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Avenue is a charity, based in the North East of Scotland, that provides a range of services to families, children and individuals. We help families and individuals to overcome obstacles to wellbeing and find ways forward through the challenges that life can bring.

Working for Avenue is an opportunity to be part of a friendly, committed team. While we have a variety of skills, we work towards the same goals: to provide a rights-respecting, person-centred, effective service to families and individuals. We aim to strengthen relationships and increase wellbeing and resilience for everyone.

Avenue is an equal opportunities employer. We offer an ongoing programme of training and development opportunities to our team. Our team is made up of a mix of employed staff, freelance practitioners and volunteers, so are able to offer a range of opportunities. Where PVGs are required for a post, Avenue pays for all applications and scheme updates.

 

Recruitment Process

Please send your completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to with the job title and RECRUITMENT in the subject line.

Download our .docx Application Form

Download our Equal Opps .docx Form

We only accept fully completed Avenue Application Forms. CVs will not be accepted.

If you have any queries, please also direct these to

 

 

Current Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies: 

Relationship Counsellor

We are looking for a qualified Relationship Counsellor to join our therapeutic team.
You must be a registered member of COSCA or the BACP and hold a recognised Diploma in Relationship Counselling, or a recognised Diploma in Counselling with an additional qualification in Relationship Counselling.

We would welcome conversations with qualified Relationship Counsellors located within commuting distance of our Avenue base in Elgin. The role will be on a freelance basis and will involve a blended delivery of face-to-face and remote working (via Zoom and/or phone).

Location: Elgin

Closing date:  Ongoing

Relationship Counsellor (Job Description and Person Spec).pdf

 

Children and Young Person Counsellor

We are looking for qualified Children and Young People Counsellors to join our therapeutic team.
You must be a registered member of COSCA or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, or a recognised Diploma in Counselling, with an additional (Level 9 or equivalent) qualification in counselling Children and Young People. A proven record of working with children and young people is also a must.

We would welcome conversations with qualified Children and Young People Counsellors located within commuting distance of our Avenue bases in Elgin and Aberdeen. The role will be on a freelance basis and will involve a blended delivery of face-to-face and remote working (via Zoom and/or phone).

Location: Elgin

Closing date: Ongoing

Children and Young People Counsellor (Job Description and Person Spec).pdf

 

A PVG membership will be required for these posts.

 

Trustee (Voluntary)

As Avenue continues to grow and to meet the increasing demand of our service, we are looking for Trustees to join our existing Board, providing leadership and direction for Avenue.

The Board’s role is to secure Avenue’s long-term sustainability, to oversee the legal, financial and operational management of Avenue, and to ensure it meets the charitable aims set out in its constitution. As a trustee, you will share formal responsibility for the charity and must act in its best interests, regardless of how you are elected or appointed.

We are particularly looking for Trustees with the following knowledge and expertise: Charity Governance; Safeguarding and Child Protection; Fundraising; Marketing and Promotion; Social Care and Health (in particular Mental Health).
For an informal conversation, please contact Avenue’s Service Director, Sandra Marshall, on

Closing date: Ongoing

Avenue Trustee (Role Description).pdf

 

Service Administrator (x2)

We have exciting opportunities for 2 part-time Service Administrators to join our administrative team in Aberdeen. Our administrative function is a key role in the charity and as part of the team, you will provide a high level of accurate and timely administrative support to the Avenue team which enables the smooth running of Avenue’s services. Working in the administrative team, you will be first point of contact for all stakeholders, providing appropriate information and creating a welcoming environment for all.

Applicants should have experience of working within a busy, demanding administrative department, have excellent administrative skills with the confidence to make judgements/decisions on a day-to-day basis and have experience of using Databases and Microsoft 365. Experience working within the third sector would be an advantageous but not essential.

Positions: 2

Hours:

Permanent, part-time, 16.5 hours per week (Monday to Wednesday, 14:00 – 20:00 with ½ an hour lunch break)
Permanent, part-time, 30 hours per week (Tuesday – Friday, 08:30 – 17:00 with an hour lunch break)

Location: Aberdeen

Salary: £18,929 - £20,511 per annum pro-rata (dependent on experience)

Closing date: Friday 15th April, 2022 at 17:00

Interviews: Week commencing 18th April 2022 

 

Trust and Grants Fundraiser

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Trust and Grants Fundraiser. You will research, identify and apply to trusts, foundations and other grant-making bodies with timely, well-written and compelling proposals. Your focus will be on helping Avenue to raise core and restricted income to ensure the sustainability and accessibility of our services.

Applicants should have proven experience of successful Trust and Grants Fundraising, the ability to work to agreed timescales and managing own workload and establish and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally. You must also be able to demonstrate ability to tell a compelling story whilst having a high level of research skills. Excellent numeracy and literacy skills and an ability to lay out clear and concise applications is essential.

Hours: Permanent, part-time, 21 hours per week (flexible)

Location: Hybrid working – home and Aberdeen Office

Salary: £24,697 - £27,060 per annum pro-rata (dependent on experience)

Closing date: Friday 15th April, 2022 at 17:00

Interviews: Week commencing 18th April 2022 

 

 

 

  • "Overall, despite the trauma I was going through, I felt treated with dignity, respect, understanding and professionalism from everyone I was in contact with."

  • "It was as if I was invisible. They were so busy fighting they just ignored me. After they went to mediation they listened to what I wanted too, and now I get to see Dad without Mum being upset."

  • "Mummy and Daddy told us they were going to meetings every week to talk about me and my sister. I liked it that they were talking about us. I knew it wasn’t to get them back together, but I liked it just the same."

  • "Through counselling I slowly discovered what I’d been missing. Counselling improved both my own life and that of my family. I feel we are more in control of things at home."

  • "Counselling has really saved our marriage and we now have a new way of coping with things together. I found it very easy to talk about difficult emotions which helped me a great deal in my relationship."

  • "I found that this improved communication between my wife and myself. This service is fantastic. The counselling succeeded when all else failed. Please keep doing what you are doing! Thank you AVENUE"

  • "Without the service I am not sure when or how I would have seen my son. Very worthwhile service, sadly under-funded."

  • "The mediator was fair and sensitive. It was positive and encouraging to motivate us to make the best arrangements for our child."

  • "I felt very supported and safe to allow me to express my views." "I felt very happy and grateful for the service I have received."

  • "My motto for mediation would be ‘give them a try’ – they can help bring happiness back to your children. I know my children are glad I took the steps of going to mediation, they tell me each week."

  • "If it was not for a valued service such as your own, we would not be able to realise the damage we are doing to our children."

  • "When I first approached mediation I had no contact with my children. I now have weekly contact – so it worked for me and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone else."

  • "Going to family mediation helped reassure my husband that he was still a very important part of our daughter’s life. He didn’t feel quite so lost."

  • "I would like to thank you for all your help. The improvement in the relationship can only help us all. I feel you had a very large part in sending us in that direction."