Paws for Progress is a local organisation looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated people who share our values and are excited about how human-animal interactions can change lives.
At Paws for Progress, we provide the UK’s first prison-based rescue dog training programme, running at HMP YOI Polmont for over a decade. We also deliver a range of Personal Development Programmes and Wellbeing Programmes in prisons and schools across Central Scotland, with the help of our team of enthusiastic and friendly “Ambassadogs”.
Our purpose is to enable people and dogs to improve each other’s lives.
All our work helps us to achieve our 3 strategic aims:
Who we are:
Paws for Progress is a small organisation, led by a volunteer Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £130k and 5 members of staff. We are at a very exciting point in our development as we prepare for growth and expansion over the next 3-5 years. We hope that you will join us in our journey.
Who you are:
We would like to recruit several new Board members this summer, with applications welcomed from anyone who is passionate about our cause.
We are also particularly interested in recruiting Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Please see the Role profile & person specification below for further details about the role.
A very exciting and unique opportunity has arisen to join Paws for Progress in the role of Youth Specialist.
The purpose of your role will be to lead on the delivery of our exciting suite of Personal Development Programmes for young people across Central Scotland. These programmes are highly engaging due to their involvement of friendly and confident dogs.
The role involves working in settings such as schools, youth projects /community organisations, secure units, and prisons. The role focuses on working with disadvantaged or vulnerable children and young people from a variety of backgrounds.
As Youth Specialist, you will work to achieve Paws for Progress’ Strategic Purpose: Enabling people and dogs to improve each other’s lives.
The Youth Specialist will do this through contributing to our 3 Strategic Aims:
• Improve the wellbeing and future prospects of people experiencing challenges by creating opportunities for learning and development.
• Improve the welfare of dogs and rehoming success of homeless dogs.
• Build a sustainable future platform for our work to ensure we can make a lasting difference for both people and dogs.
The role will require the Youth Specialist to be involved in the expansion of our existing service model, with the support of the Development Manager, in addition to ongoing enhancement and improvement of the services.
You will be supported through a learning and development period at the start of this exciting and varied role.
*35 hours per week, to be flexibly worked at Paws for Progress sites across Central Scotland. A portion of this time will be spent working from home or at the office as required by the organisation (with potential for flexible working agreements depending on specific needs).
**Location: Travel will be necessary to the various Paws for Progress CIC project sites across Central Scotland and for team meetings at various locations, including our office based at the University of Stirling. For administrative duties, this role can be home-based and/or use office space.