Down's Syndrome Scotland
Down's Syndrome Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC011012

Down's Syndrome Scotland (DSS) is a parent led charity which was established in 1982.  We are the only charity in Scotland dedicated solely to supporting people with Down's syndrome (Ds) and their carers.  Our aims are that:

  • Children and adults with Ds, their parents and families, receive appropriate and timely information and support through all the ages and stages of their lives.
  • Public and professional attitudes to Ds will be more positive and inclusive.
  • Children and adults with Ds will be provided with choices and support to enable them to develop and reach their full social, physical and intellectual potential.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 31st July 2021

Down’s Syndrome Scotland was established as a charity in 1982 and is the only organisation in Scotland dedicated solely to supporting people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers.

Our mission is “To support families and people with Down’s syndrome to reach their full potential by providing a range of services, influencing public policy and by changing attitudes”.

For further information please visit our website:

The Roles

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

The pandemic has transformed the way the charity operates. Connection with our community has moved online and expanded rapidly. The Board has also changed its ways of operating. All meetings have switched to video conference resulting in increased efficiency and greater flexibility.

Full Board meetings are held quarterly, with an informal evening get together between each meeting providing information sharing and updating opportunities. Trustees are also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting and to allocate some time each year to step back and look at our strategic direction.

With respect to the current vacancies, the skills and experience of the Board would be particularly enhanced by those who have senior level expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Adult Mental Health
  • Government Policy
  • Independent Living Frameworks
  • Finance
  • Further Education and Employment

We value the benefits of having different experiences and points of view on our Board. We particularly welcome applications from those who would enhance the diversity of our thinking.

This vacancy has now closed

Achieving Better Communication (ABC) Programme Tutor

  • Part time
  • £20,170 pro-rata
  • Home based - ideally live in West/Central Scotland (However, other locations would be considered)
  • Closing 18th May 2022

Do you find it easy to relate to all ages, from babies through to adults?

Are you enthusiastic and fun? Are you looking for a new, exciting challenge ?

If you have answered yes to the above questions, we have a fantastic opportunity that offers you the chance to use and develop your own personal skills. Down’s Syndrome Scotland has been running the ABC programme (Achieving Better Communication) for the last 15 years throughout Scotland.

We are looking for an individual to deliver weekly ABC sessions to support the development of communication skills of individuals with Down’s syndrome (Ds) through a blended model of online and in person sessions.

You will be involved in supporting parents/carers, support staff and/or educational staff to continue to incorporate ABC programme techniques into their communication with individuals with Ds. Ideally, this role would suit someone with a background in supporting people with additional support needs either in a caring or educational role. However, full training will be given, and we are open to considering all enthusiastic applicants.