Charity registered in Scotland SC034737
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs (Scottish Families) provides support to families affected by the substance misuse of a loved one and raises awareness of the issues affecting them. We offer families a variety of services including a national helpline, one-to-one and groups support, training opportunities and community engagement activities to help families cope with their loved one’s substance misuse, rebuild relationships and improve their wellbeing.
We are launching a new three year Young Persons National Demonstration Project in East and West Dunbartonshire. We are seeking a Family Support Development Officer – Young People to work alongside young people to co-design, test out and share a new programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use. The post will work with the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People to deliver this Project.
We know that young people are often hidden within families affected by alcohol and drug use, particularly those aged 12 years and above. This includes young people affected by the substance use of siblings, parents, grandparents and other relatives and carers. There is a lack of appropriate support for 12-26 year olds, and we recognise that they are best placed to design and test out a new programme of support for this age group.
We are seeking applicants with an appropriate qualification in Youth Work, Community Work or equivalent professional qualification, with experience of working with a range of children and young people. You must have experience of planning and delivering structured programmes of support for young people, and of supporting young people to engage in planning, developing and evaluating projects. An understanding of child protection issues and safeguarding practice, and of emotional and developmental issues for children and young people is essential, along with the ability to build rapport, positively engage and support young people.
We are expanding our Connecting Families programme, launched in 2018 to deliver Scottish Families’ strategic outcome that ‘Families are a movement for change’. We are seeking a Connecting Families Development Officer to support the delivery of this programme.
The post will work with the Senior Connecting Families Development Officer to link together families with lived experience of alcohol and drugs through local, regional and national networks; to support the delivery of a programme of capacity-building with individual family members and family support groups, developing leadership, confidence, connectivity and sustainability; to provide direct intensive support to new, emerging and existing family support groups across Scotland, including face-to-face, online and telephone support; and to ensure that families drive the development of a families’ recovery movement, including co-producing projects, events and initiatives and identifying new ways of involving families;
We are seeking applicants with a degree in a relevant area or professional qualification; with experience of developing and facilitating support groups (of any theme), facilitating or enabling the work of others, direct work with families and partnership working. You must have the ability to encourage and promote the development of family support groups, effectively and sensitively advocate for others, and have strong organisational skills. This role has a Scotland-wide remit so requires extensive travel throughout the country.