• Salary: £24 000 pro rata
  • Hours: 28 hrs per week
  • Location: Ayrshire

What we do

Equal Futures works to improve social inclusion for adults with learning disabilities or autism.

The person with learning disabilities or autism identifies what they want help with. This might include doing more social activities or providing emotional and practical support during a time of change.

We match each person with a volunteer facilitator who shares their interests. The initial focus is on befriending. The next step is finding activities to do in community settings; ideally welcoming places where friendships can be made.

Our project in Glasgow works exclusively with autistic people. Previous knowledge of autism would be useful but is not essential as you will work closely with our Autism Link Worker. We are looking for a Project Coordinator who is enthusiastic about making a positive contribution and willing to work alongside autistic people to help make communities work better for their individual needs.

Our Vision

Everyone has friendships which are based on kindness, compassion and respect.

Our Mission

To work alongside people to reduce loneliness and social isolation

Our Values

  • We are committed to positive relationships.
  • Making a sustainable difference.
  • Social inclusion for everyone

Skills and Experiences

To build inclusive communities through matching volunteers with autistic people. This will be achieved by building robust partnerships with statutory and third sector bodies to reach out to individuals who are lonely or socially isolated. A key to success in the role is having an imaginative and thoughtful approach to finding volunteers who can make an extraordinary impact to people’s lives.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to shape and develop the project to make a positive and sustainable difference.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience of developing a project from start up
  • Ability to inspire all stakeholders: families, volunteers, partners
  • Confident in networking and building relationships in diverse settings
  • Experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers
  • Confident in making the most of community resources
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a small team who are based across multiple locations
  • Full driving license with access to car due to rural locations

Desirable

  • Understanding of social isolation in rural communities
  • Knowledge of effective engagement using social media
  • Creative skills in design and delivery of training for volunteers
  • Ability to use evaluation tools and data collection methods
  • Sound understanding of issues faced by people with learning disabilities or autism
  • Good working knowledge of relevant policy and procedures for volunteering roles

Experience

  • At least two years working with vulnerable people, either paid or unpaid
  • Evidence of supporting vulnerable people to achieve their goals
  • Evidence of achieving high standards of work and successful outcomes
  • Working in partnership with other organisations or agencies effectively

Personal attributes

  • Enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to communities
  • Understand how to nurture and value volunteers
  • Resourceful and solution focused
  • Able to engage effectively with people in a range of settings
  • Energised by creating new ways of working and making it happen

Role and key responsibilities

  • Flexibility: There is some scope for flexibility in fulfilling the 28 hrs per week.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends when required.

Key functions and responsibilities

Project management

  • Establish relationships with partner organisations to generate referrals
  • Raise awareness of Equal Futures in local areas
  • Build a network of community resources
  • Recruit volunteers from a wide range of settings

Carry out all aspects volunteer recruitment and management process including:

  • Provide training, support and guidance to volunteers
  • Match each volunteer to an individual with shared interests
  • Support volunteer and individual to set achievable goals, providing guidance on how these might be reached
  • Implement organisational policies and systems

Work alongside people with learning difficulties or autism to reduce loneliness and social isolation:

  • Work closely with families or other key people in the individual’s life to identify needs and approaches to social inclusion
  • Support individuals and their families define their goals and aspirations
  • Provide ongoing support and monitoring throughout the match with volunteer
  • Complete relevant assessments, reviews and evaluations

Work effectively as a team member:

  • Participate in team meetings, supervision and training
  • Collaborate with Director and team on tasks
  • Bring ideas and solutions to improve delivery and achieve outcomes
  • Complete administrative tasks thoroughly and on time
  • The post holder may be required to perform additional duties not listed here which are relevant to being effective in the role of Project Coordinator

How to apply

Please complete application form and Equal Opportunities form

CVs will not be accepted.

The successful candidate for this post will be subject to an enhanced PVG check

Closing date: Monday 23 December 2019

Interviews: Week beginning 6 January 2020

Contact: Alison Roy

Email: alison@equalfutures.org.uk

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Contact: Alison Roy alison@equalfutures.org.uk