Stand Alone is the only UK organisation supporting people who are estranged from family or a key family member. Breaking down stigma and encouraging social inclusion is at the heart of our constitution and we are currently strategically focussed on the rights of estranged young people aged 16-25.
We're looking for a dynamic Advocacy Officer to represent us in Scotland, helping us to raise awareness and develop the voice of estranged students and young people with key professionals and political leaders.
Estranged young people do not have contact (or may have strained contact) with their family or a key family member. They may have similar backgrounds to young people with care experience, yet have often been missed by the care system. Subsequently, they lack the same rights and visibility as those who are care experienced.
Young people in this position have often experienced diffiuclties with new step-parents, have been rejected by family for coming out as LGBT+ or have different morals, values and beliefs to their families of origin. It is our overall aim to bring more substantial support in Scotland for this group, both in the Higher Education sector and with Local Authorities and Scottish Government.
The organisation has made a strong start in advocating for this group in Scotland, particularly in the Higher Education sector. We are now looking for the right person to build on that progress more locally and further amplify the voice of estranged young people, whilst strengthening our networks and influence.
Part-time contract: 3 days per week
Your skills and experience:
We recommend that you visit the Stand Alone website before applying to understand more about our mission and vision, and we will be looking to see this reflected in your application.
To apply, please send an up to date CV and a cover letter addressing the person specification and key experience on no more than two pages of A4 to firstname.lastname@example.org You also may apply by sending these documents in the post to: Stand Alone, 34b York Way, N1 9AB.
Applications with no covering letter will not be taken forward in the process.
Closing date: 22nd August 2019
Interviews will be held on 28th August 2019 with second interviews tbc.