• Advertised from 16th July 2021
  • Initially for 1 year and funding dependent. Secondments considered.


Glasgow Disability Alliance is a disabled people led organisation with over 5000 members in the Greater Glasgow area. Our mission is to build the confidence, connections and contributions of disabled people; our vision is that disabled people can participate fully in their own lives, communities and wider society, with the support they need and choices equal to other people. Through accessible learning, coaching, events and activities, GDA connects disabled people with each other, with opportunities and with decision makers. We recognise talents and strengths and support disabled people to build on these, participate, and be leaders in their own lives. GDA has developed emergency responses during COVID and has supported disabled people to amplify their voices and priorities within recovery and renewal planning.

We are seeking an experienced policy practitioner with knowledge and understanding of the Social Care landscape in Scotland and experience of utilising community development approaches.

The Policy and Participation Coordinator will be responsible for supporting GDA’s Social Care Expert Group to take a leading role in Social Care Policy Reform locally and nationally.

This will involve coordinating accessible programmes of capacity building, producing accessible policy briefings and resources to build participants’ knowledge base; building collaborative relationships with key external stakeholders to maximise opportunities for disabled people’s lived experience to be heard.

The successful candidate will be a natural communicator, passionate about enabling those with lived experience of inequality to build their voices and influence the policies and decisions that affect them.

We are looking to appoint a confident and creative facilitator, with an understanding of the complex barriers that impact on disabled people’s lives. They will be compassionate, respectful and affirming of disabled people’s skills and talents, and committed to understanding and removing barriers to their equal participation.

Particular expertise in Social Care Policy, or a related area, would be beneficial, and a willingness and ability to quickly learn is essential. The post will be directed by GDA’s CEO and will also work closely with the Depute CEO, as well as our Community Navigator (Future Visions for Social Care) to develop and coordinate the engagement, participation, policy work and communications that will achieve the project’s outcomes.

Application notes

An application pack is available for download below.

Closing Date: Monday 2nd August at 5pm