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Charity Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £27,592 – £31,096
  • North Berwick Community Centre with travel across East Lothian
  • Closing 27th January 2020

  • Advertised from 15th January 2020
  • Its anticipated that the successful candidate will start on the lower end of the scale. 35 hours a week. Its anticipated that the successful candidate will start on the lower end of the scale.


We have a vacancy for a Charity Co-ordinator as a 10-month (negotiable) Maternity Leave cover with possible extension, based in East Lothian.

East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme (ELSNP) is looking to appoint a Charity Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover) to lead the planning, preparation and delivery of specialist school holiday and weekly youth club provisions for East Lothian children with a wide range of disabilities, including those with severe and complex needs.

We are looking for a suitably experienced and enthusiastic self-starter, with a strong interest in ensuring children with disabilities are included in their local community. You will have relevant experience co-ordinating play activities for children with complex needs and have successfully recruited, trained and managed volunteers.

Applicants should have qualifications /experience in social care, social work, community development or play provisions and be self-motivated, enthusiastic, approachable, organised and committed to making a difference. A proven track record of project development, management and partnership working is essential.

The Co-ordinator will oversee the management of all charitable activities, and a knowledge of charity governance, recruitment, financial management, human resources and volunteer recruitment is essential.

Applicants will be required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a Manager of a Day Care of Children Service, and work within the Codes of Practice as outlined by the SSSC. Applicants should hold or be willing to work towards a suitable practice qualification, accepted by the SSSC (, as well as one of the following management qualifications:

  • BA Childhood Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma Childhood Practice
  • Masters of Education Childhood Practice
  • PDA Childhood Practice (at SCQF level 9)

Successful applications will be subject to two satisfactory references (collected at time of interview) and registration with the PVG Children’s scheme.


East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme is a successful and widely respected local charity that supports children and young people aged 5-18 years who live in East Lothian with a disability. The charity aims to reduce social isolation experienced by disabled young people by offering provisions where young people can enjoy age appropriate activities in a safe, stimulating and appropriate environment, whilst socialising with peers.

Our charity was founded by parents of young people with disabilities who fought to have their young people included in mainstream leisure activities without success. Because of their disabilities their children needed more support, help and specialist medical attention than most local resources were able to provide which meant that disabled young people either missed out on opportunities or had to be accompanied by their parents or carers to take part. East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme was founded to fill this gap providing an accessible and well-resourced provision that can offer the disability specific support young people require to take part in local leisure activities.

East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme is a parent-led charity, overseen by a Management Committee of parents whose children use the service.

We believe that all young people should have the same access to local amenities, leisure activities and the right to play regardless of their disability. ELSNP raise approximately £250,000 through grant applications, fundraising & donations annually to fund and manage projects that promote opportunities for young people with disabilities to be active in their local communities.

ELSNP has a strong culture of inclusion and opportunity, which is echoed across our volunteering opportunities. We offer over 80 volunteer opportunities per year, with our volunteers predominantly aged between 15-25 years, which ensures the clubs have a fun youthful atmosphere. The young people attending the provisions receive the care and support they require although the boundaries are a lot more flexible than most formal care agreements. Our members relish in the friendships they develop, having shared hobbies and interests.

Additional Information

Application notes

An application pack is available for download below.

To apply for the post, please complete and return an application form to CVs will not be accepted.

Closing Date: 9am, Monday 27th January.

Interview Date: Week Commencing 3rd February.