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.
We only accept fully completed Avenue Application Forms. CVs will not be accepted.
We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:
Children's Rights Development Worker
This is an exciting opportunity to support AVENUE to embed a rights-respecting, child-and-family-focused culture across all its services and activities, in line with the principles of ‘The Promise’. The post calls for creativity, collaborative approaches, and a commitment to children’s rights.
Hours: 14.5 hours p/w (fixed term for 1 year)
Salary: £27,916 - £30,815 per annum, pro rata (dependent on experience)
Closing date: Wednesday 28th July 2021
Family Support Workers
We are looking for Family Support Workers with a range of skills and experienceto work within our Child Contact Centre team, providing child-focused holistic support for families to help them to break down barriers to family progression and wellbeing. You might have experience of working with children and/or families, or maybe you have counselling/mediation experience, or perhaps you have devised and delivered group learning activities in previous roles.
All successful applicants will share a commitment to the rights of children and families, and to the provision of positive asset-based interventions. A full package of training and support will be offered.
Hours: 15 p/w (will include weekend working on a rota basis)
Salary: £25,439 - £28,981 per annum, pro rata (dependant on experience)
A PVG membership will be required for these posts.
Closing date: 16th July 2021
We are also looking for people who have experience working with families to fulfil voluntary roles in supporting Contact.
Volunteer Contact Support Workers
Location: Aberdeen, Peterhead and Elgin
Hours: As and when, with the majority of work at weekends
Closing date: ongoing
A PVG membership will be required for these posts.
"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."