Charity registered in Scotland SC003076
Would you like to be part of ending homelessness in Scotland?
Simon Community Scotland is a Scottish charity wholly focussed on tackling the causes and effects of homelessness. We have over 50 years’ experience of partnership working in responding to the complex needs of people whose journey towards homelessness often began at an early age. We are a wholly values-driven provider of specialist street outreach services in Glasgow and Edinburgh, intensive community outreach support emergency and supported accommodation services, and we are the largest provider of specialist homelessness provision for women experiencing homelessness. Our services are spread across 4 Local Authority areas, along with a national programme bringing digital inclusion to the very heart of homelessness provision.
We have a team of over 300+ staff and volunteers delivering personalised solutions for over 3000 people per year.
Most recently, Simon Community Scotland joined forces with Streetwork based in Edinburgh, becoming one unified organisation and amalgamating the two largest street outreach teams in the country. Emerging as a stronger influence in homelessness with no other organisation reaching more people who have nowhere safe or secure to call home in Scotland.
Skills & Experience
We currently have a vacancy for 2 Trustees to join our Board and contribute to our respected pool of expertise. Ideally, applicants will have a range of relevant skills and a keen interest combatting the causes and effects of homelessness. We are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals with expertise in:
● Social Care
● Digital and IT
● Business Development
● Tenure is initially for 3 years (up to a maximum 2 terms of 3 years).
● Attend 6 Board Meetings per year on the last Tuesday (evening) of every 2nd month
(commencing in January), at our Head Office in Glasgow.
● Join one Sub-Committee - (Finance (quarterly), HR & Governance, Audit & Risk (bi-yearly).
● Visit 2 services per year.
● Play an active role in the work of the Board and Sub-Committees, including Strategic
Planning and ensuring good Governance.
● Get to know other Board members and help build a collegial working relationship that
contributes to consensus.
Constructively challenge the Simon Community Scotland team and fellow Board members,
contributing to debate and discussion that enhances the work.
● Trustees have the opportunity to support the work of the charity by participating in internal
and external events. Email response/exchange will also be an integral part of the role.
● Training will be provided where necessary and you will be reimbursed for reasonable
expenses incurred in connection with your role.
1 post with Simon Community in Glasgow
1 post with Streetwork in Edinburgh
Simon Community Scotland is the largest provider of homelessness services in Scotland, with a reputation for excellence. Our vision is that everyone should have a safe place to live and access to the support they need. Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness. Our values are built into every area of activity and tell the story of how people remain at the heart of the Simon Community. Our Streetwork Service in Edinburgh has a rich heritage of being there and meeting the practical and emotional needs of people who are homeless in our capital city. We have great ambitions for the future and plan to extend our reach further, to those who need us most, through embedding volunteering across our Streetwork Service. We want to help people resolve their homelessness situation: to find and keep a home but we understand that this can be a long road and one which volunteers can play a key part in. Our Volunteering Coordinator role with Simon Community Scotland’s Streetwork Service is ideal for someone who can galvanise the support of the public, build positive relationships and partnerships, lead projects and initiatives, and crucially, build a volunteering programme that brings genuine value to the organisation and a fantastic experience for our volunteers.
A full Job Description is available for download below.
Simon Community Scotland is the largest provider of homelessness services in Scotland, with a reputation for excellence. Our vision is that everyone should have a safe place to live and access to the support they need. Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness. Our values are built into every area of activity and tell the story of how people remain at the heart of the Simon Community.
Our award winning Shared Living Programme was piloted in 2017 and following a successful partnership with DWP to incubate and launch the initiative, we are now seeking a self motivated and passionate individual to take the programme to the next level.
The Shared Living Link Worker role is ideal for someone who can build positive relationships and partnerships with housing associations, local authority housing officers, third sector organisations, and crucially, engage and support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who have aspirations to share a tenancy and commit to each other’s shared life goals.
You must be a self starter who can work on your own initiative; have first class written and verbal presentation skills; be solution focussed and creatively develop this programme to ensure increased access to shared tenancies for the benefit of people who need our support.
Build relationships with key stakeholder groups: Simon Community Scotland team, Housing Associations, third sector organisations, Local Authorities to promote the Shared Living Programme as a housing option.
Engage and support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who come through the Shared Living Programme to meet their housing and life goal and aspirations.
Raise awareness of the Shared Living Programme across Glasgow and surrounding areas.
Undertake regular presentations and written proposals which effectively promote the Shared Living Programme.
Link with SCS’ Youth Homelessness Prevention Team to maximise opportunities to promote and engage with at risk groups.
Offer advice and information inside SCS and externally through face-to-face, telephone & email contact and keep records up to date.
Monitor and evaluate activities and contribute to written reports for funders and trustees.
There are three expectations we have of you. You must:
Embrace technology in delivering your role.
Support service users to become digitally included.
Play an active role in Simon Community Scotland’s social media strategy.
Some of the people Simon Community Scotland support have little experience and knowledge of the internet and using email. You will be expected to help them connect, understand and be safe whilst promoting digital inclusion for people furthest away from the digital age.
Full Clean Drivers Licence & access to own vehicle is essential.
Nightstop Glasgow was launched in January 2018 in order to prevent young people aged 16-25 from ever sleeping rough or sleeping in an unsafe environment. This successful community hosting model of support and emergency accommodation provides young people in crisis the best chance to stop the cycle of homelessness in its tracks, through the provision of this successful early-intervention solution. With service delivery fully reliant on the kindness of volunteers across Glasgow and the West, Nightstop is an incredible community response to a community issue, through an asset-based approach which keeps young people safe.
We are on the lookout for a Nightstop Coordinator who can galvanise the support of the public to open their homes and hearts to young people in crisis, build positive relationships and partnerships, lead projects and initiatives, and crucially, provide vital support to young people in crisis to help them resolve their homelessness and find a positive solution.
You must be a self starter who can work on your own initiative; motivate and inspire others, including your team members and volunteers; drive creative solutions in managing resources, namely managing the Nightstop budget; lead on funding applications to sustain and grow the service to reach every young person in Glasgow and the West who needs our support.
A full Job Description is available for download below.
Develop and manage the Get Digital Programme within Streetwork and Simon Community. Expand the Digital Inclusion Programme by on-boarding other interested homelessness service providers within Scotland as Get Digital Partners.
For further details about this role, please download the Job Description below.