Scotland Versus Arthritis
Scotland Versus Arthritis

Charity registered in Scotland SC038693

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that. Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Current vacancies

Young People and Families Worker with Artistic Lead

  • Full time
  • £30,500
  • Home or office based – North East Scotland. Frequent travel to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to support clinic work, regular travel across Scotland for meetings and event delivery, occasional travel to other parts of the UK
  • Closing 6th July 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting for our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will lead the delivery of our participatory, self-management UK arts programme, alongside our team of amazing young volunteers. You’ll organise and curate an annual exhibition to raise awareness of the impact of rheumatic conditions on young people and their families. And you’ll help to deliver our one-to-one youth work embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will be based in North East Scotland but will support service delivery across Scotland and the UK.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and most importantly young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high-quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally. Using a community development/youth work approach, you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey and our service offer.

Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people to build their confidence, make friends and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy. You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content and residential events.

You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals – especially in healthcare settings. Here you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth-friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, ensuring it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

· Experience of working within the fields of youth/community development work, especially within the arts as a subject expert.

· Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long term conditions - especially arts-based interventions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support, with a passion for improving the lives of young people.

· Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.

· Knowledge and experience of embedding safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.

· Experience of leading a project with project management skills including; supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals, managing activity budgets and cascading learning and development to a team of staff/volunteers.

· Experience of working directly with artists and curators. Translating artistic plans into reality, as well as knowledge of contemporary visual art practice, culture, networks, curation and social engagement approaches.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of excellent relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.

· Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and digital working skills, including experience of using databases.

· Experience of workload planning including event management, especially within the arts, including experience of exhibition delivery. Sound organisational and time-management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.

· Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

· Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events, which may occasionally be on a weekend.

Desirable:

· Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

· Understanding of the ‘Social model of disability.’

· Experience of using /delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom.

· Degree or related qualification in the arts.

· Good understanding of the social, health, emotional, economic impacts of the arts and arts based self-management.

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Programme and Partnerships Manager - Scotland

  • Full time
  • £42,000
  • Glasgow office or Homeworking. Frequent travel across mainland Scotland and monthly travel across the UK for team meetings and conferences
  • Closing 11th July 2022

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

Working closely with the Head of UK Delivery and colleagues across the four nations, you will put impact and evaluation at the heart of your work, to deliver our service and support activities. Working with funders, commissioners and community partners, this is a key role to support pathways for patients in Scotland.

About the role

You will be the operational lead for Scotland, line-managing a team of Regional Officers in delivering and developing a consistent four nations approach to supporting people with Arthritis and MSK conditions.

Key requirements

  • Supporting delivery of our strategy in Scotland, alongside day-to-day team management, representing and championing the breadth of service provision of our cross-organisational working groups.
  • You will provide effective operational management to achieve high levels of performance within a framework of continuous improvement, and ensuring services are delivered with excellence through well-trained volunteers.
  • Sharing insight and learning across the four nations to align approaches as appropriate and working collaboratively to define and develop support through external partnerships.
  • An understanding of the external environment we work with in NHS and local authorities, and an ability to identify opportunities for the charity to support people with MSK conditions including arthritis.
  • Identify and maximise funding opportunities, working closely with fundraising colleagues to develop funding and grant submissions and plan for long-term needs and financial resilience at a service level.
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Development Officer – Argyll & Bute – Two Posts

  • Part time
  • £24,755 pro-rata
  • Home based
  • Closing 5th July 2021

We are looking for two Development Officers who are passionate, motivated and enthusiastic individuals to take up an exciting new role to help us develop and shape the work Versus Arthritis does in local communities. Working as part of a small team of staff and volunteers based in Argyll & Bute, you will take a lead role in delivering our pilot project - Together Versus Arthritis – Keeping Connected in Argyll & Bute.

Our pilot in Argyll & Bute has been awarded funding via the National Lottery Communities Fund (NLCF) and together we aim to reach more people with arthritis, create new local peer-support groups, deliver self-management information and support, gather new insight, and raise awareness around arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and link to and develop local community networks.

The Development Officers will be responsible for working with existing partners and volunteers and looking to develop and support new local networks of people, professionals, and organisations - building strong, lasting relationships within the community, people with arthritis, current and future volunteers, community and voluntary organisations, researchers and health and social care partners. This includes working closely with other teams to identify, recruit, train, and support volunteers to support this work.

You will also work alongside colleagues working in the other UK pilot sites, supported by our services team and the central Together Versus Arthritis project team.

What we are looking for

To be successful in the role, you will be committed to Versus Arthritis values and behaviours and have relevant experience and demonstrable ability:

Experience of community development approaches including co-production and co-design and involving people with lived experience in decision making.

Develop and support a regular network forum with your Local Touchpoint volunteers offering a “Community of Practice” approach.

Knowledge of self-management and how to support people to actively manage their wellbeing through development of sustainable local opportunities for people to come together, in person and online.

Benefits: Read more about what we offer

Travel:Frequent travel across specified areas in Argyll & Bute, some travel to Versus Arthritis offices in Glasgow and England as required.

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Development Officer (Argyll & Bute)

  • Part time
  • £24,755 pro-rata
  • Home based - Frequent travel across specified areas in Argyll & Bute, some travel to Versus Arthritis offices in Glasgow & England as required.
  • Closing 10th November 2021

We are looking for a Development Officer who is a passionate, motivated and enthusiastic individual, to take up this role to help us develop and shape the work Versus Arthritis does in local communities. Working as part of a small team, Senior Area Coordinator, full time Development Officer and volunteers based in Argyll & Bute, you will take a lead role in delivering our pilot project - Together Versus Arthritis – Keeping Connected in Argyll & Bute.

Our pilot in Argyll & Bute has been awarded funding via the National Lottery Communities Fund (NLCF) and together we aim to reach more people with arthritis, create new local peer-support groups, deliver self-management information and support, gather new insight, and raise awareness around arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and link to and develop local community networks.

The Development Officer will be responsible for working with existing partners and volunteers and looking to develop and support new local networks of people, professionals, and organisations - building strong, lasting relationships within the community, people with arthritis, current and future volunteers, community and voluntary organisations, researchers and health and social care partners. This includes working closely with other teams to identify, recruit, train, and support volunteers to support this work. Although this role is across Argyll & Bute this Development Officer will have specific responsibilities for Cowal, Bute, Helensburgh & Lomond areas.

You will also work alongside colleagues working in the other UK pilot sites, supported by our services team and the central Together Versus Arthritis project team.

Benefits: Read more about what we offer

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Young People and Families Worker - Glasgow

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Flexible: Glasgow office or home-worker
  • Closing 16th May 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting for our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will deliver our one-to-one clinic work embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Glasgow Royal Children’s Hospital as well as our peer support self-management events alongside our team of youth volunteers.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will be based in Glasgow but will support service delivery across Scotland and the UK.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, health care professionals, schools, volunteers, families, and most importantly young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally.

Using a community development/youth work approach you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey. Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people build their confidence, make friends, and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.

You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content, and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families, and professionals –especially in health care settings where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, making sure it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

  • Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.
  • Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long-term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.
  • Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.
  • Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of good relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Digital working skills including experience of using databases.
  • Sound organisational and time management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events with a willingness to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
  • Understanding of the ‘Social model of disability.’
  • Experience of using /delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom, social media etc.
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This vacancy has now closed

Young People and Families Worker - Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Home-based - Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th May 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting to our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will deliver our one-to-one clinic work embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital, as well as our peer support self-management events alongside our team of youth volunteers.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will be based in Edinburgh but will support service delivery across Scotland.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and most importantly young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally.

Using a community development/youth work approach you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey. Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people build their confidence, make friends, and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.

You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content, and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals – especially in healthcare settings where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, ensuring it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

  • Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.
  • Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.
  • Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.
  • Knowledge and experience of embedding safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.
  • Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of good relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and digital working skills including experience of using databases.
  • Sound organisational and time-management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events, and to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
  • Understanding of the ‘social model of disability.’
  • Experience of using/delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom, social media etc.
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Top job! Head of Scotland

  • Full time
  • £58,000
  • Glasgow office/home based in Scotland
  • Closing 19th May 2022

Summary

People with arthritis in Scotland face a challenging time post COVID. Versus Arthritis wants to make a difference across our health and research to make effective and lasting change. We are looking for a strong leader who will be a determined advocate for people with arthritis working closely with the Scottish Government, NHS Health Boards, making alliances and partnerships.

We have big ambitions, and all of our activities must work together to deliver these. In this way we will build recognition of the impact of arthritis. We will catalyse and galvanise communities across the UK who push back against arthritis. We will find discover, innovate, and enable new solutions, directly provide these and influence others to make big change happen. Critical to success is growing our income and creating a sustainable organisation equipped and able to deliver the support and solutions that people will look for.

About the role

You will be a key figure in the external landscape for Versus Arthritis, leading all external affairs and stakeholder management in Scotland, and acting as the main point of contact for current and potential partners in health and social care, public health and government.

Internally, you will provide strategic leadership, insight and intelligence to ensure a 4-nation approach to decision making at the highest level of the organisation; Board, CEO and Organisational Leadership Team. You will work collaboratively across all directorates to support effective planning to operationalise Versus Arthritis strategies across all four nations; including delivery, influence, research, funding and communications.

As the most senior member of staff based in Scotland you will also play an integral leadership role in developing and maintaining a sense of community, connection and nation identity for all staff and volunteers working in nation focused roles.

This role will ensure the needs, priorities and opportunities within each nation inform our organisational priorities.

Key requirements

You will demonstrate:

  • A significant understanding of the charity sector in Scotland and the dynamics around business decision making, change and strategic planning.
  • Good experience of knowledge of the policy and public affairs environment across Scotland. Good experience or knowledge of leading wide policy, public affairs and campaigning in nation.
  • Experience of working with and/or supporting people with long-term health conditions/disabilities at a strategic level.
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and persuade others in a wide setting including senior leaders in the organisation, external stakeholders, and internal colleagues.
  • Strong programme management and organisational ability, including being able to prioritise activities and independently manage own workload that includes multiple strands of work.
  • Strategic thinking – ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise.

Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer

Travel: Frequent travel across Scotland/Some travel to London, Belfast, Cardiff and Chesterfield offices

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