The Action Group
The Action Group

Charity registered in Scotland SC005964

The Action Group is about ‘no barriers’.  No barriers for anyone - to their chosen lifestyle, to choice, to opportunities, regardless of their support needs. 


Current vacancies

Development Manager: Communications, Wellbeing and Services

  • Full time
  • £35,287 – £36,828
  • Based in Edinburgh, with travel across the Lothians
  • Closing 27th January 2020

The Action Group is looking for a full-time Development Manager who can use their experience of leadership in the social care sector to promote and develop our services, specifically focusing on communication and wellbeing.

Do you have a proven track record of managing services, involving service users and working with different departments and organisations? Are you ready for a new challenge?

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced manager with a passion for improving communication to contribute to the Action Group’s services, strategies and policies. We are looking for someone who will promote wellbeing for people who use our services and for our staff, and who will take the lead in embedding positive behaviour support across the organisation.

Benefits include:

  • Pension
  • 24/7 employee assistance programme, with access to free legal advice and counselling
  • Good annual leave entitlements that increase with length of service
  • Ongoing support, training and development opportunities
  • TAG Rewards – our exclusive discounts and savings programme
  • Travel time payable where applicable
  • Mileage allowance where applicable

In addition to line management responsibilities, the development manager will also develop new and current services, working with internal departments and other organisations to ensure our service users receive the best person-centred support possible.

The right candidate will be committed to the Action Group’s values of inclusion and opportunity for all, and will have creative ideas for improving support services. They will have experience of working directly with people who have support needs, as well as experience of managing social care services. Knowledge of regulatory requirements, recruitment, administration and funding streams is essential, as is an understanding of the socio-political context of the sector. The successful candidate will be a great communicator, who is knowledgeable about the uses of digital communication systems. For full details download the job description and person specification.

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HR Advisor

  • Full time
  • £27,682 – £29,406
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd February 2020

Would you like to use your HR skills to support an organisation committed to supporting people with additional support needs?

Do you have a passion for recruitment and supporting and mentoring people?

You would join a friendly, supportive and busy HR team to take a lead in ongoing recruitment across the organisation, as well as providing expert coaching and advice to managers on HR processes, employment law, employee relations and organisational values.

We are looking for an HR Advisor who is committed to supporting an organisation to provide high-quality, person-centred support to The Action Group’s service users, and who is a champion for equality and diversity. This will involve supporting managers in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Benefits include:

· A workplace culture that supports work-life balance and family-friendly working

· Pension

· 24/7 employee assistance programme, with access to free legal advice and counselling

· Good annual leave entitlements

· Ongoing support, training and development opportunities

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Team Manager

  • Full time
  • £24,112 – £25,350
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

We need a team manager for an established team in the Edinburgh area.

This opportunity would suit a team manager who has previous experience leading a team, preferably a support service one, or an assistant team manager who is ready to take on greater responsibility.

The purpose of the role of team manager is to provide leadership and guidance to our teams of support workers who provide person-centred support to adults with learning disabilities and other support needs, working in service users home or accompanying them when they go out.

The team manager has overall responsibility for team management, staff performance and quality of service standards within the team. This vacancy is in a well-established team and some of the service users have been supported by The Action Group for many years. The right candidate will be someone who can approach these types of relationships with understanding and who embodies the Action Group’s values of inclusion and opportunity for all.

Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to juggle conflicting priorities are essential, and your attention to detail will be second to none. You will work closely with the Development Managers to ensure a consistent and high quality service delivery; and lead by example to maintain a positive and empowering ethos within the team.

Some of the essential criteria for this role are:

· Previous experience of staff management, ideally from within the social care sector

· At least two years’ experience of providing person-centred services to individuals who have support needs

· An SVQ 2 in Social Care or equivalent qualification

· The capacity to complete a SVQ 3 in Social Care within 12 months of taking the post

For a full list of the criteria, please read the job description and person specification below.

Benefits include

· Pension

· 24/7 employee assistance programme, with access to free legal advice and counselling

· Good annual leave entitlements

· Ongoing support, training and development opportunities

· TAG Rewards – our exclusive discounts and savings programme

· Travel time payable where applicable

· Mileage allowance where applicable

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Welfare Rights Adviser

  • Part time
  • £20,685 – £24,305 pro-rata
  • Lothian-Wide
  • Closing 5th August 2019

Thanks to funding from two separate funding streams, we are looking for a motivated and highly organised Welfare Rights Adviser to join our award-winning organisation.

The purpose of this role is to maximise incomes and alleviate the stress associated with living on a low income and claiming welfare benefits. The post holder will have 2 areas of focus: Assisting families who have a disabled child and assisting tenants of Almond Housing Association. This will include:

· Providing out-reach advice

· Carrying out benefit checks

· Assisting people make benefit claims

· Helping people to understand their benefits and their rights

· Identifying where people need wider advice and support and assisting them to access this

· Helping people to challenge decisions, including representing at appeal tribunals

· Delivering talks and out-reach advice on benefit entitlements

· Liaising with external agencies

· Collating information and leading on reports for funders

You will be a friendly, positive and helpful person. You will be committed to promoting the independence, rights and choices of people with additional support needs and have the ability to communicate specialist knowledge in a straightforward and accessible way.

You will be committed to maintaining and updating your knowledge, skills and understanding of welfare rights and benefits and share The Action Group’s values.

A clean driving licence and access for work purposes would be helpful.

Why work with us?

  • Competitive salary in an award-winning organisation
  • Be part of a Service that is Accredited to The Scottish National Standards for information and Advice Providers
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace culture
  • Opportunities for career progression and further development
  • 24/7 employee assistance programme, with access to free legal advice and counselling
  • Pension
  • Good annual leave entitlements
  • Investor in People – Gold Award
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Safer Recruiter
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Training Officer (Casual Workers & Volunteers)

  • Part time
  • £25,735 – £26,911 pro-rata
  • Craigmillar, Edinburgh with weekly travel across Edinburgh, Falkirk and the Lothians
  • Closing 28th August 2019

You will be a socially confident and engaging person with a passion for designing and delivering memorable and participative training sessions. You will work collaboratively with Team Managers and the Casual and Volunteer Coordinator to identify and respond to training and development needs across the casual and volunteer workforce; and encourage and oversee open learning and online training as required.

You will be responsible for delivering ‘first day’ induction sessions in partnership with the Casual & Volunteer Coordinator; as well as facilitating evening and weekend training sessions as necessary to fit around the needs of our teams. A key part of the role is the organisation and delivery of weekly Practice Development sessions for our casual support workers, which will take place on a rotational basis across the 4 Action Group offices in Edinburgh, Haddington, Dalkeith and Livingston.

You will be committed to maintaining and updating your knowledge, skills and understanding of training delivery methods and best practice within the social care arena; and share The Action Groups values – especially regarding our commitment to confidentiality.

We are a Safer Recruiter, and so all positions are subject to satisfactory PVG (which we will pay for), health and reference checks.

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User Involvement Officer

  • Part time
  • £25,735 – £26,911 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh, Falkirk and the Lothians
  • Closing 21st October 2019

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic User Involvement Officer to join our award winning organisation! This role is based in Edinburgh, and will involve regular travel across Edinburgh, Falkirk and the Lothians.

The purpose of this newly created role is to help promote the engagement and participation of service users and their families across all levels of The Action Group and to enable our service users to become more involved in The Action Group's operations.

You will be responsible for increasing representation and ‘voice’ for those who may find it difficult to engage, and so knowledge and experience of the emotional and practical difficulties faced by our service users is essential.

Your collaborative and outgoing nature will be helpful in building and maintaining strong and meaningful relationships across all levels of the organisation; and you will share The Action Group’s values, especially surrounding confidentiality.

Working in partnership with the Communications Officer, you will be involved in developing online engagement and communication; and you will be instrumental in facilitating new and existing communication groups and forums for our service users and their families.

You will work closely with the Quality Team to ensure policies and paperwork are user-focussed and accessible; and your involvement with the HR Team will be key in shaping the recruitment function to be more person-centred and inclusive of our service users.

As a socially confident and engaging person, you will be highly involved in user-facing communication events such as conferences and connect events, and you will assist representatives of The Action Group to attend networks and forums of interest across the sector and in wider society.

A familiarity with non-verbal communication tools such as Talking Mats and Easy Read are advantageous, and experience in working with people with additional support needs is essential.

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