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.

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Research and Link Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £18,319 – £21,259
  • MacMerry, Randall House
  • Closing 2nd August 2019

This post is open to Care Experienced Young People between the age of 18yrs – 26yrs only.

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. We want to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people by 2022 in Scotland.

Who Cares? Scotland and East Lothian Council welcomes applications from individuals who wish to work with Care Experienced young people and also develop their own research and evaluation skills. East Lothian Council is committed to helping Care Experienced Young People develop skills that will support them in future employment. The applicant does not require to have experience in research and evaluation but must show a willingness and a desire to gain these skills.

The post is focused on the engagement of Care Experienced young people in Peer Flatmate Scheme. The post holder will work with a dedicated Housing Support Agency and the Council to ensure Care Experienced young people live in an environment where their voices and views are heard and they are enabled to bring about positive change. With support from East Lothian Council Strategy Team, the post holder will be guided to carry out research and evaluation, providing recommendations for strategic, policy and protocol change within East Lothian Council. The post holder will enable care leavers in the Peer Flatmate model, and those in other housing situations, to engage and participate in the research.

The right candidate will bring excellent collaborative skills, be a competent independent worker and have good time and work-load management abilities. They will have the ability to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders and to form positive relationships with children and young people. They will bring an understanding of the care system in Scotland, children’s rights, and an understanding of the challenges young people might face managing a tenancy. A full driving license is not essential but is desirable.

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Advocacy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,579
  • South East Region, based Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th July 2019

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s recognised 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 will provide leadership and direct line management of Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Workers (APWs) within the South East regional team. The South East regional team comprises of our services and staff within Edinburgh and the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Fife. The post holder will develop and lead on all advocacy and participation activity within the region and will contribute to the achievement of Who Cares? Scotland’s strategic and operational plans.

The right candidate will have a relevant degree or professional qualification and significant experience of motivating and leading a staff team. In addition you will have significant demonstrable experience of operational planning, service development and managing budgets and delivering high quality services. A current full driving licence is also essential.

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Communications Support Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,197 – £22,746
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd July 2019

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.

This exciting new post will help to ensure that Who Cares? Scotland communicates with its internal and external stakeholders as effectively as possible, that information is shared in timely and appropriate ways and that all events are useful, well organised and offer good value for money.

The post holder will join the Business Support & Communications team, which is responsible for managing the organisation’s resources, events and reception function. This post will have an important range of internal and external relationships to develop and nurture and will work alongside teams and staff across Who Cares? Scotland. The main responsibilities in the role are organisational communication around national events and projects, both internally and externally, resource development for organisational branding, and promotional materials and support with organisation and delivery of national and regional events.

The right candidate will bring excellent verbal and written communication skills, a good working knowledge of Microsoft office. They will bring a passion for innovative and creative communication. They will have an SCQF Level 7 (SVQ 3) qualification relating to communications or business administration OR relevant work experience. Familiarity with design software and website management would be beneficial, but is not essential.

We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of the care system who meet the criteria for the post.

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Participation Assistant

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • West Lothian
  • Closing 30th August 2019

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.

This is an exciting new opportunity to work with Who Cares? Scotland and nurture and develop the West Lothian Champions Board. This role supports the work of the Central team, working alongside the Development Officer and Advocacy and Participation Manager. The Participation Assistant will help to ensure that young people with care experience are empowered, championed and supported to realise their potential and live a life full of success and one they are in control of.

The West Lothian Champions Board was established to help Care Experienced young people have a voice and a platform to achieve change. The Champions Board works to educate all Care Experienced young people on who their corporate parents are and what responsibilities they hold. The group also work to break down barriers between corporate parents and young people. The post holder is expected to promote the Champions Board and their work and help empower Care Experienced young people to turn their experiences into positive change for all West Lothian Care Experienced young people.

We are looking for someone who has good communication and group working skills, effective time management skills, and a creative approach to problem solving. The successful candidate will understand issues that affect young Care Experienced people, and passionate about empowering young people to have their voice heard and drive change.

To be eligible for this role you must be Care Experienced.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Orkney
  • Closing 12th September 2019

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 will work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual relationship-based advocacy role. This role requires you to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities and create the conditions for collective advocacy. This often brings young people together, allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to identify common issues. Working closely with partners and Orkney Islands Council services, you will help ensure Care Experienced voices are heard by Corporate Parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland, UK Charity of the Year 2018, at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. The post-holder will be part of a growing and dynamic team in the North.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or equivalent work experience. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people, and maintain and develop links with professional partners. 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 is also required, due to the requirements of the post.

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