This vacancy has now closed

Specialist Youth Advisor

  • Full time
  • £29,842 – £31,615
  • Home Based with regular travel throughout Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, and Dumfries & Galloway.
  • Closing 29th April 2022

  • Advertised from 7th April 2022
  • Permanent. 36 per week.


Are you motivated to make a positive change to the lives of young people who live in families that are impacted by Huntington’s disease a devastating, hereditary, genetically transmitted neurological condition? If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) Youth Service as a Specialist Youth Advisor supporting vulnerable children and families throughout South/ West Scotland.

SHA’s Youth Service works with children and families aged 8-25 to affect positive change for our young people and families, we focus on a person-centred approach to managing HD including psychoeducation, information and advice, peer support and respite opportunities. The Specialist Youth Advisor is a pivotal role within the South/West, and will provide a vital link in supporting young people in this region, in line with SHA’s strategic aims.

SHA Youth service are seeking an exemplary individual who will be responsible for managing their own complex caseload and delivering one to one support sessions in the South/West region; developing group work sessions for ages 8-12, 13-17 and 18+; providing support to practitioners; alongside providing respite opportunities at residentials and summer camp.

The post holder will need to be highly organised and have the proven ability to build trusting relationships, to empower children and young people to manage the complexities of living with HD, and their own genetic risk. Experience of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, young carers’ issues and child protection is advantageous.

The successful candidate should be able to work autonomously in this challenging and innovative post. Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills are essential. This is a community post, therefore a clean, current driving licence and use of a car complete our list of essential requirements.

This post will involve some out of hours and periodic weekend working. we offer benefits including flexible working practices, a generous leave allowance totalling 37 days (25 days Annual leave and 12 days public holidays) and a competitive pension.

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced disclosure check.

Post is initially funded for 12 months, with the expectation to extend upon securing additional funding.

Application notes

Further information and an electronic application pack can be obtained from: David McNiven, Admin Officer Scottish Huntington’s Association, Business First, Burnbrae Road, Paisley T: 0141 848 0308

Closing date for applications 29th of April 2022

Interview date: 18th of May 2022

SHA is a registered Charity and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. Scottish Charity No; SCO100985