Ending Homelessness in Scotland, one person at a time
Bethany Homes Aberdeen
On the back of its success in providing supported accommodation in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dumfries Bethany Christian Trust is in the process of purchasing three properties within the Torry area of Aberdeen to develop its new Bethany Homes Aberdeen project.
We are looking for a housing officer to deliver tenancy/community support to the three individuals who will take up residence in our supported flats. The Housing Officer role will ensure the efficient outworking of tenancy management functions, including letting, inspecting and management of properties, working closely with the tenants to provide the highest level of care to deal with the day to day issues of housing management, including supporting the tenants with rent and maintenance issues, thereby maximising rental income and providing administration support as required.
The role also includes engaging with the tenants to build their self-esteem, confidence and a sense of purpose to enable people to make positive choices relating to tenancy sustainment, community engagement and the development of healthy social networks.
As part of the wider Bethany Homes Team you will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills however have the ability to work on your own and prioritise your workload; you will have experience and knowledge of the service user group and their surrounding issues relating to homelessness as well as having housing/letting management experience. Competence in the use of Microsoft office tools is essential.
As Bethany is a Christian organisation, this post carries an Occupational Requirement in line with Equality Act 2010. Please note that one reference must be from your church minister or leader to endorse your live and active Christian faith and commitment. Successful applicants for this post will require membership of the PVG scheme and registration with the SSSC.
Are you passionate to lead an innovative and new team to strengthen communities and prevent homelessness in the north of Scotland?
We are looking for a coordinator to lead our new Community Support and Development team in Aberdeen and Inverness. The post will oversee a team of four staff members (1.6 FTE). Our targeted homelessness prevention projects are tailored to local needs and work in partnership with churches. We engage with individuals in communities to revitalise areas where the potential for homelessness is a real concern.
The role will involve overseeing a variety of work including the work of an existing Community Development Worker who oversees a drop-in on King Street, a new Recovery & Resettlement Worker in Aberdeen and one in Inverness and a Family Worker based in Torry but working across locations in Aberdeen.
Candidates will require significant experience and a demonstrable passion for working with people from a range of backgrounds including vulnerable individuals and a personal drive to see people on the margins of society have their lives transformed.
The role is open to opportunities for flexible working in conversation with the Director of Homelessness Prevention.
More details can be found in the attached job description.
As Bethany is a Christian organisation this post carries an Occupational Requirement in line with Equality Act 2010, applicants should have and be able to evidence an active Christian faith and commitment. Successful applicants for this post will require membership of the PVG scheme.
Children’s Panel Members are trained to take part in children’s hearings and make important decisions with and for infants, children and young people.
We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to take on the volunteer role of Area Convener in Aberdeen City and in Fife. Area Conveners don’t sit on Children’s Panels, but instead manage the work of volunteers in their local area.
What will you be doing?
You’ll be leading a team of committed volunteers who make up the Area Support Team and developing new ways of working for your area. You’ll be working with local partners, communicating with Panel Members and leading on national improvements at the local level. You will also make sure that the views of young people are heard and acted upon within your area.
Who are we looking for?
You’ll be enthusiastic and committed to securing the rights of children and young people; able to lead and be part of teams; a strong communicator, listening as well as talking. You’ll also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the ethos, values and principles of the children's hearings system.
Where should you be based?
We are looking for Area Conveners in Aberdeen City and in Fife.
Due to retirement we have a vacancy for a Senior Huntington’s Disease Specialist (SHDS) post within our Grampian service. The post will be a full time post. However, in order to accommodate a phased retirement plan and to allow a reasonable hand over period, the existing SHDS plans to reduce their hours to 18 hrs from 1st of January 2021 and work alongside the new post holder who will also work 18 hours until the end of February 2021. The new post holder will then become full time increasing hours to 36 hours per week.
This is an exciting opportunity to manage our existing Grampian service within our growing Scottish Charity and to offer specialist assessment, one to one emotional support, provide Huntington’s disease care management advice and information to families impacted by Huntington’s Disease (HD) and to all professionals or voluntary agencies involved in their care.
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, motivated and who will have a positive influence on the quality of life for individuals and their families who are impacted by HD. The successful candidate should have the ability to work autonomously using their own initiative in this challenging and innovative post. Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are excellent timekeeping and caseload management skills. Previous experience of working with Huntington’s disease is preferred but not essential; most of our staff have a background in mental health, physical disability, social work, neurology or palliative care. We will provide you with all the specialist knowledge you need.
The Scottish Huntington’s Disease Association invites applications from professionals with a valid, current professional qualification in any of the specialities listed below
Nursing (1st level), Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language. A substantial level of post-basic experience is desirable. Community based practice knowledge and a clean current driving licence and use of a car is essential.
The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced disclosure.
We’re looking for a proactive individual with experience of using community organising approaches and/or working in a charity, political or social campaigning environment to join us as a Community Organiser. Experience of local political and policymaking systems and how to influence them is also required.
A decent, safe and affordable home is a fundamental human need, yet tens of thousands of people across Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, unaffordable rents and the threat of eviction. Our strategy sets out a new approach to support local communities to demand long term solutions to this housing emergency, including the delivery of more social housing and to defend hard-won housing rights. To achieve this we are creating a network of Community Organisers, who will be located in each of our Hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by the end of our three year strategy.
Community Organising differs significantly from one-off charity campaigning and service user participation or co-production as an approach to achieving change. It is a process that seeks to put power in the hands of the people affected by a social injustice or societal problems. We need ambitious individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve in Aberdeen.
Organising, engaging, influencing and working in local communities is critical to all that we do, and this includes running national and local campaigns, influencing politicians and working to build a network of active and motivated housing and homeless activists (Housing Rights Defenders). Join us, and you could soon be helping to grow and develop local activism in Aberdeen.
About the role
As a Community Organiser, you’ll play an important role in developing local community responses to the housing emergency in and around Aberdeen, coordinating and delivering a range of community-based activity including rights awareness and campaign activist workshops and developing and facilitating local activist groups. You will develop local knowledge and create a community organising plan, working closely with the teams in the Aberdeen community hub and across Shelter Scotland.
We will rely on you to build on existing national and local campaigns and priorities and develop that further in the Aberdeen context. Understanding the local dynamic, identifying opportunities, managing projects and motivating others to get involved are all aspects of this role. You will work closely with the various teams including Aberdeen Hub, Policy and Advocacy amongst others, to ensure the Aberdeen community organising activity aligns with existing workstreams and national priorities.
As well as experience of delivering effective community organising activity and/or working in a charity/social campaigning environment, you have a good understanding of local political and policymaking systems and how they operate. We’re also looking for a proven ability to work with and represent an organisation effectively to a range of stakeholders. A good project manager, with lots of enthusiasm and a ‘can-do’ approach, you have strong influencing and negotiating skills too. Finally, while prior housing and homelessness working experience is not a requirement, you’ll need a passion for Shelter Scotland’s issues. A good, affordable, safe and secure home is critical to all of us, yet this is being denied to an increasing number of people. You’ll thrive on the challenge of taking on this issue, working with the community to create relevant campaigns and making it a local priority.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter Scotland helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter Scotland is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities),gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
Music 4 U is an independent SCIO based in Aberdeen Arts Centre. We are looking for a Secretary and Treasurer to join our Board.
Our charity's purpose is to bring inclusivity to the Performing Arts within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, providing true integration enabling children and young adults with and without additional support needs to understand, learn, help & support each other through song, dance & theatre.
We deliver person-centred workshops, 4 days per week over 50 weeks of the year from Aberdeen Arts Centre along with stage & community performances throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. We are a registered Trinity Arts Award Centre.
Our Board of Trustees and Management Team along with our committed staff are responsible for delivering the key aims and objectives and the day-to-day management of the organisation ensuring continued operation.
For more information on these roles, please see attached Job Descriptions.