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

Trainees - Addiction / Recovery Worker Training Programme

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Argyll and Bute, Borders, Glasgow, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Highland, Inverclyde, Fife, & North Lanarkshire
  • Closing 13th December 2022

PENDING FUNDING

Do you have lived/living experience of drug and/or alcohol problems?

Are you at the stage in your life where you are ready for employment in the drug and alcohol field?

At SDF, we support, train, and prepare people with personal lived and living experience of their own substance use, to enter the drug, alcohol, and wider social care workforce.

We do this by supporting you through an intensive programme of formal learning and paid work placements.

At SDF, we believe your experience of drug and / or alcohol problems is a strength and the perspective you will offer as a trainee will be valued.

We will provide:

· access to a programme of quality assured training from our specialist workforce development teams.

· a fully funded SVQ level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare with our SQA Learning Centre.

· intensive support, this extends to IT and includes a device to use, we will also provide access to a confidential Employee Assistance programme

We will also provide a salary - £11,115 over the 39-week duration of the course

(£9.50 per hour - which is equivalent £14,820 per annum for a 30hr week)

As a Trainee with SDF, you will learn how to support people who are currently experiencing drug and alcohol problems. You will be supported to use your own experience alongside professional training during a nine-month paid work placement in one of our local partner agencies.

The qualification we will support you to achieve is the industry standard for working in the drug, alcohol and wider health and social care field, and will open up long term employment opportunities for you.

You will also connect with and become part of a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you. Alongside your Co-ordinator, they will support you every step of the way.

We offer a monthly salary and a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. You will be offered paid study time in these hours, to support you to complete your SVQ.

If you are interested in developing a career in the drug, alcohol, and wider social care field, you have personal lived or living experience of your own substance use, and you feel ready for employment, we would love to hear from you.

Please come along to one of our online information sessions which will be held via Zoom on the following dates:

29th November 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm

And

20th December 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm

We will also have an in-person information session, on 17th January at 10am which will be held in our Glasgow Office.

These sessions will allow you to get answers to any questions you may have around the programme and will be an opportunity for you to meet the Project Support Team prior to applying.

Call or email and we will send you the link to join the session.

If you cannot attend the information sessions and want an informal chat about the project, please contact 0141 221 1175 and we will arrange for a member of our team to call you back.

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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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Addiction Worker Training Project

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Various locations
  • Closing 21st May 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the following Local Authority Areas ONLY:

East Ayrshire, (Edinburgh & Fife 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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This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic three-person team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation. 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.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting new position.

The Communications Assistant (Design, Images, Graphics) will deliver high quality design and image content for our communications while supporting our communication and information activity on a day-to-day basis.

This post will involve developing SDF’s communications generally and particularly the design of publications, posters, flyers etc and still image and video resources for a range of audiences including people who use drugs; people who use drug treatment and support services; staff and management in treatment and support services; other professionals; politicians and the media.

Working with two colleagues, the post supports SDF’s media and social media presence, website and other online channels - as well as content creation for regular e-bulletins. The team also supports SDF’s programme of online and live events.

As part of a team, you will be supported to develop skills in all areas.

You will have enthusiasm and a demonstrable aptitude for this work. A strong visual design sense and or an interest and aptitude for photography are required.

Benefits

As an SDF employee, you will benefit from a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, generous annual leave entitlement, 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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This post has been funded by the Scottish Government in response to outbreaks of infection among people who use drugs.

The post holder will undertake a range of work to improve and safeguard the health of people who use drugs with regard to bacterial and other infections.

This will include improving both prevention and response. The aim is to improve the quality of interventions to people at risk of infection; partnership working between appropriate services and the preparedness of frontline services and user groups to respond to outbreaks of infection among people who use drugs.

Training experience and an understanding of harm reduction approaches and practice are essential, as are strong communication skills and an ability to develop joint working and a partnership approach. Candidates must show evidence of initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to effectively engage with diverse groups.

For enquiries, please contact Norma Westland, Acting Programme Manager Hepatitis Scotland normaw@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution 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.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Researcher : Naloxone for reversal of opioid overdose - NalPORS

  • Part time
  • £30,845 – £33,596 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 1st June 2021

We are looking to appoint a researcher to work on a new study of naloxone.

Accidental opioid overdose has become a public health crisis in many countries, causing annually more than 100,000 deaths worldwide.

NalPORS is a multi-national, prospective, mixed methods study of the effectiveness of naloxone (including intranasal Nyxoid) administration by lay people in reversing opioid overdose. It aims to obtain rates of overdose and naloxone use in its various formulations (as well as how closely real-life use conforms to the suggested overdose response guidelines), develop a better understanding of naloxone administration and related overdose reversals by lay people, and quantify the administration rate of take-home naloxone by lay people to prevent fatal outcomes from opioid overdose.

The study involves recruiting 6000 individuals over 6 countries who have been pre-supplied with naloxone and followed up over six months to determine whether they have witnessed (or experienced) an overdose.

The post will involve assisting with every aspect of this study being undertaken in Scotland, including set up of the study, liaising with sites, overseeing recruitment, ensuring adherence to protocol, administering research interviews over the telephone (or face to face if restriction allow), undertaking data entry and reporting of serious adverse events.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a project of international significance.

The post will also involve providing research support for the evaluation of the peer naloxone project.

For enquiries, please contact Kirsten Horsburgh, Strategy Coordinator (Drug Death Prevention) kirsten@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and 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.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Training and Development Officer (Drug Death Prevention)

  • Full time
  • £30,845 – £33,596
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 1st June 2021

Scottish Drugs Forum is delighted to be seeking a passionate and motivated individual to develop, coordinate and support peer naloxone supply across Scotland.

This post is an extension to the existing peer naloxone project that has been funded by the Drug Deaths Taskforce Innovation Fund and is an exciting opportunity to contribute to drug death prevention efforts.

People who have experience of drug use are instantly credible among their peers when it comes to imparting harm reduction messages and in particular, overdose prevention strategies. They have a powerful reach in to communities and within the prison environment, which is unique to other forms of service provision.

This post will seek to maximise peer to peer naloxone with a coordinated and supported approach by delivering high quality training to peers, providing ongoing support and developing a national peer network to enhance the delivery of naloxone provision by people who have experience of drug use. Importantly, this will include paying community peers as sessional workers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a project that can reduce the stigma towards people who use drugs by embedding the work of peers in drug services so that they are viewed as equal partners in overdose responses.

Experience of drug use is desirable for this post.

For enquiries, please contact Kirsten Horsburgh, Strategy Coordinator (Drug Death Prevention) kirsten@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution 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.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Senior Training and Development Officer – Harm Reduction

  • Full time
  • £35,150 – £38,379
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th June 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.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting position of Senior Training & Development Officer.

This is an opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation and to contribute towards the reduction of drug related harms by ensuring the workforce is fully trained to deliver harm reduction interventions.

This will be achieved by assessment of injecting risk (AIR) training for frontline workers who work with people who inject drugs, providing bespoke training for NHS resus training officers who will cascade to all GP practice staff as well as general harm reduction training for frontline workers on responding to poly substance use and overdose.

The post holder will work alongside our existing trainers, the work will aim to contribute to measurable improvements in the quality of services for people affected by problem drug and alcohol use.

For enquiries, please contact Adelle Still, Acting Workforce Development Programme Manager adelles@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution 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.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Training and Development Officer - Learning Centre

  • Full time
  • £30,845 – £33,596
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th June 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.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting position of Training & Development Officer. This is an opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation and to support the activity of the SDF Learning Centre which delivers work-based qualifications to the drug and alcohol workforce.

The post holder will work alongside our existing trainers, the work will aim to contribute to measurable improvements in the quality of services for people affected by problem drug and alcohol use as well as support and develop the delivery of the work-based qualifications offered through our learning centre.

For enquiries, please contact Adelle Still, Acting Workforce Development Programme Manager adelles@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution 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.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Addiction Worker Training Project

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing 13th August 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the Edinburgh and Glasgow Local Authority Areas ONLY

“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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Addiction Worker Training Project - Borders

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 13th August 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the Scottish Borders Local Authority Area ONLY: (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

If you are interested in developing a career in the drug and alcohol field, and you are either two years drug free (two year free of substitute prescribing) or 2 years free of problematic alcohol use by 30th June 2021, we’d like to hear from you.

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Recovery Worker Training Project (RWTP)

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Highlands
  • Closing 13th August 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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Development Officer - Living Experience (3 posts)

  • Full time
  • £30,845 – £33,596
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 6th October 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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting for 3 new exciting positions of Development Officer – Living Experience. This is great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

SDF has been funded by the Scottish Government to deliver a new project on ensuring the opinions and experience of people living with drug problems, ‘the voice of living experience’ in Scotland informs and influences policy and the development of services across Scotland.

The focus of the Development Officer’s work is to recruit, train, support and sustain local and regional networks of people with current living experience of problem drug use / being in treatment. Regional representatives will form a national group which will inform the drug treatment and care sector, the government and the wider public about the experience of drug use, accessing and being in treatment and other support services.

About the Post Holder:

We encourage applications from people with their own direct lived experience of problem drug use who can use their experience and their own peer networks in developing these roles. As the role requires the post holder to engage with a diverse range of people with living experience, it is essential that applicants are knowledgeable of problem use of various substances and are knowledgeable and supportive of recovery including having a sound understanding of harm reduction, all available treatment and all forms of mutual aid.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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 offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.

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Senior Officer - Local Support Fund

  • Full time
  • £31,150 – £38,379
  • travel throughout Scotland
  • Closing 13th October 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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting for a Senior Officer - Local Support Fund. This is a great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

This project is being developed and delivered as part of the Scottish Government-led National Mission on Drugs to address the public health emergency around drug-related deaths and improve the lives of people who are affected by a drug problem.

Corra Foundation will support the Scottish Government in dispersing and managing a variety of new funds to support the delivery of the National Drug Mission. One of these funds, The Local Fund, will support relatively small organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000 to deliver a range of work that can support a reduction in drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Scottish Drugs Forum has been funded by the Scottish Government to ensure that the resources of the Local Fund are used to best effect.

This post will involve delivery of a range of support to organisations who are preparing a bid to the Local Fund or have been funded through the Fund. The two primary aims will be to -

· assist the development of strong bids to the fund from eligible organisations

· support those organisations funded through the Local Fund to deliver their proposed projects.

About the Post-holder and the Role

We encourage applications from people who can utilise their knowledge or experience of working with small and grassroots organisations to support community organisations to develop so that:

· they have adequate leadership and governance structures, systems and processes, policies and procedures, and monitoring and evaluation systems, in order to improve the prospects of them making a successful application to the Local Fund.

· they can deliver the impacts and outcomes for which they have been funded by the Local Fund.

As a new post, this is a development role and the successful candidate will require a flexible approach and an ability to work on their own initiative to develop the service according to need.

They will also:

· have relevant experience of, or an ability to utilise their knowledge and skills of working with grassroots organisations to map the range of existing grassroots organisations,

· work with the Local Support Fund Manager to support organisations to construct funding bids

· help grassroots organisations to develop necessary knowledge and skills required in running a successful project

· deputise for the Local Fund Manager as required and develop a work plan for the project.

We emphasise this project will take an iterative approach – learning through doing. The ability to reflect, evaluate and change approaches will be crucial. There will be ample opportunity for the postholder to ‘grow’ with the role.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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 offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.

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Local Support Fund Team Manager

  • Full time
  • £39,828 – £43,019
  • travel throughout Scotland
  • Closing 13th October 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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting for a Local Support Fund Team Manager. This is a great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

This project is being developed and delivered as part of the Scottish Government-led National Mission on Drugs to address the public health emergency around drug-related deaths and improve the lives of people who are affected by a drug problem.

Corra Foundation will support the Scottish Government in dispersing and managing a variety of new funds to support the delivery of the National Drug Mission. One of these funds, The Local Fund, will support relatively small organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000 to deliver a range of work that can support a reduction in drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Scottish Drugs Forum has been funded by the Scottish Government to ensure that the resources of the Local Fund are used to best effect.

This post will involve delivery of a range of support to organisations who are preparing a bid to the Local Fund or have been funded through the Fund. The two primary aims will be to -

· assist the development of strong bids to the fund from eligible organisations

· support those organisations funded through the Local Fund to deliver their proposed projects.

About the Post Holder:

We encourage applications from people who can utilise their experience of organisational management and development, to support community organisations to develop so that

· they have adequate leadership and governance structures, systems and processes, policies and procedures, and monitoring and evaluation systems, in order to improve the prospects of them making a successful application to the Local Fund.

· they can deliver the impacts and outcomes for which they have been funded by the Local Fund.

As a new post, this is a development role and the successful candidate will require a flexible approach and an ability to work on their own initiative to develop the service according to need. They will also have relevant experience of or an ability to develop the necessary knowledge to map existing grassroots organisations, construct funding bids and awareness of financial and governance aspects of running a successful project.

But we emphasise this project will take an iterative approach – learning through doing. The ability to reflect, evaluate and change approaches will be crucial. There will be ample opportunity for the postholder to ‘grow’ with the role.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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 offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We are mainly working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.

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Senior Development Officer (Inclusion and Peer Agreement

  • Full time
  • £35,150 – £38,379
  • We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required.
  • Closing 27th October 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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

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We are pleased to be recruiting for the position of Senior Development Officer – Inclusion and Peer Engagement. This is great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

As an Investing in Volunteers awarded organisation, Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) has a long history of engaging volunteers, primarily around peer research. This model has proved extremely successful in terms of outputs that have influenced service developments and change. Also, volunteering has supported individuals to develop valuable new skills and experiences that have often led people into education, training or employment including training and employment at SDF. Most volunteers at SDF have their own lived/living experience of problem substance use and may be at different points of their own self-defined recovery. SDF regards this diversity as a significant asset that contributes to the broader success of the organisation by whichever means that is measured.

This post will build on SDF’s peer research approach and develops wider opportunities to volunteer in different aspects of SDF’s work. The post will also involve developing alliances with volunteering organisations and explore new avenues of funding that relate specifically to volunteering, peer research and inclusion.

In terms of capacity building this post works across teams within SDF and is managed within the Peer Research and Inclusion team.

About the Post Holder:

The successful candidate will have an ability to work on their own initiative, to support the User Involvement Development Officers and deputise for Programme Manager according to project need. They will also have relevant experience of, or an ability to develop the necessary knowledge, to identify new funding and income streams and support development of volunteering activity across the organisation.

As the role requires the post holder to engage with a diverse range of people with lived and living experience, it is essential that any applicant is knowledgeable of problem use of various substances and is knowledgeable and supportive of the spectrum of recovery including having a sound understanding of harm reduction, all available treatment and all forms of mutual aid.

We welcome applications from people with their own direct lived experience of problem drug use and recognise that they may use their experience and their own peer networks in developing the role.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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 offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.

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Communications Worker (Media)

  • Full time
  • £23,884
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 12th November 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic three-person team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation. 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.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting new position. The Communications Assistant (Media) will deliver our media activity, creating content in response to media enquiries, and developing pro-active media content as well as maintaining SDF’s social media profile. The job also involves supporting our communication and information activity on a day-to-day basis.

This post will involve developing SDF’s communications generally and particularly our existing media contacts and social media profile as well as content for a range of audiences including people who use drugs; people who use drug treatment and support services; staff and management in treatment and support services; other professionals; politicians and the media.

Working with two colleagues, the post supports SDF’s websites and other online channels - as well as content creation for regular e-bulletins. The team also supports SDF’s programme of online and live events and our internal staff communication.

As part of a team, you will be supported to develop skills in all areas.

You will have enthusiasm and a demonstrable aptitude for creating copy ready content. Strong communications skills are required and an interest and aptitude for developing discourse in a sensitive and potentially controversial field is desirable.

Benefits

As an SDF employee, you will benefit from a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, generous annual leave entitlement, 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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Senior Training and Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £35,150 – £38,379
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 29th November 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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting position of Senior Training & Development Officer. This is an opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation.

The post holder will work alongside our existing trainers and the work will aim to contribute to measurable improvements in the quality of services for people affected by problem drug and alcohol use. The post holder will design, deliver, and facilitate training and workforce development packages to meet the needs of staff and services across Scotland.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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 offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We are mainly working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home during the pandemic.

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Trainee Addiction/Recovery Workers

  • Internship
  • Sessional
  • Glasgow, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Borders, Fife, Argyll & Bute & North Lanarkshire, Highland
  • Closing 31st March 2022

Do you have lived experience of drug/alcohol problems?

If you are interested in developing a career in the substance use field, we’d like to hear from you.

The Addiction Worker and Recovery Worker Training Projects (AWTP & RWTP) support, train, and prepare people with a history of drug and alcohol problems, to work in Social Care. This multi-award-winning Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) project prepares you for employment through formal learning and in-work placements over a 39-week period – whilst paying you to take part. You will receive specialist training from our Workforce Development Team and have the opportunity to complete a fully funded SVQ Level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare with our SQA Learning Centre.

As a Trainee Addiction/Recovery Worker, you will learn about the substance use field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a nine-month paid 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.

We offer £9.50 per hour before deductions and 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.

Full training and a comprehensive package of support will be provided.

At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength and can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

If you are interested in developing a career in the drug and alcohol field, and you are either two years drug free (including two years free of substitute prescribing) or 2 years free of problematic alcohol use by 31 July 2022, we’d like to hear from you.

Please come along to one of our online information sessions:

  • 10th March 2-4pm via Zoom
  • 17th March 10-12pm via Zoom

These sessions will allow you to get answers to any questions you may have around AWTP and an opportunity for you to meet the team prior to applying. Call or email and we will send you the link to join the sessions

If you cannot attend the information sessions and want an informal chat about the project, please contact 0141 221 1175 and we will arrange for one of our Co-ordinators to call you back.

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Development Officer – Quality Improvement

  • Full time
  • £31,616 – £34,436
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 1st April 2022

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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

SDF has pioneered and developed a peer research model as a key part of its inclusion and peer engagement activity. Peer research allows the voices and experiences of people who have experienced or are experiencing problem substance use to be heard where decisions are being made.

SDF is funded to provide independent quality improvement and evaluation work in areas and services across Scotland. This includes ongoing work around the implementation of the Medicated Assisted Treatment Standards (MAT), previous projects have included experiences of stigma and the relationship between homelessness and substance use.

SDF also works in partnership with academic institutions in the design and delivery of research in Scotland, supporting peer researchers to engage in this process and advocating for research that is designed by a process of co-production where possible.

About the Post-holder and the Role:

The primary focus of the Development Officer is to project manage assigned peer research and evaluation projects. The main tasks being to recruit, train, support and supervise a team of peer research volunteers across Scotland in conjunction with other team members as required. Peer researchers are an essential element of the work we do and will be trained and supported to undertake national evaluations and contribute to the inclusion activities across Scotland.

The Development Officer will also lead on research and evaluation material development such as creating surveys or interview topic guides, analysis of research and evaluation findings and production of written reports for key stakeholders.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

During the pandemic we are mainly working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have in person work and will require travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home during the pandemic.

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Development Officer – Living Experience

  • Full time
  • £31,616 – £34,436
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 28th March 2022

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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting a Development Officer – Living Experience. This is great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

SDF has been funded by the Scottish Government to deliver a new project on ensuring the opinions and experience of people living with drug problems, ‘the voice of living experience’ in Scotland informs and influences policy and the development of services across Scotland.

The focus of the Development Officer’s work is to recruit, train, support and sustain local and regional networks of people with current living experience of problem drug use / being in treatment. Regional representatives will form a national group which will inform the drug treatment and care sector, the government and the wider public about the experience of drug use, accessing and being in treatment and other support services.

About the Post Holder:

We encourage applications from people with their own direct lived experience of problem drug use who can use their experience and their own peer networks in developing these roles. As the role requires the post holder to engage with a diverse range of people with living experience, it is essential that applicants are knowledgeable of problem use of various substances and are knowledgeable and supportive of recovery including having a sound understanding of harm reduction, all available treatment and all forms of mutual aid.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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 offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.

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Development Officer – Quality Improvement

  • Full time
  • £31,616
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 20th June 2022

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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting for a Development Officer – Quality Improvement. This is a great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.

About the Project:

Peer research allows the voices and experiences of people who have experienced or are experiencing problem substance use to be heard where decisions are being made. SDF has pioneered and developed a peer research model as a key part of its inclusion and peer engagement activity. This work empowers people who are often marginalised in decision making and in wider society.

A small user involvement team at SDF is funded, through various sources, to provide independent quality improvement and evaluation work in local areas and services across Scotland. This post sits in that team and will focus on on-going work around the implementation of the Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards. Previous projects have addressed people with a substance use problem’s experiences of stigma and the relationship between homelessness and substance use.

SDF works in partnership with academic institutions in the design and delivery of research in Scotland, supporting peer researchers to engage in this process and advocating for research that is designed by a process of co-production where possible.

About the Post-holder and the Role:

The Development Officer will manage assigned peer research and evaluation projects.

The Development Officer will lead on:

• Research and evaluation material development - creating surveys or interview topic guides

• Analysis of the research and evaluation findings

• Production of written reports for key stakeholders.

The Development Officer will also offer support to the wider user involvement team to recruit, train, support and supervise a team of peer research volunteers across Scotland, in conjunction with other team members as required.

The successful candidate will:

Have significant experience of working in the substance use or a related sector, supporting people who use services and who access Medication Assisted Treatment and have some experience of undertaking research or evaluation work

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be an experienced researcher with the ability to lead all stages of evaluation and research projects from data collection to analysis and production of final reports and have an interest or experience of research in the drugs field with an aptitude for engaging and working with peer researchers.

Benefits of working at SDF:

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic and driven team in a national organisation with a long track record of credible contribution to improving Scotland’s response to problem drug use. As a membership organisation, SDF has a huge range of supporters and stakeholders across Scotland and internationally.

Staff are supported in their induction and then during their employment at SDF to contribute to the work of the organisation and to grow personally and professionally. As an SDF employee you will benefit a range of learning and development opportunities.

An attractive package of employee benefits includes

• competitive pension contribution,

• generous annual leave entitlement,

• sick pay

• access to an employee support and counselling service.

SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and offer a flexible working scheme.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

During the pandemic we have been mainly working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have in-person work and will require travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required.

Candidates should also be willing and able to work effectively from home as required.

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Training and Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £32,564 – £35,469
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 25th July 2022

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. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting position of Training & Development Officer. This is an opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation.

The post holder will work alongside our existing trainers and the work will aim to contribute to measurable improvements in the quality of services for people affected by problem drug and alcohol use. The post holder will deliver and facilitate training and workforce development packages to meet the needs of staff and services across Scotland.

Benefits of working at SDF:

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

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

Currently we are mainly working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home

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E-Learning Development and Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,266 – £25,214
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd November 2022

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 to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team within a national third sector organisation.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting new position of E-Learning Development and Support Worker to support our e-learning activity on a day-to-day basis.

As part of our work, we provide quality training and information to stakeholders across the drugs and related-fields in Scotland – from treatment and support providers to people working in housing, homelessness, and prisons.

SDF has been building its e-learning capacity for several years, building a range of courses to support internal e-learning projects and commissioned courses. With the advent of COVID-19, there was a massive increase in people registering for the e-learning and a significant increase in the demand to create further packages. This demand arises from an increase in the use of blended learning, updating existing courses, and commissioned training. As a result of this, this post will support the E-Learning Development Officer to update existing courses and develop more e-learning packages.

Benefits

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

Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home, however, will be expected to attend our Glasgow office as the need arises as well as for team meetings, one to ones and staff meetings.

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