Charity registered in Scotland SC027594

Community Help & Advice Initiative (CHAI) delivers a range of social welfare and housing support services to residents of West and South Edinburgh.

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Development Worker: Employability (Maximise!)

  • Part time
  • £21,543 – £23,074 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

CHAI, in partnership with Children 1st, delivers the ‘Maximise!’ project in 19 Schools in Edinburgh. This provides advice, family support and employability support aimed at addressing family poverty and promoting wellbeing, potential and attainment. We are currently seeking Maternity Cover for a half-time Employability Worker, working across 6 Schools in the South-East of the City.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with an innovative and effective project, working with colleagues, families and Schools to build sustainable change. The post is fixed term for 12 months.

This vacancy has now closed

Tenancy Sustainment Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,543 – £23,074
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

CHAI, in partnership with Almond Housing Association, is currently recruiting for a Tenancy Sustainment Worker.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with an innovative and high performing Housing Association, keen to look at new and sustainable ways of supporting tenants with a wide range of tasks and activities, supporting them to overcome challenges and signposting them to access further appropriate support.

We are currently seeking an experienced individual who is enthusiastic about this type of work and keen to provide much needed support to those who access the service. Self-motivated, empathetic, and with strong communication skills, you will initially be employed until the end of March 2021, although the full contract has the potential to run until March 2022 and so we are keen to recruit a self-starter who is able to work with us to ensure the performance targets are achieved and the contract is fully recognised.

This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

The Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) is an Edinburgh-based charitable organisation providing a range of advice, support and employability services aimed at maximising household income, preventing homelessness, reducing poverty, improving employability and generally improving wellbeing.

Main activities and services we provide include:

  • Tenancy support and housing advice to prevent homelessness;
  • Income maximisation, welfare and debt advice to prevent poverty;
  • Court and tribunal representation;
  • Financial inclusion service in support of individuals with addiction problems who are attending Edinburgh’s recovery hubs;
  • Advice service in 5 GP practices and 23 schools;
  • Employability service to support people back into work;
  • Youth development work targeting young people aged 16-19 living in the South West area of Edinburgh, who have left school without a positive destination.

CHAI is a Company Limited by Guarantee and we are now seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our Board of Directors, who share our mission of reducing homelessness, poverty and inequality in Edinburgh and our passion to support the community. In particular, we are seeking people with skills in the fields of fundraising, marketing, health and income inequality, employment and child poverty, as well as individuals with lived experience of low income and/or homelessness, and who can bring that experience to help others.

The Board meets around 8 - 9 times a year at CHAI’s office at Riverside House, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. Responsibilities include attending Board meetings and Annual General Meetings, provide advice and support to the Chair and Project Executive, participating in events and activities organised by CHAI. No previous experience is required as full induction, training and support in the role of a Director will be provided.

The position is unpaid, but full travel expenses can be claimed.

Commitment: Several evening meetings each year.


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Welfare Rights Adviser

Advice / Information Giving

17th May 2017

To help provide advice in a welfare rights office. You will, after training and mentoring, be able to interview clients and provide information whilst being supported by our team. You will be able to offer practical assistance such as filling in forms and writing letters as well … Read more