Full Description


These are the three words that Salvesen Mindroom Centre uses to describe its purpose.

This charity has been working for the past 20 years to raise the profile of people living with learning difficulties and to give them the support they need to lead wonderful and fulfilling lives. Each year, the charity works with hundreds of families across Scotland and that number is on the rise. The charity is acknowledged for its knowledge and expertise, working across the fields of education, social work, justice, health and private organisations. Its goal is to become a world-leading centre which brings practical help, research and education to address the impact of learning difficulties.

Salvesen Mindroom Centre provides one-to-one outreach support for families and young people living with learning difficulties, and strives to increase knowledge and understanding among professionals and policymakers.

It does so locally, nationally and internationally, by:

• Improving lives by working directly on a one-to-one basis with families and, more recently, with young people

• Increasing knowledge and understanding among professionals working with families and young people living with learning difficulties by making available high quality advice

• Empowering families and young people to take back control of their own situation and move forward

• Informing government policy including by participating in cross-party groups

• Working with the General Teaching Council for Scotland to give guidance to tens of thousands of registered teachers

• Partnership with the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh, which leads world class research

Their Direct Help and Support service is at the heart of what Salvesen Mindroom Centre does. The charity may be asked about a child who is too distressed to attend school, about a young person who has no friends, or about a talented child for whom conventional educational approaches aren’t working. Professional enquiries come from all sectors and may relate to health, education, social services or justice. In every case, Salvesen Mindroom Centre starts by putting the child at the centre and provide support and information that is appropriate to the individual situation. The team works in a way that is empowering: leaving everyone involved better informed and with the skills and confidence to take action to support children with learning difficulties to achieve their potential.

The role of Head of Direct Help and Support is therefore central to the work and vision!

The current post holder is retiring after working with Salvesen Mindroom Centre from the beginning. The role evolved as the organisation grew and flourished and the charity is now looking for an exceptional individual to take the service forward. The charity is entering an exciting period when it will be restructuring and focusing its activities on the next 5 years of growth and development.

Are you that exceptional individual who can lead the dedicated Direct Help and Support team to deliver real change to lives affected by learning difficulties? As a member of the senior management team, guided by an active Board of Trustees, you will work collaboratively to uphold the vision and ethos of the organisation and deliver the outcomes in the strategic plan.

How To Apply

If this sounds like a perfect role for you then click here to download a candidate information pack. To apply for this role, please send on your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Closing date: Noon, Monday 20th January 2020

Interview date: Monday 3rd February 2020

This search is being conducted exclusively on behalf of Salvesen Mindroom Centre by BTA. Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.