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Communities that Care Development Officer

  • Part time
  • £24,147 – £30,184 pro-rata
  • Glasgow/Renfrewshire– office base/hybrid working flexibility (Hybrid)
  • Closing 20th May 2024


  • Advertised from 3rd May 2024
  • 28 hours per week (some evening/weekend work required) 1-year fixed term contract.

Role

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As a project, Communities that Care works to create a world where Care Experienced children, young people, and adults are known, understood, welcomed, celebrated, and loved. The aim of the Communities that Care Team is to educate the public about the reality of care (as told to us by Care Experienced people), challenge stigma around care experience, and create the conditions for children, young people, and adults with care experience to thrive.

We are seeking a passionate and talented communicator to join our Communities that Care Team as a Development Officer. Working to shape, deliver, and evaluate our work in schools nationwide, with a particular focus in Renfrewshire, you will provide training and support to educational establishments and organisations. You will also deliver our Care Aware workforce training to employers and organisations and potentially the wider UK, helping to create conditions for Care Experienced people to thrive within the workplace.

As an individual with a background working with children and young people, you are adept at creating and delivering learning, teaching, and project plans, with experience providing dynamic training to a range of audiences. Confident writing reports and evidencing practice and impact, you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to develop strong professional relationships. Committed to child and human rights, working inclusively, and with the belief that young people can make transformative change in their lives, you understand how structural barriers, social oppression/liberation and intersectionality shape our world. With a deep knowledge and desire to learn about the issues affecting Care Experienced people, you are keen to help create meaningful positive change, challenge stigma, and to keep The Promise.

There is an expectation that the postholder will have a regular presence within the National Office in Glasgow and across Renfrewshire. Home working is offered as part of our commitment to flexible working and wider travel across Scotland will be necessary. Given the remit of the role, as well as the need from team members to contribute to our diverse calendar of exciting local and national participation groups, some evening and weekend work, including overnight stays, will be necessary.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

Application notes

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Laurie Goldie, our Communities that Care Manager at lgoldie@whocaresscotland.org.

An application form can be downloaded from our website.

Closing date for applications is Monday 20th May.

Interviews will be held in person, at our Glasgow Office w/c 3rd June.


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