CAPS Independent Advocacy
CAPS Independent Advocacy

Charity registered in Scotland SC021772

CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation.

Current vacancies

Individual Advocacy Worker (maternity cover)

  • Part time
  • £25,027 pro-rata
  • East Lothian and Midlothian with occasional work in Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th July 2022

This maternity cover post is a great opportunity to join CAPS’ friendly, supportive Individual Advocacy team to provide individual advocacy to adults with mental health issues in East Lothian and Midlothian. CAPS also provides advocacy to people who use drugs or alcohol in these areas.

The focus of the work is the provision of independent advocacy – making sure that people’s views and wishes are heard. You will make sure people are informed about their options and their rights and assist people with mental health issues to redress power imbalances in their lives. Advocacy is very rewarding work that makes a real difference. Full training will be provided.

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. There will be a 4 month probationary period attached to this post. A mix of home and office working is possible.

This post is fixed term for 12 months initially to cover maternity leave and may continue thereafter subject to funding constraints.

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Children & Young People’s Individual Advocacy Workers

  • Part time
  • £25,027 – £27,702 pro-rata
  • Lothian with occasional work in Scottish Borders for the Children’s Hearings work only.
  • Closing 14th July 2022

NEW POSTS! - Children & Young People’s Individual Advocacy Workers

Eating Disorders worker - 28 hours per week

Eating Disorders/Children’s Hearings worker – 32 hours per week

These two new posts will expand and strengthen CAPS’ Children and Young People’s small friendly team. One post will provide individual advocacy to children and young people in Lothian who are experiencing Eating Disorders, in the community and in hospital. The other will also work with children and young people aged 5 - 18 going through the Children’s Hearings system, in a joint post. See the Job Descriptions for full details.

The focus of the work is the provision of independent advocacy to support children and young people to express their views and wishes and have a stronger voice in issues affecting them. Experience of working with children and young people is required as well as proven skills in communicating with them. Advocacy training will be provided.

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme for regulated work with children.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this post. A mix of home and office working is possible.

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Individual Advocacy Worker (Eating Disorders)

  • Full time
  • £25,027
  • Lothian-wide
  • Closing 4th July 2022

This post is an exciting opportunity to join CAPS’ Individual Advocacy team, which provides independent individual advocacy to adults in East Lothian or Midlothian who are experiencing a mental health issue or who are affected by their drug or alcohol use.

You will be taking the lead in a new project, specialising in the provision of independent advocacy for adults across Lothian who are experiencing an eating disorder. You will provide independent individual advocacy to people in the community across Lothian as well as those being treated in the Regional Eating Disorders Unit in St John’s Hospital. The post will also involve promotion and development of this new area of CAPS’ work.

Our role is to assist our advocacy partners to have a stronger voice and ensure their views and wishes are taken into account in the decisions that affect them. You will need excellent communication skills as well as a good understanding of the issues people with eating disorders face and a commitment to Independent Advocacy Principles & Standards.

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and the appropriate check.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this post which is initially fixed term until 31 March 2024. Extension of the post thereafter will be subject to continued funding from NHS Lothian.

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Collective Advocacy worker – experience led projects

  • Part time
  • £24,657 pro-rata
  • Lothian
  • Closing 5th April 2021

CAPS is looking for a new worker to facilitate two collective advocacy projects:

– Much More Than a Label for people with experiences of personality disorder

– Experiences of Psychosis

You will facilitate both these groups to take forward their identified actions, being led by them and working to make sure their views and wishes are expressed. Both groups will offer online video sessions based on their own experiences. These are open to workers from statutory and community organisations as well as to anyone with similar experiences. The Much More Than a Label group are producing a booklet about experiences of living with a personality disorder.

Working autonomously, as part of a team of Collective Advocacy workers, you should be friendly and approachable, with the ability to form trusting relationships with the group members and colleagues.

You can find out more about CAPS on our website capsadvocacy.org

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Collective Advocacy worker (LGBTQI+ project)

  • Part time
  • £24,657 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th April 2021

CAPS is offering an exciting opportunity for someone to join us to facilitate a new collective advocacy project for people from the LGBTQI+ community with mental health experiences.

This role involves promoting the new project and encouraging people to participate, and then assisting the group to take forward the actions they identify as important to bring about changes to services and or policy. Having direct experience of the issues faced by this community group is essential.

Working autonomously, alongside other Collective Advocacy workers, you should be friendly, enthusiastic and approachable, with the ability to form trusting relationships with the group members and colleagues.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this permanent post. This post will be subject to membership of the PVG Scheme and appropriate check. Currently all our staff are working from home and carrying out their work remotely.

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This vacancy has now closed

Peer Volunteer Development Worker

  • Part time
  • £24,657 pro-rata
  • Lothian
  • Closing 12th July 2021

CAPS has a new role for someone with their own lived experience of mental health issues to work with the people who volunteer with us in our collective advocacy projects.

The role includes recruiting new volunteers, matching people with relevant volunteer opportunities in CAPS and providing learning and development opportunities to enhance people’s experience of being involved in Collective Advocacy.

This post will facilitate the Peer Forum which is a new collective advocacy group for people who work or volunteer in peer roles in Edinburgh. You will assist people in the group to take forward ideas and initiatives that are important to them.

Working autonomously, as part of a team of Collective Advocacy workers, you should be friendly and approachable, with the ability to form trusting relationships with the group members, volunteers and colleagues.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this permanent post. This post will be subject to membership of the PVG Scheme and appropriate check. Currently all our staff are working from home and carrying out their work remotely.

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This vacancy has now closed

Collective Advocacy worker – Eating Disorder project

  • Part time
  • £24,657 pro-rata
  • Lothian
  • Closing 26th July 2021

CAPS is looking for a new worker to facilitate the successful “Seen But Not Heard” collective advocacy project for people with experience of eating disorders.

You will facilitate the collective advocacy group to take forward their identified actions, being led by them and working to make sure their views and wishes are expressed. Current tasks the group are involved in are experience led research; delivering the Understanding Eating Disorders learning session via video conferencing and providing bespoke input to students at local universities to inform their future work roles in mental health services.

Working autonomously, as part of a team of Collective Advocacy workers, you should be friendly and approachable, with the ability to form trusting relationships with the group members and colleagues. Applications are welcomed from people with their own lived experience of an eating disorder.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this 12 month post. This post will be subject to membership of the PVG Scheme and appropriate check. Currently all our staff are working from home and carrying out their work remotely.

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Children and Young People’s Individual Advocacy worker

  • Part time
  • £24,657 pro-rata
  • East Lothian and Midlothian with occasional work in Edinburgh and Scottish Borders
  • Closing 8th October 2021

This post is an exciting opportunity to join CAPS’ Children and Young People’s Team which provides individual advocacy to children and young people who are going through the Children’s Hearings system. CAPS is the main provider of advocacy for this issue to children and young people aged 5-18 in East Lothian and Midlothian. CAPS is also the alternate provider for this work in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, so some work in these areas will also be expected.

The focus of the work is the provision of independent advocacy to support children and young people to express their views and wishes when going through the Children’s Hearings process. Experience of working with children and young people is required as well as excellent skills in communicating with them.

This post is fixed term for 12 months and will continue thereafter subject to continued funding by Scottish Government.

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This vacancy has now closed

CAPS has a substantial new role for a Collective Advocacy worker to facilitate several collective advocacy projects, including groups for people with experiences of personality disorder and for people with experiences of psychosis. Our role is to ensure people’s voices are heard by decision-makers and assist people to draw on their experiences to bring about change, such as improving mental health services.

You will be led by people in the groups to take forward their identified actions, and make sure their views and wishes are expressed. You will also contribute to developing experience led sessions with volunteers as part of our Education as Advocacy programme.

The role offers autonomy and flexibility, working as part of our enthusiastic team of Collective Advocacy workers. You should be friendly and approachable, with the ability to form trusting relationships with group members and colleagues. Some working from home is possible and regularly attending meetings in and around Edinburgh will be necessary. This is a great opportunity to work with an expanding organisation that’s making a real difference to people’s lives. Find out more about CAPS Independent Advocacy at: capsadvocacy.org

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this post. This post will be subject to membership of the PVG Scheme and appropriate check.

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This vacancy has now closed

Children & Young People’s Individual Advocacy Worker (maternity cover)

  • Part time
  • £25,027 pro-rata
  • East Lothian and Midlothian with occasional work in Edinburgh and Scottish Borders.
  • Closing 9th June 2022

This maternity cover post is a great opportunity to join CAPS’ Children and Young People’s small friendly team to provide individual advocacy to children and young people who are going through the Children’s Hearings system. CAPS is the main provider of advocacy for this issue to children and young people aged 5-18 in East Lothian and Midlothian. CAPS is also the alternate provider for this work in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, so travel to work in these areas will also be expected.

The focus of the work is the provision of independent advocacy to support children and young people to express their views and wishes when going through the Children’s Hearings process. Experience of working with children and young people is required as well as proven skills in communicating with them. Advocacy training will be provided.

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme for regulated work with children.

There will be a 4-month probationary period attached to this post. A mix of home and office working is possible.

This post is fixed term for 12 months initially to cover maternity leave and may continue thereafter subject to expansion of the CAPS’ Children’s team.

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This vacancy has now closed

Individual Advocacy Team Leader

  • Full time or Part time
  • £28,550 – £31,096
  • East Lothian and Midlothian with occasional work across Lothian.
  • Closing 16th June 2022

An exciting career opportunity is waiting for the right person as the Team Leader of CAPS’ growing Individual Advocacy team.

You will be joining a friendly and dynamic team as you provide day to day management and support for our growing group of Individual Advocacy workers. This is an exciting new role and a great opportunity to join an expanding organisation that’s making a real difference to people’s lives.

You will line manage a number of the Individual Advocacy Workers as well as providing support and guidance for the team as a whole alongside our Individual Advocacy Manager. You will also be involved in promoting and developing CAPS’ Individual Advocacy service as well as maintaining your own small caseload of direct individual advocacy work. Excellent communication and organisation skills will be required as well as experience in leading a small team.

Our Individual Advocacy team provide independent advocacy to adults living in East Lothian or Midlothian who are experiencing a mental health issue or are affected by drug or alcohol use. Our role is to assist our advocacy partners to have a stronger voice and ensure their views and wishes are taken into account in the decisions that affect them. You will need a good understanding of the issues people accessing CAPS might face and a commitment to Independent Advocacy Principles & Standards.

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and appropriate check.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this post.

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