Four Square (Scotland)
Four Square (Scotland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC017242

Four Square manages a wide range of services throughout Edinburgh aimed at providing assistance and opportunities that will enable homeless and other vulnerable people to develop the self-confidence and skills necessary for positive and sustainable independent living.

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Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

The role

We are recruiting a Night Practitioner for our young women's supported accommodation project in Edinburgh.

We are seeking a qualified and professional person who:

  • Is proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, has a positive outlook, approachable, friendly, patient, and confident and has a flexible approach to supporting people;
  • Is confident in loneworking;
  • Has strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Can demonstrate they have excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Has an in-depth understanding of youth issues, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts people's life outcomes;
  • Can assist in support planning and work alongside people to help them achieve the goals they set;
  • Is honest, trustworthy and respectful to colleagues, people they support, and all other stakeholders;
  • Has a good standard of English and maths and is proficient with using IT systems and databases.
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Team Leader - Superstore

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th April 2021

Reporting to:Operations Manager

Responsible for: Shop team and volunteers

Edinburgh Furniture Initiative is an established second-hand furniture store. Located in the centre of Edinburgh, EFI is one of Scotland’s largest re-use social enterprises.

Operating as part of Four Square, a charity supporting people who face homelessness, EFI provides an independent income stream for Four Square and operates with three main aims:

  • to provide low cost, high quality furniture to people on low incomes;
  • to provide employment and training opportunities for people who have been homeless or who are at risk of homelessness;
  • and, to promote the re-use economy and prevent useable goods going into landfill.

Following a restructure as a result of changes to our business during Covid-19, we are looking for a creative, dynamic store manager who can combine good people and business skills with an eye for design and an entrepreneurial approach. We want to make EFI a flagship for the re-use economy and build a sustainable social enterprise that will integrate and support the wider charity as we progress towards our vision of supporting everyone to have a home and their place in the community.

The right person is someone who has the vision and capacity to plan the service; set and meet targets; and motivate and support a varied staff team; and work in partnership with likeminded organisations.

The person appointed will also be joining at an exciting time where we are planning a move to a new store and a large-scale refurbishment programme at our storage warehouse. You will have the opportunity to input into how the store looks and how it is set out and really see EFI grow into the business it can be.

The job

Day to day, you will manage the shop staff; office staff; shop warehouse team; and volunteers. You’ll work closely with your colleague the Team Leader in the warehouse to ensure the shop is filled with the right stock; and the collections are being managed well. You’ll oversee our team of volunteers; our sales team; warehouse staff; and phone team; as well as young people coming into the organisation through the Kickstart Jobs Scheme. Your team will be 4 full time staff across a weekday and a weekend; up to 4 young people; and up to 4 volunteers a day. The main functions of the role are:

  1. Plan the work of the team to ensure the targets are met; the team are supported and provide excellent customer service and high performance
  2. Be an ambassador for Four Square and build relationship with key external organisation including regulators and accreditors, partners, funders and the wider social enterprise community.
  3. Oversee the stock, ensuring enough stock is coming into the store; is of high quality and sells well; and that stock is managed on the shop floor;
  4. Oversee the collection and communication around Gift Aid donations and sales;
  5. Maintain the look of the store ensuring it is inviting welcoming and displays our furniture and white goods encourage sales and make best use of the floor space;
  6. Oversee our online sales, ensuring we offer high standards and have excellent procedures in place for communicating and delivering on eBay, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms;
  7. Monitor and report on store performance to funders, regulators and to the Leadership Team;
  8. Analyse and interpret performance information to support improvement and development;
  9. Work closely with the Team Leader - Warehouse to take advantage of opportunities to increase stock donations and explore new suppliers;
  10. Be responsible for the health and safety of the building and the staff;
  11. Manage staff performance, rotas, duties, holidays and absences;
  12. Work with external partners and colleagues to create opportunities within the store for volunteering and employment for people using our services;
  13. Review systems, processes and procedures across the social enterprise including brining in a new till system;
  14. Seek out new opportunities to improve the store; attract new donors; and create productive partnerships;
  15. Be an active member of national membership organisations to ensure you keep in touch with new policies, developments and training;
  16. Ensure our store meets the Revolve standards for the sale of re-use goods;
  17. Create and up-date standard operating procedures;
  18. Create a marketing plan for the store to encourage donations and shoppers;
  19. Plan events in the store to increase the profile of EFI and to reach new shoppers and volunteers;
  20. Participate in organisation wide managers meetings and improvement projects.

The person

If you are the right person you will:

  1. Have values which complement our values as an organisation and you must demonstrate that you live them everyday;
  2. Have the right experience: a solid background in retail is essential; a design background; experience of digital marketing and a knowledge of furniture sales would be a bonus.
  3. Enjoy and be good at managing people: motivating, encouraging and having the difficult conversations;
  4. Get all the compliance stuff right: attention to detail, reporting, gathering evidence and using it for improvement;
  5. Be a leader: know what you want to do and take people with you;
  6. Be a great team member and feel passionate about what you do;
  7. Spot the gaps and come up with creative ways to fill them;
  8. Be good at planning and help your team be good at planning;
  9. Be good at relationships with people you agree with and people you don’t agree with;
  10. Value attention to detail so that your procedures, processes and reporting are accurate, make sense and anyone can access them;
  11. Know how to use technology to improve your work and help others to see the benefit.
  12. Have an eye for strategy: working out how to improve the current set-up for future development and growth.
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Housing Support Practitioner/ Asset Coach

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Based in the City of Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd July 2021

About us

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

Following a restructure and reimagination of how we will deliver housing support to people in the South West of Edinburgh we are looking for qualified, experienced, motivated people with a can-do attitude who have a commitment to using evidence based approaches to supporting people to join our team.

Sitting within our Visiting Support Service is our pilot project People First which we are delivering in collaboration with YPeople. This is a Lottery funded project that is trialing the use of a coaching model developed by the Mayday Trust in Scotland. More information of the model can be found at maydaytrust.org.uk/what-is-the-pts

Due to a vacancy opening up we are seeking a Housing Support Practitioner who can also temporarily fulfil the role of Asset Coach until the end of the funding period which is the 31st March 2022. The successful candidate will then work full time within the Housing Support team.

The Role:

South West Visiting Housing Support Service

The role of Housing Support Practitioner/ Asset Coach in our Housing Support Service and People First Project is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships and interests that support them to build the life they want. We work from a person-led, strength based and trauma informed approach to help people realise their goals, recover, connect with their communities and enjoy life.

This Housing Support service is commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council in the South West of Edinburgh with the aim of preventing homelessness or to move on from homelessness. The People First project is funded by the National Lottery. Housing Support Practitioners will be to complete a holistic assessment with the person that produces a collaborative support plan with the aim to help people recognise their strengths which will build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation. Practitioners will use the Homelessness Star to develop this collaborative support plan that, alongside identifying areas of strength, addresses other areas of their lives people want to improve or change. We offer in-house training to all our staff on the use of the tool.

A full Job Description and Person Specification is available for download below.

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Housing Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Based in the City of Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd July 2021

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

Following a restructure and reimagination of how we will deliver housing support to people in the South West of Edinburgh we are looking for qualified, experienced, motivated people with a can-do attitude and a commitment to using evidence based approaches to support people to join our team.

The Role:

The role of Housing Support Practitioner in our Housing Support Service is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships and interests that support them to build the life they want. We work from a strength based and trauma informed approach to help people realise their goals, connect with their communities and enjoy life.

This service is commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council in the South West of Edinburgh with the aim of preventing homelessness or to move on from homelessness. The role of Housing Support Practitioners will be to complete a holistic assessment with the person that produces a collaborative support plan with the aim to help people recognise their strengths which will build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation. Practitioners will use the Homelessness Star to develop this collaborative support plan that, alongside identifying areas of strength, addresses other areas of their lives people want to improve or change. We offer in-house training to all our staff on the use of the tool.

A full Job Description and Person Specification is available for download below.

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Practitioner for young women's supported accommodation service.

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • City of Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th July 2021

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

We have a full-time position as a Practitioner become available in our small supported accommodation project which supports young women aged 16-25 to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals.

***Due to the nature and context of the work, there is an occupational requirement for all members of our staff within this service to be women.

The role

We are recruiting a Practitioner for our young women's supported accommodation project in Edinburgh. We are seeking a qualified and professional person who:

  • Is proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, has a positive outlook, approachable, friendly, patient, and confident and has a flexible approach to supporting people;
  • Is confident in loneworking;
  • Committed to working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the shared goal of the service and wider organisation;
  • Has strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support and applies these in practice;
  • Can demonstrate they have excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Has an in-depth understanding of youth issues, homelessness, trauma, gender-based violence and adversity and how it impacts young women's life outcomes;
  • Works from a strengths based perspective;
  • Confident in assessment and support planning and committed to working with young people collaboratively to help achieve the goals they set;
  • Is honest, trustworthy and respectful to colleagues, people they support, and all other stakeholders;
  • Has a good standard of English and math's and is proficient with using IT systems and databases.

Reporting to: Senior Practitioner

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Weekend Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • Based in the City of Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th September 2021

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

An exciting role has become available for a female Weekend Practitioner to join one of our accommodation projects.

The Role:

The role of Practitioner in our women's services is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Practitioners recognise people’s strengths and work alongside them to build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation and help them feel safe and to heal from trauma they have experienced. Practitioners also support people to develop practical skills, maximise their income, develop healthier coping skills, problem solving skills, social skills, and employability skills that will assist them in creating the life they want.

This role will be within one of our women's accommodation services and will require shift working.

To be a Practitioner within Four Square you will need:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, confident;
  • Experience of working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Proficiency using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including using case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, the Internet and email;
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Good understanding of gender-based violence, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • An understanding of benefits, housing processes and legislation;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • A commitment to your learning and development and putting knowledge and skills into practice;
  • Commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • Honest, trustworthy, and respectful to colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners, and all other stakeholders;
  • Keep up to date with and follow and apply policies and procedures, standards, and codes of practice;
  • Be creative in your approach to supporting people;
  • Have a good standard of English and math's and able to produce clear written communications in the form of log books, case notes and diary entries.

Due to the nature and context of the work, there is an occupational requirement for all members of our staff within this service to be women.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

The role

We are recruiting a Night Practitioner for our young women's supported accommodation project in Edinburgh. We are seeking a qualified and professional person who:

  • Is proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, has a positive outlook, approachable, friendly, patient, and confident and has a flexible approach to supporting people;
  • Is confident in lone working;
  • Has strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Can demonstrate they have excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Has an in-depth understanding of youth issues, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts people's life outcomes;
  • Can assist in support planning and work alongside people to help them achieve the goals they set;
  • Is honest, trustworthy and respectful to colleagues, people they support, and all other stakeholders;
  • Has a good standard of English and math’s and is proficient with using IT systems and databases.
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Head of Fundraising

  • Full time
  • £33,061 – £45,000
  • Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HF
  • Closing 17th January 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

The Role:

This role is a new role within Four Square and sits within the management team of the organisation. You will be the sole fundraiser for the charity, but will have scope to build a team and to draw on resources throughout the organisation.

Four Square has modernised and developed beyond recognition in the past three years. We have solid foundations in place and we are now in a position to grow our charity by scaling up the level of impact we have.

Fundraising is key to achieving this vision and we are looking for an individual who shares our passion, drive and enthusiasm for what we do.

Our current income streams are generated through the commissioned services we provide for the council; lottery funding; and the unrestricted income generated from our social enterprise. We want the successful candidate to focus initially on securing funding for some large-scale projects and then advising the Leadership Team on a fundraising strategy that will best support our strategic plan.

Trust and Foundations will be a key focus but we’d also like to pursue a new focus on corporate fundraising and major donor programmes.

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Practitioner – Weekends/Full-time/Relief

  • Full time or Part time
  • £24,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st January 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

Following two years of modernisation, restructure and investment, Four Square now has strong foundations in place to plan for the future. Our Strategic Plan sets out ambitious objectives for the next four years which includes growing our services to people and maximising our impact. We are now looking for Practitioners and Relief Practitioners for our accommodation services who can help us achieve our ambitions for people impacted by homelessness and whose values align with our Organisations.

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2 x Senior Night Practitioners

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st March 2022

We are looking for 2 x Senior Night Practitioners to work across all accommodation services supporting our Night Practitioner team. This is a brand-new role in Four Square.

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Senior Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st March 2022

We are looking for a Senior Practitioner to lead and manage within our accommodation services. Due to the nature of the services this position is only open to woman.

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Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values upon which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

The Role:

The role of Practitioner is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Night Practitioners recognise people's strengths and build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience and motivation. They ensure people feel safe at night living in our accommodation and provide emotional and practical support to people throughout the night as required. They also communicate with other agencies necessary such as police, social work, housing and voluntary sector partners as necessary.

Night Practitioners ensure the security of the building, document repairs to be undertaken, undertake light cleaning tasks, administrative duties and any other reasonable tasks requested by their daytime colleagues.

To be a Night Practitioner within Four Square you will need:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, confident;
  • Experience of working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Proficiency using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including using case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, the Internet and email;
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Good understanding of gender-based violence, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting this into practice;
  • A commitment to individual supervision and appraisal processes and motivated to action the personal development plan;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • Experience as a keyworker and commitment to undertaking all duties required of this role;
  • Experience of completing casefiles to ensure they are up to date with clear and concise information;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting knowledge and skills into practice;
  • Regular attendance at reflective practice group sessions;
  • Engagement in regular casework review meeting with the Senior Practitioner or Service Manager;
  • Engaged in the wider organisation’s activities;
  • Commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • Honest, trustworthy and respectful to colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners and all other stakeholders;
  • Committed to excellence and engage in improvement plans for the services and wider organisation;
  • Keep up to date with and follow and apply policies and procedures, standards and codes of practice;
  • Be creative in your approach to supporting people;
  • Have a good standard of English and maths and able to produce clear written communications in the form of case notes, reports, diary entries, case studies timeously.

Requirements:

  • Have SVQ 3 in a related subject that allows registration with SSSC and meets the standards of the Care Inspectorate or be willing to work towards this;
  • Commitment to learning and development;
  • An understanding of the impact of homelessness, trauma, adversity, mental health, exclusion and isolation, offending, substance use, poor relationships;
  • Coaching and motivating people who have experienced trauma and adversity;
  • Assessment and support planning skills and use of outcome measurement tools;
  • Working successfully in a team;
  • Using IT systems and word processing packages;
  • Following and applying policies and procedures, standards and codes of practice.
  • Induction and core training programme relevant to the role;
  • Regular support and supervision;
  • Annual appraisal and CPD action plan;
  • Engage in organisational review and development plans.

The Organisation’s Offer to Practitioners:

  • Induction and core training programme relevant to the role;
  • Regular support and supervision;
  • Annual appraisal and CPD action plan;
  • Opportunities to engage in Organisational review and development plans.
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Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st March 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values upon which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

The Role:

The role of Practitioner is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Practitioners recognise people’s strengths and work alongside them to build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation. They help people develop practical skills, maximise income, develop healthier coping skills, problem solving skills, social skills, and employability skills.

Practitioners use a flexible approach to work with people using services ensuring they receive the support they want and need to have the best chance of getting and keeping a home and living their best life in a community.

To be a Practitioner within Four Square you will need:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, confident;
  • Experience of working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Proficiency using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including using case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, the Internet and email;
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Understanding of homelessness, trauma, youth issues, gender-based violence and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • In-depth understanding of benefits, housing processes and legislation;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • A commitment to your learning and development and putting knowledge and skills into practice;
  • Commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • Honest, trustworthy, and respectful to colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners, and all other stakeholders;
  • Keep up to date with and apply policies and procedures, standards, and codes of practice;
  • Apply a strengths based approach to working with people using the Outcome Star tool to support assessment and support planning;
  • Have a good standard of English and math's and able to produce clear written communications in the form of log books, case notes and diary entries.

Requirements:

  • Be registered with SSSC or achieve registration within 6 months of starting;
  • Be qualified in a relevant subject e.g. HNC social care etc. to SCQF7 as a minimum;
  • To comply always with Four Square’s Code of Conduct, together with its policies and procedures with regards to the maintenance of professional relationships between colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to Four Square's Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy;
  • o adhere to Four Square’s policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion when working with colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to and maintain all health and safety standards;
  • To work in accordance with Four Square’s core values and mission statement.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed (including providing cover for colleagues, as directed);
  • To comply always with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedure;
  • To attend conferences / seminars / training, as required.

The Organisation’s Offer to Practitioners:

  • Induction and core training programme relevant to the role;
  • Annual appraisal and CPD opportunities
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Practitioner – Full-time/Nights/Relief

  • Full time or Part time
  • £24,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th April 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

Following two years of modernisation, restructure and investment, Four Square now has strong foundations in place to plan for the future. Our Strategic Plan sets out ambitious objectives for the next four years which includes growing our services to people and maximising our impact. We are now looking for Practitioners and Relief Practitioners for our accommodation services who can help us achieve our ambitions for people impacted by homelessness and whose values align with our Organisations.

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Senior Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £30,100
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th May 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

Following two years of modernisation, restructure and investment, Four Square now has strong foundations in place. Our Strategic Plan sets out ambitious objectives for the next four years which includes growing our services to people and maximising our impact. We are now looking for a Senior Practitioner in our Women’s Services and Night and Weekend Practitioners for our youth accommodation services who can help us achieve our ambitions for people impacted by homelessness.

The role of Senior Practitioner in our Keymoves services is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring every person staying with us feels safe and secure and has the opportunity and support to recover and move on to a positive future. Our aim is that people find suitable accommodation, create a beautiful home, find a place in their community and develop a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

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Night Practitioner/ Weekend Practitioner

  • Full time or Part time
  • £25,800
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th May 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

Following two years of modernisation, restructure and investment, Four Square now has strong foundations in place. Our Strategic Plan sets out ambitious objectives for the next four years which includes growing our services to people and maximising our impact. We are now looking for a Senior Practitioner in our Women’s Services and Night and Weekend Practitioners for our youth accommodation services who can help us achieve our ambitions for people impacted by homelessness.

Weekend Practitioner

Permanent position (16 hours per week worked over Saturday and Sunday)

The role of Weekend Practitioner is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Night Practitioner*(Maternity Cover Until February 2023)

35 hours per week averaged over 8 weeks, flexibly between Monday to Sunday to ensure the service meets its contractual requirements.

The role of Practitioner is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

**a one off payment of £250 will be paid to the successful candidate appointed as a Night Practitioner on completion of their 6 month probationary period

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Senior Community Development Worker – Womanzone

  • Full time
  • £30,100
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th July 2022

The Opportunity:

Four Square have an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced female to become

our new Senior Community Development Worker. The role is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring every woman accessing Womanzone’s services feels safe and secure and has access to the right support to help them recover from trauma and adversity and move on to a positive future. Our aim is that women have a safe and secure home, have a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

The Role:

The Senior Community Development Worker role has a number of key elements.

Firstly, it is to deliver a holistic programme of individual and group support and activities in collaboration with partners in the voluntary and statutory sector, volunteers, peer mentors and social work students on placement.

Alongside service delivery a key part of the role is to undertake research, stakeholder consultation and seek funding opportunities to develop Womanzone into a sustainable project into the future.

To deliver the programme and achieve the outcomes we set at Womanzone, the worker will support social work students on placement by acting as their link worker; they will recruit, train, and support women to become peer mentors and; they will recruit, induct, and support volunteers who are offering their skills to the project.

Other tasks of the role include gathering and evaluating feedback and any complaints, data entry on CRM and other IT systems and preparing quantitative and qualitative data reports regularly to funders commissioners and Four Squares Leadership Team to demonstrate the impact of the service and the direction of the project.

To be a Senior Community Development Worker you will need:

  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our Organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues and partners;
  • In-depth understanding of gender-based violence, domestic abuse, homelessness, trauma and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes for those we support and ensure the staff team stays up to date with research and policy developments;
  • Excellent group work skills and knowledge of community development approaches;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting this into practice;
  • Be a reflective practitioner and be an active participant in regular reflective practice group supervision;
  • A commitment to individual supervision and appraisal processes and motivation to action the personal development plan;
  • To support students, peer mentors and volunteers to engage in regular support and supervision;
  • To ensure students, peer mentors and volunteers undertake the induction programme;
  • Ensure Womanzone meets the standards set down by the Organisation, funders and regulatory bodies;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes
  • and standards to their practice;
  • To demonstrate leadership skills be an active participant of the wider management team; To be engaged in the wider Organisation’s activities;
  • To demonstrate honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and be respectful to all – colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners etc. and encourage this in the staff team;
  • Be committed to excellence and engage in improvement plans for the services or Organisation;
  • Be creative in their approach to supporting people;

Requirements:

  • Must be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject i.e. social work, social sciences, psychology, community education or equivalent etc.;
  • To comply always with Four Square’s Code of Conduct, together with its policies and procedures with regards to the maintenance of professional relationships between colleagues, the People We Work With and external organisations;
  • To adhere to and maintain, all health and safety standards;
  • To work in accordance with Four Square’s core values and mission statement.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed (including providing cover for colleagues, as directed);
  • To comply always with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedure;
  • To attend conferences/seminars/training, as required.

The Organisation’s Offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Supportive work environment
  • Learning and development opportunities

Terms & Conditions:

This is a full time, permanent position:

  • 35 hours per week, flexibly between Monday to Sunday to ensure the services meet their contractual requirements;
  • £30,100 per annum;
  • 35 days annual leave entitlement.
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Springboard Project Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £30,100
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th July 2022

An exciting opportunity has become available at Four Square Scotland. Four Square is a homeless charity operating in Edinburgh which provides support and accommodation to those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Our aim is to not only ensure everyone has a place to live but also has a place within their community. This role involves leading a new project which will provide a 7-week development and employability program to young people accessing our accommodation services. The program will support individuals to achieve vocational qualifications and volunteer within our social enterprise – Edinburgh Furniture Initiative. The role will be varied and involve the day-to-day coordination and management of the project while supporting social work students to help facilitate the delivery of the program and individual support.

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Night Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £25,800
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th August 2022

To be a Night Practitioner within Four Square you will need:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, confident
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting this into practice;
  • A commitment to individual supervision and appraisal processes and motivated to action the personal development plan;
  • Be creative in your approach to supporting people;

What are we looking for:

  • SVQ 3 in a related subject that allows registration with SSSC and meets the standards of the Care Inspectorate or be willing to work towards this;
  • Experience as a keyworker and commitment to undertaking all duties required of this role
  • Experience in working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Good understanding of gender-based violence, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • An understanding of the impact of homelessness, trauma, adversity, mental health, exclusion and isolation, offending, substance use, poor relationships
  • Commitment to learning and development;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required

What do we offer to our Practitioners:

  • Competitive salary
  • Supportive work environment
  • Learning and development opportunities
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Senior Night Shift Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £30,100
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th August 2022

Looking for your next career move?

An exciting opportunity has become available at Four Square Scotland. We are currently Recruiting for a Senior Night Shift Practitioner. This role involves work across all our accommodation services and is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring every person staying with us feels safe and secure and has the opportunity and support to recover and move on to a positive future.

Alongside supporting staff, Senior Night Practitioners are part of the team, working directly

with people using services.

Come and join us and you will receive regular support and supervisor, access to our comprehensive learning and development program, Employee Assistance Program, Staff Discount and more..

A full Job Description is available for download below.

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Housing Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £25,800
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th September 2022

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services, we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

Due to increased demand for our services Four Square are looking for a qualified, experienced, motivated person with a can-do attitude and a commitment to using evidence-based approaches to support people to join our team.

The Role:

The role of Housing Support Practitioner in our Housing Support Service is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships and interests that support them to build the life they want. We work from a strength-based and trauma-informed approach to help people realise their goals, connect with their communities and enjoy life.

This service is commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council in the South West of Edinburgh with the aim of preventing homelessness or to move on from homelessness. The role of Housing Support Practitioners will be to complete a holistic assessment with the person that produces a collaborative support plan with the aim to help people recognise their strengths which will build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation. Practitioners will use the Homelessness Star to develop this collaborative support plan that, alongside identifying areas of strength, addresses other areas of their lives people want to improve or change. We offer in-house training to all our staff on the use of the tool.

The role will require a degree of flexibility and contracts are Monday to Sunday working between 8 am and 10 pm to meet the needs of the people they support.

The person

  • Be registered with SSSC or achieve registration within 6 months of starting;
  • Be qualified in a relevant subject e.g. HNC social care etc. to SCQF7 as a minimum;
  • To comply always with Four Square’s Code of Conduct, together with its policies and procedures with regards to the maintenance of professional relationships between colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to Four Square's Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy;
  • To adhere to Four Square’s policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion when working with colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to and maintain all health and safety standards;
  • To work in accordance with Four Square’s core values and mission statement.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed (including providing cover for colleagues, as directed);
  • To comply always with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedure;
  • To attend conferences / seminars / training, as required.

Tasks flowing from the assessment and reviews may include helping people:

  • Maximise income and reduce debt;
  • Develop healthier coping skills when times are stressful;
  • Develop problem-solving skills so their need for support services in the future may be reduced and they know who to contact for certain things;
  • Develop interpersonal skills and be supported to access social and supportive networks;
  • Develop employability skills and access to education, training and employment;
  • Access health services or longer-term care services;
  • Deal with housing issues such as arrears or repossessions that may put them at risk of future homelessness;
  • Support people to transition from temporary accommodation to their own home;
  • Help people to manage legal issues;
  • Support people to make a house a home;
  • Help people to become as independent as possible, making referrals to professionals and agencies who can support their longer-term;
  • Ensuring people feel safe and secure in their home and community and act where they don’t;
  • Advocate on behalf of people in a professional manner;
  • Manage to safeguard concerns reporting to the appropriate authorities and recording clearly and succinctly actions and follow-up;
  • Complete grant applications and benefits forms with the person, so they can do this themselves in the future, is possible.

This list is not exhaustive and Housing Support Practitioners shall judge if they are the best person to support people in certain areas, where they are not they will help the person find the support they need.

The role of Housing Support Practitioner will require a degree of flexibility and contracts are Monday to Sunday working between 8am and 10pm to meet the needs of the people they support.

If your values, work experience and commitment to working from a strengths-based perspective align with ours then we would love to hear from you.

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Weekend Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £25,800 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th September 2022

An exciting role has become available for a Weekend Practitioner to join one of our accommodation projects

The Practitioner's role is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Practitioners recognise people's strengths and work alongside them to build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation and help them feel safe and to heal from the trauma they have experienced. Practitioners also support people to develop practical skills, maximise their income, and develop healthier coping skills, problem-solving skills, social skills, and employability skills that will assist them in creating the life they want.

This role will be within one of our accommodation services and will require shift work.

To be a Practitioner within Four Square, you will need:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, and confident;
  • Experience in working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Proficiency in using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including using case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, the Internet and email;
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Good understanding of gender-based violence, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • An understanding of benefits, housing processes and legislation;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • A commitment to your learning and development and putting knowledge and skills into practice;
  • Commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • Honest, trustworthy, and respectful to colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners, and all other stakeholders;
  • Keep up to date with and follow and apply policies and procedures, standards, and codes of practice;
  • Be creative in your approach to supporting people

Occupational Requirement:Due to the nature and context of the work, there is an occupational requirement for all members of our staff to be women

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Board Member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th December 2022

Four Square is a dynamic and exciting charity who support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We are looking for up to 5 new trustees to join our board. We believe in approach over cv, so if you are open minded and resourceful; embrace change; challenging systems and thinking; can spot opportunities; and are analytical and curious about how to be an excellent organisation, get in touch.

No previous board experience is required.

These are unpaid voluntary positions. Full training and induction is given. Time commitment is 5 board meetings a year; and one away day.

Four Square board member detail

Four Square is a charity that operates in Edinburgh. Our focus is supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We do this by:

  • providing support;
  • providing beautiful homes for people to live in;
  • creating interesting opportunities for learning and work experience;
  • running a large re-use furniture social enterprise which provides these opportunities and brings unrestricted income into our charity.

Our vision is that everyone has a home and a place in their community.

In order to shape our thinking and to ensure that we deliver the best services we can to people who need them, we have recently adopted the Theory of Doughnut Economics as our theory of change. This essentially means that through our strategic plan, we will support people to thrive within the planet’s resources.

We are seeking to appoint up to five new Non-Executive Trustees to our Board, to ensure we have the capacity and skills to oversee the delivery of our strategic plan in line with our values of support, integrity, dignity and excellence

The roles:

These are unpaid voluntary positions;

  • Board members are expected to attend five board meetings a year plus an away day;
  • Board member may choose to be on any committees, such as the finance committee which also has 5 meetings a year;
  • Board meetings and committee meetings are currently held on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings. Away days are on Saturdays;
  • Board members are appointed for 4 years with an additional four-year term with the agreement of the board.

Skillset we need

We are looking for up to five board members with the following experience and skills:

General: we need open minded and resourceful board members who can support the scaling of our charity in terms of impact and quality delivery; those who have experience of change management; improving and developing organisations; using evidence-based approaches; challenging systems; spotting opportunities; and are analytical and curious about how to be an excellent organisation.

Specific: to support us to realise our strategic plan and our emerging ambitions, we need certain expertise on the board, which does however need to be relevant to running a board. We will buy in professional support and advice when we need it. What we are looking for in a board member is a person who knows enough about an area to ask the right questions and help us make good decisions. With this in mind, we are looking for:

  • People with expertise around property development;
  • People who have worked at a senior level in the charity sector;
  • People with financial knowledge and expertise;
  • People with expertise around fundraising, marketing and communications;
  • People with retail experience;
  • People with general business experience, particularly those who may have run their own business or businesses.

No direct experience of being on a board is needed. We are very open to hearing from first time applicants. Joining a Board and lending you time and expertise can be an amazing way to develop your strategic and leadership skills. A full training and induction process is in place and there are opportunities for mentoring from other board members.

The role of a trustee

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the activity of the organisation, ensuring it is well run and that it is delivering the charitable objectives for which it has been set up.

All trustees undertake to actively govern the organisation, directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision-making and by:

  • Determining Mission and Strategy – actively taking part in setting the organisation’s direction and determining how it will get there through the annual planning process and the business plan/strategic plan.
  • Accountability – agreeing to be held to account for the actions of the organisation and to hold those who carry out the work (staff and/or volunteers) to account.
  • Playing a part in committee renewal, contributing to the recruitment and induction of new trustees.
  • Contributing to effective decision-making and information-sharing processes, positive group dynamics, and taking part in reflection, learning and development as necessary.
  • Being an ambassador for the organisation, representing the organisation externally when necessary.
  • Contributing to the recruitment, selection and supervision of staff / trustees as appropriate.
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