TPS works with adults who are experiencing a range of support needs. This includes housing and homelessness, learning disability, autism, acquired brain injury, fluctuating mental health, physical disabilities, problematic alcohol and/or other drug use and involvement in the criminal justice system. We believe that people matter. We believe they are the experts on their support needs. It is for us to work creatively with them and with partners to ensure we meet those needs.
Every day we work with well over 4,000 people and every year around 8,700. We help them to address issues they are experiencing and recognise their own skills and interests.
We embed our approach to support in a framework of Citizenship. Using this we deliver a holistic approach promoting the recovery, self-determination and inclusion of people experiencing challenges in their life. And we do this through focusing on their strengths and the valuable contributions they can make to their communities.
We define Citizenship as a measure of the strength of an individual’s connection to the 5 R’s of rights, responsibilities, roles, resources, and relationships that society makes available to its members.
Homelessness work within TPS
TPS is the biggest provider of services to people experiencing or at risk of Homelessness across Scotland. We deliver support to over 2800 individuals on any given day, and over 5,100 each year. This number increases when taking into account our services accessed through Justice or Alcohol and Other Drugs funding streams.
We believe that in many cases, Homelessness is entirely preventable. It is failures in the siloed and complex systems that we have designed to protect people that stops us from achieving this. Where Homelessness is not or cannot be, prevented the experience should be short lived, and we should meet that with a psychologically informed response. A menu of options should be available to individuals to prevent, or support someone to move on from Homelessness. This ensures we use a ‘no wrong door’ approach to accessing services.
We deliver a range of service models. These include Outreach Housing Support; Outreach Housing First; Outreach Crisis Support; Supported Accommodation. In line with our Citizenship approach we have a specific focus on key areas. These are; Building on people’s strengths, skills and interests as well as meeting their needs; Connecting people to communities, people and / or places; Harm reduction and / or Recovery; and providing a Psychologically informed / Trauma informed approach.
We also deliver a range of additional services across the country. Examples include Peer Mentoring services, Community Connectors, TPS Moving Service and TPS Connects amongst many other initiatives.
We recognise the importance of animals in people’s lives and helping individuals move on from the trauma they have experienced. We are currently developing our policies and frameworks to engage with stakeholders and develop our policy and procedures to make our services as pet friendly as possible.
We are also active members of the European Federation of National Organisations with the Homeless (FEANTSA).
Service Model - Outreach Housing First
In 2010 TPS invested in the UK’s first Housing First pilot project. This was in response to the clear evidence that there was a small population who were experiencing multiple and enduring support needs and were being failed – and worse, increasingly traumatised – by the homelessness system that is supposed to help them. Since then we have grown our services across multiple local authorities including Consortium partnerships with other agencies. We believe that a home is a human right and that an individual is best placed to deal with the issues that often made them homeless in the first place, in a place they can call home. We believe that Housing First should be the default model for people who are experiencing homelessness and have multiple and enduring support needs. We believe strongly on delivering Housing First with high fidelity to the 7 principles and working towards ensuring we deliver Systems Fidelity within the wider systems that Housing First effects or is affected by. We deliver the Housing First Academy focussed on the Communities of Practice Hub, Training Hub and Housing First Europe Hub. We are also active co-founding members of the Housing First Europe Hub.
About the Service
TPS has been commissioned to develop and implement a Housing First outreach service in the Dumfries area, initially for a period of 2 years. This will be the first time this model has been trialled in the region and we are keen to demonstrate that the Housing First delivery model can be successful in rural parts of the country.
The service manager will work with the Head of Service to explore and influence areas of potential opportunity to further add to TPSs service delivery within housing, homelessness and any other potential areas identified.
D&G LGBT Plus are looking to recruit a new Support Worker Adult working with the LGBTQI Community in Dumfries and Galloway.
This post represents a unique opportunity to play a key role in the ongoing development of the Service which works to promote the health, wellbeing, and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Dumfries and Galloway. The organisation has an ambitious vision, a strong focus on addressing health inequalities, improving mental health, health, and wellbeing, and reducing social isolation. In addition, the post holder will also be expected to contribute to the development of new services in line with organisational strategic objectives and contribute to working with the team to secure funding to sustain services, as well as for new initiatives. The post holder will be required to work flexibly, including some evening and occasional weekend work. The Support Worker will integrate as part of a team delivering a Dumfries and Galloway region wide capacity building, working with LGBT community, families and the agencies that exist to support them.
Aberlour delivers a number of services supporting children, young people and their families across the Dumfries and Galloway area.
We help parents and children who are struggling to cope. The families we work with may be affected by a range of issues, which could include drug and alcohol use in the family. We work with whole families as well as children on their own and will work with children from birth.
We are looking for an experienced administrator to support the service with general and financial administrative tasks, for 15 hours per week, worked flexibly during office hours.
You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages.
You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.
Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) works with third sector partners and public agencies to support voluntary organisations and our local communities. We are looking for a motivated and energetic Digital Inclusion Officer to work as part of our management team. You will create and deliver our strategic approach to digital inclusion in this large rural area where digital exclusion is a real barrier to growth and well-being. TSDG has a central role to play in breaking down this barrier by working with local communities to identify the impact of digital exclusion and enabling the third sector to respond through additional funding and support. Volunteers will play a major part in delivering our digital strategy.
In July 2012 Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere was recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. It was the first UNESCO Biosphere in Scotland and is part of a family of over 700 Biospheres around the world.
With our strong focus on sustainability; our commitment to facing up to the challenges of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis; and the opportunity to play a key role in supporting a post Covid “green recovery”, the UNESCO Biosphere designation is very much “of its time”.
Our UNESCO Biosphere is just entering an exciting period of sustained growth both in staff numbers and initiatives that support our local communities, businesses, and land managers in delivering the sustainability ethos of the Biosphere.
It is an opportunity to get involved at a new beginning, and to play a role in engaging with and supporting businesses towards a more sustainable future.
There are a host of opportunities and partners that are waiting to work with us in supporting, developing and delivering a range of initiatives that will really demonstrate the international significance of our UNESCO Biosphere.
Business Engagement Officer
The post holder will be responsible for working with the Business development Lead Officer engaging with local businesses, creating opportunities for new business collaborations and growth, and building on the sustainability credentials of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere designation.
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Capability Scotland is a well-established and respected provider of community-based facilitation services throughout Dumfries and Galloway which support people to engage in employment, education, volunteering and activities of their choice in their communities. This is an exciting time for us as we have the opportunity to deliver a number of other well-established services throughout the Region including
About the Role
We are looking to recruit a Link Practitioner to join our Self Directed Support Brokerage Service. You will provide support to individuals who are in receipt of a Direct Payment award to implement their agree Self Directed Support Plan, this will include assistance with recruitment and managing their relationship with their Personal Assistants and ongoing support to individuals to review their plan and make changes where necessary. You will be an advocate of Self-Directed Support and will raise awareness of Self-Directed Support and of the Brokerage amongst potential recipients, other professionals and the general public. The role will require you to nurture the service to allow for ongoing growth.
We are looking for someone who is keen to implement national policy into practice at a local level, keen to implement innovation while maintaining a positive environment and high-quality service. This role is ideal for someone who wants to put their values and vision into practice. If you think you fit the bill - we want to hear from you.