Volunteering Matters
Volunteering Matters

Charity registered in Scotland SC039171

We develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today.

Current vacancies

Top job! Senior Trusts and Philanthropy Manager

  • Full time
  • £42,453
  • Home based anywhere in UK or from organisation office location.
  • Closing 3rd November 2021

At Volunteering Matters, we use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together, build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK and solve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness, to improving health and wellbeing, to building skills, confidence and opportunity, and to ensuring young people can become change-makers in their community; the impact that we have is great. And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

People-led and impact driven, we are a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK. We operate in regional hubs across Scotland, England and Wales. We also have a national Employee Volunteering Team, with over 25 years’ experience, acting as a broker of tailor-made solutions to employers. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.

We are a worthwhile, fun, interesting, challenging, team orientated, collaborative and rewarding place to work!

Due to expansion of the organisation, we are currently recruiting for a Senior Trusts and Philanthropy Manager to support our work across England, Scotland and Wales.

This role will support our volunteers and communities to achieve funding from Trusts, Foundations and Major Donors across England, Scotland and Wales to transform their places. This role will manage our strategic relationships with gatekeeper trusts and major donors to maximise our impact and reach and play a key leadership role in the UK Business Development Team, building a systemic and proactive approach to relationships and business development for the organisation.

We are a values-driven organisation, and are looking for someone who is compassionate, empowering, straightforward, inclusive and positive, to support the vital work of our Partnerships Team building effective stakeholder and funder relationships.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and ambitious directorate team which oversees core functions within the organisation such as communications, impact and I.T.

The post-holder may also contribute to the wider work of Volunteering Matters, such as working groups around Safeguarding, Equality Diversity and Inclusion and others.

Diversity & Inclusion

Volunteering Matters welcomes all applicants and are keen to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the UK and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from disabled, LGBT and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, along with candidates with any protected characteristics and from disadvantaged groups.

Disability Confident & Reasonable Adjustments:

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. Please provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required in the “Experience/Skills” section of this advert. To be considered for a guaranteed interview or to discuss any reasonable adjustments during the process, please state this in your application or contact join@volunteeringmatters.org.uk for more information.

We have also committed to the following pledges which positively encompass our recruitment and selection processes and methodology: The Promise, Show The Salary, Salary History.

Benefits

Our employee benefits reflect our culture which is built on an approach of full flexibility with accountability and designed to let you make your most positive contribution; we offer Flexible Working by Default (re hours & place of work), Unlimited Annual Leave, Employee Pension scheme, Life Assurance, Cycle to Work Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced sick and family leave.

GDPR Statement

If you apply for a role with us, we will retain your contact details including your name, address, email address and phone number to help us manage your application for up to 6 months. We will not use your personal data for any other purpose or share it with any third party. You can contact us at any point to update your personal information or ask us to delete it from our records.

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Engagement Manager (Marketing and Recruitment)

  • Part time
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • Home based in Scotland
  • Closing 25th October 2021

Overview

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness;

improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

Role Purpose

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and professional Engagement Manager to join our team in Scotland.

The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and total commitment to our organisational values.

We are working in partnership with Challenges Worldwide to deliver a programme called “Making Work Work” for Women Returners. Making Work Work encompasses a range of bespoke programmes based on a peer-led, supportive online learning environment, complemented by workshops, masterclasses, mentoring, and post-programme support, with the opportunity for accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute.

Its purpose is to empower people to find work that is both fulfilling and meaningful. The programme has been devised by Lynn Houmdi and Challenges Worldwide to contribute to more positive and productive workplace cultures, where people are able to contribute in a way which fits with their lifestyles and commitments.

Making Work Work was successfully piloted for Women Returners in February and March 2021. At the end of the pilot programme, women reported increased confidence, felt better prepared and more confident for re-entering and progressing in employment and had increased knowledge and understanding of the benefits to both worker and employer of flexible working. They had also developed a new, supportive peer-support network and gained a broader network of contacts to help in their job search.

As our Engagement Manager, you will work closely with all partners involved in the Making Work Work programme, helping to ensure the programme continues to be a success.

Your role will be to coordinate marketing information for participants, including working with partners to create content and publicity. You will support the Programme Manager and Project Coordinator to develop and implement an external Comms strategy, to attract participants from all across Scotland.

You will also lead on recruiting the next 150 participants to the programme, working alongside community organisations, third sector agencies and statutory bodies to identify suitable candidates. You will signpost and support candidates during the recruitment and on-boarding process.

Within Volunteering Matters, you will be the lead on Making Work Work, promoting the programme across the organisation and maximizing opportunities for participants, and existing Volunteering Matters projects/beneficiaries/volunteers to take part.

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Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Across Scotland
  • Closing 7th May 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to resolve some of the UK’s most pressing social issues. We have made a public commitment to “Keep the Promise” and we are thrilled to have received funding from The Promise Partnership.

The Promise Partnership is responsible for driving change demanded by the findings of Scotland's Independent Care Review. The review issued its vision for Scotland in February 2020, this was titled ‘The Promise' .

The Partnership works with all kinds of organisations to support shifts in policy, practice, and culture so Scotland can “Keep The Promise” it made to care experienced infants, children, young people, adults and their families - that every child in Scotland grows up loved, safe and respected, able to realise their full potential.

Role Purpose

As our Participation Manager you will lead to deliver organisational change in line with Scotland’s commitment to creating capacity in the ‘care system’ to Keep the Promise and provide holistic family support.

The role involves working across Volunteering Matters and ProjectScotland’s portfolio of programmes across Scotland. Working closely with a wide range of colleagues across our Delivery, Impact, HR and Comms teams, you will ensure that our projects and day-to-day practices align with the work and vision of the Promise and encorporate a rights based approach as now legislated in Scotland through the UNCRC.

You will also support our internal Diversity, Inclusion and Equality network.

You will audit and assess the organisations current delivery and development landscape - evaluating, facilitating, reflecting, and then implementing measures to ensure we live and breathe the values of the Promise. This includes internally within our organisation and externally across the communities we reach.

For further details about the role, please download the Job Description below or visit our website.

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Delivery Leader – Glasgow & West Scotland

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • Glasgow and West Scotland
  • Closing 25th April 2021

You will be home or office based. Post Covid-19 with the expectation to travel across Glasgow and West Scotland.

BAME Recruitment are working in partnership with Volunteering Matters to support the recruitment of Delivery Leaders based in Glasgow and West Scotland.

About Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering charity that brings people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues though the power of volunteering. They engage over 20,000 volunteers every year through more than 100 programmes across England, Scotland, and Wales.

They partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and ensuring young people can change.

Their local knowledge and energy is used to make action and progress, build stronger communities, and create a better future for all.

About the role

As a Delivery Leader, your role will be to develop and facilitate a high performing team that delivers inclusive and impactful volunteering and social action activities across Glasgow and West Scotland whilst meeting the needs of the communities that they are part of. You will be leading both the joint staff and volunteer team.

You will be the main leads for local commissioners, funders and partners. You will be responsible for maintaining pre-existing relationships with partners and securing renewals, as well as discovering and creating potential new business and collaboration opportunities.

You will be trustworthy, respect your team members and promote a culture of collective accountability. As a Delivery Leader, you will play a leading role in ensuring that Volunteering Matters is an inclusive, happy and rewarding place to work and volunteer.

About You

We would like to hear from you if you have experience of:

• Building, facilitating and managing high performing teams.

• Using the power of storytelling to evidence impact and influence stakeholders.

• Building effective relationships across organisations.

• Place based delivery and development.

• Managing external stakeholder networks.

• Reporting on projects, including budget management.

Together with:

• Willingness to empower volunteers to deliver local services.

• Previous management or leadership experience in the community.

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Delivery Leader – Tayside and Highlands

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • Tayside and Highlands
  • Closing 25th April 2021

You will be home or office based. Post Covid-19 with the expectation to travel across Tayside and Highlands.

BAME Recruitment are working in partnership with Volunteering Matters to support the recruitment of Delivery Leaders based in Tayside and Highland.

About Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering charity that brings people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues though the power of volunteering. They engage over 20,000 volunteers every year through more than 100 programmes across England, Scotland, and Wales.

They partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and ensuring young people can change.

Their local knowledge and energy is used to make action and progress, build stronger communities, and create a better future for all.

About the role

As a Delivery Leader, your role will be to develop and facilitate a high performing team that delivers inclusive and impactful volunteering and social action activities across Glasgow and West Scotland whilst meeting the needs of the communities that they are part of. You will be leading both the joint staff and volunteer team.

You will be the main leads for local commissioners, funders and partners. You will be responsible for maintaining pre-existing relationships with partners and securing renewals, as well as discovering and creating potential new business and collaboration opportunities.

You will be trustworthy, respect your team members and promote a culture of collective accountability. As a Delivery Leader, you will play a leading role in ensuring that Volunteering Matters is an inclusive, happy and rewarding place to work and volunteer.

About You

We would like to hear from you if you have experience of:

• Building, facilitating and managing high performing teams.

• Using the power of storytelling to evidence impact and influence stakeholders.

• Building effective relationships across organisations.

• Place based delivery and development.

• Managing external stakeholder networks.

• Reporting on projects, including budget management.

Together with:

• Willingness to empower volunteers to deliver local services.

• Previous management or leadership experience in the community.

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Youth Engagement Manager (Aberdeen - Home based)

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Working from home close to Aberdeen City
  • Closing 28th June 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

Since April 2021, the charity ProjectScotland is now part of the Volunteering Matters family. ProjectScotland gives

young people the chance to learn new skills and to get on in life through volunteering placements and mentoring opportunities.

Role Purpose

We are delighted to be working in a fresh initiative in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to support their “virtual school” initiative for care experienced young people, providing them and other young people in Aberdeen with opportunities to take part in volunteering placements and mentoring support as part of a pathway to improving their lives, and life chances.

We are therefore looking for a talented, dynamic and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to our organisational values. You will be leading the work to establish our presence in Aberdeen, working with the local authority education, social work, and employability teams to identify young people who might benefit from the programme and designing our contribution to the work.

This will require strong leadership, and the ability to build partnership, and collaborating positively to add value to existing provision.

As our Youth Engagement Manager, you will directly support young people with complex and challenging barriers to securing a positive pathway from school. This will include barrier identification and removal, supporting pre volunteering activity as well as volunteering placements in their local area. Young people will also be supported by a dedicated ProjectScotland volunteer Mentor, and post placement, your role will be to support a positive bridge to further employability programmes or opportunities.

You will identify, develop, and manage partnerships with charitable and not-for-profit organisations across Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, building an effective presence within the third sector interface, and across its networks. You will create diverse, high-quality, structured volunteering opportunities with partner organisations, ensuring that volunteering roles reflect the needs and interests of young people. You will also support the creation of strong referral pathways into our service, and beyond it, building on a knowledge of existing provision.

To find out more about the role, please download the Job Description & Person Specification below.

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Youth Engagement Manager (Aberdeen)

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Working from home close to Aberdeen City
  • Closing 28th June 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

Since April 2021, the charity ProjectScotland is now part of the Volunteering Matters family. ProjectScotland gives

young people the chance to learn new skills and to get on in life through volunteering placements and mentoring opportunities.

Role Purpose

We are delighted to be working in a fresh initiative in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to support their “virtual school” initiative for care experienced young people, providing them and other young people in Aberdeen with opportunities to take part in volunteering placements and mentoring support as part of a pathway to improving their lives, and life chances.

We are therefore looking for a talented, dynamic and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to our organisational values. You will be leading the work to establish our presence in Aberdeen, working with the local authority education, social work, and employability teams to identify young people who might benefit from the programme and designing our contribution to the work.

This will require strong leadership, and the ability to build partnership, and collaborating positively to add value to existing provision.

As our Youth Engagement Manager, you will directly support young people with complex and challenging barriers to securing a positive pathway from school. This will include barrier identification and removal, supporting pre volunteering activity as well as volunteering placements in their local area. Young people will also be supported by a dedicated ProjectScotland volunteer Mentor, and post placement, your role will be to support a positive bridge to further employability programmes or opportunities.

You will identify, develop, and manage partnerships with charitable and not-for-profit organisations across Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, building an effective presence within the third sector interface, and across its networks. You will create diverse, high-quality, structured volunteering opportunities with partner organisations, ensuring that volunteering roles reflect the needs and interests of young people. You will also support the creation of strong referral pathways into our service, and beyond it, building on a knowledge of existing provision.

To find out more about the role, please download the Job Description & Person Specification below.

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Youth Engagement Manager (PT)

  • Part time
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th July 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK. We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great. And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

Since April 2021, the charity ProjectScotland is now part of the Volunteering Matters family. ProjectScotland support young people to get on in life, using the power of volunteering. We support young people, including those facing multiple barriers or disadvantage, to achieve positive outcomes for their future. We provide young people with personalised emotional and practical support, meaningful and supported volunteering opportunities through charity partners, and access to a reliable and positive Volunteer Mentor.

Role Purpose

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and total commitment to our organisational values.

You will support young people in Edinburgh aged 16-30 to get ready for the next stage of their lives using the power of volunteering. Young people will become active citizens through a volunteer placement with one of our local partners – a charity, social enterprise or not for profit organization. By taking part in volunteering, young people will achieve positive outcomes, improve their life chances and employability prospects. You will directly engage with young people through a 3 month structured and supported volunteering opportunity. The opportunity will be tailored to the individuals needs, goals and interests, and will be flexible to accommodate any barriers or challenges faced by the young person. The focus will be for the young person to use this placement as a stepping stone to a positive destination.

Your level of support will vary for each young person, but will include an action plan, and monitoring of progress on a regular basis. You will liaise regularly with the young person and the charity partner to ensure the placement is successful.

You will manage and develop our networks and relationships in Edinburgh, particularly in the South West and South East localities, in order to secure referral pathways into our service. You will identify and build partnerships with charitable and not-for-profit organisations who will host a variety of volunteer placements to suit young people who may have complex needs, barriers or challenges.

Finally, you will work alongside colleagues in our ProjectScotland Mentoring team, ensuring young people have the opportunity to benefit from a ProjectScotland Volunteer Mentor during and after their charity placement experience.

To find out more about the role, please download the Job Description & Person Specification below.

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Youth Engagement Manager (FT)

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th July 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

Since April 2021, the charity ProjectScotland is now part of the Volunteering Matters family. ProjectScotland support young people to get on in life using the power of volunteering. We support young people, including those facing multiple barriers or disadvantage, to achieve positive outcomes for their future.

We provide young people with personalised emotional and practical support, meaningful and supported volunteering opportunities through charity partners, and access to a reliable and positive Volunteer Mentor.

Role Purpose

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and total commitment to our organisational values.

You will directly support young people who have complex and challenging barriers that prevent them from achieving a positive pathway towards the next stage of their lives. Your support will include barrier identification and removal, one to one employability support such as help with CV writing, job search and interview preparation, ensuring young people are volunteer ready and identifying a suitable volunteering placement with them.

You will work alongside colleagues in our Mentoring team, ensuring young people can benefit from a ProjectScotland Volunteer Mentor. You will manage and develop our partnerships in Edinburgh, West and East Lothian including with education, social work, and employability teams, to secure referral pathways into our service. You will identify and build relationships and networks with charitable and nonprofit organisations across these 3 areas who will host volunteer placements.

To find out more about the role, please download the Job Description & Person Specification below.

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Youth Engagement Manager (Dundee, Tayside & Angus)

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Dundee, Tayside & Angus
  • Closing 22nd September 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We harness the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

By bringing people together, we aim to resolve some of society’s most complex issues and have a real impact in communities. From tackling social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunities; and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

In April 2021, the Volunteering Matters family grew to include ProjectScotland, who work to support young people to get on in life, through the power of volunteering. We support young people, including those facing multiple barriers or disadvantage, to achieve positive outcomes for their future. We provide young people with personalised emotional and practical support, meaningful and supported volunteering opportunities through charity partners, and access to a reliable and positive Volunteer Mentor.

Role Purpose

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team in the Dundee, Tayside & Angus. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and total commitment to our organisational values.

You will directly support young people across Dundee, Tayside & Angus who have complex and challenging barriers that prevent them from achieving a positive pathway towards the next stage of their lives. Your support will include barrier identification and removal, one to one employability support such as help with CV writing, job search and interview preparation, and ensuring young people are volunteer ready and identify a suitable volunteering placement with them.

You will also work alongside colleagues in our Mentoring team, ensuring young people have the opportunity to benefit from a ProjectScotland Volunteer Mentor.

You will manage and develop our networks and relationships in the area, including within education, social work and employability teams, to secure referral pathways into our service. You will identify and build partnerships with charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the Highlands who will host volunteer placements.

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Youth VIP Engagement Manager * 2

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Various locations
  • Closing 22nd September 2021

One role covering Glasgow & the West of Scotland

One role covering the North and East of Scotland

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We harness the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK. By bringing people together, we aim to resolve some of society’s most complex issues and have a real impact in communities. From tackling social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunities; and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community. And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

In April 2021, the Volunteering Matters family grew to include ProjectScotland, who work to support young people to get on in life, through the power of volunteering. We support young people, including those facing multiple barriers or disadvantage, to achieve positive outcomes for their future. Over the past few years, ProjectScotland worked in collaboration with YouthLink Scotland, Young Scot, Scottish Government, young people across Scotland and many other local level partners to develop and publish the #YouthVIP recommendations.

It is clear that COVID-19 has increased the importance and relevance of the role of young people in volunteering, social renewal and civil society. As restrictions continue to ease, and we look to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on communities across Scotland, there are significant opportunities for young people to become more actively involved in volunteering and social action. Taking the #YouthVIP recommendations, partners will work with a specific and key focus for reimagining volunteering with young people and supporting organisations that have not previously been able to take an inclusive approach to involving young people at scale to recruit and support diverse younger volunteers effectively and safely.

Role Purpose

We are looking for two talented, dynamic, and professional Youth VIP Engagement Managers to join our team, working together and with partners to deliver ambitious outcomes geared toward embedding #YouthVIP recommendations across Scotland.

One role will have a focus on Glasgow and the West (including Glasgow city, Dumfries and Galloway, the Lanarkshire’s, and Ayrshire’s) and the other will focus on the North and East of Scotland (including Edinburgh, Lothian’s, Forth Valley, Tayside and the Highlands). The right candidates will be people who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and total commitment to our organisational values.

This role is an exciting opportunity which calls for the successful candidates to work directly with young people, to support their input and voice throughout, but also establish and maintain partnerships with National and local level partners such as the TSI network, individual TSI’s, Volunteer Scotland, and Local Authorities, working closely with their counterpart. Their work will contribute toward a partnership approach to ensure understanding the journey #YouthVIP has been on thus far, the recommendations, where there are areas for development within their area/organisation, and support training and a lasting plan for youth engagement and involvement going forward.

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Top job! Head of Operations - Get The Gen (Enterprise Directorate)

  • Full time
  • £50,000
  • Homebased - Post Covid-19 Travel to London & Edinburgh will be required
  • Closing 4th October 2021

Overview

Volunteering Matters use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

People-led and impact driven, we’re a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK. We operate in five regions: London and the South East; Wales and the West of England; East of England; the Midlands and North West England; and Scotland and North East England.

We also have an Employee Volunteering Team with over 25 years’ experience, acting as a broker to provide tailor-made solutions to employers.

This is an exciting time to be joining the team. We’re changing the way we work to meet new ambitions and make sure our impact continues to grow alongside our business. This includes our investment in our newly formed Enterprise Directorate under which this exciting opportunity sits.

Get The Gen (GTG):GTG is a training and consultancy Social Enterprise created to help businesses with issues around recruitment, retention and development of a multi-generational workforce starting from young people up. GTG use evidence-based insights to deliver immersive, interactive, and fast paced workshops online and in person that create lasting individual and group change. We are trusted by over 60 leading UK and Global businesses including; The Natwest Group, The Law Society of Scotland, KPMG, Brodies, Burness Paull, Skills Development Scotland and Aegon amongst others.

Role Purpose:

The Head of Operations for GTG is a leadership role which sits as part of the wider Enterprise Directorate team and reports to the Director of Enterprise. They will play a critical role in supporting our continued growth for GTG having full responsibility for the day to day operational running of the Social Enterprise.

Although part of a wider parent charity ‘family of brands’ at Volunteering Matters, GTG is very much an established and stand-alone business, so we are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit that thinks commercially about how we can continue to grow our existing portfolio of products and services. We are looking for a self-starter, someone who can drive and lead on business development, whilst having the ability to organise and motivate our existing team to delivery our high end service to our business and corporate clients. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a growing and ambitious team.

Qualifications

Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications

Other

Internet access to enable remote working is a requirement. IT equipment and infrastructure will be supplied. Post Covid-19 and in accordance with any social distancing guidelines there may be an expectation to travel across Scotland to engage with colleagues, volunteers and beneficiaries.

This role requires membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.

Volunteering Matters Values & Ways of Working:

In all that we do, Volunteering Matters embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our values:

We are Empowering

We are Inclusive

We are Compassionate

We are Positive

We are Straightforward

Diversity & Inclusion:

Volunteering Matters welcome all applicants and are keen to ensure their team to reflect the diversity of the UK and the communities they serve. They would like to encourage applications from disabled, LGBT and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Disability Confident & Reasonable Adjustments:

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. Please provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required in the “Experience/Skills and attributes” section of this job description. To be considered for a guaranteed interview or to discuss any reasonable adjustments during the process, please state this in your application.

GDPR Statement

If you apply for a role with us, we will retain your contact details including your name, address, email address and phone number to help us manage your application for up to 6 months. We will not use your personal data for any other purpose or share it with any third party. You can contact us at any point to update your personal information or ask us to delete it from our records.

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Youth Engagement Manager (Highlands)

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Tayside and the Highlands (Community based)
  • Closing 30th September 2021

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We harness the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

By bringing people together, we aim to resolve some of society’s most complex issues and have a real impact in communities. From tackling social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunities; and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

In April 2021, the Volunteering Matters family grew to include ProjectScotland, who work to support young people to get on in life, through the power of volunteering. We support young people, including those facing multiple barriers or disadvantage, to achieve positive outcomes for their future. We provide young people with personalised emotional and practical support, meaningful and supported volunteering opportunities through charity partners, and access to a reliable and positive Volunteer Mentor.

Role Purpose

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team in the Highlands. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and total commitment to our organisational values.

You will directly support young people in the Highlands who have complex and challenging barriers that prevent them from achieving a positive pathway towards the next stage of their lives. Your support will include barrier identification and removal, one to one employability support such as help with CV writing, job search and interview preparation, and ensuring young people are volunteer ready and identify a suitable volunteering placement with them.

You will also work alongside colleagues in our Mentoring team, ensuring young people have the opportunity to benefit from a ProjectScotland Volunteer Mentor.

You will manage and develop our networks and relationships in the Highlands including within education, social work and employability teams, to secure referral pathways into our service. You will identify and build partnerships with charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the Highlands who will host volunteer placements.

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Delivery Leader

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • Glasgow and the West of Scotland. The post will be home based, or office based
  • Closing 27th September 2021

As Delivery Leader, your role will be to develop and facilitate a high performing team that delivers inclusive and impactful volunteering and social action activities across Glasgow and the West of Scotland whilst meeting the needs of the communities that they are part of. You will be leading both the joint staff and volunteer team.

You will be the main point of contact for local commissioners, funders, and partners. You will be responsible for maintaining pre-existing relationships with partners and securing renewals, as well as discovering and creating potential new business and collaboration opportunities.

You will be trustworthy, respect your team members and promote a culture of collective accountability. As a Delivery Leader, you will play a leading role in ensuring that Volunteering Matters is an inclusive, happy, and rewarding place to work and volunteer.

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HR Administrator

  • Full time or Part time
  • £19,000
  • Can be Home or Office based
  • Closing 6th October 2021

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.

People-led and impact driven, we’re a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK. We operate in five regions: London and the South East; Wales and the West of England; East of England; the Midlands and North West England; and Scotland and North East England.

We also have an Employee Volunteering Team with over 25 years’ experience, acting as a broker to provide tailor-made solutions to employers.

This is an exciting time to be joining the team. We’re changing the way we work to meet new ambitions and make sure our impact continues to grow alongside our business

Role Overview

Volunteering Matters is looking for a talented, dynamic and professional HR Administrator to join the small team. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to our organisational values.

The post holder will help with the day to day running of the HR department. This role is an integral role as part of this busy HR team and will be the first point of contact for staff and managers of HR queries. The HR Administrator will be proactive, and customer focused in their approach and ensure to provide GDPR compliant service to the company and staff. The post holder will support in all lifecycle functions all the way from recruitment to the exit of staff members. The HR Administrator will report directly to the Head of Human Resources and be part of small, busy HR Team.

Benefits package: Pension, Unlimited annual leave, fully flexible working, cycle to work & season ticket loan.

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Project Manager (Care Experience)

  • Full time
  • £28,500
  • Home based - regular travel to Clackmannanshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway is required
  • Closing 18th October 2021

Role Reports To:Delivery Leader Glasgow and West

Direct Reports:Yes, Voice and Opportunities Engagement Managers X 3

Job Family: 4

Department:Delivery

Role purpose

The Project Manager will play a key role overseeing, delivering and developing our work locally and nationally with a focus on Care Experienced Young People. This includes leading the delivery of our work with “The Promise Partnership” nationally, and our Voice and Opportunity programmes in Borders, Dumfries & Galloway and Clackmannanshire.

The post holder will report to the Delivery Leader for Glasgow and West who reports to the Director for Delivery.

Primary objectives

  1. Role model our values and demonstrate excellent leadership skills.
  2. Lead on the delivery of a collection of projects and programmes in accordance with agreed outcomes.
  3. Maintain effective relationships with funders, partners, and local organisations.
  4. Oversee coordination of monitoring and recording our impact.
  5. Maintain the quality, effectiveness, and safety of our projects and programs.
  6. Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop new business opportunities.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Efficiently project manage delivery to achieve the agreed milestones and targets.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, local authorities, partners, and key personnel to support project delivery.
  • Maintain accurate records on all aspects of the project and collect and store data adhering to GDPR guidelines.
  • Work effectively with your Delivery Leader to ensure project expenditure is in-line with the budget.
  • Promote and adhere to Volunteering Matters commitment to Equality, Diversity, and inclusion.
  • Lead and encourage project staff providing ongoing support and development.
  • Maintain Volunteering Matters quality standards and guidelines for effective volunteer management.
  • Comply with the applicable Health and Safety and Safeguarding regulations.
  • Implement and maintain appropriate risk assessment management processes.
  • Process volunteer expenses efficiently adhering to Volunteering Matters financial processes.
  • Maintain effective monitoring and evaluation records to capture impact and outcomes and ensure contractual compliance.
  • Prepare regular reports including monthly progress updates, impact reports and end of year reports for both internal and external purposes.
  • Maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and project partners at a day-to day level.
  • Work effectively with key partners, attend partnership meetings, and work collaboratively.
  • Develop relevant information to promote and raise the profile of Volunteering Matters locally; and play an active role in identifying and developing new Business.

Skills

  • An effective communicator with the ability to establish long-lasting, productive relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to enthuse and influence others.
  • Ability to work in a self-managed team construct.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Strong advocacy skills
  • Project management skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Team Player

Experience

  • Practice of effective project management and the ability to meet set targets and deadlines.
  • Ability to set and achieve high standards for self and others and to manage work performance effectively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective monitoring and evaluation processes to capture impact and outcomes.
  • Direct experience of volunteer management inclusive of recruitment, training, and supervision.
  • Direct experience of planning and delivering training.
  • Evidence of good administrative and IT skills and the ability to maintain project monitoring, administrative and financial records.
  • knowledge and understanding of issues affecting people from diverse groups, backgrounds, and communities.
  • Ability to assess risk and conduct out risk assessments.
  • Practice of measuring and presenting impact

Qualifications

Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications

Location

Home based however regular travel to Clackmannanshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway is required

Our Values & Way of Working:

In all that we do, we embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our values: Empowering, Inclusive, Compassionate, Positive & Straightforward.

This job description is intended to include the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. The scope of our work may evolve, and appropriate adjustments will be reviewed and agreed with the post holder.

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Engagement Manager

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway and Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 20th October 2021

3 posts - Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Clackmannanshire

Role Reports To: Delivery Leader

Department:Delivery

Overview

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to resolve some of the UK’s most pressing social issues. In collaboration with local authorities, we have created a programme to support improvement in services for care experienced young people.

The system of public, private and third sector providers across a range of local services tend to be designed for people who are able to engage with little or no support. People of all ages have barriers to engaging in services and care experienced young people can have more barriers than most. For care experienced young people, whilst they have talent and potential, they face some of the starkest outcomes of any group in society given their additional barriers, and a legacy of discrimination, oppression, and a lack of access to resources and opportunities.

What is the problem we are trying to solve? Despite the challenges, there is a considerable growing consensus and momentum around the idea that care experienced young people cannot rely on services and infrastructure that have been designed without their input or have not been specifically designed with their needs in mind.

By making use of the Scottish Approach to Service Design and supporting No One Left Behind Principles, we therefore want to give care experienced young people a voice and an opportunity to influence change by involving them in the design of services and opportunities, providing them a platform to have their voices heard.

Role Purpose

As our Engagement Manager working in one of the above-mentioned local authorities, you will work closely with care experienced young people to empower them to have a voice and to support them to identify and review referral pathways within the local authority. You will provide an independent and improvement-orientated framework to self-assess services relating to care experienced people.

The ambition is then to co-design necessary services to fill gaps, providing a supported pathway for care experienced young people on their journey to sustainable fair work. Finally, we hope to support in re-orientating existing structures, services, commissioning frameworks and pathways to enable improvement whilst offering peer support and learning opportunities for all areas under review.

The role involves working closely in collaboration with local services and within local governance and with the Improvement Service to make positive change. This programme is currently operating in three local authorities in Scotland – Clackmannanshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, so there will be opportunities for shared learning and peer support.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with local authority to identify the appropriate and relevant departments and services requiring auditing and review
  • You will attract, recruit and support care experienced young people to undertake an audit of pathways and services. Undertaking surveys, observations, questionnaires, and focus groups
  • You will work closely with these individuals to identify the current processes and procedures within the relevant services and complete a mapping exercise to what the “exiting care” journey looks like for all care experienced young people
  • Together with the young people, you will identify the existing interventions and their effectiveness against the improvement plan
  • Create networks and conversations which enable local authorities to learn from care experienced individuals and families and develop collaborative learning opportunities
  • You will develop evidence-based findings and recommendations and present back to decision makers to take the first steps of changing the lives of care experienced young people
  • Recognise the confidential and sensitive nature of personal information relating to children, young people, and families and how this should be communicated, used, published, shared, recorded, and handled appropriately
  • Contribute to the wider Volunteering Matters team, always upholding our values
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communication lines with colleagues, volunteers, young people, families, partners, and others
  • Administration tasks including maintaining up- to- date, effective and accessible records and the use of Microsoft Office and other software packages

Person Specification

Skills

  • A strong passion and commitment to volunteering, our organisational values and flexible working strategy
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills with a strong ability to influence and motivate others
  • Excellent people skills, including being able to develop professional and effective relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, including the ability to plan effectively
  • Self-motivated, ability to work on own initiative, ability to multi-task, an approachable manner, team player and sound judgement skills
  • Excellent administration and IT skills, including the use of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams

Experience

  • Awareness and understanding of effectively supporting care experienced young people or families
  • Experience in identifying and delivering effective change
  • Effective teamwork including building effective relationships with internal and external partners
  • Experience of group facilitation/ running activities or events to engage children, young people and families
  • Volunteer Management
  • Child Protection/Adult Protection and Safeguarding process and policies
  • Experience of achieving ambitious goals and targets, completing a high standard of work to meet successful outcomes

Qualifications

Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications

Other

The post will be home based however given the nature of this role you will be expected to work within the local community and be available to regularly engage with care experienced young people in a setting they feel most comfortable with.

Internet access to enable remote working is a requirement. IT equipment and infrastructure will be supplied. Post Covid-19 and in accordance with any social distancing guidelines there may be an expectation to travel across Scotland to engage with colleagues, volunteers and beneficiaries.

This role requires membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.

Our Values & Ways of Working:

In all that we do, we embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our values:

Empowering, Inclusive, Compassionate, Positive & Straightforward.

This job description is intended to include the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post.

It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but while some variations will be expected, these will be at an appropriate level for the role.

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