About the role
A new and exciting opportunity to work as a fundamental part of the People Team, supporting colleagues through their time with Sustrans.
The purpose of the role is to strengthen our colleagues’ voice, building the organisation’s capability to positively manage colleague relations, supporting Sustrans in building colleagues’ trust and engagement and leading colleague relations to ensure we are a charity for everyone.
The role will develop and implement a colleague relations strategy that aligns with Sustrans’ goals, values, and legal requirements.
As the Head of Colleague Relations, you will be instrumental in maximising the colleague experience. You will line manage a team of three People Advisors to provide coaching and expert advice to line managers on policies, legal requirements, processes and best practice.
You will work closely with the wider Human Resources teams, legal counsel and senior management to address complex employee relation issues and provide expert advice and recommendations
You will help lead Sustrans in developing a positive relationship and ways of working with our newly recognised union and reconstituted colleague forum, helping lead negotiations and being a key contact in this exciting new relationship.
You will support organisational change, develop and implement initiatives to enhance employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention and ensure our policies are modern, valued and inclusive.
This role does not involve regular travel. We may occasionally need you travel during your work including occasional overnight stays.
You should have experience of leading a colleague relations team in managing complex case work, as well as change management and supporting organisations through change.
You will need experience of working in a unionised environment, and of building relationships and managing negotiations in line with a recognition agreement.
You will need a good understanding of colleague engagement and practices and experience of developing people policies and procedures.
You will be educated to CIPD level 5 and be passionate about progressing the EDI agenda.
Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion and ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect. We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, in particular from under-represented groups.
What we offer
In return we can offer true hybrid working to suit individual circumstances and a flexible, supportive and rewarding working environment.
28 days’ leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working
Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff)
Staff volunteer days
24/7 free, impartial and confidential support service
We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes
Group Personal Pension scheme with a 5% or 6% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans
Bike, computer and season ticket loans
London Weighting Allowance of £4,195 for all those living within a London Borough (32 local authority districts plus the City of London)
Death in Service benefit – 3 x annual Salary
Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
Flexible Working practices (full time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday)
At Sustrans you'll be part of a movement to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.
We're all here to change things! You’ll be part of an incredible community of talented, passionate, creative, problem solvers all working together to change things for the better. We act locally and think big - we have a vision of a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone.
You'll be questioning the status quo and daring to imagine a different world. You'll work on exciting, impactful projects that will stretch and empower you and you'll be rewarded by seeing the difference you make to people, communities and the planet.
We believe including everyone is central to who we are and what we want to achieve, we welcome difference and pride ourselves on creating a culture where you can be yourself and where your wellness is supported.
You'll be guaranteed to make friends for life and work with a team that is incredibly flexible, supportive, ethical and fun.
Could you be our next Board member?
Volunteer Centre East Lothian (VCEL) is seeking new trustees to join our Board of Directors. VCEL is the Third Sector Interface for East Lothian. We are here to inform and represent the third sector, providing support, advice, learning and development opportunities for both individuals and organisations. Our teams are dedicated to helping our communities advance. VCEL work with organisations and individuals across East Lothian, we’re your trusted and convenient single point of access for support, guidance and opportunities in the East Lothian area and we ensure that the third sector is effectively supported and represented at the local level. At the heart of VCEL is our mission: to build empowered and resilient communities with a thriving third sector.
Our Trustees/Directors are responsible for VCEL's overall governance. Meeting a minimum of 5 times a year, they set the organisation's strategy and ensure we are accountable to our funders and our regulators. To bring additional skills and expertise to the Board, we are seeking applications from dedicated individuals from wide ranging and diverse backgrounds including those with a background in law, finance, business, human resources, marketing, fundraising and the voluntary sector with an interest in making a difference.
Although it's a voluntary unpaid position it is a highly rewarding and enjoyable role.
General Role: Generations Working Together (GWT) is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, committed, dependable and proactive volunteer trustee.
We are looking for a trustee who has experience of working in the voluntary, public or private sector who want to become actively involved in progressing intergenerational work across Scotland. In particular, we are seeking trustees with a strong background /expert skills and life experience in one of the following areas:
•Human Resources (two areas here to develop - our internal HR and supporting the developing of our workplace support).
•Marketing and Communications (including digital)
•Health and/or Social Care
Trustees are appointed for a term of two times three years and are eligible to serve a further three-year term or three one-year terms, after which they must retire from the board. Our Trustees are responsible and accountable for the overall strategic leadership and direction of the organisation and share our vision and passion about promoting strong, generationally connected communities.
We ask for a commitment which involves attending:
• Four online board meetings (normally held on a Wednesday, 5.30pm to 8pm) (however this could alter in the future due to the needs of Trustees)
• The Annual General Meeting (online) – November 2024
• One development session (in person normally Glasgow) each year to develop and review the corporate plan/manifesto.
• Occasional GWT Conferences/ Parliamentary receptions or other events.
As a small charity it is expected that Board members will take on additional responsibilities between meetings consistent with the aims and outcomes of GWT. This may include membership of task and finish groups, standing committees or specific tasks consistent with their areas of expertise. Much of the subgroup work is done via email and video conferencing.
Generations Working Together is the nationally recognised centre of excellence supporting the development and integration of intergenerational work across Scotland. Our mission is to develop, expand and improve IG practice nationwide. Our vision is to live in a Scotland where different generations are more connected, where everyone has opportunities to build relationships that help to create a more inclusive society.
Intergenerational work means relationship-based projects, activities and events where people of different generations, who might not otherwise meet, do things together in positive and creative ways. It includes any activities which purposefully ignore, remove or break down social, environmental, cultural or institutional barriers between generations e.g. ageism, making spaces for older & younger people to meet naturally, get to know each other, share ideas, pass on &/or learn new skills, work together to identify solutions to problems, addressing challenges in their communities, all the while forging relationships and friendships.
An intergenerational lens can also be applied to the workplace which can now have up to five generational cohorts within. Organisations are considering the impact of this and are questioning whether they have the right policies, processes and ethos in place to support their diverse expectations. Applying an intergenerational lens to the workplace provides an opportunity to consider the benefits that come from diverse generational groups.
As a membership and capacity-building organisation, GWT operate locally and nationally raising awareness, sharing and expanding knowledge and understanding of intergenerational practice and its impact. We provide training and wide-ranging resources and organise learning events and facilitate local and thematic networking opportunities, to enable high quality intergenerational activity to take root on the ground & flourish. GWT lead and deliver pilot projects to support and encourage the development and delivery of intergenerational practice in new settings. We also participate in research projects and scan relevant research taking place across the world for distilling and sharing with our members and others.
A short film narrated by our retired chair Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE can be viewed here on our YouTube channel detailing our history and the background of intergenerational work and its growth in the UK.
The next three years looks very exciting with GWT developing new programmes of work including support to the workplace, a new corporate plan, manifesto and on top of our normal networks and training programme an events calendar which includes the following:
• 2024 - Six learning roadshows facilitated in Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Dundee, Dumfries, Glasgow and Inverness
• A Parliamentary Reception (Holyrood) launching a new publication and celebrating 2024’s Excellence Award Winners (11th June)
• 2025 – National Conference to be held in the Highlands celebrating local grassroot work (possibly May or Sept)
• 2026 – Global Intergenerational Conference in Glasgow in partnership with the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (possibly May or Sept)
Support for Ordinary Living (SOL) is a value based non-profit organisation, who work for people with a variety of different support needs and disabilities to choose and create a life for themselves within their own homes and communities throughout Lanarkshire.
We are currently recruiting for a fixed term Deployment Coordinator to join our people team based in our office in Wishaw. The role involves lots of communication with our employees you should therefore be a confident communicator. Previous experience of managing absence would be advantageous. You should be able to prioritise your workload, manage competing prioritise and work to deadlines while maintaining accuracy.
The Main Responsibilities of the role are:
It is important that you demonstrate and promote our values in your day to day working these are: -
Do the right thing
Play an important role in creating a safe environment for the people we support and colleagues. Speak the truth. Treat people with dignity and respect.
Make a difference
Support and encourage people with the things that are important to them. Assist people to develop relationships, to get a job, to try new things or build their confidence. Make sure that every day your work has purpose and impact.
Take ownership of your work, learning and development. Learn from mistakes and always do your best.
Challenge the status quo
We don’t believe in doing things just because ‘that’s the way they’ve always been done.’
Look at the world from different perspectives
See the world though someone else’s eyes. Consider other points of view. Listen to what’s not being said and learn new ways to communicate with people.
Find joy in the ordinary
Celebrate everyday achievements. Focus on what’s important in life. Love your work
Do you have the passion and drive to make a positive difference to tenants and communities, and lead the largest West Lothian based Housing Association on its journey from good to great?
Almond Housing Association is based in Livingston and has a number of exciting opportunities for the right individuals to join its Board of Management, as well as positions available to join the Board of Management for its subsidiary company, Almond Enterprises Limited. These are voluntary roles with no financial remuneration however travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Almond Housing Association
Almond HA owns over 2,500 properties, 655 garages, and delivers a factoring service for 176 properties. With a rental income in excess of £13m and over 45 employees, Almond HA is a values-driven organisation with a mission to deliver ‘homes, people and communities to be proud of’. We are looking for enthusiastic, community-minded and suitably skilled individuals to join our Board of Management, which is responsible for overall governance and financial management, business development and growth, investment in housing, related services and its people.
Commitment and relevant experience are valued as much as knowledge and qualifications. Applicants will be required to work with fellow Board members and the senior team and have an ability to grasp complex issues quickly, make considered and informed decisions and have the ability to challenge constructively in a Board environment.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate ability and a proven track record in their chosen profession or other relevant experience. To complement the existing range of expertise on the Board, we would be particularly keen to hear from applicants that have professional or personal experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Tenant perspective/customer focus
• Community development/grant funding
• Human Resources
• Information Technology (technical aspects)
• Net zero/climate change management
Almond HA Board members are expected to attend evening meetings five times during the year, and two strategy meetings at our Livingston office. Additionally, Board members will be expected to undertake relevant training from time to time. An Induction programme, training and Board ‘buddy’ will be provided. Successful applicants will join the Board as co-optees, until formal election at the Annual General Meeting in September.
Almond Enterprises Limited (AEL)
AEL is seeking a new Chairperson and Board Members from candidates with a keen interest in driving the strategic direction and growth of organisation to maximise the benefit to the local community.
AEL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Almond HA, and is an established social enterprise, working for over fifteen years to provide cleaning and environmental services throughout West Lothian.
Whilst much has been achieved by AEL since its inception, we recognise that it has the ability and resources to do much more. As a subsidiary of Almond HA, it has the ability to deliver real impact within the community and to assist the parent company in achieving the aims of its community impact strategy.
The subsidiary receives support from the Almond HA Board and senior management team. Almond HA delivers large programmes of planned and cyclical maintenance works and there is significant opportunity for AEL to deliver additional workstreams. We are also keen to create training and employability opportunities for our local communities. AEL is a Real Living Wage employer, and it is proposed that as the scope of services increase the terms and conditions offered to the team will be enhanced.
The roles of Chair and Board members represent an exciting opportunity to lead AEL through a period of significant growth as it looks to realise its significant potential and increase its considerable positive impact within West Lothian. Commitment, enthusiasm and relevant experience are valuable assets. We would welcome all applications and particularly from those with knowledge or experience in the following areas:
• Managing and delivering property related services
• Third sector knowledge
Ideally, we are looking for individuals with an appetite and drive to help AEL increase its activity and range of services. We would love to hear from you if you think you can bring added value, experience, and leadership to the Board. Previous experience as a Board member is not required as induction and training will be provided. The Board currently meets remotely 3 times each year and once in person – in the early evening.