Advocacy and Participation Worker

Advocacy and Participation Worker

Shetland Islands

30 hours per week

(Part-time availability and Secondments will be considered)

Salary £23,093 – £28,866 pro rata per annum

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 3000 Care Experienced members.  

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care – working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working on Shetland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, and we are working on ambitious collaborative projects such as Being the Light – the Shetland Festival of Care 2021 and creating connection, inspiration and change.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts.  You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners.  You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.  A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Shetland’s Care Experienced children and young people are heard to make positive change, where needs are met and opportunities created, we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07971 072 983.

Closing date for applications is 21 June 2021.

Interviews will be held between 28 and 30 June 2021.  

We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of care who meet the criteria for the post.

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