Home-Start Aberdeen is one of Aberdeen’s leading family support charities. We support around 200 families with young children (under 5) every year across the city, through one-to-one volunteer support and groups. We help parents cope with the challenges and stresses of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength to give their children the best possible start in life.
We are excited to be recruiting a highly motivated Family Group Coordinator to join our small team. Taking a strength-based and family centred approach, you will plan, manage and deliver our three family groups. You will also provide support and supervision for our Play Leader and group volunteers.
You will be an excellent communicator and quickly able to establish and maintain effective relationships with families and volunteers. You will have a strong understanding of children’s early years development, the importance of attachment and bonding and the potential impact of trauma on children and their parents. You will be flexible in approach and able to multitask with good organisational skills. Experience of working with families is essential (paid or voluntary) and experience of working with volunteers would be an advantage. There will be an opportunity to undertake Peep Practitioner Training as part of the role.
This post is funded by Children in Need and is offered on a part time basis until November 2025. Any extension will be subject to funding.
The post is subject to a PVG check at enhanced level.
Home Start Aberdeen positively welcomes and seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment. We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality.
The post holder location/office base is subject to negotiation
Are you passionate about children’s rights?
Are you resilient, and able to lead and support Safeguarders in their demanding role for children?
The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape, contracted by the Scottish Government to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.
We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and resilient leader to join our team, ensuring that children’s rights and quality are at the heart of the Safeguarders Panel. The Safeguarders Panel Team (SPT) recruit, support, provide learning opportunities and monitor Safeguarders practice. We collaborate with partner agencies and deliver all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.
You will develop relationships with Safeguarders individually and in groups, working as part of a team, to provide direct support in their important and challenging role. You will help them provide an excellent, accountable, trauma-sensitive and rights-based service for children and young people, and to provide evidence for their re-appointment.
Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported.
What kind of person will make a great Support Manager for Children 1st Safeguarders Panel Team?
• have a working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System
• be passionate about children and their rights being respected
• proven leadership skills with a background of support and monitoring of others - volunteers and or employed staff
• be able to grasp complex systems quickly
• be supportive and flexible in ensuring the day-to-day operation of the service
• be creative and interested in the development of associated support, learning and development agenda.
• be confident with independent working but also comfortable within a whole team context
• be comfortable facilitating and presenting
• is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind
What kind of Support Manager will you be?
Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:
• positive, enthusiastic and energetic
• resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform practice
• solution focused with a strength-based approach
• big hearted and courageous
• able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
• is compassionate and understanding of trauma
• a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
• inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
• an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st
Above all else, the most important thing to us is that you are someone who will do the right thing for children and their families at every turn.
Safeguarders Panel Team is a National service, though this post will support Safeguarders in the north region of Scotland. The post holder location/office base is subject to negotiation.
Salary, Conditions, Pension
We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 7 public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.
This is a full time post of 35 hours per week, commencing in January 2024 for an initial period of 2 months to cover a period of maternity leave.
Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work on occasion.
Due to potential conflict of interest issues which may arise, it is not possible to undertake the role of a Children’s Panel member alongside a role within the Safeguarders Panel Team here at Children 1st. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the award-winning DFN Project SEARCH University of Aberdeen team as Lead Consultant (Administration). You will provide professional administrative support to underpin the smooth running of the day-to-day operations of the programme, with responsibility for supporting the team with office-based tasks including arranging meetings/events, processing expenses, maintaining classroom records/files and supporting the programme’s monitoring/reporting requirements to external organisations.
You will have previous experience in a similar administrative role along with proficiency in Microsoft Office packages. Utilising excellent communication skills, you will be the first point of contact for the classroom, ensuring queries are dealt with in an efficient and professional manner. As a results-oriented ‘team player’, you will demonstrate a high level of personal initiative to produce accurate work and proactively manage a varied workload.
What We Offer
employee benefits scheme and 32 days annual holiday (including bank holidays)
The post is available on a part-time (16 hours per week) basis until June 2023 in the first instance (with the post likely to continue subject to securing further project funding).
VIAS will carry out an PVG check on the successful applicant.
For further information or an informal discussion, please call Norma Curran on 0141 212 3395.
Are you a solution driven and customer-focussed IT professional looking for a full time, flexible hybrid working routine where you can share your expertise?If you have in-depth experience of administration of Microsoft products and working as an integral part of a large organisation then we want to hear from you!
We’re now on the lookout for an IT Infrastructure & Azure Specialist to join us on a full-time, permanent basis.
This is a hybrid home and office role with some travel to any of our locations across Scotland. Your location will ideally be near our Elgin office. Other preferred locations would be Dundee, Aberdeen or Glasgow. As travel is required in this role you must flexible to occasionally travel throughout Scotland when needed.
We are on a journey of digital transformation, engaging our frontline workers in the tools and technologies to help them do their jobs and improve the lives of the people we support.
As our senior IT Infrastructure Specialist, you will support the Head of ICT and Digital Transformation to make technically sound and financially astute infrastructure choices which provide a stable, secure and resilient IT environment for our more than 2000 colleagues. Your role will include investigating and resolving ICT systems and process issues, suggesting improvements and liaising with third part contractors providing hardware, software and other ICT related services ensuring that agreed SLA’s are met.
You will be responsible for the management, administration and operation of our Azure and 365 environments and play a key roll in our infrastructure and systems upgrade projects. A key function of your role will be to provide third line backup for the support team. There may be times that you will be required to lend a hand to our first line IT Support function, along with providing coaching and mentoring.
See attached Role Profile for full list of duties and responsibilities
What we'll need you to bring;
You will need to demonstrate expertise and a willingness to be responsible for;
It would be great if you had;
With over 40 years’ experience delivering great care and support, Cornerstone provides tailored, individual packages of care which focus on enabling people with a variety of needs, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and complex care needs, to live the best possible life. We aim to be the best employer in social care in Scotland and would love for you to come and join us. We thrive on teamwork and are passionate about the care and support we provide. If you're looking for a rewarding career where you know you can make a difference, then look no further.
We are an inclusive employer and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and communities. Talk to us about flexible working and reasonable accommodations.
Calling all Project Managers!! Are you a skilled communicator with a natural ability to influence, motivate and lead others and ready for your next project? Then look no further!
We have an exciting opportunity for a hands-on Project Manager with experience of successfully delivering change projects to join our team on a fixed-term 12-18 month contract. This role can be based in any of our offices across Scotland or as part of our hybrid working model.
Due to the extensive travel required in this role we will need you to have flexibility to travel across Scotland when required.
Cornerstone are delivering digital tools and associated processes to our colleagues to enable them to work more efficiently and improve the quality of the care they provide to the people we support. We already have the digital tools and we’ll be looking to you to lead the project which designs the optimal way for our colleagues to use these tools. As Project Manager, you will implement these best practice processes into our teams through colleague engagement, communication and training.
Reporting to the Director of Delivery, you will lead a small, dedicated project team and tap into the expertise and support of the wider Cornerstone organisation to deliver this strategically important project.
To be successful in this role, you will be;
It would be a benefit if you also have:
For a full list of key responsibilities and person specification, please see our Role profile attached to this advert.
With over 40 years’ experience delivering great care and support across Scotland, Cornerstone provides tailored, individual packages of care which focus on enabling people with a variety of needs, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and complex care needs, to live the best possible life.
Aberdeen Cyrenians have provided front-line services and care in the North East for over 50+ years, empowering vulnerable and socially excluded people, to overcome their personal challenges, make informed choices, and move towards positive outcomes, promoting dignity, inclusiveness, and equality throughout communities.
Our organisation exists to support anyone and everyone who is facing difficulty and we provide a wide range of life-changing services including support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have experienced abuse, are at risk of violence, are at high financial risk, struggling with mental health issues, struggling with substance addiction, social exclusion or involved in the justice system.
You can find out more about our organisation and our impact at weareac.org
To support the Community Services Manager in delivering the Criminal Justice Outreach and Housing Support Services through the management of staff and in holding a small caseload of service users who are at high risk of causing harm and/or offending behaviours. The Team Leader will provide support and guidance to the teams to enable them to:
achieve positive outcomes, delivering person-centred care and support on an intensive basis to reduce offending behaviour, support and manage the re-integration of service users into society, develop pro-social connections, develop coping strategies to improve health and wellbeing, develop life skills to enable them to sustain their tenancy.
The Team Leader will carry out inductions and mentoring of staff, supervise support practitioners and deputising on behalf of management as required with responsibilities such as directly supervising support practitioners and attending multi-agency meetings and working closely with the Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) Team.
Required qualifications: SVQ 4 or equivalent experience to demonstrate management experience
SSSC registration level: Supervisor
ADA is an award-winning charity, delivering specialist services to reduce harms and promote recovery of individuals and families affected by alcohol and drugs use in the North East of Scotland.
We are excited to be able to offer a number of new Substance Use Worker roles based in our Aberdeen City Recovery Services due to new funding and being awarding the City contract for services for the next 5 years.
We are looking for candidates that have a background in Community Learning, Nursing, Social Work, Counselling, or other related field/s. To be successful you must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the needs of those affected by alcohol or drug use. Ideally, you will have experience of working with substance users and knowledge of effective interventions.
PVG membership is essential for this post.
To view the job description, please see attached document.
If you're passionate about enabling recovery then we need you.
Victim Support Scotland – Empowering People Affected by Crime. We put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do so they are heard, have improved health and well-being, feel safer, more secure, and informed and that we are an effective organisation, that makes a lasting difference.
Who We Are?
Victim Support Scotland provides support and information to people affected by crime and campaigns for victim and witness rights. Regardless of whether a crime has been reported, or when it happened, our services are free, confidential, and tailored to individuals’ needs.
Our vision is that people affected by crime – victims, witnesses, and their families – are treated with dignity and respect and are at the heart of the justice in Scotland. Our mission is to ensure that all those affected by crime receive high quality support that will help them to recover from their experiences.
All our work is guided and underpinned by our six core principles of being engaging and compassionate; inclusive and accessible; person-centred; adaptive, flexible, and responsive; collaborative; and knowledgeable and skilled.
Now is the time to join Victim Support Scotland, helping us work towards the ambitions of our 5-year plan: Empowering people affected by crime: VSS Strategy 2021-2026.
What is the role
This is an exciting opportunity to join our team as Support Co-ordinator (Fixed-term maternity cover), working 35 hours per week.
Primary location: Aberdeen, however you will be expected to cover all areas within the locality (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Perth & Angus).
Reporting directly to a Locality Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring, within your Service(s), that VSS’s local service development and delivery plan is being implemented within your geographical area(s). Service delivery is provided by a team of skilled and knowledgeable volunteers, you will be responsible for planning their deployment to ensure that the service delivered meets the desired outcomes of victims and witnesses of crime, our service users. Responsible for all aspects of a volunteer engagement with VSS at your services, including recruitment, induction, learning and development, ongoing performance management and support. Contributing to business planning and co-ordination ensuring that continuous learning takes place to monitor that the outcomes of service users are being met.
If you are looking for a role with a purpose, where you can really make a difference, then this may be the role for you.
What you’ll need to be successful
We are looking for someone who is experienced in a similar role and can evidence of continuing professional development, effective leadership style, able to build confidence, motivate and improve performance. Analytical skills, must be able to understand, collect, analyse, report and present data. The ability to challenge stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and bias. Good working knowledge of the voluntary/charity sector is required, as is a willingness to be flexible in working hours and able to travel as required.
Further details of this role are available in the job description - Job Description - Support Co-ordinator
Please note - This post will be subject to a satisfactory PVG check, references, and proof that you have the right to work in the UK.
What we offer?
When you work for Victim Support Scotland, your wellbeing is important to us. Not only do we offer an enhanced annual leave package of 39 days (Pro-rata), but you will also have access to our free health cash plan which includes cover for you and your family across a range of benefits, which include, dental cover, access to a virtual GP, counselling, legal support and discounts on gym memberships, cinema tickets, retail and much more. In addition we offer a generous pension, enhanced maternity and paternity pay and access to a credit union. Supporting employee development is important to us and we offer comprehensive learning and development opportunities.
We are looking to recruit two Community Development Officers in Aberdeen, to engage key partners and stakeholders in the region tailoring support, training, and education to create suicide safer communities.
What you will do:
To be successful in this role you will have:
Join our Board of Trustees!
Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills to make a difference in the North East of Scotland?
VSA is looking for Trustees to join its Board. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a historic charity with a formidable reputation and to help the Board build a long-term plan.
VSA has over 150 years’ experience of delivering social care in Aberdeen, to vulnerable people, adults and older people with learning difficulties and mental health needs. We have grown to be a major employer with an accredited Skills Qualification Centre. VSA has a strong corporate and community volunteering tradition. Today, VSA is of a medium sized company providing education, housing support and social care to young people and adults with complex needs.
We particularly want to hear from people with a medical background, or current skills in the following: charity & company law, complex learning & behavioural education/social care and environmental/social governance.
Key aspects of trustee roles at VSA are as follows:
You will be interested in joining VSA’s Board if you have a personal commitment to supporting vulnerable children, young adults and older people with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs to lead the best of life alongside current practices in the above field.
This role is not remunerated but all reasonable expenses, for example childcare, travel etc will be covered. The time commitment is approx 8 to 10 days per year. This is likely to include attendance at Board or Committee meetings, reading and preparation time, and other meetings such as Strategy or Stakeholder. If you are interested please contact the Chair of Trustees, Kevin Shand via Ally Panton at the email address below.
We are looking for foster carers who live within 60 miles of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Elgin. They will be matched with one of our Foster Care Social Workers in our Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices.
To provide a family home and care to children and young people who cannot be cared for by their birth parents.
You will be a key participant in the development of the plan for a child in your care. You are part of the Team that will work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child.
The Team can include:
Supervision and support
Terms and conditions
You will receive a Foster Carer Handbook that details all your conditions of service and the expectations of you in the foster carer role. You are considered as self-employed for HMRC purposes.
Fostering allowances and fees
Details of the rates paid are issued in April each year to all carers. Payments are made four weekly in advance directly into bank accounts, and carers receive a statement giving details of the payment made.
Carers must ensure that St. Andrew’s Children’s Society is supplied with their full name, address and relevant bank account details to ensure payments are made efficiently.
St. Andrew’s Children’s Society reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the Company’s business.