Are you an experienced professional, looking to utilise your skills, experience and knowledge to help others? Do you want to undertake a Trustee role where your efforts will make a genuinely positive change to people’s lives?
Every year, over 300,000 people need and receive free, impartial advice on money, legal and rights issues from Citizens Advice Scotland.
The bureaux has over 60 members, and coupled with the Extra Help Unit, deliver Scotland’s Largest Independent Advice Network.
Their work encapsulates the entire geography of Scotland and every demographic: they look at the problems people bring to their advice services and campaign for change where it’s needed most. So when they speak out about something, it’s because it matters to people – whether it’s limiting the damaging effects of welfare reform or making sure payday loan companies can’t ruin lives.
In order that they can maintain the governance structure of the organisation, we are seeking experienced and motivated people from outside the Citizens Advice service to join their Board of Trustees.
In particular, we are keen to appoint individuals with the following knowledge and experience:
• Significant senior management experience in a substantial organisation
• Awareness of relationships with Government at Westminster and local level
This is a highly rewarding position, where you can help strategic decisions whilst ensuring the highest level of governance and service to those people who need independent advice the most.
“When I was struggling with my caring role, I was pointed to VOCAL. I was so impressed with the quality of the support I received that I felt this was an organisation to which I could contribute.
I became a volunteer and after a couple of years I was co-opted as a trustee. I really value the help I am able to give the charity.”
Supporting carers … as a VOCAL trustee
VOCAL is a carer-led agency, supporting over 10,000 carers each year in Edinburgh and Midlothian. In 2019 VOCAL celebrated its 25th anniversary.
To increase the health and welfare of carers, relieve the poverty and distress of carers and to give carers a voice, we seek further trustees, preferably with some caring experience within their families and circle of friends, to strengthen VOCAL’s governance and long-term strategic vision.
As we embark on new challenges to meet growing carer demand, we seek trustees who will bring direct or transferable professional or volunteer experience and leadership skills to our Board. Previous board/trustee experience is not essential and we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds and minority groups.
At present we are particularly looking for applicants with experience in HR, social enterprises, digitalisation, fundraising and income generation, able to offer a minimum of five hours engagement a month.
Trustees attend Board meetings, about 8 per annum, at which the strategies for meeting VOCAL’s objectives are set, and are supported by a senior management team, along with about 30 staff and 60 volunteers. Individual trustees also assist the work of a few sub-committees which address specific areas of our work.
Exciting times! get2gether has just celebrated its 7th birthday and we believe we’ve achieved a lot – we organise social opportunities for adults with disabilities in Edinburgh and the Lothians and our membership is growing. Thanks to continued funding from the National Lottery and Scottish Government our future is secure until at least March 2021.
As Edinburgh Events Co-ordinator, you will be organising a range of ‘ordinary’ events in ‘ordinary’ places in co-production with our members. You’ll be attending and facilitating these events (including evenings and weekends). You will work closely with our Ambassadors, Events Team and members, encouraging them towards greater independence.
The successful candidate will demonstrate
The purpose of the post will be the leadership, management and development of designated services, staff and projects across the organisation. To provide effective line management to a staff cohort in the delivery of direct advocacy services, engagement and involvement or commissioned work. The role will be to lead the team to excellence in service delivery with a strong emphasis on organisational and service development and quality.
The post will be integral to a management structure of peers and seniors, with direct reporting to the Operations Director or Business Director.
The East Dunbartonshire Initiative for Creative Therapy & Social Care (EDICT) was established in 1997 to address a need identified by the newly formed East Dunbartonshire local authority. The service offered by the organisation was devised to provide therapeutic support for individuals with mental health difficulties and their carers.
For over a twenty-two years EDICT has provided services for the local authority, health board and worked in partnership with a number of grant funding agencies. The organisation provides this support through the use of creative therapies in both group and 1:1 settings. During this time the service has been extended to provide support to participants with early stage dementia, brain injury, physical disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder.
Through focussed intervention by qualified therapists EDICT aims to promote increased levels of self esteem, reduce stress and reduce the effects of social isolation. This intervention motivates participants to focus on their own health, both physical and emotional, and encourages the process of self nurture. The focus on participants inherent creativity provides them with an opportunity to share experiences and offer mutual support in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
EDICT is developing the therapeutic sessions which support children and young adults on the autism spectrum. This post will provide support for the children and young adults within our art studio under the direction of the project manager. This post is funded for three years.
Successful applicants will require a CRBS check.
Relevant experience/qualification in autism support, and experience of delivering group support. A qualification in Art above higher grade is required.
A Job Description and Peron Specification is available for download below.
Turning Point Scotland’s HR team supports all of our social care services across Scotland and is based in Govan, Glasgow. The innovative thinking and positive, inclusive approach of the organisation is mirrored within our HR department, which comprises of ten people. Two smaller teams operate within the department providing HR advice, support and planning to an allocated group of services. We work closely with managers and staff at all levels and operate within a unionised environment. Beyond day to day support and employee relations issues, we undertake a full range of tasks and work including organisational development, workforce development planning, recruitment and strategic projects.
VOCAL is a carer-led organisation. Applicants will evidence an excellent understanding of the diverse range of caring situations, the impact of caring on peoples’ lives and barriers carers face at different points of the caring journey.
Applicants will evidence excellent people and communication skills, with experience in supporting carers through casework and person-centred support work, including experience of supporting individuals to access short breaks.
Excellent knowledge of health and social care, including key legislation and policy affecting carers.
Applicants will be digitally competent and effective communicators with individuals, carer groups and partner agencies.
Are you passionate about inclusive communities?
We support people with a learning disability or autism to build friendships to live their life well. To make this happen we have a network of volunteers who make an extraordinary difference helping to reduce loneliness and improve social connections.
Our project in Glasgow works exclusively with autistic people. Previous knowledge of autism would be useful but is not essential as you will work closely with our Autism Link Worker. We are looking for a Project Coordinator who is enthusiastic about making a positive contribution and willing to work alongside autistic people to help make communities work better for their individual needs.
There are additional difficulties many autistic people face in becoming socially included. The successful candidate will value small breakthroughs as meaningful triumphs. You will help to transform the lives of autistic people to live more independently, enjoy a better quality of life and play an active role in their community.
· Demonstrate commitment to volunteering and understanding of its potential?
· Nurture engagement and enthusiasm in volunteers?
· Communicate empathetically and connect easily to others?
· Relish the challenge of finding creative solutions?
· Show determination to make a lasting difference to people?
Do you have experience in making projects happen and bringing out the best in volunteers?
Then we want to hear from you!
Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living’s successful Open Door Programme now has a number of fixed term Trainee Admin Assistant jobs available. These posts will be based within various Housing Associations around Glasgow. We are now recruiting for disabled people who live in the Glasgow City Council area to take part in this fantastic opportunity.
GCIL Open Door offers disabled people:
A 39 week contract of employment, 16 hours a week paid at Glasgow Living Wage (currently £9.00/hour)
To apply for these vacancies you must be a disabled person or have a long term health condition and be in receipt of a relevant benefit (ESA, DLA/ PIP or Universal Credit with a Capability to Work element).
Due to our funding criteria, preference will be given to Wheatley Group customers who live within the Glasgow City Council area.
Turning Point Scotland’s HR team supports all of our social care services across Scotland and is based in Govan, Glasgow. The innovative thinking, dynamic and values driven inclusive approach of our organisation is mirrored within our HR department, which comprises of ten people.
Two smaller teams operate within the department providing HR advice, support and planning to an allocated group of services. This role will be a key part of our North Team, based in Aberdeen city centre, working closely with managers and colleagues at all levels across the organisation operating within a unionised environment, with a geographical spread covering, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Elgin, Tayside.(Occasional travel and overnight stay to and in Glasgow may be required at least once or twice a month for training and development and also to ensure a greater connection and sense of belonging with the wider team / organisation.)
Beyond day to day support and employee relations issues, we undertake a full range of tasks and work including organisational development, workforce development planning, recruitment and strategic projects.
· To provide generalist human resources advice, guidance and support to Turning Point Scotland’s line managers
· To provide a business partnership approach in working with managers, services and regions to enable the services and organisation to meet their aims and objectives.
· Interpreting and implementing HR policies, best practice and appropriately applying employment law
· Providing guidance and information to staff
· Undertaking a leadership role in projects or an area of HR operations or business specialism
· Working on employee relations issues, reports and cases (absence, disciplinary, investigations, grievances/complaints; TUPE; consultation meetings) balancing risk and the law with a pragmatic approach and reporting as required
· To undertake duties relating to leavers, payroll, contract alterations, absence, fitness for work, reasonable adjustments, flexible working requests and paternity/maternity
· Focussed progression of recruitment processing for new starts
· To advise and authorise on changes to terms and conditions and work to an anti-discriminatory framework
· Working in a small team to achieve a high quality responsive service for a group of services and to work as part of the larger HR team
· To meet strategic and personal development goals as agreed with your line and departmental manager with organisational development changes, taking on lead for topics/areas and projects
· To ensure our approach to employee registration with SSSC and PVG issues is dealt with in a consistent, compliant and legal manner
· To deliver a strategic business partnering service to support increased retention and recruitment across the team’s services through agreed plans and projects
· Quality assure and oversee some aspects of recruitment (Safer Recruitment) using our on-line recruitment tool
· To promote workforce development practices such as induction, appraisal, supervision
· To work with absence systems to actively manager and address absence get employees back to work as soon as possible and to put into place attendance plans to avoid absence in higher risk groups including working with our occupational health service
· Ensuring internal records of grievance, discipline and absence logs are up to date for reporting
· Working with the union and union representatives in a unionised environment and when appropriate with TPS Staff Connects (our employee representative group)
· Working to ICO guidelines and data protection legislation including meeting subject access requests
· HR based management and policy training: some direct delivery to groups, coaching one to one etc
· Travelling as and when required locally with frequency, and further in Scotland around once a month
· Participating positively as a member of the HR dept., the Head Office team and Turning Point Scotland
· Promoting the values and culture of Turning Point Scotland at all times