The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity, bringing together everyone who is involved in fostering and in the lives of children to make foster care the very best it can be.
We’re seeking a dynamic, passionate and child centred individual, with a sound understanding and knowledge of the fostering landscape across Scotland. We are looking for someone who has the experience of engaging with key stakeholders across the sector, including decision makers, foster carers, fostering services and most importantly, children and young people. The role involves leading on our funded projects and programmes, and informing, influencing and driving up standards with our members and with key partners across the sector.
This post will require occasional overnight travel.
Locality - the base for the role is negotiable however initially there will be a blend of virtual communication and travel to facilitate research functions and this will be dependent on the current COVID-19 restrictions in place.
In the 21st Century, being digitally excluded is an increasingly acute form of social exclusion, with significant detrimental impacts, from being unable to access many services to not having the same options for keeping in touch with friends and family. All of this has been aggravated by the Coronavirus crisis, which accelerated the trend towards many supports and services moving online. In Carr Gomm, it is a strategic aim to promote digital inclusion throughout the organisation for staff and in particular, for people we support as their levels of non-digital engagement are well above any national averages for a complex range of reasons. As many people we support are already at risk of social exclusion, not addressing the reasons for their digital exclusion with them could exacerbate that risk for them.
Your enthusiasm, adaptability and problem-solving approach will encourage others to become active supporters of this key digital ambition – from corporate supporters to engaging and upskilling staff to become local digital ambassadors for their teams and people we support. Many job descriptions highlight the ability communicate effectively with a range of audiences – rarely has this been more true than in this case. You will have to demonstrate credibility when working with (potential) technology partners, commitment when working with our staff and empathy while working with people we support, to acquire accurate information about the gaps and proposing appropriate, achievable answers.
Partnership will be key throughout this project, from co-working with local Digital Ambassadors and teams, through co-producing ideas and outcome plans with people we support, to researching and recommending solutions (based on your findings and our technology parntser’s expertise) to senior management teams and the Board of Directors as well as exploring third sector partnership options. This is a stimulating, challenging role, which will explore the potential of digital innovation to address the impacts of social isolation and loneliness.
Reporting to the Senior Operations Manager for Community Development, and a Project Steering Group, you will lead on a variety of tasks to enable Carr Gomm to take forward our digital ambitions:
• Work with local teams identify the most positive ways to engage with people we support locally and meet with them virtually and in person to fulfil the in-house research elements of the role
• Identify core elements of the digital ambassador role, develop a role descriptor, find ambassadors in teams and support them to become a great digital resource to colleagues and people we support
• Developing bespoke in-house learning inputs for staff as well as sourcing external resources
• With our technology partner, research technology solutions, to inform your recommendations to senior management about digital resources and development opportunities (recommendations must take cognisance of practical issues such as maximising accessibility and project budget)
• Work with Business Development colleagues and management to complete any appropriate funding applications to take progress recommendations for the future from this project’s findings
This outline is by no means exhaustive; it gives a flavour of the responsibilities and skills required.
What makes a great Digital Inclusion Researcher?
As this is such an innovative role, we do not have a template of what the successful applicant’s background, work or life experiences will be. You will however the skills and leadership abilities to meet the demands of this challenging role, but these skills could be transferable from a range of settings. We do have an expectation of attitude - a proactive learner with a flair for engaging with, and relating to people, who is enthused by this project and shares our values; respect, interdependence, choice, control, openness and honesty. You will have to be creative and tech-savvy (with an interest in learning more about technology options throughout the life of the project), patient and positive, as well as motivated to make a success of what is essentially an amazing action research project. You will have the analytical skills and confidence to pull together recommendations about the next stage of this project, based on your findings, and the excellent writing skills necessary to produce first class project reports. You will work with people we support and staff and develop our digital ambassadors, but you yourself will be a wonderful ambassador for this exciting project, as it is a chance to contribute to changing access to the digital world for many who are currently so far from it.
Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with the blood cancer myeloma and related conditions. We are committed to bringing together the best and brightest people to help us ensure that every patient has an empowered present and a hopeful future. We are now looking to appoint three new Trustees to join our Board.
To realise our long-term ambition to make myeloma history, we relentlessly pursue better outcomes for myeloma patients and patients with related conditions through a comprehensive early diagnosis programme, a unique research portfolio, our treatment access strategy, information and support services, and healthcare improvement services.
As part of our Board, you will share responsibility for offering us strategic direction and a commitment to good governance and financial health. Your experience, skills, and networks will help inform Myeloma UK’s decision making and delivery. Your commitment to our patients and to working as part of a dynamic, co-operative team will reflect our culture.
Experience in digital transformation and IT, policy and influencing, or income generation and philanthropy is of particular interest to us.
We’re interested in people who have helped charities and organisations achieve their ambitions, be that through professional or lived experience. We know a team needs different talents and we’d like to hear about what makes you exceptional - your skills, your interests, your experience and your values. We’re committed to reflecting the whole myeloma community in our structure, so we particularly encourage applications from black and ethnic minority communities and from people with disabilities.
This is an exciting opportunity to help lead an established and unique health charity. You will join DSUK at an exciting phase in our development and use your experience, skills, and connections to help DSUK bring the benefits of snowsport to even more disabled people. You will be part of a values-driven team who thrive on enabling others and are committed to realising our incredible organisation’s potential.
At board level our Trustees are expected to collaboratively take part, contribute and challenge the CEO on strategic decisions. Our Trustees are also expected to coach and guide the CEO in his role. At team level our Trustees are expected to take interest in nurturing and coaching the senior team and to proactively share ideas, contacts and business opportunities with the CEO and the wider team. The recruitment pack provides specific responsibilities and expectations.
At present, we are seeking Trustees with experience in one of the following areas:
• Fundraising (and Corporate PR)
• Health/rehabilitation through sport
• Snowsports Industry
• Health and Safety
DSUK has over forty years’ experience of teaching snowsports at our adaptive snowsport schools throughout the UK and during the winter season, in the mountains at home and abroad. We believe that teaching disabled people to master the slopes can transform the way they experience their disability.
We are particularly interested to hear from applicants who have experience of living with a disability, and/or managing a long-term condition, and/or their friends and family. We would also particularly welcome interest from applicants with a passion for snowsport.
Do you believe the best change comes when communities have the power to take action? If you want to help build a Scotland where what communities do can make a real difference, please read on…
Social Action Inquiry Scotland – call for applications for roles of Independent Co-Chairs.
What is the Social Action Inquiry?
The Social Action Inquiry is being set up to find out more about how communities can take action that makes a difference. It will look at what helps, and what gets in the way. It’s hoped that it will help influence how Scotland rebuilds after the coronavirus pandemic.
This independent inquiry will be led by people living and working in Scottish communities. It will:
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, this work is more important than ever.
You can find out more about the Social Action Inquiry in the summary ‘founding document’.
Who is involved?
The Inquiry is being set up by a partnership of organisations: Carnegie UK Trust; Corra Foundation; Foundation Scotland; the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE); Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO); The National Lottery Community Fund; and The Robertson Trust.
The partners will continue to support the Inquiry and be alongside the people who take it forward, however they will step back and not seek to control it.
Who will lead this work?
The partners are looking to find two people (Co-chairs) to work together to run the Inquiry.
In the next few weeks, the partners will also start recruiting a Social Action Inquiry Panel of up to ten people to help guide, shape and support the Inquiry.
The Co-chairs and Panel will include people with direct, lived experience as part of communities who have felt that they do not hold power over decisions affecting their own lives, but that this has been held by others. This might be, for example, experience of childhood trauma, homelessness, disability, poverty, or coming from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community.
There will also be an Inquiry Lead who will support the Co-chairs and Panel and help deliver the work of the Inquiry.
The two Independent Co-chairs of the inquiry will work together to:
Together, the Co-chairs will need to bring the following skills, experience and characteristics:
The Independent Co-chairs roles are each for three days per month for the duration of the inquiry (due to run until end of 2023).
They will be hosted by SCVO, and will be able to use SCVO’s systems (e.g. database, finance etc.).
The roles will be reimbursed at a rate of £280 a day plus reasonable expenses (if a daily rate does not work for you then other options can be found, for example vouchers or a payment to an organisation).
The newly established Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland (ERCS) is seeking to recruit a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees and drive forward our vision of a Scotland where every person’s right to live in a healthy environment is fully realised.
The Board of Trustees has collective responsibility for the overall governance of ERCS, the determination of ERCS’s strategy, business plan and organisational policy. The day-to-day management and operational work of the organisation is delegated to the development manager and her small team.
The specific role of the Treasurer is to provide financial oversight and guidance to the Board. You will have an accountancy qualification, appropriate knowledge and the capacity to spend additional time on detailed finance matters.
There is no remuneration; however, all necessary travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Previous board-level experience would be beneficial.
If you feel you have the passion, experience and time to commit, please contact Shivali Fifield, Development Manager, at email@example.com or on 07395 652434 for an informal discussion.