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Manager: The Musselburgh Meeting Centre

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £30,000
  • Musselburgh, but with a mixture of working from home and travel primarily in East Lothian
  • Closing 12th August 2022

  • Advertised from 18th July 2022
  • Salary depending on experience. Musselburgh, but with a mixture of working from home and travel primarily in East Lothian. This is a 2-year Fixed Term Contract initially, with the potential for extension


The Musselburgh Meeting Centre: Building East Lothian’s first Meeting Centre

Dementia Friendly East Lothian exists to transform the daily lives of people with dementia and unpaid carers and supporters. We want to help people live and not exist, as valued citizenships and equal members of their community. They lead our work and equal partners in all we do.

The Musselburgh Meeting Centre is the result of the hard work and commitment of people with lived experience, communities and service providers working together. Our vision is that the Musselburgh Centre will change the lives of the Members who attend and the wider Musselburgh community. It will inspire and support other local centres and improve the availability and quality of activities that improve the lives of people living with dementia and unpaid carers/supporters.

About the job

As Manager of the Musselburgh Meeting Centre, you will play a central role in setting up and running East Lothian’s first Meeting Centre.

You will work in ways that promote and enhance the participation and leadership of people living with dementia and unpaid supporters and work with communities and partners to develop the Centre as a resource for the whole community. The Manager will play an important role in ensuring the Meeting Centre has rich and sustainable relationships with the communities of Musselburgh and supports Dementia Friendly Musselburgh.

As Manager you will appoint, develop and lead a small team of paid staff and volunteers, working with people with dementia and unpaid supporters to set up and run the Centre. You will do this using the guidance from the UK Meeting Centres Support Programme with the support of a Meeting Centre Management Committee and DFEL. You will ensure that the Centre is built on sound, firm and sustainable foundations, with high quality policies and processes.

The Meeting Centre group currently meets 1 morning a week, this will be extended to 3 mornings as the Centre becomes established. You will also play a role in supporting the development of Meeting Centres across East Lothian and represent East Lothian in Meetings of Centres in Scotland and beyond.

About you

You will share our vision, enthusiasm and commitment to work with us to make our aspirations a reality. You will understand dementia and the challenges it brings and have the initiative and flexibility to find effective and innovative solutions. You will be a team player, confident and skilled in working in partnership with people living with dementia, unpaid supporters, the community and professionals. You will also be able to manage people, work and finances. Experience of working in and with communities is also an important skill for this role.

We positively welcome applications from people living with dementia and unpaid carers/supporters and people with a wide range of experience, relevant to the requirements of the job.

You can draw on skills and experience gained through self-management and living with dementia or another long-term condition, unpaid work, paid work, volunteering and your personal life. Ideally this experience is round dementia, but we know that there are many similarities with living with and supporting other long-term conditions.

There are no essential qualifications for the post, but training is required for the postholder. We will provide training, mentoring and support to the successful applicant and this can be undertaken paid and in work time.

About Dementia Friendly East Lothian

Dementia Friendly East Lothian is a social enterprise focussed round changing lives and communities. Our approach is inspired by the power of people with lived experience to lead and influence decisions that matter to them and the important role of communities in helping people stay connected and manage living with dementia. Our work is led by people with dementia and unpaid supporters, including our Board.

As a community-led social enterprise, started by an unpaid carer, we work in ways that build personal and community capacity and assets. We believe we go further together and that how we work is as important as what we achieve. The impetus for The Musselburgh Meeting Centre has been developed so far by people coming together to talk, share and plan through community conversations, peer led support and Gatherings. You can read how we got here on our website:

Application notes

We’re looking for the right person for this rewarding and unique post. If this job inspires you, or you’d like to find out more, we would love to hear from you.

You can apply by e mail or paper, whichever works best for you. Please send:

• A letter of application, telling us in your own words why you want the job and why you think you’re the best person for the job.

• Contact details for referees - two people who know you and we can contact to ask about your suitability for the post. Often this will include an employer, but not always. You should not include someone who is a partner or family member.

• A covering letter with your name, contact details and stating that you are applying for the post

• Completing the equality and diversity form is optional. It helps us ensure that we promote equal access and opportunity and fairness.

Closing date: Friday 12th August at 5pm.

Selection Process

We plan to hold informal interviews on 17th August in Musselburgh. We may hold a second interview if required.

For an application pack or talk about the post, please contact Sue Northrop for an application pack or to talk about the post.

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