Cattanach
Cattanach

Charity registered in Scotland SC049833

Cattanach is an independent charitable funder for Early Years work in Scotland. We fund work that supports children and their families from pre-birth to three years old. At Cattanach, we believe in working with the strengths that families and communities have to support their children (some call this an "asset-based model") and we want to see this reflected in the work we fund. To honour this commitment, we require all proposals to involve both children and their carers, whether parents, adopted or foster parents, or kinship carers. We aspire to be a helpful funder and to give support and advice when needed. The Cattanach Trustees wish to maintain best practice in grant making, and to encourage recipient organisations to think of Cattanach as a partner. They are also keen to work with other partner organisations, whether these are funders, corporate or statutory bodies, umbrella or support organisations

Current vacancies

Cattanach Associates

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Home based with main office in Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th November 2020

Are you passionate about supporting very young children and their families? We at Cattanach are looking for individuals with expertise in key areas relating to our grant making work in the Early Years sector to join us as Cattanach Associates. Together, we want to drive positive change for very young children in Scotland and hope to strengthen our support for frontline Early Years organisations. For more information on our work, visit our website: https://www.cattanach.org.uk/.

We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Early Years Practice
  • Early Years setting management & operations
  • Infant mental health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Early learning (in general, but also with specialisation e.g. additional support needs, English as a Second Language, etc.)
  • Dads work
  • Social work (with an Early Years focus)
  • Outdoor/Nature play
  • Voluntary organisation governance
  • Finance/Accounting (with a focus on charities)
  • Governance (with a focus on charities)
  • Family law
  • Criminal justice
  • Charity fundraising
  • Capital project management/Architecture

The list is not exhaustive, of course. If you feel you could add value to Cattanach’s work in different ways, please contact our Chief Executive Dr Sophie Flemig (sophie@cattanach.org.uk) for an informal chat. We welcome applications from individuals in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

We ask that all candidates demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the four Cattanach values:

  • integrity – We strive to be fair, ethical and accountable.
  • love – We recognise the importance of nurturing relationships, with kindness and compassion at the heart of all our work.
  • consideration – We are mindful of the challenges, hopes and aspirations of others.
  • hope – We are passionate about enabling change through our work with partners and the organisations we support.

As Associate with Cattanach, we will ask you to perform one of three tasks on an as-needed basis: 1) support the Grant Committee as a co-opted member, 2) provide capacity support to the charities we are funding, and 3) provide advisory support to Cattanach Trustees and the executive team. This is all on a flexible basis, which means that you can work around your other professional or personal commitments. We do not commit to a minimum number of hours of work per year. We would expect the average Associate to be asked to work for between one to five days per year, subject to our grant making work and demand for capacity support.

You will be line managed by the Chief Executive and receive thorough on-board training, together with annual appraisals and peer learning across the Associate network supported by the Business and Development Officer.

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Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st May 2020

Background

Are you passionate about making a difference for very young children and their families? Research has shown that strong attachment and nurturing relationships during the first years of life have the highest chances of building resilience and improving lifelong outcomes. Therefore, any investment made during these first years of a child’s life will have the highest impact – it is about prevention over intervention. We at Cattanach strongly believe this is how we can make the biggest difference for the public good with the endowment we have been entrusted with. The COVID 19 pandemic is bringing long-standing inequalities to the forefront and we are more determined than ever to make a difference to very young children and their families here in Scotland.

Our grants support organisations that help families with children from pre-birth to about three years of age to form strong relationships with those in their closest circles - parents, grandparents, siblings and carers – and enjoy a happy and healthy early childhood. In particular, we want to foster strong attachment, build resilience, improve family mental health and work towards prevention over waiting until things are broken. You can find more information in our 2020 Stepping Stone Strategy.We also work with partners in the voluntary, public and private sectors to jointly achieve the National Outcome for children and young people:

"We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential."

Together, we want to drive positive change for very young children in Scotland and hope to strengthen our support for frontline organisations. For more information on our work, please visit our website (you can find our Constitution here).

Trustee Profile

We are looking for several Trustees to join our Board. We have been growing as a funder and as an organisation, with a new and highly skilled team, fruitful and productive partnerships, and a strong commitment to being a strategic as well as a successful grassroot funder.

Cattanach welcomes applications from individuals in the private, voluntary and public sectors. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with experience and expertise in one of the following areas:

  • Early Years Practice and Pedagogy
  • Researchers and/or Policy professionals with a specialisation in the Early Years
  • Social work with Early Years focu
  • Childhood development
  • Clinical psychologists with a practice in infant and/or perinatal mental health
  • Investment Management
  • Accounting/Finance (ideally with a charity focus)
  • Digital & IT

The list is not exhaustive, of course. Our Chief Executive, Dr Sophie Flemig (sophie@cattanach.org.uk) will be delighted to have an informal chat with you to provide further information.

We are specifically looking for a Chair for the Grants Committee and a Chair for the Finance and Audit Committee and would be delighted if you could express your interest in either position at the time of submitting your application.

We ask that all candidates demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the four Cattanach values:

INTEGRITY – We strive to be fair, ethical and accountable.

LOVE – We recognise the importance of nurturing relationships, with kindness and compassion at the heart of all our work.

HOPE – We are passionate about enabling change through our work with partners and the organisations we support.

Time Commitment

As Trustee with Cattanach, you will attend four Board meetings per year and be a member of at least one of our Committees (Finance and Audit, Investment and Grants), each of which meet four times a year. Meetings tend to be held in Edinburgh or Glasgow, and dial-in via video-conference is possible.

We ask Trustees to accompany staff on at least one project visit every year and to partake in a one-day Strategy Seminar in the autumn. The total time commitment for a Cattanach Trustee is about 10 days per year, including reading and preparation time, all meetings (Board and Committee) and individual/Board development. About 60% of this time can be organised flexibly while 40% is reserved for meetings as a Board.

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Grants & Relationships Officer

  • Full time or Part time or Flexible
  • £25,000 – £27,000
  • Edinburgh based
  • Closing 12th June 2020

Are you passionate about supporting very young children and their families? We at Cattanach are looking to recruit a Grants & Relationships Officer to join our team. Together, we want to drive positive change for very young children in Scotland and hope to strengthen our support for frontline Early Years organisations. For more information on our work and team, visit our website: https://www.cattanach.org.uk/.

As Grants & Relationships Officer with Cattanach, you will be liaising directly with registered charities across Scotland who support families with very young children (pre-birth to about 3 years of age) as part of our proposal and evaluations process. Working closely with the Chief Executive and Business & Development Officer, you will provide support to charities in working on their proposals or evaluations and growing their Early Years practice; this will include visits to settings as and when this becomes possible again. You will feed into reports for our Grants Committee and Board and support the Cattanach team in keeping our grants management system and wider database up to date. As part of a small but ambitious team, your work will be varied and may look very different day-to-day – ranging from support with social media to attending Funder Fairs or organising training for grantees.

We are specifically looking for a motivated and enthusiastic qualified Early Years practitioner with a passion for improving the lives of very young children who can bring an understanding of Early Years work and how Scottish Government policies (such as Getting It Right for Every Child) are translated into practice. Cattanach will provide comprehensive training to support the transition into the grantmaking world. We ask that all candidates demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the four Cattanach values:

  • integrity – We strive to be fair, ethical and accountable.
  • love – We recognise the importance of nurturing relationships, with kindness and compassion at the heart of all our work.
  • consideration – We are mindful of the challenges, hopes and aspirations of others.
  • hope – We are passionate about enabling change through our work with partners and the organisations we support.

Work can be organised flexibly to suit you and the charities we work with. Please note that the post entails significant travel across Scotland although overnight trips are rare. We are keen to honour our staff’s needs and preferences; while we do offer office-space, remote-working is always an option and supported with suitable equipment. Due to COVID-19, the entire organisation is currently working remotely. We provide a competitive benefits package and on-going attractive training opportunities. If you would like to have an informal chat before applying, please contact our Chief Executive Sophie Flemig (sophie@cattanach.org.uk).

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