We have a vacancy for a Lead Practitioner post within Thistle’s young people’s team (Thistle YP – previously ‘InterAct’). This will be based at Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, Craigmillar, with travel within Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, and occasional travel across Scotland.
Do you want to create a more equal society, and enable young disabled people to have fulfilling, valued lives, walking shoulder to shoulder with everyone else?
Thistle YP puts young people at the centre of decisions made about their lives, working alongside them to discover and progress what matters to them.
This exciting post will play a crucial role in helping young disabled people and their families find their direction and stay on course for a life that makes sense to them after school. As part of Thistle’s new self-organised young people’s team you’ll get involved in every aspect of our work with young people. You might be alongside young people and families as an informal advocate as they navigate the system, whilst helping them to broker imaginative solutions for the future using both paid and non-paid resources. You might also be coordinating drama sessions within schools, setting up work traineeships, developing young people as ‘changemakers’ to influence change for others, or coordinating large group planning or peer support for families.
You’ll have access to support to develop your skills; the team is supported by a Thistle Coach and the Thistle Hub (Learning, HR, Finance etc).
To get a sense of some areas of our work with young disabled people, please watch our short film at: InterAct film 2015
Some of the main responsibilities for this role are:
greater control and move into the adult life that makes sense to them
disabled people to envisage their future direction and take greater control of their life
and education systems, ensuring their voice is central to decisions made
Brokerage - supporting young people and families to identify, understand and access
options, resources and supports (including financial) in line with their aspirations and hopes
and to influence change around inclusion and opportunities for young disabled people
To apply: Please visit our website at thistle.org.uk/work-with-us/other-vacancies for full job description and person specification, and to complete an online application.