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Scottish Drugs Forum
Senior Development Officer – Inclusion and Peer Engagement
Salary: £35,150 – £38,379
This position is full-time (based on 35 hours per week)
Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.
We are pleased to be recruiting for the position of Senior Development Officer – Inclusion and Peer Engagement. This is great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.
About the Project:
As an Investing in Volunteers awarded organisation, Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) has a long history of engaging volunteers, primarily around peer research. This model has proved extremely successful in terms of outputs that have influenced service developments and change. Also, volunteering has supported individuals to develop valuable new skills and experiences that have often led people into education, training or employment including training and employment at SDF. Most volunteers at SDF have their own lived/living experience of problem substance use and may be at different points of their own self-defined recovery. SDF regards this diversity as a significant asset that contributes to the broader success of the organisation by whichever means that is measured.
This post will build on SDF’s peer research approach and develops wider opportunities to volunteer in different aspects of SDF’s work. The post will also involve developing alliances with volunteering organisations and explore new avenues of funding that relate specifically to volunteering, peer research and inclusion.
In terms of capacity building this post works across teams within SDF and is managed within the Peer Research and Inclusion team.
About the Post Holder:
The successful candidate will have an ability to work on their own initiative, to support the User Involvement Development Officers and deputise for Programme Manager according to project need. They will also have relevant experience of, or an ability to develop the necessary knowledge, to identify new funding and income streams and support development of volunteering activity across the organisation.
As the role requires the post holder to engage with a diverse range of people with lived and living experience, it is essential that any applicant is knowledgeable of problem use of various substances and is knowledgeable and supportive of the spectrum of recovery including having a sound understanding of harm reduction, all available treatment and all forms of mutual aid.
We welcome applications from people with their own direct lived experience of problem drug use and recognise that they may use their experience and their own peer networks in developing the role.
Benefits of working at SDF:
As an SDF employee you will benefit from generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, enhanced sick pay and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and offer a flexible working scheme.
Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.
We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.
CVs will not be accepted. No Agencies.
Closing: Wednesday 27th October 2021 at 5pm
Interviews: 9 November 2021
Registered Scottish Charity No. SC008075
Scottish Drugs Forum
Communications Worker (Media)
This position is full-time (based on 35 hours per week) and is fixed-term for 1 year.
This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic three-person team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation. Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use.
We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting new position. The Communications Assistant (Media) will deliver our media activity, creating content in response to media enquiries, and developing pro-active media content as well as maintaining SDF’s social media profile. The job also involves supporting our communication and information activity on a day-to-day basis.
This post will involve developing SDF’s communications generally and particularly our existing media contacts and social media profile as well as content for a range of audiences including people who use drugs; people who use drug treatment and support services; staff and management in treatment and support services; other professionals; politicians and the media.
Working with two colleagues, the post supports SDF’s websites and other online channels – as well as content creation for regular e-bulletins. The team also supports SDF’s programme of online and live events and our internal staff communication.
As part of a team, you will be supported to develop skills in all areas.
You will have enthusiasm and a demonstrable aptitude for creating copy ready content. Strong communications skills are required and an interest and aptitude for developing discourse in a sensitive and potentially controversial field is desirable.
As an SDF employee, you will benefit from a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, generous annual leave entitlement, enhanced sick pay and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.
The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.
Closing Date: Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm
Interviews: Wednesday 24 November 2021
CVs will not be accepted. No Agencies.
FASS is looking to recruit an Assertive Outreach Retention Worker for our ADAPT Recovery service to deliver an outreach service for alcohol and drug service clients who are having difficulty maintaining engagement with Addiction Services. The service will work Fife-wide. Some out-of-hours work may be necessary.
The successful candidate will hold a Social Care qualification or equivalent.
The successful applicant will be subject to membership of the PVG Scheme.
Salary: £21,528 (pro rata)
Responsible to: Substance Misuse Manager
Hours: 29 hours per week
Duration: The post is funded until 1 Nov 2022. This is a 1-year funded post.
Closing Date: 5 November 2021
Interview Date: 18 November 2021
Scottish Drugs Forum
Associate SVQ Assessors (Freelance)
SDF Learning Centre
Assessment fees offered on a per candidate basis.
Work pattern is flexible, SVQ assessment currently offered to candidates remotely.
We are looking to expand our SVQ assessment team which delivers flexible work-based qualifications to the drug and alcohol sector.
As a qualified SVQ Workplace Assessor, you will be able to support candidates working towards Social Services and Healthcare SVQs at levels 2 and 3 as selected by SDF.
You should have a sound knowledge of SVQ assessment practice, alongside a depth of knowledge around the SSSC, and Health and Social Care Standards, through previous experience working in the drug and alcohol or wider social care field.
These opportunities are offered on a freelance basis, as and when assessment work is available through SVQ contracts secured by the SDF Learning Centre.
To be considered for a freelance SVQ Assessor role with SDF, please submit a CV, alongside a covering letter which tells us about your qualities, skills and experience, and how you meet the essential and desirable requirements as detailed in the job description and person specification.
Please also include in your CV two professional referees who are familiar with the quality of your work, have worked directly with you, and have known you at least two years. Also provide a Full Postal Address and contact telephone number.
For an informal conversation about any aspect of the work of the SDF Learning Centre please contact Chris Messenger – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07918552042.
Please email CV and Referees to: Recruitment@sdf.org.uk
Public Health Scotland
Senior Health Improvement Officer (Drugs Team)
Salary: £33,072 – £40,736
Position Type: Full Time
The post-holder will work across teams in Public Health Scotland as well as a range of policy makers and public health/health protection service providers and stakeholders across all sectors in Scotland and beyond. The post-holder will lead projects to optimise the organisation’s contribute to drug policy and practice in Scotland.
For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Organisational Lead in the Drugs Team Elinor Dickie: email@example.com or 07920 750781
Closing Date: 22 October 2021.