Thriving Families
Thriving Families

Charity registered in Scotland SC024835

Our charity has been supporting families in the Highlands for almost 28 years as Chip+. On 4 February 2021 we re-launched as Thriving Families. Our goal is to become the ‘go to’ organisation known for improving the lives of families in the Highlands by giving them confidence, empowering them to know their rights, know what questions to ask and have their voices heard.

Current vacancies

Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Inverness
  • Closing 2nd December 2022

Our charity has been supporting families in the Highlands for almost 3 decades, for many years as Chip+ then we re-launched as Thriving Families in 2021. Our goal is to be the ‘go to’ organisation known for improving the lives of families in the Highlands by giving them confidence, empowering them to know their rights, know what questions to ask and have their voices heard.

We are currently commissioned to provide an independent information, advice, and support service for families with children (up to age 25) with additional support needs, and the professionals working with them. An additional support need is anything which means a child needs more, or different, support to another child the same age to make the most of their lives. We are also delivering peer support, digital support and volunteering.

Requirements of Trustees

The Board is seeking to recruit new Trustees to the Board. We are particularly interested to hear from those with relevant experience in business/finance and HR, who shares our passion to improve the lives of families in the Highlands.

Trustees are expected to attend bi-monthly Board meetings. Meetings usually last for 2 hours. Meetings are usually held online or a venue in Inverness city centre.

Trustees will also be expected to attend some staff team meetings online and occasional events relevant to the charity.

Term

Trustees will normally serve 12 months (from AGM to AGM). Trustees can stand for re-election at the AGM.

Responsibility

Trustees are responsible to the Board. Each Trustee must meet the Charitable Trustee Legal Duty (OSCR).

Training

Trustees will be offered induction and access to other training or learning relevant to the role.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can contribute and reach their full potential regardless of individual characteristics or circumstances. We welcome Board member applications from all suitable candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, religion, or belief.

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2x Family Support Workers

  • Part time
  • £22,622 – £24,715 pro-rata
  • Highland based, predominately home working
  • Closing 27th August 2021

Our charity has been supporting families in the Highlands for almost 3 decades as Chip+. On 4 February 2021 we re-launched as Thriving Families. Our goal is to become the ‘go to’ organisation known for improving the lives of families in the Highlands by giving them confidence, empowering them to know their rights, know what questions to ask and have their voices heard.

We are currently commissioned to provide an independent information, advice, and support service for families with children (up to age 25) with additional support needs, and the professionals working with them. An additional support need is anything which means a child needs more, or different, support to another child the same age to make the most of their lives.

Family Support Workers deliver our independent information, advice and support service to families and professionals. They offer a balanced and impartial position, giving direction and support, and seeking realistic solutions to help families move forwards.

They are working towards the following outcomes for families:

  • Reduced isolation – building relationships with others
  • Improved resilience – enabling coping mechanisms at a time when the usual strategies and services may not be available
  • Improved access to information, support and advice
  • Improved recognition of own strengths
  • Improved mental health and well-being
  • Increased confidence to make positive changes

As a small charity team work is integral to our success and effective functioning. It is sometimes necessary for team members to share responsibility for a range of tasks such as communications/fundraising/service strategy/monitoring for which a larger organisation would have dedicated posts.

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This vacancy has now closed

Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Highlands
  • Closing 10th February 2022

Our charity has been supporting families in the Highlands for almost 3 decades as Chip+. On 4 February 2021 we re-launched as Thriving Families. Our goal is to become the ‘go to’ organisation known for improving the lives of families in the Highlands by giving them confidence, empowering them to know their rights, know what questions to ask and have their voices heard.

We are currently commissioned to provide an independent information, advice, and support service for families with children (up to age 25) with additional support needs, and the professionals working with them. An additional support need is anything which means a child needs more, or different, support to another child the same age to make the most of their lives. We are also developing peer support, digital support and volunteering.

Requirements of Trustees

The Board is seeking to recruit a Treasurer, with relevant experience in business/finance, who shares our passion to improve the lives of families in the Highlands.

The Treasurer would be expected to prepare our accounts on a monthly basis. This would be a commitment of up to 2 hours each month, often less.

Trustees are expected to attend bi-monthly Board meetings. Meetings usually last for 2 hours. Meetings are currently held online but may in future be held at the Pines.

Trustees will also be expected to attend some staff team meetings online and occasional events relevant to the charity.

Term

Trustees will normally serve 12 months (from AGM to AGM). Trustees can stand for re-election at the AGM.

Responsibility

Trustees are responsible to the Board. Each Trustee must meet the Charitable Trustee Legal Duty (OSCR).

Training

Trustees will be offered induction and access to other training or learning relevant to the role.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can contribute and reach their full potential regardless of individual characteristics or circumstances. We welcome Board member applications from all suitable candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, religion, or belief.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Family Support Worker (Digital Support)

  • Part time
  • £22,622 – £24,175 pro-rata
  • Home-based in the Highland region
  • Closing 23rd March 2022

About Thriving Families

Our charity has been supporting families in the Highlands for almost 3 decades as Chip+. In 2021 we re-launched as Thriving Families. Our goal is to be the ‘go to’ organisation known for improving the lives of families in the Highlands by giving them confidence, empowering them to know their rights, know what questions to ask and have their voices heard.

We are currently commissioned to provide an independent information, advice, and support service for families with children (up to age 25) with additional support needs (ASN), and the professionals working with them. An additional support need is anything which means a child needs more, or different, support to another child the same age to make the most of their lives. We also currently deliver a digital support service for families, with the aim of developing peer support networks and facilitating access to support.

About the role

We have secured a further 12 months funding for our digital support project with the aim of further developing digital support for carers of children with additional support needs to reduce isolation, increase resilience and empower carers, enabling them to cope with their caring role and improve family well-being.

The Covid pandemic has placed significant pressure and additional challenges on carers, who feel increasingly isolated and unsupported. So far this project has helped to bridge the gap between carers sinking or swimming and build some lasting positive change during a really challenging time for us all.

This is a new Family Support Worker role with a focus on digital support for families. Our current digital support offer includes regular virtual support groups, a closed Facebook page, podcasts and You Tube videos. We are looking to continue and expand this offer, working with our families to identify what would be most helpful for them.

We are working towards the following outcomes for families:

• Reduced isolation – building relationships with others

• Improved resilience – enabling coping mechanisms at a time when the usual strategies and services may not be available

• Improved access to information, support and advice

• Improved recognition of own strengths

• Improved mental health and well-being

• Increased confidence to make positive changes

As a small charity team work is integral to our success and effective functioning. It is sometimes necessary for team members to share responsibility for a range of tasks such as communications/fundraising/service strategy/monitoring for which a larger organisation would have dedicated posts.

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