Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.
This Youth Work Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North East region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.
The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. This collaborative working helps build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR awareness-raising events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.
The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.
If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.
We’re recruiting for various locations across Scotland – you can find a role near you by visiting our website and entering your postcode.
At Co-op, we stand for something different, and we put our communities at the heart of everything we do. As a member pioneer, you'll play a key part in helping us to build stronger and fairer communities. We'll look to you to bring people together, connecting with Co-op members, colleagues, and representatives of the many local groups we support. By building these relationships, you’ll be the catalyst for new ideas, initiatives and projects that will make our communities better places to live. So, if you're passionate about making a difference, join our team and be part of our plan for a better future.
What you’ll do:
· build a strong group of contacts locally, alongside using social media to help with listening to and getting involved in community conversation
· develop an action plan to improve community wellbeing, aligned to key themes
· establish and run a local community forum, or become part of one that already exists
· prioritise your time, making your hours count and focusing on opportunities to make the biggest difference
· get activities off the ground and encourage participation from members in your community
This role would suit someone who:
· is committed, enthusiastic and has a passion for improving their community
· can inspire and motivate people through their communication style
· loves working with and connecting to people
· can prioritise their time and remain focussed on a long-term goal
· has good basic IT skills and is confident using social media
· lives within or very close to the community you’ll support, detailed above
Here you’ll do work that matters. We’re a commercial organisation with a purpose beyond profit, and in this role, you’ll have an opportunity to make a difference. You’ll also get a package that includes:
· competitive salary
· 31 days holiday including bank holidays (rising to 38 in line with service)
· discounts on Co-op products and services
· a pension with up to 10% employer contributions
· free support for your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing
Building an inclusive work environment
We’re actively building diverse teams and we aim to build working environments where everyone feels welcome. Our Co-op colleague networks and inclusive development programmes help provide equal opportunities for all colleagues to reach their full potential. We celebrate our differences and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve.
If you have a disability, we can make reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process according to your needs. We're also part of the Disability Confident scheme, meaning we'll always offer an interview to disabled candidates who apply through the scheme if they meet the minimum criteria for a job.