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

Development Officer (Youth Participation & Engagement)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Aberdeen City
  • Closing 31st January 2021

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.

The Development Officer post in Aberdeen is central to the engagement of care experienced children and young people of all ages and requires excellent youth work skills and knowledge to maximise meaningful participation. The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience of building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be committed to helping young people amplify their own voices so that they can be heard by their Corporate Parents who can influence change. This post will build on the work that has already been established and focus on meeting the outcomes of a shared Action Plan. You will need to be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast.

The post holder will be passionate about helping young people create change, able to work at evenings and some weekends, be able to work within an autonomous environment and keep up to date with the current national environment regarding care experience. They will also need a positive, solution focussed attitude and adaptable to change.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum standard of HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children & young people, or equivalent work experience. The post holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. A current full driving licence is also essential.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 28th February 2020

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 means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities and create the conditions for collective advocacy. This often brings young people together both locally and nationally, allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to identify common issues. You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Central Team 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 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 individually and collectively and maintain links with professional partners. You will also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For more information, please get in touch with the Central Team Manager, Billy Alexander on balexander@whocaresscotland.org or through our National Office on 0141 226 4441.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Aberdeenshire and City base location to be confirmed, travel required
  • Closing 15th May 2020

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 role will focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System, supporting children and young people with and without experience of care, in an advocacy role. This means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. In our work, we use a relationship-based approach where possible to ensure meaningful engagement. You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the dynamic North-East team 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 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 be able to demonstrate extensive experience in a role working with children and young people or delivering advocacy. 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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively, both within and across organisations in this sector.

You will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk
  • Closing 22nd May 2020

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 role will focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System, supporting children and young people with and without experience of care, in an advocacy role. This means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. In our work, we use a relationship-based approach where possible to ensure meaningful engagement. You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the dynamic Central team 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 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 be able to demonstrate extensive experience in a role working with children and young people or delivering advocacy. 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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively, both within and across organisations in this sector.

You will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker – Highland and Moray

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Highland and Moray
  • Closing 28th May 2020

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 role will focus on advocacy, particularly within the Children’s Hearing System, supporting children and young people in an advocacy role. This means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. In our work, we use a relationship-based approach to ensure meaningful engagement. You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within a dynamic North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively, bringing insight, challenge, hope and change.

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 be able to demonstrate extensive experience in a role working with children and young people or delivering advocacy. 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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively, both within and across organisations in this sector.

You will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £70,000 – £80,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th August 2020

Established in 1978, Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with Care Experienced children, young people and adults. Supporting Care Experienced people to have their voice heard, Who Cares? Scotland has a bold and ambitious vision for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only membership organisation for Care Experienced people and the country’s largest advocacy organisation for Care Experienced people. They have a long and proud history of helping Care Experience young people have their say in legal processes and offer a wide range of groups and events for Care Experienced people to connect with each other. The organisation has had substantial success through its influencing and campaigning work, elevating voice at an individual, local and national level to create change. They are looking to identify a new Chief Executive who will build on their considerable achievements to make their vision a reality.

Reporting to the Board of Who Cares? Scotland, you will be responsible for the leadership and management of the operational and financial affairs of the charity including developing, promoting and facilitating strategies, objectives and policies. The new Chief Executive will also ensure Who Cares? Scotland continues to be an effective advocacy and campaigning organisation, developing its participation and connection work and empowering more Care Experienced people to have a voice.

An approachable, innovative, solutions focused and visionary leader, you will have a close connection with the Care Experienced community, whether through personal or family experience of the care system, caring for others or working to improve outcomes for Care Experienced people on an individual, local and national basis. Demonstrating a proven track record of strategic leadership coupled with experience of managing, motivating, and developing staff, the successful candidate will also have the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, creating alliances and encouraging increased collaboration.

You would be joining Who Cares? Scotland at a critical time following the report of the recent Independent Care Review and this role will provide you with the unique opportunity to influence a new vision for the delivery of care in Scotland which ensures that those who have experience of care influence that delivery at every step.

If you have the skills, energy and passion and the belief that a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people is not only desirable but deliverable, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • North Lanarkshire, based in Bellshill
  • Closing 10th August 2020

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 in an individual relationship-based advocacy role and within participation and group activity. This unique 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 help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy, including the work of the Today Not Tomorrow (TNT) group and related Champions Board activity and reporting. This activity brings young people together, allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to identify common issues. You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Lanarkshire locality team. Nationally and regionally, this is an exciting time to join, 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 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 be able to demonstrate extensive experience in a role working with children and young people or delivering advocacy. 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 develop relationships with professional partners. You may also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively. 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 this post.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Eilean Siar, Western Isles
  • Closing 23rd October 2020

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 means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will help 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. You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team 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 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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national membership and advocacy organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland.

In partnership with Moray Council and other corporate parents, the post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care in an individual relationship-based advocacy role. This means to listen to what they say and supporting them to have their voices heard regarding the decisions which impact on their lives. A focus of your work will be ensuring that those voices are heard within the context of experience of education and school. You will help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities - whilst supporting a range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities, 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. You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

The post holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. It will involve working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and other public services in order to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

You will be working within Moray at an exciting time, with a well-established Champions Board process, and the voices of those with experience of care growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. You will be part of a growing and dynamic North team in WC?S, working closely with key partners across Moray’s corporate parenting network.

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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Tayside
  • Closing 8th November 2020

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 means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will help 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. You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North-East team 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. You will be part of a dynamic team.

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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively. 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 use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Nicki Matthew, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North East on 07764 145126.

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Community of School Advocacy and Participation Development Officer

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Inverness, Highland
  • Closing 7th December 2020

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national membership and advocacy organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland.

You will be working with partners to improve the experiences, support and opportunities for Care Experienced and other young people within their school communities. In particular, your work will ensure that the voices, experiences and needs of Care Experienced young people are heard and understood. You will provide and support:

- Independent and individual advocacy support for young people including in relation to their support within the Community of School;

- Voice-led awareness-raising sessions within school communities and with educational professionals, reaching out to Care Experienced and other children/young people, their peers and the professionals and carers who are around them;

- Enhanced links between the growing range of opportunities for Care Experienced young people and others across Highland, and the Community of School;

- Improved opportunity, voice, aspiration and attainment for Highland’s Care Experienced young people and others with needs for significant support.

You will help ensure that Care Experienced voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will place young people at the heart of everything you do. You will need to utilise advocacy and youth work/community development skills. You will be working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and beyond, creating new opportunities and developing existing ones.

You will be working within Highland at an exciting time, when the voices of those with experience of care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. You will be part of a dynamic North team in Who Cares? Scotland, and will work closely with key partners across Highlands’s CHAMPS corporate parenting network.

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 links with professional partners. You will also have experience of delivering training or engaging a range of audiences, and of working collaboratively. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the Highland-wide remit of the post.

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Top job! Fundraising Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Office base Flexible, but home based in the first instance
  • Closing 20th December 2020

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. If you have experience as a Fundraiser and share this vision, this could be the role for you!

The post is a key position within Who Cares? Scotland and will work closely with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement strategies for income generation which contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the organisation and allow it to pursue its vision of a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.

You will lead on all fundraising activity across a range of income streams including individual giving and high net worth donors; community fundraising; corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, and events. You will be required to develop creative, compelling fundraising propositions for a range of audiences, supported by internal and external communications strategies. You will also engage audiences with bids and proposals, make successful presentations and pitches, and organise cultivation and stewardship events. You will carry out research and analysis to inform the development and implementation of a fundraising pipeline, for both project funding and unrestricted income.

You will have experience of leading fundraising initiatives as well as bid-writing and/ or creating and delivering sales pitches that were successful to the value of over £100k per annum. You will also be able to demonstrate success as a fund-raiser, generating significant donation income of more than £300k p/a from income streams such as individual giving; corporate fundraising; community fundraising; events and trusts and foundations.

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Top job! Interim Director of Corporate Services

  • Full time
  • £45,696 – £57,120
  • Scotland-wide Office base Flexible, but home based in the first
  • Closing 27th January 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. If you have relevant experience and share this vision, this could be the role for you!

The post is a key position within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Chief Executive in successfully implementing our current strategic plan (2018-2022).

In this role you will have strategic responsibility for overseeing a team of diverse specialisms in the areas of Governance, Human Resources, Workforce Development, Fundraising, Business Support, Communications and our Helpline and employability activity. You will lead on strategic management of stakeholder communications and on Who Cares? Scotland’s brand and organisational identity. You will have an oversight of Who Cares? Scotland Board and Committee liaisons, governance processes and charity regulators in partnership with the Chief Executive. You will direct and hold responsibility for the success of the fundraising strategy and associated pipeline for 2021 and beyond, working in partnership with the Chief Executive and Senior Management peers to achieve this. With a lead on the organisation’s Business Support and Communications function, you will ensure that the tools and resources available are supporting the workforce across Scotland and are adequately enabling our programmes to be implemented safely, communicated confidently and with success.

You will have experience of working at a senior level in an organisation or service in the voluntary sector with experience of developing and implementing Fundraising strategies and meeting financial targets in excess of £500k per annum, managing and reporting on multiple budgets with a combined minimum value of £5million. You will also be able to demonstrate success as a lead in the tendering process in relation to Local Authority, Central Government, and private sector funding streams and contracts, and of being accountable to funders, boards and other stakeholders for the delivery of complex pieces of work including reporting on progress, performance monitoring and evaluation.

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. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Marie-Claire Jones, Director of Corporate Services on 07715 312015.

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