Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026076

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotlands only national independent, representative organisation for care experienced people. We represent care experienced people through independent advocacy (up to 26 years of age); membership and influencing work.  Our vision is for care experienced people to feel equal to their non-care-experienced peers. A crucial part of our representative role comes from the voices of our Membership as well as the experiences of those we support through advocacy.

Current vacancies

Policy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Base - Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to influence the relevant policy landscape in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland.

In this role you will have responsibility for a small team and ensuring that our influencing work leans on a robust and meaningful participation strategy which includes the delivery of our Annual Participation Programme and support to our National Representative Body.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences, have experience in bridging the gap between lived experience and policymaking, and delivering evidence-based campaigns. You will also have experience of developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation relating to Care Experienced people and have experience of working with marginalised groups.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Shetland Islands
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working on Shetland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, and we are working on ambitious collaborative projects such as Being the Light - the Shetland Festival of Care 2021 and creating connection, inspiration and change.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Shetland’s Care Experienced children and young people are heard to make positive change, where needs are met and opportunities created, we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07971 072 983.

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Evidence and Impact Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to strengthening how the organisation takes a human rights-based approach to data collection and how we use our extensive evidence base to help influence policy and practice for our Care Experienced membership.

Additionally, the post holder will lead and have responsibility for a small team, and will ensure that the evaluation of Who Cares? Scotland’s activities are in line with the organisation’s key priorities, demonstrating impact and ensuring we continually learn from our work.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret, and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences. You will have a background in impact evaluation or academic experience in a discipline involving social research skills and understand the importance of having a robust evidence base in helping to influence positive change.

If this sounds like you, and you want to be part of delivering change for Care Experienced people across Scotland, we’d love to hear from you.

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Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Participation and Project Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £29,321 – £32,579 pro-rata
  • Flexible across North Scotland
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder’s core focus is to build on our ambitious, collaborative approach to participatory opportunity and collective voice for Care Experienced children and young people across the North. You will be working closely alongside the Who Cares? Scotland team in the North, and nationwide. You will help us build on the rich network of partnerships that exist across the area, from leading arts and activity organisations, to youthwork and Community Development teams.

You will have a particular focus on big, bold and beautiful collaborative projects that inspire, connect and reach into community whilst carrying out line management responsibilities. Powerful examples of the impact of that approach include Journeys in the North, Care Day 21, and Being the Light - the Festival of Care 2021

You will be working and managing within the North Team at an exciting time, with diverse and collaborative approaches to opportunity, having significant impact across the region. The voices of those with experience of care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. The North Team is a growing and dynamic team in Who Cares? Scotland, and very much part of the nationwide organization and UK Charity of the Year 2018-19 for its role in creating the conditions for transformational change.

The right candidate will have work experience and skills which are transferable and valuable to this role. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

A full driving licence and access to a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North on 07971 072 983.

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