Scotland Advisory Group Member


ABOUT THE ROLE

What does being an advisory group member for Scotland involve?

As part of our  2020-24 strategy we are establishing  a new Scotland Advisory Group to guide the totality of the charity’s work in Scotland. The  Scotland Advisory Group will provide a strategic means through which supporters, people affected by Parkinson’s and professionals in Scotland will advise the Director and Scotland team in the delivery of plans  accelerating beneficial outcomes for people with Parkinson’s and their carers/families/friends in Scotland. 

We want the Scotland Advisory Group to use its collective knowledge and expertise to build relationships, form partnerships and broaden support from individuals and other organisations within Scotland. The Scotland Advisory Group responsibilities will be to advise on the mission, vision,  objectives and values of Parkinson's UK as they affect Scotland. We also want you to become an ambassador for people with Parkinson’s in Scotland and Parkinson’s UK. 


Am I suitable to be an Advisory Group member?

It is important to us that our Scotland Advisory Group reflects the real world in Scotland. We want our advisory group members  to have diversity of background, thought and experience, so that our Advisory Group has a breadth of perspective that will lead to healthy debate and different ideas around the table.

Please read the attached role description carefully and ensure that you fully understand the responsibilities that you will take on if you want to apply for this volunteer role. However, please bear in mind that no single Scotland Advisory Group member is required to have all the skills and experience that are needed, so don’t be deterred if you do not possess all the skills listed. We would encourage anyone interested to at least take the opportunity to have a phone call with David Allan, our Scotland Trustee or Annie Macleod, Scotland Director.  


Will having Parkinson’s (or caring for someone with Parkinson’s) affect my ability to be an advisory group member in Scotland? 

We encourage people with Parkinson’s, and others affected by Parkinson’s, to become involved  and take an active part in the  charities’  activities. Many of our current active volunteers have Parkinson’s, and a number have family or friends with Parkinson’s. We can also support remote attendance at meetings via digital means when necessary. However, travel to a central location in Scotland for some meetings is unavoidable. Travel and subsistence for that  will be reimbursed. During our meetings we schedule regular breaks and we will have a ‘quiet room’ which people can use if they need time out from the meeting.

No two people with Parkinson’s are the same and if you have Parkinson’s you’ll have better insight into and understanding of what challenges you may face with the condition over the four-year term.

Please let us know if you would like to discuss how we could support you as a Scotland Advisory Group member. We want to be able to do whatever we can to assist you.


Location

Scotland Advisory Group meetings will be held in a central belt location in Scotland  Meetings are designed in ways to assist people in attending (location/time/structure of agenda) including Zoom options in some instances to make these meetings more accessible for all.

Learning and development

A key part of our People Strategy is to continue to develop and enhance the learning experience during your time at Parkinson’s UK, and we are proud to offer many learning opportunities, along with a full induction.

Support provided to you

Support is provided by our business support officer who can assist with travel arrangements, circulation of meeting papers and general queries.

KEY INFORMATION

Role Title

Scotland Advisory Group Member

Eligibility

To be eligible for the role you must:

  • Be a member of Team Parkinsons. https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/about-us/team-parkinsons

  • Be committed to our mission, vision and values at Parkinsons UK and our work in Scotland.

  • Possess knowledge, experience and relevant skills as detailed in the role description.

  • Be willing to devote the necessary time to the role which will be attendance at 4 meetings per year.

Anticipated length of role

Appointments of Scotland Advisory Group members will be for a fixed term not exceeding four years which may be renewed once. 

Exceptionally, the group may agree a further short extension.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the role please download the role description and submit the following information: 

  • CV or bio.

  • 1 page Supporting Statement outlining your motivation for applying and demonstrate how you meet the criteria of 'what you'll bring' to the role.

  • Contact details of 2 referees.

Please note this appointment will be subject to the following register searches and checks being conducted and two satisfactory references: 

For further information on the application process or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Kathryn Davy, Business Support Officer: scotland@parkinsons.org.uk.

TIMETABLE AND PROCESS

Closing date for applications: 31st July 2019

Interviews will be held in central Glasgow: 15th & 16th August 2019