An opportunity to join the staff team of a long-established but innovative befriending project in the Scottish Borders. You would be responsible for managing all our work with adults with learning disabilities aged 25+ in Berwickshire and Kelso, including a befriending group and 1:1 friendships.
The aim of the project is to improve members’ quality of life, overcoming their social isolation to create the friendships crucial to happiness, and developing their social and communication skills. The respite provided to family carers as a result of befriending is also an important element.
The post is focused on service delivery: working with members and their families or professional carers; recruiting, training and supporting volunteers; organising and running the befriending group; developing and supervising 1-1 friendships. There is considerable room for creativity and potential to start new groups or deliver the service in different ways.
Time of working is flexible but will include regular evening work running the befriending group. The Berwickshire office is in Duns, but working from home is possible. The post is funded by the Lottery, Scottish Borders Council and grant-making trusts, and we aim to provide a long-term service. There is a children and young people’s Co-ordinator whom you would work alongside.
At present the service is mainly delivered through Zoom, telephone and hard copy newsletters, with room for further innovation. It will transition back to face to face delivery once pandemic conditions allow.
Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project are seeking a Befriending Co-ordinator to assist in developing and co-ordinating all elements of volunteering including : advertising, recruitment, training, development and matching and supporting of befriending volunteers within the organisation.
Applicants will have at least 2 years’ experience of providing services to vulnerable client groups and have proven experience of all aspects of managing and retaining volunteers.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and have the ability to motivate others. They will also have a passion for improving the lives of women and men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Must be able to work as part of a team.
Post will be based in Kirkcaldy and will involve travel across all areas of Fife.
Subject to PVG check
Are you an exceptional individual who has the ability to make a significant contribution to the COVEY team?
We are seeking passionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.
COVEY is seeking two experienced and skilled team members to grow our Lead Coordinators team, enabling us to further enhance the opportunities to support our young people and families in South / North Lanarkshire in line with our strategic and operational objectives.
COVEY is looking for exceptional individuals who will provide leadership, management and support to staff and volunteers, coordinating and delivering our work with very vulnerable families and young people.
· Commitment to personal growth
· Able to self reflect and give and take feedback
· Curiosity, flexibility, adaptability and dedication
· Passionate and highly motivated
· Able to work collaboratively
· Takes full responsibility for delivering areas of responsibility
· Leading by example, creating mutual trust colleagues and volunteers
· Quickly building trust and a strong rapport with young people and their families
· Extremely versatile and highly resilient in supporting complex issues.
We seek someone with the drive, passion and vision to develop and shape projects; to think ahead and bring creative solutions where needed, being able to work in partnership within the whole COVEY team.
· You will have held a coordination role for at least three years and have managed staff and volunteers. 5 years experience in working with vulnerable children, young people and families;
· High level of experience in the areas of Child and Adult Protection, Substance Use, Mental Health and other complex issues vulnerable families face;
· Knowledge of the core principles of person-centred, strengths-based approaches in supporting families;
· Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline;
· Experience in managing staff and volunteers;
· Complex case management experience;
· A working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
· Confident and capable in internal and external reporting;
· Ability to identify and manage risks and concerns in relation to Child and Adult protection;
· Understanding of the issues surrounding child poverty and other current policy drivers.
With excellent written and verbal communication skills you will also be intuitive. You will demonstrate strong leadership and management skills, having the ability to work to a broad remit where priorities can change daily.
Highly motivated and able to work under pressure and working to targets you will be able to deliver on the desired outcomes. While also maintaining a case load, you will have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and evaluation.
COVEY are interested in having the right people in the right role at the right time and seek those with additional skills and knowledge for the development of the team e.g. Funding, marketing, additional needs and/or addictions specialities, training and mentoring.
Your ability to motivate others will be a key strength, demonstrating skills in leading and developing staff and supporting volunteers. You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role.
This post is 35 hrs per week and will involve out of hours and possible weekend working.
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Orkney Blide Trust is looking for a director with strong interpersonal skills to manage and represent the trust and its services to people with mental health problems.
The trust provides several services for people recovering from mental ill health. The director will manage an experienced team and develop our drop-in facility, therapeutic project, housing support and befriending services and other planned services. The director is directly accountable to the board of trustees.
The successful applicant should hold, or be willing to obtain, the relevant qualifications to be registered as a Housing Support Service Manager with the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council.
The successful applicant must have the capability, knowledge and experience in the key areas of:
• Management of services and staff
• Knowledge of mental health issues and after-care support systems
• Budget management and income generation
• Performance and outcomes measurement
• Partnership working with other organisations
seescape is the operational name of Fife Society for the Blind, the leading provider of services to people with sight loss living in Fife. Our mission is to “expand horizons for people with sight impairment” and we are seeking a Chief Executive to head the organisation and lead delivery and development of the services we provide. This role is key to seescape’s continuing success and the Chief Executive reports directly to the Board of Trustees.
seescape’s work falls into 4 main areas :- our Sight Support Team deliver statutory services on behalf of Fife Council and NHS Scotland, we operate as a social enterprise the only Optician service in Scotland dedicated to people with sight loss, we work with Volunteers and Befrienders providing support to clients who through age or disability can feel isolated in the local community, and our Assistive Technology team provides advice and training on the latest smart technology devices and software helping people live more independently.
What You’ll Do
Sound stakeholder management is a key aspect of the role and you will work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including Health and Social Care Partnership and the Scottish Government eyecare team along with other organisations providing support to people with sight loss. Setting, monitoring and delivering services to achieve a balanced budget is vital and a clear marketing and fundraising strategy is needed at a time when so many charities are competing for available funds to sustain services. Using technology to support our clients is a key area for development and a visionary approach will be required when developing future strategy.
What We Need
We are looking for someone with an excellent track record of providing strong leadership, with demonstrable business and financial acumen. An exceptional influencer, the role holder will have the ability to challenge clearly and constructively – building positive relationships through strong communication is crucial to success in this position. You may have previous experience in the third sector, but more important is the capacity and competence to lead an organisation to enable successful service delivery.
Post 1 – 37.5 hours per week, Fixed Term until 31 March 2022 (with possibility of extension depending on funding),
Post 2 – 25 hours per week. Fixed Term until 01 February 2022 (with possibility of extension depending on funding).
Although hours will be primarily Monday to Friday, flexible working may be required (including evenings and weekends).
Please state in the ‘Match to job Requirements’ section on your application which post you wish to be considered for.
Job category/type: Full-time/Part-time, Fixed Term
LinkLiving is a Scottish health and wellbeing charity that supports people of all ages to overcome the negative impacts of trauma, mental health, inequality, and isolation. We deliver our support to service users through a range of models including:
• Personal development and employability programmes
• Self-help coaching
• Supported accommodation
• Care at home
• Housing support
• Social cafes
LinkLiving’s values are at the heart of everything we do. As a Project Worker you will be expected to share our core values of:
Whilst we also work with other age groups, our Older Persons Service promotes social inclusion opportunities for vulnerable people aged 65 and over by providing 1-1 volunteer and staff befriending in their own homes, within their communities, and support with social engagement opportunities for older people and carers through our drop in social cafes.
Assistant Project Workers work closely with the project workers and volunteers to support the people who receive our services to become engaged and included within their communities. Under the direction and guidance of the Team Leader and Project Workers, the Assistant Project Workers will assist with the delivery of social cafes and provide of one-to-one befriending support.
They will develop relationships with relevant agencies and other services to maximise opportunities for the people we support. Maximising user involvement and choice and using initiative to develop activities for the benefit of service users and carers are key aspects of the job.
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You will need to be able to demonstrate your commitment to LinkLiving’s 4 key values, which are:
- Empathy (listen to and understand an individual's needs and circumstances)
- Respect (treat others the way they wish to be treated)
- Integrity (be honest and have strong moral principles)
- Caring (show kindness and concern for others)
You will have a knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting older people and knowledge and understanding of local community initiatives and projects, along with the ability to create relationships/partnerships with other voluntary and statutory agencies and the knowledge of the use of evaluation methods to ensure a project is effective.
The successful candidate will come with effective communication skills including excellent written, oral and IT skills with the ability to take the lead in conversations, a non-judgmental attitude and willingness to embrace diversity, the ability to work openly and honestly within a team setting, to prioritise and plan their own caseload and be able to build equal and positive relationships with people.
You will have good personal computer skills and the ability to use technology efficiently to maintain and update records, the ability to adapt to new environments and be educated to a general standard.
You will also have the ability to drive and able to travel between services as required.
For a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification in the Job information Pack above.
To find out more about what LinkLiving do, please visit our website at linkliving.org.uk
What’s in it for you?
LinkLiving offers excellent terms and conditions, and as an Investor in People and Healthy Working Lives Gold Award holder, we aim to provide a wide range of development opportunities and healthy living initiatives. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities.
You will work with colleagues who share our objectives – our employees, volunteers, funders, and our project partners. In return, we want people who are passionate, caring and dedicated, committed to our vision and values and will work to the highest professional standards.
As a LinkLiving employee, you'll benefit from generous annual leave entitlements, a wide range of learning and development opportunities, highly competitive employer pension contribution rates, discounts on shopping, restaurants and other services via Westfield Rewards, enhanced maternity and sick pay entitlements, employee support and counselling service and occupational health services.
This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration.
SupportED is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to assist the Development Manager to develop and expand the volunteer led services. The charity is the leading community eating disorder charity in Scotland and supports people with eating disorders, their carers and families in a growing number of geographical areas across Scotland, with face-to-face groups prior to Coronavirus, and currently by Zoom.
The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers who facilitate support groups for people with eating disorders and carers and has also introduced a 1 to 1 befriending service.
This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and well organised self-starter with drive and a passion for helping others. Full training will be given and ongoing development and support provided.
The ability to attract, train, manage and motivate volunteers is essential and a good understanding of eating disorders and/or related mental health conditions is desirable.
For this post it is essential to have excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills.
Further details of the post are set out in the Job Description.
Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a learning disability and autism in Scotland. Equal Futures was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities. The aim was to help families plan for to ensure that their relative lives a good life.
Since then, Equal Futures has been on a journey to support people and their families through Circles of support and more informally through befriending.
Equal Futures is part of Thera Group; a charitable Group of companies that supports people with a learning disability. Our unique leadership and structure equally includes people with a learning disability. Through this, we can demonstrate that people with a learning disability can be leaders in society. But we can’t do this without you. This post is homebased with the expectation to travel throughout Scotland as required.
To build inclusive communities through matching volunteers with autistic people. This will be achieved by building robust partnerships with statutory and third sector bodies to reach out to individuals who are lonely or socially isolated. A key to success in the role is having an imaginative and thoughtful approach to finding volunteers who can make an extraordinary impact to people’s lives. The successful candidate will have opportunities to shape and develop the project to make a positive and sustainable difference.
At least two years working with vulnerable people, either paid or unpaid
Evidence of supporting vulnerable people to achieve their goals
Evidence of achieving high standards of work and successful outcomes
Working in partnership with other organisations or agencies effectively
Real life experience of autistic people or strong desire to work with autistic people
Enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to communities
Resilience and patience to find solutions which work for autistic individuals
Understand how to nurture and value volunteers
Able to engage effectively with people in a range of settings
Energised by creating new ways of working and making it happen
· 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holiday (pro-rata)
· Contributory pension
· Cycle to work scheme
· Employee support line to support you and your family
· Support in gaining professional qualifications
· Continuous on the job training is provided
Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a Learning Disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Scotland. We were established in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities, with the aim of helping families plan for the future to ensure that their relative can live their best life.
Since then, Equal Futures has been on a journey to support individuals and their families through our Circles of Support model and more informally through volunteer befriending and social opportunities. We currently support 24 individuals and families across 10 Local Authorities and have big ambitions to reach more people who would benefit from our unique support model.
We take pride in being a member organisation to ensure that people with learning disabilities or ASD are at the heart of everything we do and have a say in how we function. We operate as a registered Scottish charity within the Thera Group of companies.
Everyone has friendships which are based on kindness, compassion and respect.
To work alongside people with learning disabilities or autism to reduce loneliness and social isolation
• We are committed to positive relationships.
• Making a sustainable difference.
• Social inclusion for everyone
Equal Futures has a well-established Board of Trustees with a range of skills and backgrounds. We are seeking to appoint three Trustees, one of whom we hope will become our new Chairperson.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
We also welcome applications from people with experience in any of the following:
• Financial acumen
• Business growth and scale up
• Public profile development
• Governance and Risk Management
• Legal Compliance
• Voluntary Sector Leadership
We also welcome applications from people with lived experience of learning disability or ASD, either personally or as a carer, who have an understanding of Scotland’s voluntary sector.
• Passionate about equality
• Established networks in the field of social care; social inclusion; statutory or voluntary sectors; or fundraising
• Comfortable communicating with a range of audiences
• Willingness and drive to work with others to make a lasting difference
• Able to commit appropriate time to bi-monthly Board meetings, including preparation and following up on agreed actions, of approximately 9 days per year for Trustees and 12 days per year for our Chairperson
• Developed awareness and interest in the needs & rights of families and individuals with learning disabilities or ASD