Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service (DAGCAS) is an independent charity, who are members of Citizens Advice Scotland. DAGCAS provides free confidential advice and assistance to the public via its three Citizens Advice Bureaux, which are located in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer.
The organisation is the largest Independent charity in the region (out with RSLs) and offers the role holder an opportunity to influence social policy at a regional and national level. Funding for the organisation is in place and DAGCAS is in a good position financially.
The Region of Dumfries and Galloway is located in beautiful South West Scotland, the gateway to three countries - Scotland, England and Ireland; the perfect location to learn, live and explore. You will find a quality lifestyle with a rich heritage and culture, access to numerous outdoor pursuits and ‘space’ to develop and to provide your professional expertise in a beautiful rural region.
The CEO is responsible for leading the development and execution of DAGCAS’ long term strategy with a view to providing the best advice to the people of Dumfries and Galloway. This leadership role is ultimately responsible for the day to day management decisions and for implementing the Company’s plans. The CEO acts as a direct liaison between the Board and Management and reports directly to the Board. The CEO also works closely with a number of stakeholders including: Citizens Advice Scotland, local and national government and the public and is committed to provide excellence in Customer Service.
We are looking for someone with entrepreneurial drive and spirit, who can be the face of DAGCAS. You will be values driven in your approach and uphold the values of DAGCAS at all times as these are extremely important to the organisation and the Board. We would expect you have an understanding and commitment to the aims and principles of the CAB Service as well as a commitment to providing excellence in customer service.
You will come from a leadership background and have previous experience of working with and building relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. Experience of line management and working with a Board is also an essential element of the role.
The Self-Directed Support Forum, East Renfrewshire is a local organisation for anyone who is thinking about directing their own support or that of someone they care for. We also support individuals and families who are already directing an existing social care package.
Our organisation was formed in 2011 by a small collective of service users and carers. Now with funding from the Scottish Government, we have grown into an informed organisation for others to turn to and seek advice, share experiences and feel supported around all aspects of Self-Directed Support.
We are now seeking additional members to join our
Voluntary Board of Trustees
We are keen to attract people to our Board with skills, knowledge and experience in accountancy, finance and law.
As well as our AGM, the board meets 4 times per year with the occasional extra informal meetings being held, as required. The role of Trustee is primarily governance and is a voluntary post. Expenses will be reimbursed.
Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our values and are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.
Paws for Progress CIC (established in 2014) is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. We do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Our work can broadly be divided into services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people, in community and educational settings, and services working within Scottish prisons to improve offender outcomes. Our rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont established in 2011 continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.
“The dogs—they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them but they’re helping you too.” Student, Paws for Progress.
Our prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community.
Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £200k and 5 full-time staff members. We would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas: social enterprise, financial management and income generation, human resources, compliance, communication and marketing, and/or with experience working in the third sector, education or criminal justice settings.
We are in a period of transition as we develop our business and we are seeking individuals who can support the organisation through the process of change, including those who could be interested in taking on a leadership role as incoming Chair of the Board (after a suitable induction period).
Board members are expected to attend approximately 6 Board meetings a year in Stirling, and other occasional events, and to be able to commit to approximately 4 hours a month towards Board activities. All Board roles are voluntary but out of pocket expenses to attend Board meetings and related events will be reimbursed.
Are you the authentic and passionate person we are looking for to take on this challenging role? You will be joining our Family Support team to give one-to-one support to parents and carers and will also be responsible for ensuring that outcomes are met.
Character is our key requirement, as we believe that through this your competence will be effectively applied. So, aligning with our core values of Passion, Innovation, Commitment, Openness and Respect, we seek someone with the drive and enthusiasm to develop within this role and bring creative solutions where needed.
You will be contributing to our Parent Support Projects which include one-to-one work and coordinating our parent support groups. The focus of these projects is on family support, mentoring and befriending through supporting the parent/carers, to ensure positive longer term outcomes for young people aged 8-14, with COVEY responsible for working with their parent/carers.
You should be a highly organised person who will have experience in directly supporting vulnerable parents/carers, to ensure good outcomes are met for both them and their children. A flexible, innovative approach is necessary. Also key is that you possess the competence and commitment to working with families to identify their goals and give the support needed in order to achieve these.
It is essential that you have a sound knowledge of the core principles of supporting very vulnerable families and have experience working in this field. As a competent Family Support Worker you will have a thorough understanding of the complexities of working with families and the barriers and issues which they may face within their lives. A relevant qualification is desirable.
With excellent verbal and written communication skills you will be passionate about the benefit of befriending/mentoring support and volunteering. Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load, you will also have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording, evaluation and reporting. You will be strong in administration, planning and organisational skills, be excellent at communication and understand the need for accountability and team working.
You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. Your character will come first – as good people can make good organisations great – and here we need a passionate, professional, proactive and caring individual, able to lead by example, through creating mutual trust and shared vision within the team. Your ability to motivate others and build relational rapport, as well as being able to forge links between other agencies, is important.
This post may involve out of hours, evening and possible weekend working. Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check.
As Information Officer, you will be responsible for delivering a range of information activities including talks, presentations and information stands, to provide information to older people with hearing loss and other key audiences in the community. You will also have a key role in managing the team of volunteers supporting the UK Hear to Inform and Connect project, ensuring all volunteers are developed, trained and motivated to provide high quality outreach information services. As a core member of the project team, you will support the development of delivery plans for the project in Scotland, with a particular focus on building collaborative networks with local community groups and organisations who will be involved in and supported by the project.
We are delighted to have been awarded £1 million by the Big Lottery fund to expand our face-to-face volunteer led information services across London and South East England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Thanks to this award we will be able to empower and increase the number of older people who take action to manage their hearing loss.
We help people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. We enable them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new service providing support to children, young people and their families in the community where substance misuse has played a role in all their lives.
We are looking to recruit further sessional support staff to work alongside Project Workers, helping support the development of targeted group work for parents in recovery as well as, children and young people. There will also be an opportunity to get alongside families to offer practical and emotional support as part of an agreed support package.
We need sessional staff who will be available on weekdays particularly Tuesdays with potential additional hours throughout week to help support partnership activities with the South Community Recovery Network and the South Recovery Hub. In addition we are interested in hearing from potential candidates who have some experience of delivering groupwork in relation to parenting support.
It would be desirable to have an SVQII or similar qualification.
This post will require Sessional staff to regularly work Tuesday afternoons, organising groups for children and young people. There will also on occasion be additional hours throughout the week & Friday evenings working by negotiation.
LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and Scottish charity. We have been providing specialist services to support health, wellbeing, and community inclusion for over 25 years.
We are committed to positively supporting people to overcome the negative impacts on their lives of ill-health, poverty, inequality and isolation. We work to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are often excluded from society due to vulnerabilities including homelessness, mental health issues, physical health issues and social isolation. We provide care, support and employability services to over 1,000 people a year.
At LinkLiving, our values are at the heart of everything we do, and we put the people we support first. Our values are:
Our main aim for this job role is to find people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes to match our own.
LinkLiving's Edinburgh Services is a visiting housing support service, delivered by teams which work across Edinburgh. As well as enabling people affected by mental health problems to live as independently as possible in their own homes, we engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure the people we work with get the support they need.
Visiting housing support
We deliver visiting housing support to around 180 people in Scotland's capital who experience a variety of mental health problems. Our support includes:
* Engaging with people and professionals who have an interest in their welfare.
* Equipping people with skills and tools to help them manage their mental health
* Creating personal support plans to help the people achieve the outcomes they desire
We work from a recovery-based perspective, which means we enable the people we support to live a good life - as defined by them - with or without symptoms.
We use conversations and plans to help people identify their long-term ambitions and short-terms goals and develop strategies for achieving them.
We recognise the importance of the home as the base from which people can work towards recovery. We provide support in all aspects of maintaining a home, with an emphasis on developing people's skills to look after and sustain their home independently.
The role of communities
We also recognise the role which communities can play in recovery. We connect the people we work with appropriate sources of local support and with networks and organisations which deliver social benefits, including a sense of belonging, community and purpose.
Putting people at the centre
We appreciate that the mental health problems experienced by the people we work with can sometimes have a significant adverse impact on their lives, so we take time to help them to recognise, understand and manage their symptoms.
At all times, our support is flexible, person-centred and responsive to the changing needs of the people we work with.
We have an exciting opportunity for ambitious and motivated Support Workers to join our team and improve the lives of people supported by our Edinburgh Services.
In this role, you will develop effective relationships with people affected by a range of mental health problems, supporting them to cope in difficult times and working towards recovery and a good life. You will provide emotional, practical and social support to enable people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.
Working in partnership
Multi-agency working is an important part of the job. You will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the NHS (in the community and in hospitals), social work and voluntary organisations. By understanding the assistance, they offer and maintaining strong links with partner agencies, you will extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.
You will work as part of a team while managing your own workload and being a key worker for some of the people we support. You will take part in regular team meetings and receive regular support and supervision. You will participate in a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance your experience and skills and improve the quality of our service.
Using technology to deliver the best service
You will embrace technology to help deliver the best service we can to the people we support. You will be given a laptop and smart phone to access Carista, our integrated social care management system. You will use Carista to create support plans and risk assessments, record support, monitor outcomes and gather feedback from the people you work with.
Your working hours
Your core days of work will be Monday to Friday, while you will workaround one in six weekends. Occasional flexible working will be required, as and when needed, to meet the needs of the people we support and our service.
What you will need
Our main aim for this job role is to find people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes to match our own, which are:
Empathy (listen to and understand an individual's needs and circumstances)
Respect (treat others the way they wish to be treated)
Integrity (be honest and have strong moral principles)
Caring (show kindness and concern for others)
An understanding of the issues affecting service users is also an essential requirement of the role.
Successful applicants will be required to register with the SSSC within six months of their start date.
For a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification in the Job information Pack available on our online recruitment portal.
LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and a Scottish charity. We have been providing specialist services to support health, wellbeing, independence and community inclusion for over 25 years.
We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people we work with and are recognised as a leader in responding to and delivering on individual needs.
We provide accommodation, care, employability and support services to over 1000 people each year in Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and North Lanarkshire.
LinkLiving is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprises.
Annual leave and benefits
LinkLiving offer up to 38 days annual leave pro rata, a wide-range of benefits including flexible working arrangements and access to a generous contributory pension scheme. Working within a supportive environment you can expect a range of training and development opportunities
This post is subject to Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership
Adviser required for our small advice team to provide rights based welfare and education advice and support to Edinburgh Napier University students.
Ideally 1 year paid advice work experience or 2 years as a volunteer required. Based at Merchiston Campus, 15 hours weekly over 3 days (Wednesday-Friday).
To provide rights-based advice and support to Edinburgh Napier University students on a confidential one-to-one client basis on matters concerning their welfare and education:
Accountable to: General Manager.
Activity Agreements are a national scheme to provide targeted support for young people who leave school without a positive destination in education, training or employment. The Citadel is one of 7 Activity Agreement Hubs funded by City of Edinburgh Council to provide a ‘coaching’ role for young people referred to Activity Agreements in their locality. This role includes direct 1:1 support and group work, as well as supporting young people to access opportunities outside the agency which are relevant to their interests. The post holder will also work with Citadel colleagues to provide out of school youth work opportunities for young people of high school age, including single gender work with young men and evening youth clubs.
Living Streets wants to create a nation, where walking is the natural choice for local, everyday journeys. Walking is a vital ingredient of successful communities and walkable towns and cities are often more vibrant socially and economically. Living Streets manages innovative national projects, working with schools, communities and workplaces to encourage more people to walk short journeys. WOW, our year-round walk to school challenge, is perhaps the most notable, capturing the imagination of children in over 2,000 schools. We work with local authorities to help them improve streets and neighbourhoods. And with our supporters we campaign for positive change and public policies that enliven our streets.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join Living Streets technical team.
The Living Streets Technical Coordinator will play a critical role in helping to create environments which support and encourage walking. Through auditing streets and engaging the public the Technical Coordinator will identify a range of large and small-scale physical improvements and develop the case for investment in walking infrastructure.
Ensuring strong partnership and policy links will also be essential to maximise our impact. Key partners will include local authorities, regional transport partnerships and public transport operators.