You can apply easily online at https://www.welfarescotland.org/join-the-council/
Yes! Welfare Scotland is committed to ensuring applicants with criminal records aren't discriminated against. We believe that people make mistakes and as part of moving on with life, people should be given a chance and supported to move forward. We have a policy for dealing with applications from people with criminal records, you can read the policy here.
As part of the 'Ban the Box' initiative, Welfare Scotland does not ask for details of criminal convictions at application stage. If the role requires a criminal record check or is an exempted position which requires disclosure of all criminal convictions (spent and unspent) then this will be clearly indicated on the role profile.
No. Council members are volunteers and do not receive payment for their service other than the reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.
We would like to hear from those with a genuine interest and passion for equality, social justice and a real desire to change the welfare system in Scotland for the better. Your ability and desire to make a difference is not strictly measured or evidenced in the number of years board membership experience you have. If you have no board or committee experience but can demonstrate you have the desire and passion then we would love to receive your application. Please use the application form to provide us with as much information about your passion, experience and the reasons you want to join us.
Restrictions or role specific requirements
- Members must be aged 16 and over and must live in Scotland,
- Require access to a computer connected to the internet (or smartphone/tablet) and be able to receive emails and open attachments on the device,
- Members are expected to commit for a minimum of 12 months,
- Members are expected to volunteer on a regular basis both at meetings of the council and remotely from home or a local library/cafe etc,
- Members are required to agree to the organisation's stated aims and objectives and will be required to keep these in mind when carrying out work for the organisation and its members,
- Members normally have their name, image and a short biography listed on the website but in certain cases we accept there may be additional security considerations and will work with members to ensure they can still participate with their details withheld or with the use of an agreed alias. Members under the age of 18 will not have their full name displayed on the website unless the member specifically requests it or a motion is voted on and confirmed at a meeting of the Executive Council.
In this profile the word 'member' refers to a member of the Executive Council, the word 'role' refers to the role of a member of the Executive Council and 'meetings' refers to scheduled meetings conducted face-to-face or over video conferencing.
We ask this question to ensure we have a broad balance of people involved in the organisation with experience of disability and to ensure any support you need can be provided.