Specialist Youth Advisor (South West)

Are you passionate about working with children and young people? Can you work with families to make a positive change to their lives? Can you provide ongoing, tailored support through one-to-one sessions, group work, residentials and camp?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Scottish Huntington’s Association Youth Service as a Specialist Youth Advisor providing support for vulnerable children and families throughout South/West Scotland through bespoke, individual sessions. If you are someone with dedication, talent and expertise, they want to hear from you.

Scottish Huntington’s Association Youth Service works with children and families aged 8-25 impacted by familial Huntington’s disease. To affect positive change for our families, we focus on a person-centred approach to managing Huntington’s disease including psychoeducation, information and advice, peer support and respite opportunities. The Specialist Youth Advisor role is pivotal within the South/West team and will provide a vital link in supporting young people in this region in line with the strategic aims of Scottish Huntington’s Association.

You will be responsible for your own caseload and will help plan and co-ordinate group work sessions, activity days, residentials and our summer camp.

Highly organised with a proven ability to build trusting relationships, you will help to empower children and young people to manage the complexities of living with Huntington’s disease and their own genetic risk. Experience of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, young carers’ issues and child protection is advantageous.

Previous experience or knowledge of Huntington’s disease is preferred, but not required as full training and ongoing mentorship will be provided.

You will work from home with regular travel throughout Ayrshire and Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway.  There will also be travel required for organisation-wide meetings.

This post will include out of hours and periodic weekend working.  In addition to a competitive salary, we offer benefits including flexible working practices, a generous leave allowance totalling 37 days (25 days Annual leave and 12 days public holidays) and a competitive pension.

This is an exciting time for the charity with the launch of Standing Tall: A Strategy For Growth 2023 – 2028 to transform the care and support of Huntington’s families, expand specialist services and deepen involvement in research and clinical trials.

How to apply

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification documents then complete the downloadable Application Form and the downloadable Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Please email your completed application, including the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, with a subject line Specialist Youth Advisor vacancy, to recruitment@hdscotland.org.

Informal enquiries should be made to Youth Service Lead Grant Walker on 07903 840 524 or by emailing grant.walker@hdscotland.org.