Centred (Scotland)
Centred (Scotland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC003198

Birchwood Highland is a voluntary organisation and charity supporting individuals in the Highlands of Scotland with the aim of improving the quality of lives of individuals with mental ill health and complex needs through promoting recovery, inclusion and independence.

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Discovery College Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,231 – £42,179
  • Highland (On site)
  • Closing 24th May 2024


The Discovery College is an inclusive service based on the principle that connection, community, peer support and learning can be a transformative experience. It is moving into its second year of operation. To date the work has been co-delivered and developed alongside those with lived experience and in collaboration with Spirit Advocacy, Scottish Recovery Network, NHS Highland, Caithness Mental Health Group and Habitus Collective all supporting in the planning, building, and envisioning of this new development for Highland. College courses are open for all to enrol. Our goal is to create an environment for people to come together – be it those who identify as experiencing or having experienced a mental health, or substance use issue, to those who want support in order to move on.

We tailor and target courses and drop-ins for men, Disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, people who are neuro-divergent, young people and people from ethnic and cultural minorities. Currently the Discovery College operates across multiple hubs in Inverness, Caithness, and Lochaber which we intend to develop further in partnership with a variety of organisations.

The Role:

In the role the post holder will be responsible for a number of key pieces of work:

  • Lead the Discovery College in offering the community a one stop shop for their recovery needs including social activity, courses, volunteering opportunities and access to employment.
  • Development of the strategy across the organisation to ensures there is a clear programme of activity, training, and employment opportunities that meets the community need.
  • Leading Discovery College Hubs across Highland. This will involve the maintenance and continual improvement of the model to include online learning and support as well as face to face, developing the processes and procedures that support this so that there is a coherence across all services as well as a clear set of performance and delivery standards which ensure a positive student and volunteer experience.
  • Developing the peer support offer and courses so that students can flourish in their recovery journey. In doing this you will:
    • Execute the strategy for developing and growing the Discovery College and related services including finding ways to promote and communicate about activities so our community is aware of what the offer is for them.
    • Ensure that all the Discovery College operations are effectively managed and achieve outcomes which are in line with funder requirements and other agreed governance and KPIs.
    • Champion co-development, lived experience, involvement and peer support, working closely with staff, students and stakeholders.
    • Work closely with the other senior service delivery colleagues and managers across Centred Scotland as well as relevant external organisations to ensure that services are joined up and readily accessible by clients. If you feel you could deliver many of these roles, love working with people, have a passion for improving well-being and have a drive and determination to succeed then we would love to hear from you.


  • Annual salary review
  • Annual holiday allocation of 32 days including bank holidays, increasing with length of service
  • Fully funded training and personal development
  • Health and wellness support paid for by the company
  • Access your money as you earn it via our partners Hastee after completion of probationary period.
  • Provision of mobile phones and any other IT hardware you require • Life assurance
  • Competitive pension scheme
This vacancy has now closed


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Highland - Caithness, Easter Ross and Lochaber areas
  • Closing 12th August 2021

Birchwood Highland is a Highland based charity that was established in 1983 and supports people with significant and enduring mental ill health. We deliver our community-based services throughout Highland from offices in Inverness, Wick, Invergordon and Fort William. In addition, our services also include our award-winning Recovery centre that provides residential care and support to over 22 residents. The work we do helps people to lead independent and inclusive lifestyles giving them a fuller life experience.

We are seeking new trustees to develop our Board as we enter a phase of growth and diversification.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a committed and experienced team. We have a big ambition to introduce new and innovative ways to deliver our services and to expand into other areas of care and support. Being a trustee is a chance for you to give something back to your community, by using your skills and experience, you will be contributing to the strategic management of the charity, so we can continue providing activities which promote good mental health, whilst also aiming to expand and diversify our services.

Role summary

As a Trustee you will be involved in an eye’s on hand’s-off role within the company, setting the strategic direction and supporting the Chief Executive. You will use your specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. You will provide leadership and challenge in a collegiate and positive way ensuring that our beneficiaries are at the core of everything we do.

We are particularly interested in applicants from Caithness, Easter Ross and Lochaber areas which are under-represented on our Board.

All our meetings are conducted online so travel is unessential

Person description


  • Commitment to Birchwood Highland’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • Good management and analysis skills.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


  • An understanding of the UK charity governance.
  • Knowledge of mental health recovery or the effects of mental ill health.

What benefits are there in becoming a charitable trustee?

This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, friendly, caring and experienced team. As a trustee you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Give something back: Becoming a Trustee is a fantastic way to give something back to a cause you care about. You’ll be playing an integral part in the way the charity is run, ensuring it remains sustainable and financially viable. The help you provide will be invaluable.
  2. Meet new people:Joining a new organisation or charity is a fantastic way to meet new people from a range of different personal and professional backgrounds.
  3. Learn new things: Getting involved as a charity Trustee is a great way to put your professional skills to use, but can also be a fantastic opportunity to learn new things. You’ll get great insight into what’s involved in the management of charities and gain skills on working well within a leadership role.
  4. Improve your CV and enhance your professional development: Recent research shows that over 55s are most likely to become Trustees, with just 0.5% of all charity Trustees being between the ages of 18 and 24. While there are many reasons for this, young people are increasingly being encouraged to get involved as Trustees due to the fantastic opportunity it provides for professional development. From learning how organisations are run to planning finances and attending meetings, this experience can be the perfect way to boost a CV and set you apart from the crowd

Time commitment

The Board meets bi-monthly – usually on the 2nd Tuesday from 5.30-6.30pm. Occasional availability may also be needed to provide guidance & advice.