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

Support Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,376 – £21,189
  • Edinburgh, Falkirk, West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian
  • Closing 17th December 2021

Working with The Action Group is about making a difference in the community and in people’s lives. By joining us you are joining an enthusiastic team committed to making a real difference to the lives of others!

The Action Group is about ‘no barriers – for all of life’. We offer support and advice to over 1700 children, young people and adults across East Central Scotland: Edinburgh, Falkirk, West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian. We are a big team and our Support Workers play a vital role in the lives of the people we support to encounter no barriers in their chosen lifestyle, and to follow a path of choice and enrich their opportunities.

  • We have full-time, part-time and casual vacancies available.
  • £20,376 – £21,189* per annum, pro rata and based on 39-hour work week (*these apply from 1st December 2021).
  • Casual hourly rate: £10.02* per hour (*this applies from 1st December 2021).
  • Sleepover payment of £76. Sleepovers are not counted as part of your contracted hours, and are paid in addition to your regular salary.

We are looking for people who are caring, fun, motivated, creative and great at problem solving. The people we support want workers who are friendly, practically minded and are great communicators. The ideal candidate will be fully committed to The Action Group’s values of equality, inclusion and opportunity for all.

We tailor the support we provide according to each person’s needs and wishes. The job can include anything from supporting people to get out and about, taking care of themselves and their homes, and going about their lives in general, to support with work, health and well-being, or attending and participating in activities.

No experience is required since we will provide bespoke training and support you in achieving relevant qualifications. In fact, many of our support workers go on to complete formal qualifications in social care as they develop their professional skills!

Benefits include:

  • Pension
  • 24/7 employee assistance programme, with access to free legal advice and counselling
  • Good annual leave entitlements
  • Ongoing support, bespoke 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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Support Worker

  • Part time
  • TBC
  • Gorebridge, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Danderhall and other locations around Midlothian
  • Closing 14th June 2021

We are looking for support workers to work at various times of the day, weekdays and weekends around Midlothian, supporting children and younger adults.

The right candidate would share the Action Group’s values of inclusion and equality, and have a person-centred approach to providing support. Experience in a social care role would be an advantage, but is not required as paid training is provided.

Work part time or full time. You can indicate your ideal number of hours on your application.

Having a driving licence and your own transport would be an advantage.

The people we support have told us what matters most to them is that their support workers are nice people who work well as part of a team and who are practically minded. We are looking for people who can get the details right and genuinely care about the welfare of others. The purpose is to empower people through practical support so that they may live as independently as possible, and support workers’ tasks will depend on the individual’s support needs.

We support younger adults individually as they take steps towards greater independence, such as living in their own tenancies for the first time. We support our people in pursuing their goals, and also with practical things such as taking care of themselves and their homes. We tailor the support we provide according to their needs, so the job can include accompanying people on outings or going shopping and also lending a hand with keeping track of money, medication and schedules. You will work in the community and with families to support people to have fun and take part in activities. You need to be energetic, creative and have great attention to detail.

Our youth group is for children and young adults with additional support needs to help them lead fulfilling, included lives through having fun, being an active part of the community and experiencing new things. The role may involve outdoor or indoor sports, arts and crafts and organising events and transport. You must have an understanding and interest in young people and their needs and an enthusiastic and positive approach to working with them.

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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Team Manager

  • Part time
  • £24,545 – £25,806 pro-rata
  • Falkirk
  • Closing 28th June 2021

The purpose of the role of team manager is to provide leadership and guidance to our teams of support workers who support adults with learning disabilities and other support needs, working in people’s homes 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. The right candidate will be someone who can build on the existing relationships we have with the people we support 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.

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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Team Manager – Edinburgh

  • Full time or Part time
  • £24,545 – £25,806
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th July 2021

The purpose of the role of team manager is to provide leadership and guidance to our teams of support workers who support adults with learning disabilities and other support needs, working in people’s homes 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. The right candidate will be someone who can build on the existing relationships we have with the people we support 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

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
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BEMAS Advice Worker (Female*)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,325 – £24,748
  • Working from home/Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th July 2021

Help us make a difference to families that can face the most barriers to getting the support that they need.

The Action Group is recruiting for an enthusiastic, focused, professional female* advice worker to work within our valuable Black and Ethnic Minority Advice Service (BEMAS).

This service is for parents from black and minority ethnic communities who have a child with a disability. The successful candidate will work as part of a small team to support and empower parent carers in the following ways:

  • Provide advice, assistance and representation across a range of issues (including Welfare Benefits)
  • Connect parents into services that can help them and their children
  • Run regular support groups for parents.
  • Increase the knowledge, skills, confidence and wellbeing of parents.

We welcome applicants who have experience of working with people from a BAME background and people that speak another language in addition to English.

The ideal candidate will have the desire and confidence to develop quickly within a new role and should have the following skills:

  • The ability to build relationships with a variety of different people and professionals
  • The ability to understand and analyse information and use this to give advice – within group settings as well as to individuals
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent administration skills

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in:

  • Designing and delivering workshops
  • Partnership working
  • Providing Advice on Welfare Benefits and income maximisation

Benefits include:

  • Travel time payable where applicable
  • Mileage allowance where applicable
  • 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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Assistant Team Manager

  • Full time
  • £20,641 – £21,759
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th July 2021

We need an assistant team manager in our Edinburgh team to help manage the team of support workers and also provide support. This opportunity would suit an experienced support worker who is ready to take on greater responsibility or someone who has some experience of managing a support service.

As an assistant team manager, you will be part of one of our Housing Support Teams that provide community-based support as well as support in the people’s own homes. Working with a variety of individuals with different support needs, you will provide individual support and on-the-job coaching and for other support workers in the team.

Using our new ACCESS Care Planning Tool, you will form part of managing staffing and record-keeping within the team, with weekly management time built into your week for this purpose.

We welcome applications from internal candidates with at least one year’s experience of support work. You must be able and prepared to complete an SVQ 2 in Social Care within one year of taking the post, or be the holder of an equivalent qualification.

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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Waking nights support worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th July 2021

Are you a night owl? We need someone to support individuals who have complex needs and carry out some routine tasks. You would be expected to stay awake throughout the night.

The successful candidate will be part of a fantastic team supporting up to four individuals to live independently. The work we do enables the people we support to lead fulfilling lives and is based upon their personal needs. The ideal candidate will have the desire and ability to build and maintain good relationships. You should also have an organised, collaborative and flexible approach to providing the best support possible. A positive, can-do attitude and great communication skills are essential. Does this sound like you?

A knowledge or awareness of the emotional and practical difficulties faced by people with complex support needs would be advantageous, but most important is your willingness to learn and to be creative in your approach to problem solving. Sometimes the work can be challenging, so a good sense of humour and the ability to remain calm in difficult situations is necessary.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain or develop your existing skills. If you can communicate clearly and sensitively with the people we support and their families, and demonstrate an empathy for The Action Group’s values we would love to hear from you.

This is a part time role, with a minimum of nine hours per week. Please indicate how many hours you would like to work in your application.

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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Waking nights support worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • TBC
  • Musselburgh
  • Closing 16th August 2021

Are you a night owl? We need someone to support individuals who have complex needs and carry out some routine tasks. You would be expected to stay awake throughout the night.

The successful candidate will be part of a fantastic team supporting up to four individuals to live independently. The work we do enables the people we support to lead fulfilling lives and is based upon their personal needs. The ideal candidate will have the desire and ability to build and maintain good relationships. You should also have an organised, collaborative and flexible approach to providing the best support possible. A positive, can-do attitude and great communication skills are essential. Does this sound like you?

A knowledge or awareness of the emotional and practical difficulties faced by people with complex support needs would be advantageous, but most important is your willingness to learn and to be creative in your approach to problem solving. Sometimes the work can be challenging, so a good sense of humour and the ability to remain calm in difficult situations is necessary.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain or develop your existing skills. If you can communicate clearly and sensitively with the people we support and their families, and demonstrate an empathy for The Action Group’s values we would love to hear from you.

This is a part time role, with a minimum of nine hours per week. Please indicate how many hours you would like to work in your application.

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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Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,482 – £38,068
  • Home working with some travel for meetings and services in Edinburgh & the Lothians.
  • Closing 31st August 2021

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

This is an opportunity to join an organisation that has the Investors in People Platinum Accreditation.

The position’s primary responsibility is to ensure a consistently high quality of care, support in the organisation’s services and develop improvements and new services.

Qualifications:

SVQ 4 in Health and Social Care & SVQ 4 in Leadership and Management of Care Services or the ability to become qualified to this level within two years from starting in the position.

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 the people we support receive the best person-centred services 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.

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
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