The Thistle Foundation
The Thistle Foundation

Charity registered in Scotland SC016816

Thistle Foundation aims to empower individuals, families and communities to maximise their potential and achieve the best possible quality of life.

If you are passionate about helping people to achieve and maintain a great life, we would welcome your application.  In return, you will have the satisfaction of working for an organisation at the cutting edge of designing individualised support arrangements that make a real difference to people's lives.


Current vacancies

Link Up Development Worker

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st July 2020

Are you someone who wants to be instrumental in delivering lasting social change for communities?

Do you believe the ingredients for that change already lie in our communities in the shape of the passions, strengths, skills, knowledge and interests of local people? If you do, and have the self-belief to enable this change whatever the barriers, we would love to hear from you.

Thistle Foundation is host to Link Up in Craigmillar (locally known as Connecting Craigmillar). We are looking for a talented Community Development Worker to lead this community-led project in an assets-based and trauma-skilled manner. Operating from our base in Craigmillar (Edinburgh), Connecting Craigmillar is one of nine projects in Inspiring Scotland’s ground-breaking community development and wellbeing Link Up Programme.

Open to all, Link Up aims to create an environment where people in the community can come together to design and participate in new experiences that they want (e.g. cooking, gardening, arts & crafts). It aims to build new, and strengthen existing social connections in the community and at the same time, develop the confidence and self-esteem of the people involved. These are the fundamentals on which people are able to affect positive change for themselves, their family and their community.

The successful candidate will have the satisfaction of working for an organisation that develops and inspires best practice in supporting people to sustain and improve their health and wellbeing in a holistic way. You will benefit from also being part of Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up programme, supported by one of their Performance Advisors, and be part of a close network of Link Up workers.

On top of this, Thistle Foundation provides excellent training and an outstanding benefits package.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Successful applicants will be subject to a PVG check, which will be paid for by Thistle.

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Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th January 2020

We have a vacancy for a Full Time Lead Practitioner, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership, which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You will be able to provide effective coaching and also to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of peers.
  • A structured development programme including support to achieve a professional

qualification if required and ongoing development with our internal leadership development

programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a

staff member recommends.

  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,

o money back for everyday healthcare costs,

o a GP advice line,

o shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a

satisfactory probationary period.

A driving licence is essential for this role.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to a PVG check, which will be paid for by Thistle.

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Finance Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,643 – £26,013
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd January 2020

We have a vacancy for a full time permanent Finance Officer, based in Edinburgh.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will provide financial processing support to the Finance Team with the following main tasks:

1. To prepare monthly management accounts, including income & expenditure statements and balance sheets, for Supported Living Services, including analysis of variances

2. To assist with the preparation of annual budgets and regular reforecasts

3. To complete the reconciliations for an agreed set of balance sheet control accounts

4. To support the operational managers in Supported Living with management accounts and ad hoc financial information

5. To work closely with the Finance Assistant around sales invoicing and debtor management

6. To assist with the implementation of the new organisation wide IT system

7. To prepare the monthly debtors reports for all Supported Living Managers, and a summary report for all Senior managers

8. To work closely with Finance team colleagues to deliver the Finance team priorities

9. To assist the Finance Business Partner with the relevant training which will support the organisational strategic transformation to a model of Self-organising teams

This role is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic team player, who has a willingness to learn, and to support the Finance team as well as colleagues in the wider organisation.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of colleagues.
  • A structured development programme including ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,

o money back for everyday healthcare costs,

o a GP advice line,

o shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

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Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Craigmillar, Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st March 2020

We have vacancies for 2 Full Time Lead Practitioners. Please note that this role has now been made permanent.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership, which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You will be able to provide effective coaching and to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

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HR Officer

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen’s Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA
  • Closing 22nd March 2020

At Thistle we support people to take control of their life, focusing on the person, not their disability or health condition. We listen to what a person tells us they need, and we tailor our support around that, working beside people until they are able to manage life without us. We put the person at the centre and choose to see people as resourceful, strong and capable of change.

Job Brief

We are looking for an experienced HR Officer with a solid understanding of HR practices and processes. A confident and flexible approach is necessary as you will be the first point of contact for HR-related queries from both employees and external partners.

Your remit will be generalist in nature and will be highly varied ranging from providing key HR advice and support, recruitment, related HR administration and payroll support. The role will also take on a strategic element with the implementation of a new HR System and various ongoing HR projects. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work in a fast-paced and high-volume HR environment.

Key responsibilities

  • Preparation of employee related documentation (e.g. offer letters, contracts, contract amendments, reference letters, work confirmations).
  • Management of employee data and updating of the HR database (e.g. annual leave requests, changes in details, amendments to contracts, sickness absence, starters and leavers).
  • Providing first-level advice to managers and staff on all aspects of HR management, employment law and policies and procedures
  • Process optimisation and participation on various projects
  • Supporting management and teams with recruitment and selection across the organisation
  • Manage case work as and when required as well as preparing and issuing relevant documentation (e.g. absence cases, flexible working requests, disciplinary and grievance, performance).
  • Produce monthly, quarterly and ad hoc performance reports and statistics as required for the payroll function, directorate and the SSSC
  • Process, produce and audit HR information as required by payroll
  • Support with the development and implementation of HR initiatives and systems
  • Managing and supporting an HR Assistant

Essential

  • At least three years HR experience in a fast-paced environment
  • HR related qualification/degree
  • Experience of working across the full employee lifecycle and good understanding of HR best practices.
  • Experience of HR system(s)
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple task simultaneously
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Proactive and flexible approach to tasks
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Proven communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to engage and influence at all levels
  • Computer literacy, ability to use full Microsoft package
  • Ability to act in a professional manner when handling personal and confidential information

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) and Disclosure Scotland
  • Knowledge of the Social Care sector
  • Prior experience of working in a stand-alone role
  • Experience of developing HR planning strategies
  • Experience of managing staff
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HR Assistant

  • Full time
  • Circa £21,152
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd June 2020

We have a vacancy for an HR Assistant, based in Edinburgh.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will provide HR administration support across the organisation. The main tasks of the role are as follows:

  • To support with HR administration and correspondence, including offer letters, contracts, contract changes, probation reviews, reference requests, monthly PVG renewals, sickness absence reporting and filing
  • To update various information systems and databases including the HR system
  • Update and maintain relevant files for a range of internal and external stakeholders and ensure that this is done in line with relevant external statutory requirements and legislation.
  • To carry out exit interviews as and when required
  • To note take during HR and other relevant meetings
  • To support managers with the management of sickness absence and Occupational Health Referrals
  • To support with maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave related queries and relevant correspondence.
  • To support with recruitment across the organisation, including advertising, checking the recruitment inbox, liaising with candidates / managers and arranging interviews
  • To liaise and report information to relevant external bodies
  • To assist with management reporting to provide business intelligence across the organisation.
  • To contribute to and deliver on wider organisational initiatives. This will involve working with colleagues across different departments
  • Assist with the implementation of company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties, as required, to support the HR function

This new role is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic team player, who has a willingness to learn and to support the HR function as well as colleagues in the wider organisation.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of colleagues.
  • A structured development programme including ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
    • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
    • a GP advice line,
    • shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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