• Advertised from 21st February 2020
  • 35 hrs per week, fixed term for 18 months) tied specifically to the Empowering Communities funding (possible extension thereafter depending on funding) plus 3 % employer’s contributory pension. The post is contingent on final confirmation of funding from SG.


Main Purpose:

To break the cycle of food bank dependency by building financial capacity, energy capability and independent living skills within the target community; reducing social isolation, tackling poverty and inequality, reducing social drift, building community cohesion and developing community capacity and resilience.

Roles & responsibilities

The post-holder will support TRI (Tackling Rural Isolation) Outreach Support Service users to achieve increased financial capacity, become energy capable and develop independent living skills, by providing bespoke advice, support & advocacy as follows:

• Social prescribing & assistance to access further support to address underlying vulnerabilities such as loneliness, mental health, addiction, chaotic lifestyles, offending behaviours.

• Support to better integrate into the local community to address social & economic isolation and loneliness.

• Support for developing financial confidence and responsible financial management, improving independent living skills.

• Assistance with mitigating the impact of welfare reforms and maximising income.

• Help with financial and digital inclusion: support to access bank accounts & to digitally access cheaper services to free up income and build digital capacity, confidence and savings.

• Support to access appropriate affordable borrowing; to explain implications of borrowing; and to access debt resolution strategies.

• Support to access, efficiently use and manage economically viable energy provision.

Additional responsibilities include:

• Managing and providing support and direction to the volunteer Finance/Energy Capacity/Life Skills Workers on the TRI (Tackling Rural Isolation) Outreach Support Service, in consultation with the Food Capacity Worker/Support Worker and Bureau Manager.

• Developing procedures, tools and service delivery methods, providing feedback as necessary on areas where there are issues or room for improvement, in consultation with the Food Capacity Worker/Support Worker and Bureau Manager.

• Adapting Stirling CAB’s training and assessment methods, and updating training as needed on a continuous basis, in order to provide appropriate training for volunteers and enable outcome tracking.

• Recruiting, training and managing a team of volunteers to be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the service and to be involved in shaping its future.

• Consulting with TRI staff and volunteers regarding individual clients’ progress.

• Provide quarterly reports on progress to the TRI working group, and feedback to the funder in accordance with their procedures.

• Developing and managing the partnership with Start Up Stirling, ensuring partner liaison and feedback.

• Assessing capacity-building outcomes, linked to the key review stages agreed for each TRI client.

• Gathering and analysing TRI client feedback and reviewing the capacity building methodology being utilised, in consultation with the Food Capacity Worker/Support Worker and Bureau Manager.

• Actively participating in and influencing stakeholder groups, e.g. Tackling Poverty and Inequality Group, Adult Education and other relevant frontline workers’ groups, in consultation with the Food Capacity Worker/Support Worker and Bureau Manager

• Reviewing outcomes and developing options for the extension of the project to other areas of need within Stirling District, in consultation with the Food Capacity Worker/Support Worker and Bureau Manager.

Application notes

For an application pack please contact – Craig Anderson, Bureau Manager, craiganderson@stirlingcab.casonline.org.uk or for an informal discussion call 01786 464773

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th February 2020, postal applications should be marked JOB APPLICATION

Previous applicants need not reapply