3 posts - Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Clackmannanshire
Role Reports To: Delivery Leader
Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to resolve some of the UK’s most pressing social issues. In collaboration with local authorities, we have created a programme to support improvement in services for care experienced young people.
The system of public, private and third sector providers across a range of local services tend to be designed for people who are able to engage with little or no support. People of all ages have barriers to engaging in services and care experienced young people can have more barriers than most. For care experienced young people, whilst they have talent and potential, they face some of the starkest outcomes of any group in society given their additional barriers, and a legacy of discrimination, oppression, and a lack of access to resources and opportunities.
What is the problem we are trying to solve? Despite the challenges, there is a considerable growing consensus and momentum around the idea that care experienced young people cannot rely on services and infrastructure that have been designed without their input or have not been specifically designed with their needs in mind.
By making use of the Scottish Approach to Service Design and supporting No One Left Behind Principles, we therefore want to give care experienced young people a voice and an opportunity to influence change by involving them in the design of services and opportunities, providing them a platform to have their voices heard.
As our Engagement Manager working in one of the above-mentioned local authorities, you will work closely with care experienced young people to empower them to have a voice and to support them to identify and review referral pathways within the local authority. You will provide an independent and improvement-orientated framework to self-assess services relating to care experienced people.
The ambition is then to co-design necessary services to fill gaps, providing a supported pathway for care experienced young people on their journey to sustainable fair work. Finally, we hope to support in re-orientating existing structures, services, commissioning frameworks and pathways to enable improvement whilst offering peer support and learning opportunities for all areas under review.
The role involves working closely in collaboration with local services and within local governance and with the Improvement Service to make positive change. This programme is currently operating in three local authorities in Scotland – Clackmannanshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, so there will be opportunities for shared learning and peer support.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications
The post will be home based however given the nature of this role you will be expected to work within the local community and be available to regularly engage with care experienced young people in a setting they feel most comfortable with.
Internet access to enable remote working is a requirement. IT equipment and infrastructure will be supplied. Post Covid-19 and in accordance with any social distancing guidelines there may be an expectation to travel across Scotland to engage with colleagues, volunteers and beneficiaries.
This role requires membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.
Our Values & Ways of Working:
In all that we do, we embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our values:
Empowering, Inclusive, Compassionate, Positive & Straightforward.
This job description is intended to include the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post.
It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but while some variations will be expected, these will be at an appropriate level for the role.
Closing date: 12pm on the 27th September
CV and Cover letter to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org