This vacancy has now closed. This page is for information only.
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. Reading is Caring is an established, free course that provides guidance to professional and family carers around adapting their day-to-day practise to create personalised shared reading experiences specifically designed for individuals living with dementia.
Job title: Reading is Caring Trainer
Contract: Fixed term for 12 months, 17.5 / 2.5 days per week
Salary: Grade 3, £23,000 to £28,349 (£11,500 to £14,174.50 pro rata)
Closing date: Wednesday 17 January, midnight
Location: Flexible hybrid working between home and our Edinburgh City Centre office
- Generous holiday entitlement
- Company sick pay
- Pension with additional 5% employer contributions
- Death in service benefit
- Free access to employee assistance programme
About the job
Are you a highly experienced trainer? We are looking for someone with a caring, supportive approach to deliver training for our Reading is Caring programme. We would love to hear from you.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to support Scottish Book Trust and our Reading is Caring programme. This programme offers an established, free course delivered by members of Scottish Book Trust’s Reading Communities team. It provides guidance to social care professionals and family/ friends who provide care, supporting them to create personalised, shared reading experiences specifically designed for individuals who are living with dementia.
Scottish Book Trust believes that personalised shared reading is a tool which can help the person with dementia and their carer to maintain their relationship, help the carer to find ways to join their loved one on their unique dementia journey; and, through specifically personalised, tailored shared reading techniques, find some respite from the stress that can be caused by their caring responsibilities.
The Reading is Caring Trainer will deliver a range of Reading is Caring training workshops online and in person to individuals and small groups of people who are caring for those living with dementia. The trainer will assist with ongoing development of the training programme and accompanying support activities and will help inform the marketing of the training to both family care partners and social care professionals.
- Deliver the Reading is Caring training using a variety of methods including face-to-face and online workshops
- Support the Reading is Caring Co-ordinator to ensure all joining instructions are provided in a timely manner prior to training
- Provide follow up support for people who have recently attended workshops
- Support the Reading is Caring Manager to implement on-going programme development e.g. developing new supporting materials
- Report on progress towards outcomes using evidence of impact and good practice (e.g. regular reflection)
- Work with an independent evaluator and the Reading is Caring Co-ordinator to ensure all monitoring forms and evaluation surveys are completed
- Attend training to ensure skills and knowledge are up to date
- Adhere to the Reading is Caring programme’s safeguarding and quality assurance processes
- Ensure that adjustments and approaches to ensure accessibility, equality, inclusion and diversity for the programme are continually reviewed
- Support the Reading is Caring Manager with other tasks, as required, to achieve the aims of the programme
- Represent Scottish Book Trust at external events and conferences to advocate for the Reading is Caring
We're looking for people who have:
- A proven record of delivering effective training to social care professionals and family carers. (Experience in a range of sectors beneficial)
- Knowledge and experience of adult learning theories
- Knowledge and insight into dementia care and best practice
- A caring, supportive, and enabling approach to training delivery
- Exceptional organisational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to organise own workload, manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work professionally with a diverse range of stakeholders
- Confident in use of IT, including Microsoft Office and online training software
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of the Reading is Caring programme team, Reading Communities team and wider Scottish Book Trust team
- Passionate about books, reading, writing and their potential to impact on people’s lives
Please note that the role does not involve direct work with those living with dementia, except in very occasional circumstances.
This role will require travel across Scotland, from time to time. A full, clean UK driving licence and access to a vehicle insured for business use is required.
We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all the requirements. If you want to discuss the role prior to applying, please email email@example.com.
We will work with the successful candidate to put a development plan in place to ensure training needs are met.