Do you believe the best change comes when communities have the power to take action? If you want to help build a Scotland where what communities do can make a real difference, please read on…
Social Action Inquiry Scotland – call for applications for roles of Independent Co-Chairs.
What is the Social Action Inquiry?
The Social Action Inquiry is being set up to find out more about how communities can take action that makes a difference. It will look at what helps, and what gets in the way. It’s hoped that it will help influence how Scotland rebuilds after the coronavirus pandemic.
This independent inquiry will be led by people living and working in Scottish communities. It will:
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, this work is more important than ever.
You can find out more about the Social Action Inquiry in the summary ‘founding document’.
Who is involved?
The Inquiry is being set up by a partnership of organisations: Carnegie UK Trust; Corra Foundation; Foundation Scotland; the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE); Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO); The National Lottery Community Fund; and The Robertson Trust.
The partners will continue to support the Inquiry and be alongside the people who take it forward, however they will step back and not seek to control it.
Who will lead this work?
The partners are looking to find two people (Co-chairs) to work together to run the Inquiry.
In the next few weeks, the partners will also start recruiting a Social Action Inquiry Panel of up to ten people to help guide, shape and support the Inquiry.
The Co-chairs and Panel will include people with direct, lived experience as part of communities who have felt that they do not hold power over decisions affecting their own lives, but that this has been held by others. This might be, for example, experience of childhood trauma, homelessness, disability, poverty, or coming from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community.
There will also be an Inquiry Lead who will support the Co-chairs and Panel and help deliver the work of the Inquiry.
The two Independent Co-chairs of the inquiry will work together to:
Together, the Co-chairs will need to bring the following skills, experience and characteristics:
The Independent Co-chairs roles are each for three days per month for the duration of the inquiry (due to run until end of 2023).
They will be hosted by SCVO, and will be able to use SCVO’s systems (e.g. database, finance etc.).
The roles will be reimbursed at a rate of £280 a day plus reasonable expenses (if a daily rate does not work for you then other options can be found, for example vouchers or a payment to an organisation).
You can apply by filling in the application form included.
If you’re interested and would like to chat about the roles and whether they might be right for you we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with: SocialAction@therobertsontrust.org.uk
Closing date: 4th December
Application forms will be shortlisted and interviews held online on 15th December 2020.