Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026076

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotlands only national independent, representative organisation for care experienced people. We represent care experienced people through independent advocacy (up to 26 years of age); membership and influencing work.  Our vision is for care experienced people to feel equal to their non-care-experienced peers. A crucial part of our representative role comes from the voices of our Membership as well as the experiences of those we support through advocacy.

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Participation and Project Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £29,321 – £32,579 pro-rata
  • Flexible across North Scotland
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder’s core focus is to build on our ambitious, collaborative approach to participatory opportunity and collective voice for Care Experienced children and young people across the North. You will be working closely alongside the Who Cares? Scotland team in the North, and nationwide. You will help us build on the rich network of partnerships that exist across the area, from leading arts and activity organisations, to youthwork and Community Development teams.

You will have a particular focus on big, bold and beautiful collaborative projects that inspire, connect and reach into community whilst carrying out line management responsibilities. Powerful examples of the impact of that approach include Journeys in the North, Care Day 21, and Being the Light - the Festival of Care 2021

You will be working and managing within the North Team at an exciting time, with diverse and collaborative approaches to opportunity, having significant impact across the region. The voices of those with experience of care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. The North Team is a growing and dynamic team in Who Cares? Scotland, and very much part of the nationwide organization and UK Charity of the Year 2018-19 for its role in creating the conditions for transformational change.

The right candidate will have work experience and skills which are transferable and valuable to this role. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

A full driving licence and access to a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North on 07971 072 983.

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Policy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Base - Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to influence the relevant policy landscape in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland.

In this role you will have responsibility for a small team and ensuring that our influencing work leans on a robust and meaningful participation strategy which includes the delivery of our Annual Participation Programme and support to our National Representative Body.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences, have experience in bridging the gap between lived experience and policymaking, and delivering evidence-based campaigns. You will also have experience of developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation relating to Care Experienced people and have experience of working with marginalised groups.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Shetland Islands
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working on Shetland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, and we are working on ambitious collaborative projects such as Being the Light - the Shetland Festival of Care 2021 and creating connection, inspiration and change.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Shetland’s Care Experienced children and young people are heard to make positive change, where needs are met and opportunities created, we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07971 072 983.

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Evidence and Impact Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to strengthening how the organisation takes a human rights-based approach to data collection and how we use our extensive evidence base to help influence policy and practice for our Care Experienced membership.

Additionally, the post holder will lead and have responsibility for a small team, and will ensure that the evaluation of Who Cares? Scotland’s activities are in line with the organisation’s key priorities, demonstrating impact and ensuring we continually learn from our work.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret, and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences. You will have a background in impact evaluation or academic experience in a discipline involving social research skills and understand the importance of having a robust evidence base in helping to influence positive change.

If this sounds like you, and you want to be part of delivering change for Care Experienced people across Scotland, we’d love to hear from you.

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Development Officer SOUTH WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Kilmarnock – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 1st July 2021

South West Region (Kilmarnock)

Local Authorities East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire)

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our South West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

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Development Officer NORTH WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Glasgow – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 1st July 2021

North West Region (Glasgow)

Local Authorities Argyll & Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and residential schools in Renfrewshire

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

For further information on this post and to download an application form, please visit our website whocaresscotland.org/get-involved/vacancies

To arrange an informal conversation about this opportunity please email Jamie McAnally, Advocacy and Participation Manager (North West), at jmcanally@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • West Lothian
  • Closing 27th July 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Central team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. This is a new post following an increase in service provision and you would join an existing team within the West Lothian advocacy service

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Julie McTaggart, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07769326101.

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Advocacy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Glasgow National Office Based with home working flexibility
  • Closing 27th July 2021

Central Scotland – Local Authorities: Falkirk, West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Stirling

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The right candidate for this post will provide leadership and direct management of Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Workers (APW) within the Central regional team, working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. You will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people and will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and you will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced children and young people support positive change and where needs are met and opportunities are created, then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Denny Ford, Director of Advocacy and Participation on 07702500709.

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Training and Education Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 8th August 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The Training and Education Officer will work as part of the Training and Education Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Training and Education Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to develop positive relationships with Corporate Parents; and to design and deliver projects and activities to Corporate Parents, relevant stakeholders and Care Experienced people, that will help drive positive lasting change for Care Experienced People in Scotland.

You will be joining the Training and Education Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland who collaborate with colleagues to support the influencing of policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to create opportunities for people with lived experience of care.

The right candidate will be a highly effective communicator, facilitator and presenter and have a keen interest and skill in communicating complex policy landscapes to a wide audience in interesting and engaging ways. Knowledge and experience of delivering learning programmes is essential as is the ability to present to senior professionals across the public, private and third sector.

The location of the postholder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Chloe Dobson, Training and Education Manager, at cdobson@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Edinburgh – South East Region
  • Closing 1st September 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Advocacy and Participation Workers work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. We also facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate therefore will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Angus – North East Region
  • Closing 29th August 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Advocacy and Participation Workers work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. We also facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate therefor will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Nicki Matthew, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North East on 07764 145126.

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