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Lead Practitioner (Young people and Self-directed Support)

  • Part time
  • £29,206 pro-rata
  • Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th November 2019

  • Advertised from 25th October 2019
  • 31 hours per week. £29,206 per annum pro-rata (39 FTE) Fixed term to March 2021 – ongoing employment dependent on funding


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:

  • Person centred, strength-based work with young disabled people and their families to take

greater control and move into the adult life that makes sense to them

  • Collaborating with project partners to deliver a range of approaches to enable young

disabled people to envisage their future direction and take greater control of their life

  • Providing informal advocacy to support young people and families to navigate social care

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

  • Continually gather quality evaluative material and stories, and use learning both in reporting

and to influence change around inclusion and opportunities for young disabled people

  • Holding an overview of all Thistle YP activities and ensuring these are planned and


Application notes

To apply: Please visit our website at for full job description and person specification, and to complete an online application.