Charity registered in Scotland SC001360
Home Link Family Support is a successful award winning small charity supporting families in Edinburgh and Midlothian through the delivery of the following home visiting services: Family Support, Ante-natal Support, Young Parents Support and Systemic Family Counselling. Our objective is to help reduce disadvantage to families with young children across Edinburgh and Midlothian.
Do you want to be a part of an award winning team? We have a vacancy for a dynamic, enthusiastic and organised individual to join our Systemic Family Counselling Team in Midlothian. This post is funded by for 12 months initially with likelihood of continued funding being finalised. The post holder will be responsible for managing referrals, assessing the needs of the whole family and supporting families with agreed strategies for change. You will be expected to work across Midlothian, visiting families in their own homes. Having access to a car for business use is essential.
Home Link Family Support is a small, dynamic organisation, with a positive reputation, established in 1986. It is a charity and company limited by guarantee with a turnover in excess of £300,000. The Board has responsibility for the operational and strategic management of the organisation, to ensure it meets its aims and objectives and complies with legislation.
HLFS provides a range of support and early intervention services to families who live in Edinburgh and Midlothian. In the main, families have at least one child under 5, but may also have older children. The core service is home visiting support delivered by volunteers or paid staff members. We screen, train and support approximately 75 volunteers who are matched with families to provide practical, emotional and family learning support.
Currently, HFLS operates across the following areas:
· Family Support Service – in Midlothian and Edinburgh
· Ante – natal Support Service – in Edinburgh
· Midlothian Young Parents Support Service
In addition, HLFS provides a unique therapeutic family counselling service in Midlothian in a partnership approach with other agencies delivering services within a specific school community area.
The organisation has secured funding from Midlothian and Edinburgh Councils, the Big Lottery as well as charitable trusts and donors.
About the vacancy
HLFS has the opportunity to recruit a new Board Member with the skills, experience, motivation and enthusiasm to undertake the Role of Chair. The Board is currently developing HLFS’ strategic objectives for the next 3 years, and the Chair will have responsibility for leading the Board and organisation to realise the strategy, and support creative developmental opportunities, consistent with emerging national and local policy priorities.
The role requires a commitment of 10 hours per month, including activity common to all Board Trustees. Board members are asked to give a minimum commitment of 3 years.
The successful applicant will:
· Plan for and chair Bi- monthly evening Board meetings and annual AGM.
· Attend business meetings with HLFS’ manager
· Participate in Board thematic subgroups and working groups
· Undertake mandatory training
· Give 4 -6 hours per month for home working on agreed projects
See attached job description for further details.
The successful applicant will be provided with:
· Induction training
· Access to ongoing training opportunities
· Out of pocket expenses
· Career development planning
· Social events throughout the year.
NB. This role is subject to 2 reference checks.
Due to maternity leave, we have a temporary vacancy for an Early Years Coordinator in our award winning team, funded by the Big Lottery.The post holder is responsible for assessing the needs of parents and children in their early years, and delivering practical and emotional support to the whole family, either directly, or by working with one of our volunteers, to ensure the children have the best start in life. The post is for nine months duration with an anticipated start date in October.