Scotland Versus Arthritis
Scotland Versus Arthritis

Charity registered in Scotland SC041156

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that. Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

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Nation Support Officer - Glasgow

  • Full time
  • £27,900
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th April 2024

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us achieve a future free from arthritis.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident individual to support our nation office in Glasgow. With experience of providing administrative support for a range of purposes and colleagues, together with knowledge of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and General Data Protection Regulations, you will ensure the office is safe, organised and efficient.

About the role

The Nations Support Officer will support the nation-based team, providing seamless and effective business support to running operations within the nation.

This role will include responsibility for the general management of a nation office, delivering effective and compliant services including day-to-day security, maintenance and health and safety provision within the site.

About you

If your knowledge, skills and experience include the following then we’d love to hear from you:

  • Experience of successfully managing ad hoc tasks and small-scale projects in an administrative or similar role, demonstrating knowledge and awareness of Health and Safety, Safeguarding, General Data Protection Regulations; knowing when to escalate issues.
  • Experience of working as part of a team, as well as with minimal supervision and using own initiative whilst demonstrating excellent customer service with the ability to remain calm, diplomatic and composed.
  • Experience of working in a support role with responsibility for meeting regulatory requirements and providing administrative support to home-based staff or geographically dispersed colleagues and volunteers.

*As a hybrid worker the expectation is that you will spend around 40% of your working time in our office spaces or working in community settings. As an inclusive employer we will consider home-based working for anyone where office-based hybrid working would be a barrier to being able to work for us, for example for someone living with a long-term health condition or disability.

Skills

  • Experience of Microsoft Office, including a working knowledge of 365 applications, including Outlook and Excel, and ideally a working knowledge of the following: SharePoint, One Note and Teams.
  • General property management experience including environmental management.
  • Can demonstrate effective supplier relationships and a customer care approach.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills with attention to detail. A proactive approach and the ability to work on multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.
  • Confident to lead relationships and outputs from senior stakeholders, including landlords and able to apply critical thinking in response to issues arising.
  • Health and Safety knowledge to conduct fire evacuation training, mandatory checks/implementations, employee on site inductions and conducting event risk assessments.
  • An enthusiastic and flexible approach, able to work closely and adaptively with the immediate team and collaboratively across the wider organisation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Voluntary sector in the Nations and the environment we operate in.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding principles and practice. Strong empathy for the needs of volunteers, people with arthritis and staff.
  • Able to record and maintain accurate and up to date personal and numerical
  • Data with knowledge of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Benefits

Your excellent benefits include:

  • Flexible hours, environments and working practices to promote a healthy work/life balance.
  • Health and wellbeing support – including the Employee Assistance Programme (free confidential 24/7 support with mental health, legal and financial queries).
  • Simplyhealth cash plan.
  • Supportive and inclusive culture, with a wide range of employee networks and support groups available to join.
  • Learning and personal development opportunities.
  • Competitive annual leave, with the option to buy/sell up to five days per year.
  • Generous pension plan, with employer contribution of up to 10%.
  • Life Assurance plan (4 x salary).
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Volunteer Experience Manager

  • Full time
  • £38,556
  • Office Hybrid* - London / Chesterfield / Glasgow
  • Closing 21st March 2024

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us achieve a future free from arthritis.

Use your experience of volunteering best practice to develop and embed a sustainable framework to support and grow the delivery of services by our community-based volunteers.

About the role

This role is key to developing a solid foundation to facilitate the growth of services delivered by volunteers through the creation of a fulfilling and positive volunteer experience.

You’ll be responsible for the budget and managing a team of 5 part-time community-based volunteer experience specialists (based across the 4 nations).

You’ll also be working with key stakeholders from across the organisation i.e. volunteers, services, people and culture, finance, IT, governance and legal, fundraising and research so those staff that work alongside volunteers as well as those volunteers that themselves lead volunteers, have access to up-to-date information and resources.

A key focus will be to encourage greater diversity within our networks, so they reflect the communities in which they serve, as well as empowering our lead volunteers through encouraging mentoring and engagement between volunteer networks.

About you

If your knowledge, skills and experience include the following then we’d love to hear from you:

  • Demonstrable experience of working with and supporting volunteers.
  • Managing a small team of staff or volunteers.
  • Practical experience of digital volunteering platforms.
  • Volunteer best practice and compliance.
  • Project management or experience of creating and delivering to a plan.
  • Leadership and management qualification or active membership in Association of Volunteer Managers or similar

*As a hybrid worker the expectation is that you will spend around 40% of your working time in our office spaces or working in community settings. As an inclusive employer we will consider home-based working for anyone where office-based hybrid working would be a barrier to being able to work for us, for example for someone living with a long-term health condition or disability.

Benefits

  • Your excellent benefits include:
  • Flexible hours, environments and working practices to promote a healthy work/life balance.
  • Health and wellbeing support – including the Employee Assistance Programme (free confidential 24/7 support with mental health, legal and financial queries).
  • Simplyhealth cash plan.
  • Supportive and inclusive culture, with a wide range of employee networks and support groups available to join.
  • Learning and personal development opportunities.
  • Competitive annual leave, with the option to buy/sell up to five days per year.
  • Generous pension plan, with employer contribution of up to 10%.
  • Life Assurance plan (4 x salary).
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Volunteer Support & Service Trainer (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £37,275
  • Remote – Central Scotland
  • Closing 29th February 2024

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us achieve a future free from arthritis.

We are looking for passionate trainers to upskill and develop our volunteers across each of the UK nations.

This is a varied and exciting role which includes design and development of physical activities and self-management courses, designed to support people with arthritis to understand and manage their health and wellbeing.

The role will include training delivery and quality assurance of our programme of activities for people with arthritis.

You will implement the volunteer training programme within your nation, working collaboratively with colleagues across the UK to ensure volunteers are supported to deliver high quality services.

This is an exciting opportunity to help us shape services and support volunteers and people with arthritis across the UK.

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Policy Manager

  • Full time
  • £43,709
  • Office Hybrid* - Glasgow
  • Closing 29th October 2023

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us achieve a future free from arthritis.

In our nation we are the leading influencer for change, raising awareness of the issues and impact of arthritis. In parallel we offer a range of support services delivered through mixed teams of staff and volunteers. Our local focus is on delivering activity support, self-management, information and peer support to enable people with arthritis of all ages to take greater control of their condition and make informed choices on ways to live well with arthritis.

We’re working to ensure the views of people with arthritis are heard in these challenging and fast-moving times. We are optimistic about the potential of new policy and legislation for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

About the role

The Policy Manager will support the nation-based Partnership & Influencing team by providing high-quality policy development and project management. This role will work closely with the Policy & Engagement Manager for Scotland and the Head of Scotland.

We identify creative policy solutions in response to the challenges people with arthritis face. We influence decision-makers by developing evidence and through stakeholder engagement, public affairs activity and by campaigning alongside people with arthritis.

The purpose of this role is to lead and manage time-sensitive projects across our policy priority areas, developing policy positions, and producing evidence-based briefings and reports.

The Policy Manager will also contribute to the wider work of the directorate and charity, including by representing the charity on cross-sector groups, drafting briefings, attending stakeholder meetings and supporting parliamentary events and conferences.

The successful post-holder will have readymade resourcefulness, be a creative thinker, with strong analytical, written and verbal communications skills. An enthusiastic, adaptive and flexible approach is important, together with an ability to work with autonomy and across team.

About you

If your knowledge, skills and experience include the following then we’d love to hear from you:

  • Experience of influencing and external policy/decision making within Scotland.
  • Understanding of current healthcare policy issues relevant to people with long-term conditions or disability.
  • Excellent written, numerical and verbal communications skills, strong analytical skills. Good attention to detail, consistently producing accurate work.
  • Good judgement and ability to project manage, work independently, prioritise effectively, and remain alert to the need to consult with and update the team and senior staff as appropriate.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work within teams.
  • Strong experience of building and developing productive relationships with stakeholders.

*As a hybrid worker the expectation is that you will spend around 40% of your working time in our office spaces or working in community settings. As an inclusive employer we will consider home-based working for anyone where office-based hybrid working would be a barrier to being able to work for us, for example for someone living with a long-term health condition or disability.

Download the job description and person specification for the Policy Manager - Scotland role (Word 48KB).

Benefits

Your excellent benefits include:

  • Flexible hours, environments and working practices to promote a healthy work/life balance.
  • Health and wellbeing support – including the Employee Assistance Programme (free confidential 24/7 support with mental health, legal and financial queries) and membership of the Simplyhealth cash plan.
  • Supportive and inclusive culture, with a wide range of employee networks and support groups available to join.
  • Learning and personal development opportunities.
  • Competitive annual leave, with the option to buy/sell up to five days per year.
  • Generous pension plan, with employer contribution of up to 10%.
  • Life Assurance plan.
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Arts Co-ordinator

  • Part time
  • £27,000 pro-rata
  • Homebased - Glasgow
  • Closing 31st May 2023

Within Versus Arthritis, this role is known as Young People and Families Worker.

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to ensure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Summary

Are you:

Passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and their families?

Experienced at creating inspiring programmes and offering life-changing one-to-one support?

Committed to putting children and young people at the heart of decision-making?

If so, then come join our team!

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. This role will be based in Glasgow but will support service delivery across Scotland and the UK.

As the Artistic Lead for Young People & Families, you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and - most importantly - young people to plan, deliver and evaluate a quality support offer locally and nationally.

You will help young people living with arthritis to build their confidence, make friends and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to deliver self-management art-based activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.

You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, making sure it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.

Ability to develop an artistic vision and framework for a self-management based arts programme of events, activities and opportunities, involving young people with arthritis as co-design partners.

Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long-term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.

Experience of using a community development/youth work and participatory art approach to co-design and deliver a quality project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.

Knowledge and experience of safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.

Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

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Young People & Families Service Worker

  • Part time
  • £27,000 pro-rata
  • Scotland Homebased
  • Closing 11th May 2023

Are you:

  • Passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and their families?
  • Experienced at creating inspiring programmes and offering life-changing one-to-one support?
  • Committed to putting children and young people at the heart of decision-making?

If so, then come join our team!

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. This role will be based in Glasgow/Aberdeen, but will support service delivery across Scotland and the UK.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and - most importantly - young people to plan, deliver and evaluate a quality support offer locally and nationally.

You will help young people living with arthritis to build their confidence, make friends and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy. You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals - especially in healthcare settings where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, making sure it is a time of empowerment and growth.

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Administrator - Scotland

  • Part time
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • Glasgow (office based)
  • Closing 13th October 2022

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to ensure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join each of our nations teams as an Administrator. This is a new and exciting role for someone who is self-motivated, well-organised and able to work with minimum supervision to support the nation based team by providing high-quality, efficient and effective administrative support. In this role you will also work with our Facilities team, managing our local office site to meet the needs of an agile and flexible workforce.

Supporting the Facilities Managers for property and health and safety matters, you will manage routine and minor projects and activities, maintaining key documents in accordance with legal requirements and good practice.

As the first point of contact in the nation office, you will provide a customer-centered welcome when dealing with visitors and contractors.

You will provide administrative support as required, typically with finance administration and in researching and booking event venues, raising purchase orders and ensuring events can run smoothly.

Key requirements

  • Excellent demonstrable customer service approach, and the ability to remain calm and professional at all times.
  • Experience working in a similar support role, maintaining or developing processes to enhance the customer experience and meet regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge and awareness of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR, knowing when to escalate issues.
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and collaborative approach, to work effectively with local team and across the wider organisation.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills, with good attention to detail.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Word and Excel.
  • Strong empathy for the needs of volunteers, people with arthritis and colleagues (particularly home based).
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Service Delivery Co-ordinator - Central Scotland

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Homeworking
  • Closing 3rd October 2022

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to ensure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join our regional team who are passionate about delivering high-quality services and support to people with arthritis. The role is part of our UK Delivery team within our Services and Influencing Directorate and works alongside our Scotland team. Working collaboratively with volunteers and partners, you will play a key role in delivering activities within the Central Scotland area.

About the role

Leading on delivery of our activity in the Central Scotland area, you will identify opportunities and partnerships we can deliver our support services to and through.

Supporting our committed and enthusiastic volunteers, you will lead delivery of services in communities across the area, aligned to funding conditions.

As the ‘go-to’ person for Versus Arthritis across the region, you will ensure our innovation and programmes of work are implemented locally. You will be confident in building local networks and bringing people together. We will train and support you to:

• Talk to people about their condition.

• Give people information about how they can self-manage their condition at home.

• Help people understand treatment options and support available to them from Versus Arthritis and in their local area.

This role will require willingness to travel across Scotland as required, and to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

Key requirements

You will be able to:

• Commit to the Versus Arthritis values and behaviours.

• Provide excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of excellent relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.

• Work autonomously using your own initiative, with the ability to motivate, engage with and involve volunteers and external stakeholders across the area.

• Provide sound organisational and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritise workload effectively.

• Demonstrate knowledge of safeguarding in service provision, with a proactive approach for the wellbeing of vulnerable adults and children.

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Regional Officer - Argyll & Bute, Scotland

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Homeworking - Argyll & Bute, Scotland
  • Closing 8th September 2022

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to help make sure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Summary

This role will lead on the delivery of our activity in the Argyll and Bute area. The post-holder will identify opportunities and partnerships who we can deliver our support services through and to.

They will also support our volunteers, as well as our communities, to deliver services as per the local funding requirements.

As the ‘go-to’ person for Versus arthritis in a defined community, the Regional Officer will ensure our innovation and programme of work are implemented locally.

They will be enthusiastic about building local networks and bringing people together.

This role will require willingness to travel across the UK as required, to attend meetings and events and to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

About the role

It's about knowing your local area and building opportunities to deliver services and support in a community

  • •Develop new opportunities for delivery of services to a variety of audiences.
  • Support volunteers to deliver services and identify training needs within a specific area.
  • To deliver high-quality support services ensuring all policies including safeguarding are applied.
  • Lead on the monitoring and evaluation of our services, in order to meet obligations and evidence impact.
  • Ensure Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are at the forefront of our delivery and that we are reaching under-represented groups.

It's about developing networks

  • Build and establish relationships with local partners and organisations including; third sector and NHS.
  • To build excellent working relationships and partnerships with local organisations across voluntary, statutory, and private sectors, to maximise reach and embed services locally.
  • Assist local networks to promote and deliver services
  • It’s about keeping our knowledge relevant
  • Attending training and development events to help support the charity and your own development.
  • Undertake any other duties reasonably requested in order to support UK Delivery and ensure adequate cover is provided.
  • To take a pro-active approach and responsibility for the wellbeing and safeguarding of vulnerable adults and young people

Key requirements

  • Experience of speaking to or providing information to individuals on a 121 or group basis.
  • A passion for working with volunteers, which includes excellent volunteer development, training, and support.
  • Ability to motivate, engage and involve volunteers and external stakeholders across a local area.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to a variety of people.
  • Good IT skills: thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Teams and the ability to use databases.
  • Sound organisational and time management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Ability to work autonomously using initiative and an understanding of the challenges associated with remote homeworking.

Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer on our website

Travel: Frequent travel around Argyll and Bute and occasionally to other offices.

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Young People and Families Worker - Scotland

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Home based with regular travel across Scotland for meetings and event delivery, occasional travel to other parts of the UK
  • Closing 11th August 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting to our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will deliver our one-to-one clinic work embedded in the multi-disciplinary teams across Scotland, as well as our peer support self-management events alongside our team of youth volunteers.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will support service delivery across Scotland.

As a Young People & Families Worker, you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and - most importantly young people - to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high-quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally.

Using a community development/youth work approach, you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey. Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people build their confidence, make friends and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.

You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals – especially in healthcare settings, where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, ensuring it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

  • Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.
  • Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long-term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.
  • Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.
  • Knowledge and experience of embedding safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.
  • Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of good relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and digital working skills including experience of using databases.
  • Sound organisational and time-management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events, and to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
  • Understanding of the ‘social model of disability.’
  • Experience of using/delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom, social media, etc.
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Programme and Partnerships Manager - Scotland

  • Full time
  • £42,000
  • Glasgow office or Homeworking. Frequent travel across mainland Scotland and monthly travel across the UK for team meetings and conferences
  • Closing 11th July 2022

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

Working closely with the Head of UK Delivery and colleagues across the four nations, you will put impact and evaluation at the heart of your work, to deliver our service and support activities. Working with funders, commissioners and community partners, this is a key role to support pathways for patients in Scotland.

About the role

You will be the operational lead for Scotland, line-managing a team of Regional Officers in delivering and developing a consistent four nations approach to supporting people with Arthritis and MSK conditions.

Key requirements

  • Supporting delivery of our strategy in Scotland, alongside day-to-day team management, representing and championing the breadth of service provision of our cross-organisational working groups.
  • You will provide effective operational management to achieve high levels of performance within a framework of continuous improvement, and ensuring services are delivered with excellence through well-trained volunteers.
  • Sharing insight and learning across the four nations to align approaches as appropriate and working collaboratively to define and develop support through external partnerships.
  • An understanding of the external environment we work with in NHS and local authorities, and an ability to identify opportunities for the charity to support people with MSK conditions including arthritis.
  • Identify and maximise funding opportunities, working closely with fundraising colleagues to develop funding and grant submissions and plan for long-term needs and financial resilience at a service level.
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Young People and Families Worker with Artistic Lead

  • Full time
  • £30,500
  • Home or office based – North East Scotland. Frequent travel to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to support clinic work, regular travel across Scotland for meetings and event delivery, occasional travel to other parts of the UK
  • Closing 6th July 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting for our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will lead the delivery of our participatory, self-management UK arts programme, alongside our team of amazing young volunteers. You’ll organise and curate an annual exhibition to raise awareness of the impact of rheumatic conditions on young people and their families. And you’ll help to deliver our one-to-one youth work embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will be based in North East Scotland but will support service delivery across Scotland and the UK.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and most importantly young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high-quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally. Using a community development/youth work approach, you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey and our service offer.

Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people to build their confidence, make friends and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy. You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content and residential events.

You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals – especially in healthcare settings. Here you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth-friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, ensuring it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

· Experience of working within the fields of youth/community development work, especially within the arts as a subject expert.

· Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long term conditions - especially arts-based interventions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support, with a passion for improving the lives of young people.

· Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.

· Knowledge and experience of embedding safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.

· Experience of leading a project with project management skills including; supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals, managing activity budgets and cascading learning and development to a team of staff/volunteers.

· Experience of working directly with artists and curators. Translating artistic plans into reality, as well as knowledge of contemporary visual art practice, culture, networks, curation and social engagement approaches.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of excellent relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.

· Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and digital working skills, including experience of using databases.

· Experience of workload planning including event management, especially within the arts, including experience of exhibition delivery. Sound organisational and time-management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.

· Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

· Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events, which may occasionally be on a weekend.

Desirable:

· Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

· Understanding of the ‘Social model of disability.’

· Experience of using /delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom.

· Degree or related qualification in the arts.

· Good understanding of the social, health, emotional, economic impacts of the arts and arts based self-management.

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Top job! Head of Scotland

  • Full time
  • £58,000
  • Glasgow office/home based in Scotland
  • Closing 19th May 2022

Summary

People with arthritis in Scotland face a challenging time post COVID. Versus Arthritis wants to make a difference across our health and research to make effective and lasting change. We are looking for a strong leader who will be a determined advocate for people with arthritis working closely with the Scottish Government, NHS Health Boards, making alliances and partnerships.

We have big ambitions, and all of our activities must work together to deliver these. In this way we will build recognition of the impact of arthritis. We will catalyse and galvanise communities across the UK who push back against arthritis. We will find discover, innovate, and enable new solutions, directly provide these and influence others to make big change happen. Critical to success is growing our income and creating a sustainable organisation equipped and able to deliver the support and solutions that people will look for.

About the role

You will be a key figure in the external landscape for Versus Arthritis, leading all external affairs and stakeholder management in Scotland, and acting as the main point of contact for current and potential partners in health and social care, public health and government.

Internally, you will provide strategic leadership, insight and intelligence to ensure a 4-nation approach to decision making at the highest level of the organisation; Board, CEO and Organisational Leadership Team. You will work collaboratively across all directorates to support effective planning to operationalise Versus Arthritis strategies across all four nations; including delivery, influence, research, funding and communications.

As the most senior member of staff based in Scotland you will also play an integral leadership role in developing and maintaining a sense of community, connection and nation identity for all staff and volunteers working in nation focused roles.

This role will ensure the needs, priorities and opportunities within each nation inform our organisational priorities.

Key requirements

You will demonstrate:

  • A significant understanding of the charity sector in Scotland and the dynamics around business decision making, change and strategic planning.
  • Good experience of knowledge of the policy and public affairs environment across Scotland. Good experience or knowledge of leading wide policy, public affairs and campaigning in nation.
  • Experience of working with and/or supporting people with long-term health conditions/disabilities at a strategic level.
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and persuade others in a wide setting including senior leaders in the organisation, external stakeholders, and internal colleagues.
  • Strong programme management and organisational ability, including being able to prioritise activities and independently manage own workload that includes multiple strands of work.
  • Strategic thinking – ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise.

Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer

Travel: Frequent travel across Scotland/Some travel to London, Belfast, Cardiff and Chesterfield offices

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Young People and Families Worker - Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Home-based - Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th May 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting to our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will deliver our one-to-one clinic work embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital, as well as our peer support self-management events alongside our team of youth volunteers.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will be based in Edinburgh but will support service delivery across Scotland.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and most importantly young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally.

Using a community development/youth work approach you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey. Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people build their confidence, make friends, and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.

You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content, and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals – especially in healthcare settings where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, ensuring it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

  • Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.
  • Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.
  • Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.
  • Knowledge and experience of embedding safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.
  • Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of good relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and digital working skills including experience of using databases.
  • Sound organisational and time-management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events, and to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
  • Understanding of the ‘social model of disability.’
  • Experience of using/delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom, social media etc.
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Young People and Families Worker - Glasgow

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Flexible: Glasgow office or home-worker
  • Closing 16th May 2022

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Summary

We are recruiting for our award-winning Young People and Families Service. This role will deliver our one-to-one clinic work embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Glasgow Royal Children’s Hospital as well as our peer support self-management events alongside our team of youth volunteers.

About the role

We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in Scotland. The role will be based in Glasgow but will support service delivery across Scotland and the UK.

As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, health care professionals, schools, volunteers, families, and most importantly young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally.

Using a community development/youth work approach you’ll put children and young people at the centre of decisions about their journey. Using youth accessible approaches, you will help young people build their confidence, make friends, and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.

You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content, and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families, and professionals –especially in health care settings where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs in a relatable and youth friendly style as young people learn to live well with their condition. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, making sure it is a time of empowerment and growth.

Key requirements

Essential:

  • Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.
  • Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long-term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.
  • Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.
  • Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and evidence of good relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Good IT skills; thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Digital working skills including experience of using databases.
  • Sound organisational and time management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Willingness to travel across the UK as required to attend meetings and events with a willingness to attend occasional weekend events and meetings.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
  • Understanding of the ‘Social model of disability.’
  • Experience of using /delivering over virtual communication platforms; Microsoft Teams, Zoom, social media etc.
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Development Officer (Argyll & Bute)

  • Part time
  • £24,755 pro-rata
  • Home based - Frequent travel across specified areas in Argyll & Bute, some travel to Versus Arthritis offices in Glasgow & England as required.
  • Closing 10th November 2021

We are looking for a Development Officer who is a passionate, motivated and enthusiastic individual, to take up this role to help us develop and shape the work Versus Arthritis does in local communities. Working as part of a small team, Senior Area Coordinator, full time Development Officer and volunteers based in Argyll & Bute, you will take a lead role in delivering our pilot project - Together Versus Arthritis – Keeping Connected in Argyll & Bute.

Our pilot in Argyll & Bute has been awarded funding via the National Lottery Communities Fund (NLCF) and together we aim to reach more people with arthritis, create new local peer-support groups, deliver self-management information and support, gather new insight, and raise awareness around arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and link to and develop local community networks.

The Development Officer will be responsible for working with existing partners and volunteers and looking to develop and support new local networks of people, professionals, and organisations - building strong, lasting relationships within the community, people with arthritis, current and future volunteers, community and voluntary organisations, researchers and health and social care partners. This includes working closely with other teams to identify, recruit, train, and support volunteers to support this work. Although this role is across Argyll & Bute this Development Officer will have specific responsibilities for Cowal, Bute, Helensburgh & Lomond areas.

You will also work alongside colleagues working in the other UK pilot sites, supported by our services team and the central Together Versus Arthritis project team.

Benefits: Read more about what we offer

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Development Officer – Argyll & Bute – Two Posts

  • Part time
  • £24,755 pro-rata
  • Home based
  • Closing 5th July 2021

We are looking for two Development Officers who are passionate, motivated and enthusiastic individuals to take up an exciting new role to help us develop and shape the work Versus Arthritis does in local communities. Working as part of a small team of staff and volunteers based in Argyll & Bute, you will take a lead role in delivering our pilot project - Together Versus Arthritis – Keeping Connected in Argyll & Bute.

Our pilot in Argyll & Bute has been awarded funding via the National Lottery Communities Fund (NLCF) and together we aim to reach more people with arthritis, create new local peer-support groups, deliver self-management information and support, gather new insight, and raise awareness around arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and link to and develop local community networks.

The Development Officers will be responsible for working with existing partners and volunteers and looking to develop and support new local networks of people, professionals, and organisations - building strong, lasting relationships within the community, people with arthritis, current and future volunteers, community and voluntary organisations, researchers and health and social care partners. This includes working closely with other teams to identify, recruit, train, and support volunteers to support this work.

You will also work alongside colleagues working in the other UK pilot sites, supported by our services team and the central Together Versus Arthritis project team.

What we are looking for

To be successful in the role, you will be committed to Versus Arthritis values and behaviours and have relevant experience and demonstrable ability:

Experience of community development approaches including co-production and co-design and involving people with lived experience in decision making.

Develop and support a regular network forum with your Local Touchpoint volunteers offering a “Community of Practice” approach.

Knowledge of self-management and how to support people to actively manage their wellbeing through development of sustainable local opportunities for people to come together, in person and online.

Benefits: Read more about what we offer

Travel:Frequent travel across specified areas in Argyll & Bute, some travel to Versus Arthritis offices in Glasgow and England as required.

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