Care Experienced and Ready to Represent? We Need You!

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national organisation dedicated to the voice of Care Experienced people and the UK’s Charity of the Year 2018.  We are currently looking for Care Experienced people to join our board.

What do Who Cares? Scotland do?

We are working to create a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people by:

  • Rights: We provide independent advocacy services for children and young people in care across the country, to ensure their views are heard when important decisions are taken about their lives.
  • Belonging: Through our membership programme and participation opportunities, we bring Care Experienced children and young people together to help them feel connected to a wider care family, and to feel a sense of belonging in their own community. We also offer employment to Care Experienced people, with wrap around support designed to help them embark on a fulfilling career.
  • Influencing: We share the power of the Care Experienced voice in all our policy and influencing activities, shaping legislation, policy and practice that affects our members. We feed directly into the Scottish Government’s Independent Care Review through our 1,000 Voices project.

Our Board of Directors brings together a range of expertise, skills and experience which helps to shape the objectives, strategy and policy of the organisation. We are currently looking for Care Experienced people to join our board.

What is Care Experience?

At Who Cares? Scotland, we consider anyone who has had the following experiences as a child as being Care Experienced:

  • Lived in Foster Care
  • Lived in Residential Care
  • Been in Kinship Care – living with a family member other than your parents or a family friend (either formally or informally)
  • Adoptees
  • Lived at home with involvement from social services

What are we looking for in a board member?

We are looking for Care Experienced people who are:

  • Committed to improving the future of Scotland’s Care Experienced people.
  • Committed to representing the views of Care Experienced people.
  • Willing to attend at least four board meetings a year in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, sub-committee meetings and a number of events throughout the year where they will have the opportunity to meet our members.
  • Keen to learn new skills.
  • Keen to make a meaningful contribution to fulfilling the Board’s responsibilities, including:
    o  Setting the vision of Who Cares? Scotland
    o  Monitoring our strategic direction and policies
    o  Maintaining proper financial oversight
    o  Ensuring we comply with the law and our organisational constitution
    o  Building a strong relationship between the Board, the staff and the membership

No previous experience of being on a board is necessary as full support and training will be provided.

The Recruitment Process

  • The first stage of the recruitment process is to submit a personal statement by Sunday 30 September.
  • The second stage will involve interviews with our current board members and some of our Care Experienced members.
  • The final stage of recruitment is our AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 27 October 2018 at the Greenwood Conference Centre, Irvine. Any candidates who have made it through the first two stages will be invited to make a short presentation to our members and answer their questions before members vote on whether to accept their nomination to the Board.

Salary

The role is voluntary but we will cover reasonable out-of-pocket and travel expenses.

How to apply

Please email a personal statement to jobs@whocaresscotland.org by Sunday 30 September which includes:

  • Why you want to be on the board
  • What you think you can bring to the role
  • Any relevant background and experience

Any questions?

Contact Rebecca Kayne at rkayne@whocaresscotland.org or 0141 226 4441.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities and funding partners, who make our work possible
Who Cares? Scotland Funding Partners