458
  • Options Moray - Elgin
  • Closing 25th March 2021

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable children with complex disabilities to be all they can be?

Are you ready to take a step into a management role?

Do you have knowledge and experience that can enable you to support development of our team?

If so, this could be the perfect role for you.

Options Moray has a strong reputation for delivering effective person-centred long term, shared care and short break services to children and young people with complex physical and learning disabilities. Our team provides a nurturing, safe, stimulating and trusted environment for the children we support, giving their families peace of mind while their child is in our care.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Service Manager who will work as part of the management team to support delivery of excellent services and contribute to the continuing development of the service.

Our service is registered for up to 7 young people to stay per 24 hours. With 2 single occupancy flats on site and 5 available bedrooms, for short breaks, most of our stays are on a planned basis. We also work with families to build person-centred Care at Home packages.

We take pride in delivering high quality services going above and beyond basic compliance. You will assist the Service Manager in making sure that quality measures are put in place and that organisational and external requirements are met, including from local authorities, the Care Inspectorate and also Health and Safety legislation.

You will play a key role in modelling excellent practice and supporting the team to develop and deliver best practice, providing advice and professional supervision to members of the team as required.

This is a challenging and stimulating role where the ability to build positive communication relationships and support staff to do so is crucial. We are therefore looking to recruit someone who can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Aberlour’s values of Respect, acting in a way that shows we care about one another’s feelings; Integrity, doing the right thing even when no-one else is watching; Innovative, finding new, efficient ways of doing things; and Challenging, questioning ourselves and others rather than simply accepting the status quo.

There is an expectation that you will work 20% of your weekly hours offering direct support to the children and young people as part of our residential rota, this can include evenings, weekends and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake the occasional sleep over.

If you are ready to take on this exciting and rewarding role, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like further information on the Service we provide please do not hesitate to contact Sheena Main, Service Manager on 07815832395

A relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 (e.g. SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) or above is essential together with a practice qualification in the management category and the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate significant experience of working with young people in a residential setting.

This post requires you to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council and undergo PVG checks prior to taking up the role.

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Relief Young People’s Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Aberlour Options Lothian, Prestonpans
  • Closing 19th March 2021

We are looking to build our relief pool of Young People’s Workers within our Options Lothian Service. We offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Sundays every week.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Availability should be specified on your application form. We need candidates to work the weekends, especially Sundays from 8am – 5pm. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

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Young Peoples Worker Disability

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,728
  • Options Aberdeen
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

Short Breaks and Care at Home services

Aberlour Options Aberdeen provides a variety of services throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire supporting people with a range of complex and profound disabilities including learning, physical and life limiting conditions and complex communication difficulties. Working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Grampian Autistic Society, we are developing a new service to expand our existing provision to provide a Hub which offers care at home, community and residential short breaks and an exciting, tailored programme of activities and support for children with disabilities and their families.

Our new centre is a hub for supporting children with disabilities and their families from across the city, giving children the chance to have new experiences and make new friends while giving their parents the vital opportunity to recharge their batteries. Our new hub-based provision is across our bases in Bucksburn and Garthdee, offering community-based outreach services, residential short breaks and care at home services. In addition to this, the Hub provides holistic family support to offer a menu of services that support and complement direct support offered to children and young people.

“Aberlour Options Aberdeen for us has been a godsend. Our lives have changed at home. They listen to your views and try and help with whatever is the problem.” Parent

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and caring individuals to join our short breaks and care at home team, working directly with children and young people with complex, multiple and profound disabilities and their families within their own homes, the community and service premises. You will contribute to the development of care and support plans, working in an outcomes focused manner to ensure that children, young people and their families get the most out of their service. You will work closely with internal and external colleagues in a multi-agency approach to ensure that the holistic needs of children, young people and families are central to service provision.

You will have experience of working with young people in a care at home, community or residential setting. It is desirable that you will also have experience of supporting children and young people with complex disabilities and associated health needs in a range of settings. You will be required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council. To register you must hold or be willing to work towards a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (eg. SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice.

What we will offer you:

Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.

A fantastic opportunity to develop and plan fun and positive activities for children and young people.

Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team.

Access to Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme.

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Cook

  • Part time
  • £18,213 pro-rata
  • Options Moray - Elgin
  • Closing 26th March 2021

We are looking for an additional Cook working 12 hours per week over 3 days (Friday to Sunday 2pm – 6pm) The job requires you to undertake planning, preparation and provision of nutritious meals for the children and young people with complex disabilities and autism who visit for short breaks or who live more permanently within the service.

We pride ourselves on providing a quality environment for the children and young people we support at the Options Moray service and involving them in the things that impact on their daily lives is an important part of how we work. In consultation with the young people and your colleagues, you will plan menus which are nutritious and meet particular dietary needs, whilst providing food that the children and young people enjoy. This could include catering for children who are diabetic, from ethnic minorities, who require fat free diets etc. The team also eat on shift as they work over mealtimes so this must also be considered in menu planning ie vegetarian, vegan etc.

You will be responsible alongside the Monday to Thursday cook for purchasing food and kitchen equipment within an agreed budget.

Given the vulnerability of our children and young people, cleanliness is a high priority and you will ensure that the kitchen and kitchen equipment is maintained at a high level in accordance with current environmental health legislation.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers and cooked foods in accordance with current Environmental Health Legislation.

You will participate in devising and planning cleaning schedules and also complete any required paperwork.

You will require to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent)

Or

Equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,068 pro-rata
  • Family Support Centre, Langlees
  • Closing 24th March 2021

Aberlour Family Support Centre - Langlees works in partnership with the local council and the local community, providing a range of services to promote, positively support and strengthen the capacity of children and families to reach their full potential.

Our service supports families in the Falkirk area who may have a wide range of issues, which could include concerns for child development, social isolation and childhood trauma. The service works directly with the whole family in various settings, such as their own homes and our community-based family support centre which is registered with the Care Inspectorate.

As a community-based Service Administrator you will be the first point of contact for our families and External Stakeholders, dealing with enquiries either via telephone, email or in person. You will be able to work with high levels of accuracy across a range of mediums including Finances and Aberlour Dynamics system. An important part of the role is to provide financial administration for the service, supported by the management team and Senior Finance Officer. Experience in managing petty cash, spreadsheets, online banking, payments and orders as well as attendance at finance review meetings will be a crucial part of the job role. You will provide comprehensive administrative support for the team including reception duties, ordering of supplies, mail, maintaining electronic records and uploading sensitive records relating to young children and their families. Coordination of building and equipment needs, as required, in consultation with the management team will be a requirement.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, organised and dedicated individual who is ready to join a passionate and experienced team to work in a busy, fast paced, front facing service. You will ideally have a relevant qualification at SCQF Level 7. You will have administrative experience gained by working within a busy office or social care environment and will be experienced in working with Microsoft Office packages including excel. Excellent communication skills and being committed to working in a relationship-based culture would be advantageous.

Why should I apply for this post?

As a valued part of our team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Protection, Moving & Handling and Fire Safety Training.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Young People’s Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • from £23,728
  • Options Borders, St Boswells
  • Closing 31st March 2021

At Aberlour Options Borders we provide a range of support services for young people up to the age of 18 years who have various disabilities. Our aim is to provide families with a short break from their caring role through the provision of high quality child-centred services which provide a positive experience for the young people we work with.

We have a strong reputation for supporting young people with high levels of complex needs, supporting them to grow, learn and maximise their potential. We believe that every child has the right to flourish. Our Young People’s Workers play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person-centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care to support children in their daily living and within the local community.

We have openings for various contracts for Young People’s Workers, including temporary and permanent posts. Usual hours would be around 23 per week during term time for 42 weeks of the year and 35 hours per week for 10 weeks of the year (school holidays). You will be part of a residential respite rota which will require you to work days, evenings, nights, weekends and public holidays. There will be a requirement to do sleepover shifts with both these contracts. These will be paid at £40 per sleepover.

Please see advert on our website for further information about shifts and temporary contracts, or e-mail us at jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

A Day in the Life of a Young People’s Worker

Our day usually starts around 7.30am with the morning routine. We support our young people to get ready for their day ahead assisting with all aspects of personal hygiene. We then prepare breakfast and medications for each of our young people and organise the day’s activities. We plan mornings out, considering the health and safety requirements for each activity we undertake. After lunch we prepare an in-house activity. This also allows staff to complete daily paperwork such as weekend logs for our young people, updating care plans and review reports etc. In the evening we cook a healthy dinner considering our knowledge of our young peoples’ likes and dislikes and particularly if they have restricted diets.

"Aberlour Options provide a safe, fun and homely environment for respite for our son. He loves going to stay and asks daily when his next visit is" Parent

"Aberlour treat me like part of the family" Young Person

If you have an interest in working with young people we would like to hear from you. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, an understanding of autism, complex needs and mental health and have the relevant qualifications or will be willing to work towards these.

You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people. As a Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM training, Child Protection training and support completing an SVQ Level 3 in line with SSSC requirements.

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Senior Residential Worker - Sycamore Fife

  • Full time
  • £27,957
  • Fife
  • Closing 1st April 2021

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable young people to maximise their potential?

Do you feel ready to take a first step towards a management role?

Can you be an excellent role model, demonstrating your skills and experience in a leadership role?

If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Residential Worker to join our team. The current role is based in our children’s house in Kirkcaldy. Our Seniors play a pivotal role in our teams, using their skills, knowledge and expertise to support and work with their team to deliver excellent services to the vulnerable young people who live in our houses.

As a Senior Residential Worker, you will be responsible for some management tasks including providing guidance and professional supervision to team members. With the opportunity to undertake relevant training, this role will enable you to consolidate and develop your skills, looking to your future ability to move into a management role. You will also take part in the on-call rota.

You will be skilled in working with children and young people to manage the challenges that are presented to them in their daily lives whether at school, in their house or in the community. You will be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with the children and young people. Our approach is to work in a nurturing, therapeutic way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential.

Our children and young people tell us that they would like applicants who:

“Keep me safe at night”

“Are confident to play, have fun and be silly with me – who don’t sit back

and just watch”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Remembers what it’s like to grow up”

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic, energetic and committed individuals who share our ambitions. The successful candidate must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. Through a wide variety of learning and development opportunities we support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop their skills and experience, taking their first step on the ladder towards a management role.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience or contact Simone Gillespie 01592 592124.

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Community Support Practitioner (part time)

  • Part time
  • £22,857 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 2nd April 2021

Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire - Pilot

Aberlour Child Care Trust and South Ayrshire Council are piloting a new family wellbeing service, Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire. This service will work alongside families, schools, communities, and local partners to offer caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In response to referrals from schools Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire will deliver the support families need, when they need it, every day of the year. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

Sustain South Ayrshire will work through relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help children and families build skills and confidence and strengthen community connections. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. We believe in working alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

We are looking to recruit a Community Support Practitioner, working 22.5 hours per week. These posts are currently funded for one year.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, and collaborative approach which recognises strengths and responds empathically to the needs of children, young people, and their families – this will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

To succeed in this role you will need to work flexibly within a variety of locations across South Ayrshire, including family homes, schools, and community settings in line with Covid guidance and safe working practices.

As an Aberlour employee you will:

- be part of a highly motivated and skilled team.

- receive continual personalised support.

- have access to a well-developed training programme.

- receive excellent annual leave entitlement.

- have access to our group pension scheme.

- have access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme.

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Community Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • from £22,857
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 5th April 2021

Aberlour Child Care Trust and South Ayrshire Council are piloting a new family wellbeing service, Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire. This service will work alongside families, schools, communities, and local partners to offer caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In response to referrals from schools Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire will deliver the support families need, when they need it, every day of the year. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

Sustain South Ayrshire will work through relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help children and families build skills and confidence and strengthen community connections. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. We believe in working alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

We are looking to recruit a Community Support Practitioner, working 37.5 hours per week. These posts are currently funded for one year.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, and collaborative approach which recognises strengths and responds empathically to the needs of children, young people, and their families – this will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

To succeed in this role you will need to work flexibly within a variety of locations across South Ayrshire, including family homes, schools, and community settings in line with Covid guidance and safe working practices.

As an Aberlour employee you will:

- be part of a highly motivated and skilled team.

- receive continual personalised support.

- have access to a well-developed training programme.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,068 pro-rata
  • Sustain Angus, based in Forfar
  • Closing 1st April 2021

Working in partnership with Angus Council, Aberlour Sustain Angus provides support to enable children, young people and their families with challenges they may be facing. Sustain offers a highly flexible, responsive service supporting families by offering the help and tools they need to meet their needs. The service enables families to be supported at whatever time they need it, every day of the year.

We are seeking an experienced Administrator to join our team. Your role is to support the team with general and financial administrative tasks, as well as being the first point of contact for enquiries via phone and email. You must be comfortable with financial information, including putting together spreadsheets. You will have administrative experience gained by working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be experienced working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will ideally have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience. Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed to working in a relationship-based culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You will share our vision that collaborative working and relationship-based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

This is a part time role, hours can be worked flexibly although it is preferable if some hours can be worked on a Monday. For more information please feel free to contact Tracey Dammer on Service Manager on 07518 970 557

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Young People’s Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,728 pro-rata
  • Options Moray – Elgin
  • Closing 15th April 2021

Aberlour Options Moray is a community-based service for children/young people with learning disabilities offering residential, respite short breaks, family-based care and community support matched with the individual needs of every young person.

Are you interested in a challenging and fulfilling career in childcare?

Are you looking to develop your skills in a busy and ambitious environment?

Do you want to be part of a team that brings security and love to vulnerable young people?

Can you bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to your role?

If so ……we want to hear from you.

We are looking to fill a part-time post 25 hours per week, working across a residential shift pattern. Individuals need to bring a range of qualities to the role including being playful, warm and accepting and must be able to adapt their practice to appropriately meet the varying individual needs of each young person. This role can be challenging but is also immensely rewarding and provides postholders with rich opportunities to develop their own practice and understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities.

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge – both yourself and other people. We support our staff to be as effective as they can be through dedicated training and supervision. In return our staff act as exceptional role models supporting the children and young people, as well as sharing knowledge and learning with colleagues.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

Ideally, you will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above, or be willing to work to this requirement as per SSSC registration.

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Residential Workers Nights

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Sycamore Services Tayside
  • Closing 20th April 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience. We have a full time night worker post and part time day worker post available.

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Assistant Service Manager (Options Fife - Housing Support)

  • Full time
  • £30,458
  • Fife
  • Closing 8th April 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support service based in Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community.

At Aberlour we believe every young person has the right to flourish. Our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Care at Home service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. As an Assistant Service Manager, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using person centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and to fully participate in the local community. Your role will support the Service Manager in the day to day management of the service and work in partnership with the young people’s families, professionals from health, education and social work.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and are valued members of their community. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of services for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Supervisor in a Housing Support Service.

There is an expectation that you will work 30 hours of your weekly hours offering direct support to the young people as part of our residential rota, this can include evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake the occasional sleep over.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Young People’s Workers (Options Residential - McNally House)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,728
  • Fife
  • Closing 8th April 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Care at Home service based in Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community.

At Aberlour we believe every young person has the right to flourish. Our new Options Fife- Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. As a Young People’s worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families. Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work either 37.5 hours per week (Full Time ) or 25-30 hours per week (Part Time), working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Top job! Service Manager (Options Fife - Housing Support)

  • Full time
  • £37,518
  • Fife
  • Closing 8th April 2021

At Aberlour we understand and listen to what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife – Housing Support service based in Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community.

At Aberlour we believe every young person has the right to flourish. Our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Care at Home service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. As Service Manager, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and to fully participate in the local community.

What are we looking for?

As Service Manager, you will lead, manage and develop services for children, young people and families in line with service objectives and Aberlour’s strategic planning framework. Relevant experience and knowledge of best practice in supporting young people with autism, learning disability and/or complex health needs in a community, and an understanding of the impact of disability on inclusion are essential requirements. Knowledge and experience of child protection is essential.

You will be responsible for the development and delivery of the service to meet outcomes agreed with the local authority. You will be expected to report regularly to the service funder to evidence that we are meeting the agreed targets. You will have direct practice experience within this field and have experience of supporting and managing staff.

You will have experience of empowering, working and engaging with young people and their families in order to achieve positive outcomes. You will have previous managerial experience preferably within a residential childcare setting, an ability to motivate, support and supervise others and you will possess effective planning and organisational skills.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above, plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means. You are required to be registered with the SSSC and hold or be willing to work towards relevant professional qualifications to meet SSSC registration requirements.

Why should you apply for this post?

As a valued member of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child

Protection Training and moving and handling training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Top job! Child and Family Worker (Aberlour Family Service, South Ayrshire)

  • Full time
  • £21,769
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 8th April 2021

Do you want to be part of an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of Scotland’s children, young people, and families?

We are looking to recruit a Child and Family Worker to join our Family Support Service in South Ayrshire. The Family Service supports whole families where mum or dad has a learning disability, learning need or Autism. We recognise strengths and work to understand family circumstances to build confidence, improve skills and enable parents to provide a safe nurturing environment for their children.

By offering whole family support, building on capabilities and working through trusting relationships we aim to help families flourish at home, at school and in the community, minimising the need for statutory intervention.

Our service works closely with partner agencies in South Ayrshire to provide specialised support to families where parents have a learning need, and the children are aged between 0 – 16 years. You will support families to complete an assessment which recognises their own strengths and needs, deliver parenting support individually and in groups, improve parent’s knowledge of child development and help families connecting to the community\local services.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions\ strategies which support families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working, and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

We are looking to recruit a Child and Family Worker to work 37.5 hours per week, you will work these hours Monday- Friday between the hours of 8am-6pm. You may be occasionally asked to work out with these hours to facilitate group sessions with parents and families. This post will be offered on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2022.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • ongoing support , supervision and access to training
  • competitive hourly rates
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with a learning disability and or Autism?

We have an exciting opportunity for 2 family focused, warm friendly, resourceful and empathetic individuals to join our newly extended Disability Service as Family Workers.

At Options Fife we have been providing person centred services to children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism for over 25yrs. Our new family support workers will enhance the existing provision offered, enabling whole family support for children and families with complex learning needs.

As a Family Support Worker, you will offer emotional and direct practical help to families experiencing short- or long-term challenges. You will work with families, identifying areas where support is required, working with them to co-produce a family support plan which will be individually tailored to their child’s and family’s needs. You will agree outcomes and personal goals within the child’s plan.

The role of the family worker will be diverse and wide ranging and will include the following:

  • Promote and develop healthy routines, including sleep.
  • Provide practical support with personal care.
  • Support the development of play routines.
  • Support parents to address difficulties and reduce risks
  • Build upon parents existing knowledge and Equip them with enabling strategies and tools.
  • Support families to have positive and rewarding relationships.
  • Support families to implement structure, identify triggers and understand the function and purpose of their child’s behaviour. And reduce challenges from escalating.
  • Along with families, Liaise and work with partners and colleagues from Social Work, Health and Education to assess, review and evaluate progress.

You will have experience of supporting children and families with a learning disability and Autism. You will have up-to -date knowledge of best practice and supporting tools and interventions.

Working hours will be 37.5 per week across 7 days between the hours of 7am and 10pm. The days and hours worked will be agreed with families within the family support plan. There may also occasionally be a need to provide additional supports out with these times and to be able to respond to crisis and family stress.

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Community Support Practitioner (Aberlour Sustain Perth)

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Perth
  • Closing 14th April 2021

Many vulnerable children and young people are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes and communities. However, by intervening early with person centred approaches we can support children and young people to remain at home rather than moving into residential care.

We are looking for someone to join our team in Perth, who is passionate about supporting children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes as they live and grow within their communities. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are on the ‘edge of care’. You will bring a fresh and collaborative approach and, in discussion with the manager, be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

You will have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues. Experience of working with children with additional support needs would be desirable but is not essential. You will work in a variety of settings including the service base, family homes, schools and community sites and deliver work either individually or with groups of children, young people and parents/carers.

A key part of the service is to be able to provide support whenever it is needed including at weekends, during the evening and on public holidays. There is a need to be adept at managing time, balancing the needs of children and families with the administrative elements of the role.

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Assistant Service Manager (Options Lothian)

  • Part time
  • from £30,458 pro-rata
  • Lothian
  • Closing 19th April 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Sundays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as both a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities and a Supervisor in a Housing Support Service.

There is an expectation that you will mainly be working these hours Friday-Sunday offering direct support to the young people as part of our residential rota, this will include evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake the occasional sleep over or night awake shift.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Activity Support Workers (Aberlour Options Borders)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 19th April 2021

Our service works with children and young people affected by their learning disabilities. Our Holiday Activity Club offers children the opportunity to take part in fun activities whilst enabling them to grow and learn. Summer Holiday Activity Clubs take place in Hawick, Peebles, Galashiels and Kelso.

You will be passionate about meeting the needs of children and young people and will strive to ensure that a programme of fun-filled activities and outings is available. You will understand the need for, and your responsibility to contribute to, a safe and secure environment.

You will have enthusiasm and drive, but also be patient and have a good sense of humour. This type of work can be challenging and so ideally you will have some previous experience of working with children and/or a similar client group.

The work can be physically demanding and includes moving and handling and providing personal care.

To allow us to provide a consistent, quality service it is desirable that applicants will commit to working between 10 and 35 hours per week throughout the 7 weeks of school summer holidays. Payment is made for the accrual of annual leave and will be explained further in the job pack. There is also the opportunity to join our relief pool for future work.

Prior to commencing, it is mandatory to attend training days where you will meet the rest of the team and learn about the service. Dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held over Microsoft Teams.

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Child and Family Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,086 pro-rata
  • Glasgow Family Support Service
  • Closing 20th April 2021

Do YOU want to help build a better future for Young People?

Do YOU want to be part of an organisation who really care?

Our Family Support Service supports families living in the Glasgow area, working both on a 1:1 basis and in groups in a variety of community, school and home setting, supporting the most disadvantaged families within the area to help reduce isolation and become more engaged in their community.

We are looking for someone to work within our bespoke support service to vulnerable families with children attending Miltonbank Primary School. This service is supported by the Pupil Equity Fund. You will work with the school to identify families with which you will offer personalised child development and parenting support to improve outcomes for those children within the education system. During the summer months you will continue work with the families doing outreach work.

You will have relevant experience working with children and families with strong knowledge of child development and parenting.

The post is offered as 18.75 hours per week worked on a flexible pattern to meet the needs of both the post holder and the families being supported. Work is expected to be completed within the identified school.

This post is a temporary post to cover maternity leave and is expected to end December 2021.

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Relief Residential Workers

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Sycamore Service – Tayside
  • Closing 20th April 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

We are looking to recruit to a pool of Relief Residential Workers to work in our new residential house for children and young people in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Relief Workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal and emotional support.

Cover for staff holidays and absence

This work is offered on a casual, hourly basis to provide cover for staff holidays/absence or additional support during particularly busy periods.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care;

Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives;

Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential.

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Caretaker (Communities2Gether)

  • Part time
  • £18,525 pro-rata
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 6th May 2021

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Government - Investing in Communities, is trying to tackle poverty and inequality across disadvantaged North West Dumfries communities. We aim to achieve this through our newly refurbished community premises, which is open to all, and provides a range of services for the local community such as laundry, clothing, fridges and family/meeting rooms. Our aim is to build a service around the needs of the local community.

As a Caretaker you will be responsible for general maintenance, including minor repairs to the Community Hub, ensuring the relevant standards are met. You will act as a first point of contact to the local community who will be using the hub for various activities. You will work in partnership with the Community Connector to ensure that the hub is set up and organised for any community groups that may be using it.

We are looking to recruit a Caretaker who will work 16 hours per week. These hours will be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the local community which may include evenings, weekends and public holidays. This post is offered on a fixed term basis until June 2022.

We are looking to recruit someone who has had experience of working in a similar role.

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Young People’s Worker (Options Moray – Elgin)

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Elgin
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Aberlour Options Moray is a community-based service for children/young people with learning disabilities offering residential, respite short breaks, family-based care and community support matched with the individual needs of every young person.

Are you interested in a challenging and fulfilling career in childcare?

Are you looking to develop your skills in a busy and ambitious environment?

Do you want to be part of a team that brings security and love to vulnerable young people?

Can you bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to your role?

If so ……we want to hear from you.

We are looking to fill a part-time post 25 hours per week, working across a residential shift pattern. Individuals need to bring a range of qualities to the role including being playful, warm and accepting and must be able to adapt their practice to appropriately meet the varying individual needs of each young person. This role can be challenging but is also immensely rewarding and provides postholders with rich opportunities to develop their own practice and understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities.

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge – both yourself and other people. We support our staff to be as effective as they can be through dedicated training and supervision. In return our staff act as exceptional role models supporting the children and young people, as well as sharing knowledge and learning with colleagues.

Ideally, you will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above, or be willing to work to this requirement as per SSSC registration.

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Relief Family Worker - Aberlour Options Dundee

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Options Dundee Service
  • Closing 3rd May 2021

Do you share our vision?

Do you want to work in an organisation that really cares for the young people we work with?

We are looking to build our relief pool of Family Workers within our Options Dundee Service. We work in partnership with the families to offer tailored packages of support to help support families to stay together. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community.

The families we work with find our service invaluable- “I don't know what I'd do without them. I trust them, my child trusts them - we both feel safe when they're in the house…They've changed my and my child’s life.”

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Weekend and evening workers required to support the service needs. Availability should be specified on your application and will be discussed at interview. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

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Cook – Community Café

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Communities2gether, Dumfries
  • Closing 6th May 2021

We are recruiting for a Cook, working 16 hours over 2 or 3 days per week preparing and delivering our community-based emergency food provision from our FareShare project. Working with the Community Connector and Service Manager, you will help to support the development of our Community Café which will be used as a community resource.

The hourly rate for this post is £9.54. Funding for the project is currently confirmed until June 2022 but may be extended.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers, and cooked foods in accordance with current environmental health Legislation.

You will be required to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent) or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

You will build relationships with centre users, the Community Connector, wider staff team and partner agencies to support the development of a training café as we offer volunteering opportunities & placements for people to gain skills & confidence. It is important to note the Café will also be used by other partner agencies 3 days per week offering opportunities for their clients.

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Governments - Investing in Communities Fund, is committed to working with the people and communities of North West Dumfries to tackle the impact of poverty and inequality. Working collaboratively with the health and social care partnership and existing community partners we will connect with people and communities to identify strengths and support local people to lead on the development of local supports and community connections.

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Playscheme Workers/Senior Playscheme Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • Sessional
  • Aberlour Options Ayrshire
  • Closing 5th May 2021

Our Aberlour Options Ayrshire service is a busy respite care unit for children and young people with special needs. As well as providing short residential breaks the service offers outreach to families and also manages and runs after school clubs and playschemes during the school holidays.

We are looking to recruit to our summer playscheme programme. Our Playscheme runs 6 days per week, Monday to Saturday, during the school holidays. You will work flexible hours as part of a team providing a programme of fun-filled activities and outings. Some previous experience in this area is preferred. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and work hard are essential. To allow us to provide a consistent, quality service it is desirable that applicants commit to working up to 5 days per week during the summer school holidays for a minimum of 12 hours per week. There will be an opportunity to work additional hours up to full time hours. Shifts are variable and cover days, evenings and weekends. Days will be given in advance. Our playschemes run in both Ayr and Girvan and staff may be expected to work at both sites. Mandatory training dates for staff will be arranged in advance of the playscheme commencing.

Depending on experience you may be offered the post of Senior Playscheme Worker, which would be paid at the higher hourly rate.

If you would like to discuss this post please contact Lauren Duncan on 07772 226641.

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Top job! Resources & Procurement Manager

  • Full time
  • £42,978
  • Office base in Stirling, but homeworking anticipated
  • Closing 10th May 2021

Aberlour is Scotland’s largest, solely Scottish children’s charity with over 40 services across Scotland. We have a strong reputation for supporting some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people to achieve positive outcomes, helping them to fulfil their potential.

We are seeking an experienced professional, initially for a 12-month contract, to lead on the provision of an effective, efficient and high quality property and facilities management service and deliver an effective corporate procurement function, ensuring all purchasing is compliant with legislation, follows best practice, and delivers optimum value for money.

Aberlour has ambitious plans for a sector leading environmental strategy, meanwhile we continue to open new properties as we expand services and explore potential economies of scale across the organisation or with other third sector organisations in shared services opportunities.

You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to effect change through collaboration, negotiation and problem solving. You will be educated to degree level within a relevant field such as property management, procurement, supply chain management, logistics or business administration. You will have demonstrable wide experience of managing both facilities and premises along with procurement and supply chains.

We have an office base in Stirling, but regular travel across Scotland to services may be required and therefore we are very flexible about homeworking.

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