CHAI
CHAI

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.


Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive

  • Part time
  • £39,808 – £41,640 pro-rata
  • CHAI Head Office with option for hybrid working.
  • Closing 31st May 2022

CHAI provides free, confidential, high quality impartial advice, information and representation on welfare rights, employability, debt and housing matters to disadvantaged people who live in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Our aim is to alleviate poverty, prevent homelessness and encourage employability.

Our vision is to ensure that no one in our communities endures hardship. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become the best version of themselves.

Main Purpose of the post:

We are currently going through a period of growth and change and are seeking to recruit a new Chief Executive who will lead on the strategy, development and implementation of the work we do at CHAI.

Are you enthusiastic and committed to making a meaningful difference for vulnerable people facing hardship in our communities? Do you have the drive, enthusiasm, leadership and management skills to help us sustain and grow our remarkable legacy of community development, advice work and anti-poverty initiatives? If so, we would love to hear from you!

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Senior Advice Worker – Maximise

  • Full time
  • £25,817 – £27,372
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st May 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Advice Worker to join our award winning Maximise! project. Maximise! is partnership between CHAI and Children 1st which takes a whole family, trauma-informed, child centred approach to helping families affected by poverty.

Using the holistic Maximise! model of family wellbeing assistance, income maximisation and employability support, the project aims to support families towards increased stability within family relationships, improved living conditions, better financial resilience and greater employability opportunities.

The Senior Advice worker will provide a mentoring and support role for the Maximise! Advice team and be expected to contribute to the further development of the Maximise! model which also incorporates the ethos of close partnership working with families and all relevant services and stakeholders.

The Senior Advice Worker will be based within our Maximise! Team but also expected to contribute to the further development of the CHAI Advice & Employability service as a whole.

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Advice Worker- Maximise! Early Years Project

  • Full time
  • £22,653 – £24,263
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st May 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for an Advice Worker to join our new Maximise Early Years project as part of the award winning Maximise! partnership between CHAI and Children 1st.

The project takes a whole family, early intervention and trauma-informed approach to helping families who require some additional support and who may face multiple barriers to moving out of poverty. The Advice Worker will support families across 5 Early Years Centres in Edinburgh; Stenhouse, Sighthill, Calderglen, Hailesland and Gilmerton.

Using the holistic Maximise! model of Family Wellbeing assistance, Income Maximisation and Employability Support, the project aims to support families towards increased stability within family relationships, improved living conditions, barrier removal, increased financial and social inclusion and skills development leading to progression along the employability pipeline.

The Advice worker will be expected to contribute to the further development of the Maximise Early Years model which also incorporates the ethos of close partnership working with families, the Early Years Centres and all relevant stakeholders.

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Money Advice Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £20,085 – £22,248
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th April 2021

The Money Advice Support Worker will work alongside advisors, assisting clients undertaking a variety of practical steps that are required to maximise their income, manage their finances, and access formal debt solutions. The Worker and Adviser will agree individually tailored support plans to ensure that support provided meets the needs and requirements of each service user. Support will be case-centred, and the Worker will be expected to recognise and assist with referrals to an appropriate service when a the client has additional support needs.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates from the local community and possibly with lived experience of money advice, welfare and/or needing extra support.

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

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Advice Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,209 – £23,788
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th June 2021

This Post is based within our Advice Team in Edinburgh and will operate as part of the wider benefits advice and income maximisation service funded by the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board.

The Advice Worker will provide income maximisation through advice on welfare benefits, debt and tribunal representation to people actively engaging with the substance recovery hubs in South East and South West Edinburgh. The Recovery Hubs are a one-stop shop service offering a full range of drug and alcohol treatments and supports provided by the NHS, social work staff and the voluntary sector.

The model of provision will, typically, involve a half day of direct client contact, followed up with a further half-day casework. The direct client contact will usually take place in outreach locations in the community, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office or appropriate venues. With social distancing measures in place, the Advisor will deliver advice on the phone until it is safe to resume face to face appointments. Casework will also be undertaken from home when possible.

This post is funded until 31st March 2023 but may be subject to continued funding.

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Fundraising and Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,300 – £32,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st August 2021

CHAI is seeking to recruit a Fundraising and Development Manager who will support the development and implementation of a sustainable development and fundraising strategy for growth. The Fundraising and Development Manager will work closely with the Project Executive to generate income, with a focus on securing grant income and building new partnerships with Trusts, Foundations, and statutory bodies, and within the corporate sector, to support the current activities of CHAI and ensure long-term growth and development.

This position will play a vital role in continuing CHAI’s strong track record of securing funds from trusts and foundations and statutory through grant applications and tenders, as well as leading on the growth and future development of new income streams from corporate partnerships.

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Advice Worker (Maximise! Project)

  • Full time
  • £22,209 – £23,788
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd September 2021

This Post is based within our Advice Team in Edinburgh and will operate as part of our Maximise! project working in partnership with Children 1st.

The aim of the service is to address the financial and social pressures on families and individuals in order to promote a more stable and supportive family environment for the children attending school – and thereby supporting pupil attainment. The project works with families across all schools in Edinburgh but has a particular focus on Care Experienced children and families.

The model of provision will, typically, involve a half day of direct client contact, followed up with a further half-day casework. The direct client contact will ordinarily take place in schools and outreach locations in the community, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office or appropriate venues. With social distancing measures in place however, the Advisor will deliver advice on the phone/online until it is safe to resume face to face appointments. Casework will also be undertaken from home when possible.

Purpose of the Job

  • The Advice Worker will provide advice, information and representation to families at schools in Edinburgh, with the aim of addressing income, debt and housing issues.
  • The Advice Worker will assist in the promotion and development of Maximise! Services within schools
  • The Advice Worker will work to support the City of Edinburgh’s ‘1 in 5’ Programme and the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Strategy in order to address health and social inequalities and promote pupil attainment.

For further information about the role, please download the Job Description below.

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Administrative Assistant

  • Part time
  • £18,590 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th September 2021

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

  • To assist with the provision of administrative support to the Community Help & Advice Initiative.
  • The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing admin support support to all service delivery area’s.

PRINCIPAL TASKS

  • To answer calls, book appointments or signpost accordingly
  • To ensure that the agency records, files reports etc are kept in order and properly maintained.
  • Word processing of correspondence, reports etc.
  • To upload incoming mail to Advice Pro and set follow on tasks for advisors
  • Dealing with appropriate telephone calls and personal enquiries in a confidential manner.
  • Photocopying/scanning and collating documents as required.
  • To facilitate and arrange meetings as required
  • To carry out other reasonable duties deemed necessary determined by the Board.

ESSENTIAL

  • Good IT skills, including word, and excel
  • Good telephone manner.
  • Excellent Communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Understanding of filing systems.

DESIRABLE

  • Clean driving licence
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Income Maximisation Advisers x 2

  • Full time
  • £22,209 – £23,788
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th November 2021

Do you enjoy helping people out of difficult situations? Are you a people person who can advocate on people’s behalf if they are unable to do so? Would you like to help people get more money and be less stressed?

We are looking for 2 income maximisation advisers who will work directly with people to improve their financial situation. If you have experience of providing benefit and/or money advice then we would love to hear from you.

These posts are based within our Advice and Employability Team in Edinburgh and are part of the wider income maximisation service funded by the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board. We are a supportive team of people who really care about uplifting our communities and helping individuals and families thrive.

At present most of these services are provided via telephone appointments from home but some services may start to be operating face to face advice soon. We will continue to work in a blended manner i.e., a mixture of working from home, outreach locations and from our offices all in a safe and socially distanced manner.

Please clearly state what post you are interested in on the application form.

Recovery services post

This Advice Worker will help maximise income through advice and case work on benefits and debt to people actively engaging with the substance recovery hubs in South East and South West Edinburgh. The Recovery Hubs are a one-stop shop service offering a full range of drug and alcohol treatments and supports provided by the NHS, social work staff and the voluntary sector. Referrals come from the partners within the network such as Social workers, Community Psychiatric nurses and support workers and close liaising with these professionals is necessary to ensure that the clients receive a smooth service.

Ideally, we would like someone who has work experience or knowledge of working within substance misuse services and the ability to work alongside other professionals providing this service. Experience of providing benefits and debt advice would greatly help but suitable transferable skills and a quick learning aptitude will also be considered.

GP surgery and mental health post

This post provides additional benefit and debt advice provision across 3 GP surgeries in South West Edinburgh and will require the advice to be provided within the GP surgery but will be subject to all current Covid safety guidance. There will also be one additional day providing benefit and debt advice within a mental health team. This is a great opportunity for someone who can develop good working relations with other professions and enjoys problem solving for people.

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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 29th April 2022

CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative) is looking for Board Members who are passionate and committed to making a meaningful difference for people and communities.

CHAI provides free independent, confidential, high quality impartial advice, information and representation on welfare rights, employability, debt, and housing matters to disadvantaged people who live in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Our aim is to alleviate poverty, prevent homelessness and encourage employability.

As one of the largest Advice organisations in Scotland our vision is to ensure that no one in our communities unduly endures hardship and that everyone has the opportunity to become the best version of themselves.

Over the past 25 years CHAI has become embedded in the communities we serve, establishing long-standing connections, collaborations, and partnerships with statutory bodies, and third sector organisations, community groups, housing associations and other advice and support agencies in Edinburgh. This has allowed us to become a key point of reference for vulnerable people facing hardship.

This is an exciting time to join our charity. With an ambitious new strategy and brand, we have aspiration to grow our existing services and develop new services that contribute to our work. Do you have the passion and expertise to help us achieve our goals, if so, we would love to hear from you?

We are looking for four new trustees to join our established and committed Board. As a Board member you will play an integral role in helping to shape our work by providing guidance and support. You will help us to make a positive difference to people's lives as well as grow personally and professionally too.

We would especially love to hear from you if you have experience in the following areas: -

  • Previous experience of working with or being supported by CHAI (Lived Experience)
  • Financial experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • A genuine interest in supporting the work we do and in helping the people we support

Please note that we provide an induction, training, and appraisal to all our Board members.

CHAI is committed to empowering and supporting people from all backgrounds and we welcome applications from people regardless of age, ability, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and cultural origin.

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Advice Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,209 – £23,788
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 29th April 2022

This Post is based within our Advice Team in Edinburgh and will operate as part of the wider benefits advice and income maximisation service funded by the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board.

The Advice Worker will provide income maximisation, advice on welfare benefits and debt as well as tribunal representation within our projects.

The model of provision will, typically, involve a half day of direct client contact, followed up with a further half-day casework. The direct client contact will usually take place in outreach locations in the community, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office or appropriate venues. With social distancing measures in place, the Advisor will deliver advice on the phone until it is safe to resume face to face appointments. Casework will also be undertaken from home when possible.

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