Are you passionate about the future of rural Scotland? Do you have a track record of organisation and project management? Do you have experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations at local or national levels? If so, this post presents a unique and very exciting opportunity to help develop a co-ordinated movement for rural Scotland.
Scottish Rural Action (SRA) was established in 2013 with the dual objectives of delivering the Scottish Rural Parliament and developing a rural community movement. The biennial Scottish Rural Parliament is now recognised as a strong voice to advocate for rural Scotland; priority rural issues are identified and addressed, working in consultation with local and national interests; a strong relationship with the Scottish Government enables advocacy. The focus of our development activity is now on building Scotland’s rural movement. We are doing this in partnership with the Scottish Government, other organisations and rural communities. This is an exciting challenge, which holds the potential to build an inclusive platform for rural people, interests and places.
SRA itself is also embracing significant changes in the way it is structured and operates, and the National Co-ordinator will play an important role in this change process. We are particularly interested in developing the pipeline for thought leadership between the grassroots and policy makers, and connecting more with partner organisations with similar ambitions. We aim to embed this change at both Board and Staff level, and we will be recruiting both Staff and Board Members with the capacities to deliver this agenda.
The Board now seeks to recruit a National Co-ordinator to oversee the management of the organisation, to enable its future sustainability, and to support the change process. This post will suit a self-starter with appropriate experience in organisational management and an understanding of rural Scotland.
The National Co-ordinator post is advertised as initially part-time, 3 days per week, working from a home base but with the ability to travel throughout Scotland. The core post will focus on the management and development of SRA, with a parallel contract focussed on the outreach aspects of the rural movement development. It is envisaged that there will be a close working relationship between these distinct roles, and the opportunity to extend the contract in the future.
Full job description and further details can be downloaded here: sra.scot/scottish-rural-action-is-recruiting-a-national-co-ordinator
Thera (Scotland) supports adults with a learning disability in their own home, at work and in their local community.
To build on the success of Thera (Scotland) over the past 10 years, we are looking for a new Executive Director who has a lived experience of a learning disability.
Thera (Scotland) works from The Borders to Inverness and we are developing.
Being a Service Quality Director
As the Service Quality Director you will work with the Managing Director to run the company. You will check the quality of support Thera gives people with a learning disability. You will also help people with a learning disability to control Thera and have their voices heard.
As a person with a learning disability you will:
· Use what you know about having a learning disability to help others,
· Talk and listen to lots of different people,
· Tell the other directors what they do well and what they must do better,
· Make decisions and plans about Thera (Scotland)
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing.
We are looking for trainers to join our Early Years team. Candidates should have a strong background in delivering face-to-face training and the ability develop the skills and enthusiasm of others.
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. A love of reading inspires creativity, improves employment opportunities, mental health and wellbeing and is one of the most effective ways to help break the poverty cycle. We work towards a Scotland where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive through literacy.
We are looking for confident, enthusiastic trainers to join our Early Years (Bookbug) team. Candidates should have a strong background in delivering face-to-face training and the ability develop the skills and enthusiasm of others.
Bookbug is Scotland’s universal early years book gifting programme. The post holder will deliver a range of early years training and ongoing support activities for Bookbug practitioners from a broad range of sectors and partner agencies, including libraries, early education, NHS, social care and third sector organisations. The training covers a range of topics to support professionals to engage families with the benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes.
Imagine not being able to move, sleep, or smile. Feeling anxious or depressed and struggling to think or remember. Your body not feeling like your own. This is what Parkinson's can feel like.
Your mum, son or friend. Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's – a progressive neurological condition. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure.
We’re close to major breakthroughs. Funding the right research into the most promising treatments, we get closer to a cure every day.
Until then, we're here for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. Fighting for fair treatment and better servi
We are Parkinson's UK. Powered by people. Together we'll find a cure. Join us.
About the role
Are you an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who can project manage and support the development of new opportunities? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our Scotland team, who are embarking on the unique opportunity to develop physical activity opportunities for people with Parkinson’s across Scotland.
Parkinsons UK in Scotland, funded by Big Lottery Scotland, are leading a ground breaking project to ensure that people across Scotland can access suitable physical activity in the community to help them to self manage their Parkinson’s. You’ll be joining a supportive team of Parkinson’s UK volunteers and staff who are passionate about delivering the best possible service for people affected by Parkinson’s.
What you'll do
Project manage and co-ordinate the Parkinson’s Active Programme in Scotland.
Identify potential delivery partners and develop agreements which ensure the sustainability of activity programmes in each geographical area of Scotland.
Ensure that people affected by Parkinson’s are integral to the development of all projects.
What you'll bring
You’ll be outcome focussed and experienced in project management, working to tight deadlines. You’ll have excellent networking skills and a proven track record of working with stakeholders will support us to build and maintain long lasting partnerships. You’ll also have experience of working with volunteers and be committed to be led by and involve people affected by Parkinson’s in all stages of project delivery. You’ll be a great communicator, be able to engage and inspire others around you to ensure the success of the project.
This is an exciting time for Parkinson’s UK and we would love you to join us!
In 2018 RCET embarked on a new Strategic Plan to grow and develop our services, as part of this plan we launched our Youth Participation Project in September of that year. To support us to grow the Project, we are looking for an experienced Youth Participation Project Worker to join our small, highly motivated team.
RCET is Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity. Most Armed Forces families are lucky enough never to need our help, but for children from families who are struggling to make ends meet, living with ill health and disability, or experiencing difficulties at school, we provide a lifeline of support. In addition, we operate a highly successful and well-respected Education Programme in Scotland working with schools, local authorities, Armed Forces charities and the military.
Your key responsibilities will be to establish and maintain a network of forums groups for children and young people from armed forces families in the Highland and Moray area.
A full driving licence and access to a car is required.
Headway Highland (SC023551) is a small independent charity that supports adults with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers. We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time, home based community worker covering Inverness and the surrounding area. Initially this will be a 12-month contract with the potential for extension dependent on funding.
The post holder will be required to work 16 hours per week at a salary of £19,554 pro-rata with the possibility of increased hours in the future, if suitable. This post may include some evening work, so flexibility is essential. A car driver is also essential as there will be travel involved (car mileage costs will be paid at 45p per mile)
The post holder will be required to facilitate support groups based on social activities, supervise/support volunteers, organise fundraising events and generate awareness of the charity. The applicant will have experience of working with vulnerable adults.
As part of the organisation’s Benefits Advice Service, you will be responsible for assessing the individual entitlements of people affected by MND in the North of Scotland, and helping them to maximise the financial support available to them.
MND Scotland is looking for someone to support people affected by Motor Neurone Disease to access the benefits to which they’re entitled. Ensuring provision of the advice and practical assistance needed to maximise the financial support available to individuals and families affected by MND.
This is a key role within the Benefits Advice Service. You will work with people affected by MND to identify their entitlements, based on their individual circumstances, and submit appropriate applications. Liaising with public bodies, as required, assisting clients in navigating often complex application processes and ensuring speedy access to benefits. Reassuring people with MND that they are being supported through a difficult situation.
You will be a highly motivated individual, have experience in welfare and benefits, have excellent communication skills and enjoy new challenges. A clear understanding of statutory welfare and benefits systems and processes is essential. As well as an awareness of the barriers faced by people with significant illness in society.
This post supports families affected by MND in the local authorities of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Highland, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Orkney, Stirling and Shetland.
Reporting to the Head of Direct Services, you will:
· Work with people affected by MND in line with the principles and aims of the organisation.
· Empower and involve people affected by MND as much as possible in decisions that affect them.
· Manage your workload efficiently and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organisation.
· Liaise with colleagues in other teams to develop the support they, and the organisation, gives to people affected by MND.
· Promote and raise awareness of the organisation and its services.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the organisation’s mission to reduce the impact of MND on the lives of those affected today and provide hope for a world without MND tomorrow.
Are you passionate about children’s health and wellbeing services in Scotland? Do you have experience of leadership, training, and service delivery? Then Children’s Health Scotland would love to hear from you.
Children’s Health Scotland is seeking to appoint a new Head of Children’s Health and Wellbeing Services. The main purpose of the role is to help make sure children and young people in Scotland get the best quality healthcare and key duties will involve the hands-on delivery of the Self-Management Service in addition to the development of our Children’s Health and Wellbeing Services in Scotland.
Key duties of the post-holder include:
· Management of the CHS Self-Management Service, including responsibility for the hands-on delivery of workshops and assuring the quality of service provision. This includes liaising with colleagues within hospitals to raise awareness of the service and preparing workplans.
· Gathering ongoing evaluation feedback, case studies and analysing data.
· Developing and maintaining record keeping systems on database spreadsheet.
· Taking part in the recruitment of an external evaluator and work with the evaluator to facilitate the evaluation process.
· Supporting the quarterly Project Advisory Group meetings.
· Contributing to the organisation’s overall policy development and strategic planning.
· Responsibility for budgeting preparation and control.
· Leading the development of a new Learn with Children's Health Scotland service.
· Assisting in the research and co-ordination of funding applications.
· Producing funding reports as required.
Generations Working Together is looking to recruit two enthusiastic, committed, dependable and proactive volunteer trustees to replace two members of our board who are retiring at our next Conference/AGM on 4th March 2020.
We are looking for a new treasurer and a trustee who have experience of working in the voluntary, public or private sector who want to become actively involved in progressing intergenerational work across Scotland.
Our Trustees are responsible and accountable for the overall strategic leadership and direction of the organisation and share our vision and passion about promoting strong, generationally connected communities.
In particular, we are seeking trustees with a strong background /expert skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Sponsorship/fundraising from trust funds and other similar agencies
• Charity or work experience in financial management including end of year reports
• Education (early years/primary/secondary and further)
• Health and /or social care
• Housing/architecture with an interest in intergenerational housing
• Communications and marketing background
• Intergenerational work
Please note there is a separate role description for the treasurer post which can be found on the GWT website.
Trustees are appointed for a term of 3 years and are eligible to serve a further 3-year term, after which they must retire from the board.
Commitment includes attending board meetings which are normally held in Glasgow four times a year. On top, we ask Trustees to attend our annual conference (if possible) and AGM and one development session each year to look at the business plan. As a small charity it is expected that Board members will take on additional responsibilities between meetings consistent with the objectives of GWT. This may include membership of Task and Finish Groups, Standing Committees or specific tasks consistent with their areas of expertise.
We use a Zoom video conferencing system which Trustees can use to call into the meetings if they cannot attend in person. Much of the subgroup work is done via email and video conferencing.
GWT has developed out of one of the six core actions from the 2007 Strategy for an Ageing Population. Its vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages value, respect and support each other. It is based on a network of regional groups that covers the whole of Scotland and for a small organisation has had a significant impact to date.
GWT has mainly been funded by the Scottish Government however GWT achieved charity status as a SCIO on the 29th July 2015 to allow additional funding streams to be secured.
A short film narrated by our retired chair Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE can be viewed on our website here detailing our history and the background of intergenerational work and its growth in the UK.
Details of our conference planned for Wednesday 4th March can be found here and our AGM here.
What is it like to be a volunteer Trustee?
“Volunteering with GWT this past year has let me see the value of intergenerational practice in many arenas of life. It has given me greater insight into the passionate practice out there and also the resource and specialism required to support it to be done in ever more meaningful and measurable ways. I have loved the opportunity so far of being part of a Board with such great diversity of age and experience.” (Trustee)
“My experience volunteering as a Trustee for GWT over the past two plus years has been both rewarding personally and beneficial professionally. Exposure to the Governance and Compliance aspects of Trusteeship has been useful supporting my role as a senior manager within a private sector business, while the opportunity to present to workshops and conferences has been invaluable experience of public speaking. Additionally, working alongside the other Trustees and GWT staff who have a wealth of diverse and in-depth experience has been extremely useful from a professional development perspective. From a personal perspective, being able to
Zero Tolerance is looking to commission research to inform our proposal to Government for an Institute to change public attitudes to girls’ and women’s rights in Scotland.