Scottish Drugs Forum
Scottish Drugs Forum

Charity registered in Scotland SC008075

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is a membership-based drugs policy and information organisation and is a national resource of expertise on drugs issues.

Current vacancies

Addiction Worker Training Project

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Various locations
  • Closing 16th April 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the following Local Authority Areas ONLY: Glasgow, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, (Edinburgh, Fife & East Dunbartonshire subject to funding).

“This has been my most special and rewarding year to date and I am grateful to Scottish Drugs Forum for not only giving me the opportunity but being a solid and constant support through it all” – Former Trainee.

We’re looking for people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to take part in a supported Employment programme that will help you take the first steps towards in securing a paid job within the social care field and the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Our life-changing Addiction Worker Training Project will support, train, and prepare you to gain a qualification in Social Services and Health Care – whilst paying you for taking part.

As a Trainee Addiction Worker on the programme, you will learn about the addiction field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with their substance use. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a placement within Social Care services.

Alongside learning, you will also meet a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you, sharing every step together.

We offer £8.91 per hour before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake work placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care. At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength, as it can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

Don’t know how to use a computer? – No problem. We will help you learn how to use a computer and provide you with a laptop so you can get the most out of the programme.

“The SVQ class was amazing. Really, really good. The tutor was really good as well. In addition, it was arranged that I got ‘dyslexia support’. Getting the extra support has made me a lot more confident. I still have work to do and hope to continue this after the course.” = Former Trainee

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Recovery Worker Training Project (RWTP)

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Highlands
  • Closing 16th April 2021

Applications are invited from people living in the Highlands Local Authority area ONLY.

The Recovery Worker Training Project (RWTP) is a new initiative that launched in 2020 in partnership with the Highlands Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), which supports, trains, and prepares individuals with a history of problematic drug and alcohol use, and who live in the Highlands to work in Social Care.

The project, based on SDF’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project, prepares participants for employment through formal learning and in-work placements over a 39 week period – whilst paying them to take part.

A key evolution and strength of the RWTP is that the learning aspects of the course are primarily remotely delivered, thus enabling people who live in rural areas across the Highlands to actively participate.

As a Trainee Addiction Worker on the programme, you will learn about the addiction field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with their substance use. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a placement within Social Care services.

Alongside learning, you will also meet a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you, sharing every step together.

We offer £8.91 per hour before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake work placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care. At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength, as it can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

Don’t know how to use a computer? – No problem. We will help you learn how to use a computer and provide you with a laptop so you can get the most out of the programme.

“The SVQ class was amazing. Really, really good. The tutor was really good as well. In addition, it was arranged that I got ‘dyslexia support’. Getting the extra support has made me a lot more confident. I still have work to do and hope to continue this after the course.” = Former Trainee

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Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Communications Assistant

  • Full time
  • £23,884
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 29th March 2021

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation.

We are pleased to be recruiting for an exciting new position of Communications Assistant to support our communication and information activity on a day-to-day basis. This post will involve supporting SDF’s social media presence, website, and other online channels - as well as content creation for regular e-bulletins.

The post will also help design and produce a range of resources including reports, brochures, leaflets and flyers for a range of audiences including people who use drugs; people who use specialist drug treatment and support services; professionals and staff working in these and mainstream services.

The role will also include the development and editing of video and still image resources and support to online events. As part of a team, you will be supported to develop skills in these areas but should have enthusiasm and a demonstrable aptitude for this work.

A strong visual design sense and or an interest and aptitude for photography would be valued.

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, enhanced sick pay and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

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