At Volunteering Matters we use volunteering’s unique power to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.
We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence, and opportunity; to ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great. And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.
People-led and impact driven, we are a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK. We operate in five regions: London and the South East; Wales and the West of England; East of England; the Midlands and North West England; and Scotland and North East England. We also have an Employee Volunteering Team with over 25 years’ experience, acting as a broker to provide tailor-made solutions to employers. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.
This is an exciting time to be joining the team. We’re changing the way we work to meet new ambitions and make sure our impact continues to grow alongside out business.
ProjectScotland, part of the national charity Volunteering Matters, supports young people to get on in life through the power of volunteering. We are looking to recruit a dynamic and professional Community Development Worker to join our team in West Lothian. We are looking for a creative, self-starter. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly, and can demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment, to our organisational values. Our ideal candidate is someone with experience of consulting with young people, engaging them in various ways and using their feedback to change the way services are designed and delivered. We are open to recruiting someone to this role based on a secondment arrangement, if of interest.
ProjectScotland have secured a small amount of funding to complete a short-term project in West Lothian, involving various external partners and local young people (aged 16-30).
Feedback from Employability Services in West Lothian is that young people are increasingly presenting themselves with poor mental health, and these services are not necessarily designed or equipped to effectively respond to that need. Waiting lists for mental health support are long, and young people often need to engage with multiple agencies to receive appropriate support that works for them.
In this role, you will:
Key Duties & Responsibilities
Part of your working week will be based within West Lothian communities, meeting young people, partner organisations and other stakeholders. For the remainder of the time, you can work from home (must be relatively local to West Lothian due to the need to travel for part of the week).
Good internet access and a suitable home working environment is required. All I.T. equipment, mobile phone and infrastructure will be supplied.
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
This role requires membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. We will support
you to become a PVG member if you are not already. Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.
Qualifications & Experience
Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications. The role does require someone with experience of working with or supporting children and families with a focus on ethnically diverse communities. Speaking/understanding additional languages to English is also desirable.
This role requires an enhanced DBS check which will be undertaken with the successful candidate before starting.
With a flexible working policy, the postholder will be based from home. The postholder will need internet access to enable remote working. I.T. equipment and infrastructure will be supplied. There is an expectation to travel across Hounslow in the role.
Closing date: 2nd June 2023
Interview date and Location: TBC, online