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

Financial Capability Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,209 – £23,788
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th March 2021

CHAI is currently involved in the Scottish Government-led Universal Pathway Quality Improvement Practicum: Health Visitors & Financial Inclusion, which aims to add an effective pathway into financial advice for families supported by Health Visitors. The Financial Capability Worker will work alongside the Health Visitors in South East and North West of Edinburgh, providing income maximisation, welfare and debt advice, budgeting and financial capability support to expecting families and families with babies and young children who are supported by the Health Visitors. The worker will be embedded within the Health Visitors clusters in the two localities. As this is a new project, the Worker is required to develop it from ground up and to build excellent relationship with the Health Visitors and relevant stakeholders.

This post is based within CHAI’s Advice Team. The model of provision will, typically, involve a half a day of direct client contact, followed up by a further half-day casework. The direct client contact would usually take place at the Health Visitors clusters, at the family’s home or in community locations, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office. With social distance measures in place, the Worker will contact families on the phone until it is safe to resume home visits or to meet elsewhere in the community. Casework will also be undertaken from home when possible.

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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.

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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.

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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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Maximise! Advice Worker (Early Years)

  • Full time
  • £21,543 – £23,074
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th August 2020

This Post is based within our Advice Team in Edinburgh and will operate as part of a “Early Years Maximise!” project, and as part of the wider “Maximise!” service across schools in Edinburgh, in partnership with Children 1st.

Advice sessions will be provided in 5 Early Year Centres in Edinburgh - Moffat, Greendykes, Craigmillar, Fort and Granton. The aim of the service is to provide support to high risk families with children aged between 0 and 5 that are known to have a recurring need for support and face multiple barriers to moving out of poverty. The project will work with families with a long-established pattern of unemployment across generations who experience complex multiple barriers to employment.

The model of provision will, typically, involve a half day of direct client contact, followed up with a further half-day casework, per participating Early Year Centre. The direct client contact will usually take place at the Centre, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office or appropriate venue. With social distance measures in place, the Advisor will contact families on the phone until it is safe to book appointments in the Early Years Centres. Casework will also be undertaken from home when possible.

The Advice Worker (Early Years) will also be expected to contribute to the further development and extension of the “Early Years Maximise!” model.

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Development Worker (Employability) (Maximise!) part time

  • Part time
  • £21,543 – £23,074 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th August 2020

This post is Maternity Cover for the post-holder who works as part of the Maximise! Team in the South-East of Edinburgh. You will work alongside a full-time Advice Worker (employed by CHAI) and a full-time Family Support Worker (employed by Children 1st) in six Schools in the Liberton High School Cluster, provide tailored support to families who seek support to attain employability progressions.

The Post is funded to 31 January 2021.

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Advice Worker (Schools)

  • Full time
  • £21,543 – £23,074
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th August 2020

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

Advice Sessions will be provided in specified schools in Edinburgh. The aim of the Service is to address financial and social pressures on families and individuals in order to promote a more stable and supportive family environment for the children attending the school – and thereby supporting pupil attainment.

The model of provision will, typically, involve a half day of direct client contact, followed up with a further half-day casework, per participating school. The direct client contact will usually take place at the school, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office or other appropriate venue.

The Advice Worker (Schools) will also be expected to contribute to the futher development and extension of the ‘Maximise!’ model.

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Advice Worker (Schools) part time

  • Part time
  • £21,543 – £23,074 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th November 2020

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

Advice Sessions will be provided in specified schools in Edinburgh. The aim of the Service is to address financial and social pressures on families and individuals in order to promote a more stable and supportive family environment for the children attending the school – and thereby supporting pupil attainment.

The model of provision will, typically, involve a half day of direct client contact, followed up with a further half-day casework, per participating school. The direct client contact will usually take place at the school, with the casework undertaken at CHAI’s main office or other appropriate venue.

The Advice Worker (Schools) will also be expected to contribute to the futher development and extension of the ‘Maximise!’ model.

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Development Worker (Employability) (Early Years)

  • Part time
  • £21,543 – £23,074 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th November 2020

This Post is based within our Advice & Employability Team in Edinburgh and will operate as part of a “Early Years Maximise!” project, and as part of the wider “Maximise!” service across schools in Edinburgh, in partnership with Children 1st.

Employability support sessions will be provided in 5 Early Year Centres in Edinburgh - Moffat, Greendykes, Craigmillar, Fort and Granton. The aim of the service is to provide support to high risk families with children aged between 0 and 5 that are known to have a recurring need for support and face multiple barriers to moving out of poverty. The project will work with families with a long-established pattern of unemployment across generations who experience complex multiple barriers to employment.

With social distance measures in place, the Development Worker will contact families on the phone until it is safe to book appointments in the Early Year Centres and outreach venues. Casework will also be undertaken from home when possible.

The Development Worker will also be expected to contribute to the further development and extension of the “Early Years Maximise!” model.

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Volunteer Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £20,085 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th February 2021

This is a new post and will be working across the various teams (advice, employability, housing support and admin/fundraising teams).

CHAI is a charity that provides benefit, housing and debt advice, as well as employability and housing support and court/tribunal representation in Edinburgh and Midlothian. CHAI’s Volunteering Project aims to recruit and train volunteers in providing welfare rights, housing, debt advice and representation, enabling them to support vulnerable and disadvantaged clients who otherwise may not be able to access and receive advice from CHAI. With this project we will address gaps in service delivery and the high demand for advice, and we will develop a volunteering programme to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

The Volunteer Coordinator will work 3 days a week to recruit, induct and support volunteers from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, and to develop a training programme that will enable volunteers to develop and strengthen their employability skills, promoting community cohesion.

This is a one-year post and extension is subject to continuation of funding.

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