Network representation vacancies – July 2014

The Network is looking to fill a number of vacancies in its Third Sector representation on various partnership meetings.  A list of the vacancies and further information about the partnerships themselves are listed below. 

Representatives are there to represent the Sector as a whole rather than their own organisation. Reps will be expected to write a short feedback note about the meetings for circulation to Network members and to be a frequent attendee at monthly Network meetings. Further information about the role of a Network Rep can be obtained from Louise Rogers  You will be expected to sign a code of practice which outlines the expectations and responsibilities of the role in more detail.

 Expressions of interest in any of the below vacancies should be sent to Louise at the above email.


Mentors in Violence Prevention Steering Group – NEW VACANCY

 The MVP programme is a peer-mentoring project that uses a Bystander Approach to prevent gender violence and bullying. It is delivered in partnership with school staff, youth and voluntary sector staff, CLD and Police. It is a whole school/organisation approach and leadership programme that creates a culture and climate where the behaviours and attitudes that can lead to gender violence, homophobia and bullying are challenged and prevented before they escalate. Young women and men are not engaged with as victims or perpetrators but as friends, classmates and teammates. MVP focuses on prevention by exploring gender norms, making these explicit and exposing their connection to violence in relationships, homophobia and bullying.

The MVP programme covers domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault and alcohol & consent, bullying, homophobia, sexual harassment, controlling behaviour, healthy relationships, gender stereotypes, media, attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence all through the lens of a Bystander. In particular MVP engages young people in a way that motivates them to challenge abusive behaviour among their peers and become part of the solution to reducing gender violence and bullying.

 The four aims of the MVP programme are:

1. Raise awareness of the issues.

2. Challenge thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence.

3. Open dialogue by creating a safe environment for boys and girls to share their opinions and experiences.

4. Inspire leadership by empowering participants with concrete options to effect change in their communities.

MVP has a steering group in Edinburgh made up of representatives from Children’s and Families, Elected Official, Health, Edinburgh’s Violence against Women Partnership, Police Scotland and Education Scotland. This group feeds into the Edinburgh’s Children’s and Community Safety Partnership. We are looking for a representative from the Voluntary Sector to join this group.

The group meets four times a year and is responsible for the strategic lead on how MVP develops within the City of Edinburgh. The majority of the members are at management level so an equivalent level from the Voluntary Sector would be appropriate. We are looking for someone with a background in youth work, experience of working with or a good understanding of some/all of the following issues; peer mentoring, bullying, violence against women, homophobia and delivering/developing training programmes. 


Edinburgh Children’s Partnership Strategic Objective 4 sub group- Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Group – PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED July 14

We now have a vacancy as Network Representative on the Strategic Objective 4 Healthy Lifestyles Group of the Children’s Partnership.

The Children’s Partnership comprises of a series of oversight groups. Each oversight group has responsibility for a particular Strategic Outcome within the Edinburgh Children’s Partnership’s Integrated Plan for Children and Young People

The SO4 group main aim is “Our children and young people are physically and emotionally healthy”.  The group looks to provide support, service and resources that enable and equip children and young people to make healthy lifestyle choices, and reduce exposure to, and therefore the negative impacts of, risky behaviours such as obesity, unsafe sex, unintended pregnancy, smoking and substance misuse. 

The group contains representatives from Public Health, City of Edinburgh Council, Community Nursing, Education, CAMHS and the voluntary sector


Early Years Collaborative Workstream 4 (Years 5-8) – PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED July 14 

The Early Years Collaborative is a group of partners from services including police, education, health, social work and third sector professionals committed to ensuring that every baby, child, mother, father and family in Scotland has access to the best supports available.

Workstream 4 includes factors influencing a child from start of primary to the end of P4.  The aim of this workstream is to ensure that 90% of all children in each Community Planning Partnership area have reached all of the expected developmental milestones and learning outcomes by the end of Primary 4, by the end of 2021.

Edinburgh’s Early Years Collaborative is keen to include the third sector in its workstream 4 group.  The attached mind map (see below) gives an indication of the range of issues that the group have identified as priorities and influences.

This will be a key role for a Network representative, with an opportunity to influence the priorities of the group and ensure that third sector views are canvassed and fed in.

Edinburgh’s Early Years Collaborative Mind Map: WKS 4 What are the barriers to reaching developmental milestones

Child Protection Committee Quality Assurance sub group – PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED MAY 14

Robust performance management, self-evaluation and quality assurance processes need to be in place across services so that Chief Officers and Child Protection Committees can assure themselves that the needs of children at risk are being met and that services are improving outcomes for all children, and in particular vulnerable children in both the short and longer term.

The Quality Assurance Sub-Committee is inviting expressions of interest to join the group from a suitably experienced individual, who can represent Edinburgh’s thirds sector through the EVOC network. It is crucial that the individual will be able to effectively contribute to the core functions of the group:   

  • Oversight of significant case reviews, commissioned by the Child Protection Committee; consideration of appropriate recommendations; and monitoring of any recommendations agreed by the Child Protection Committee
  • Systematic approaches to self-evaluation and quality assurance, which focus on the experiences and outcomes for children and families
  • Establishing effective systems to monitor the quality of key child protection processes, such as core groups, risk assessment and child protection plans
  • Involving all key stakeholders, including children and families, in self evaluation and review
  • Implementing and monitoring improvement plans effectively, following external scrutiny or internal assessment to ensure improvements in services and outcomes for children
  • Communicating learning effectively to staff, including learning from self-evaluation
  • Building capacity among the workforce by supporting the development of practitioner fora and other methods of sharing good practice
  • Providing an overview of management information and statistics relating to children and young people on the local Child Protection Register, which includes analysis of trends to inform a strategic assessment of service need; and
  • Ensuring that management information and statistics reports inform the development of inter-agency child protection policy and practice.

Quality Assurance Sub-Committee membership

The QA Sub-Committee meets monthly at 0830 or 1500hrs. The membership is:

  • NHS Lothian / Community Health Partnership (Assistant Director, Public Protection) (Chief Nurse, Edinburgh CHP)
  • Police Scotland (Detective Chief Inspector, Public Protection Unit)
  • Children and Families (Senior Education Manager); (Head Of Service, Support to Children and Young People), (Service Manager, Support to Children and Young People); (Senior Performance & Information Officer)
  • Health and Social Care (Chief Social Work Officer – Chair)
  • Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (Locality Reporter Manager)
  • Lead Officer: Child Protection
  • Public Protection Administrator



Other vacancies will be advertised shortly


  • Edinburgh Play Forum
  • City of Edinburgh Mentors in Violence Prevention Steering Group


Our Health, Our Care, Our Future

Friday 22 August, 9.30am – 12.00noon

At EVOC’s offices – 14 Ashley Place, EH6 5PX

NHS Lothian are currently consulting on their Draft Strategic Plan for 2014-2024.  EVOC is delighted to host a thinkSpace event to look at the plan and its proposals.  Chaired by Ella Simpson, EVOC Director, this morning event will discuss in a workshop format, the Draft Plan with input and presentations from NHS Lothian staff, including the NHS Lothian Health Inequalities Plan and the patient- centred  pathway work.

We hope to have present:

  • Alex McMahon, Director of Strategic Planning
  • Jamie Megaw, Stategic Programme Manager -Integration and Older People’s services
  • A public health representative to be confirmed.

This thinkSpace is a great opportunity for Edinburgh’s Third Sector to influence the strategic direction of our Health Board on the priorities for health and care and the actions needed to achieve these.

To book a place, please email by Friday 15 Aug.

More information on the Draft Strategic Plan is available on the dedicated webpages which also hosts a copy of the plan.

Adult Protection Committee – Third Sector Representative Vacancy

We are currently looking to fill a vacancy in Third Sector representation on the Edinburgh Adult Protection Committee.

The Representative attends the meetings of the committee to represent the Third Sector as a whole rather than their own organisation. The Representative will be expected to write a short feedback note about the meetings for circulation to members of various Forums and Networks that are involved in adult health & social care, sharing the work with the existing representative, Marion Findlay from Volunteer Centre Edinburgh – there are two representative places for the Third Sector on this committee.  Further information about the role of the Rep can be obtained from or

You will be expected to agree a code of practice which outlines the expectations and responsibilities of the role in more detail.

If you are interested and wish to be considered for the role, please email Ian at the address above by Friday 15 August.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

The long-heralded Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill has now been laid before the Scottish Parliament. This creative and forward-looking legislation begins its journey through the Scottish Parliament at a critical juncture, as the debate on Scottish Independence is in the final 100 days of campaigning.

The Bill is clearly founded upon the aspiration that Scotland’s communities should have more say in how public services are run (ie – planned and delivered.) To what degree the legislation will make that aspiration a reality is debatable, as communities (particularly those least well-resourced and those less able) will need support to make the most of the Bill – when it becomes law. The Bill apparently does little to level the playing field. It is also a disappointment that the Third Sector does not feature in this Bill. Third Sector enablers and community anchor organisations could – with the right supports – go a long way to ensuring that communities across Scotland have equal access to (for example) their ‘right to request to participate in an outcome improvement process’ (read the Bill, you’ll find that i’m Not kidding.)

The SCVO’s Felix Spittal has written a thoughtful blog titled ‘A little less engagement, a little more action,’ where he expresses his aspiration that the Bill might be amended to go further.

If you’d like to read the Third Sector Strategy Group’s input to the consultation before the Bill was published, you can find it on our website.

Please do think about this emerging legislation, and speak about it to your legislators – it could, it just might, deepen democracy for us all in Scotland today.

Make Your Voice Count!

The Edinburgh Compact Partnership is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a programme of work under the ‘Compact 10’ banner.

This year-long project aims (among other things) to support and enable the city’s Third Sector to ‘re-imagine our shared future.’

This ‘re-imagining’ will be informed both by the Third Sector’s aspirations and by meaningful, reliable data (stats And stories) on all aspects of the work we do.

The Edinburgh Compact Voice strand of activity will seek out and gather such useful information from the city’s many and varied voluntary organisations.

The information you share with us will feed in to the Compact 10 project, build on data in the ‘Social Economy’ section of Edinburgh By Numbers, and support the City of Edinburgh Council’s annual ‘State of the Third Sector’ report.

To find out more, please speak to any member of the Third Sector Strategy Group (TSSG,) Edinburgh’s Third Sector Interface (TSI) or EVOC’s Community Planning Officer (Secretariat to the Edinburgh Compact Partnership.)

Community Work Placements – your views

The DWP set up the Community Work Placements scheme to help to those who need further support to get and keep employment. It will run from April 2014 until October 2016. Government guidance says Community Work Placements will be aimed at long-term unemployed people whose key barrier to work is a lack of work experience or motivation. Placements are mandatory.

Voluntary Action Scotland reports that local volunteer involving organisations are being approached by contractors to take people on via this scheme.

Jobcentre Plus (JCP) refer certain claimants to work placement providers who will seek placements in host organisations who provide placements of up to 30 hours per week for 26 weeks. There is no promise of payment for the host organisation for providing placements to jobseekers. Host organisations are obliged to report non-participation and/or non-attendance which could lead to claimants benefits being sanctioned.

EVOC would like to gather your views on Community Work Placements and have drawn up this quick survey. Please take the time to complete it and help us gather a snapshot of third sector views.

You can find the survey at:

Informal peer led learning sessions – Autumn 2014

We are exploring options around running a series of informal peer led learning/information sessions in the autumn and would be grateful for your views.  The sessions could be an hour as breakfast, lunch or twilight session, or perhaps a half day, and could be an opportunity to share knowledge and raise awareness of issues important to you and your organisation.  Topics suggested so far include

  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Self Directed Support
  • Honour based violence
  • Female Genital Exploitation
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

But we’re sure there are others.  The sessions would primarily be awareness raising around the issues, but we would try and highlight places to go for more information on the topic, and opportunities for more formal learning as well.

Give us your views here. It’ll take no more than 30 seconds to complete.

Summer 2014 Intern Opportunity – GIS Mapping Researcher

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC), working with City of Edinburgh Council Health & Social Care Dept., is currently recruiting a Summer 2014 Intern to deliver a GIS programme of mapping activities and services for Edinburgh’s older people alongside graphics of populations, transportation, resources etc. and develop online tools to ensure the sustainability of the outputs using appropriate tools and techniques.

Full details are available on our vacancies page.

Health & Social Care Integration thinkSpace

We are running a thinkSpace event on Health & Social Care Integration.  You are invited to hear and discuss “Opportunities of Integration” and “the Roles of the Third Sector to provide the best health and social care system for the citizens of Edinburgh”.

Date 16 June 2014
Time 0930 – 1230
Where Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Chair Ella Simpson – EVOC
Key Speakers Cllr Ricky Henderson – Convenor, Health, Social Care and Housing
Michelle Miller – Chief Social Work Officer

The programme is not finalised yet but the aim is to

  • Raise awareness of the aims and ambitions of the Shadow Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Update the sector on progress so far
  • Consider the forward plan and where/how the Third Sector can add value
  • Engaging with the Partnership in the longer term

To book your place please go to EventBrite  We look forward to meeting you all on the 16th

Job Vacancy – Compact 10 Communications & Administration Officer

Edinburgh Compact - In Equal Respect 17.5 hours – £20,931 pro rata

Fixed Term for One Year

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) has a proud history of building the capacity of and supporting innovation in the Third Sector.  Our mission is to support the Third Sector to build and enable resilient, sustainable and inclusive communities.

Celebrating the past; Co-Creating the Future in Partnership

Compact 10 is an ambitious year-long development programme to reach out to and enthuse the city’s Third Sector and Public Sector Partners, Co-Creating a Future we would be proud to inhabit.

Working closely with the Compact 10 Project Officer and EVOC Community Planning staff, the Compact 10 Communications & Administration Officer will enable the smooth and efficient delivery of the year’s programme.

For more information on this post or to apply, please download a recruitment pack from our website:

CVs will be not accepted. Previous applicants need not apply.  Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 13 June 2014.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 26 June 2014.