This is a great opportunity for a disabled person (including D/deaf) interested digital communications to gain valuable work experience with Independent Living Fund Scotland.
Payment: UK Living Wage rate of £9.30 per hour
Accountable to: Outside The Box Development Support
Contract: 420 hours, to be worked part-time at 15-20 hours per week.
Location: Outside The Box, 3.10 The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Street, Glasgow, G4 9SS. Home-working a possibility once training is complete.
Closing date: 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 8 January 2020
Interviews will be likely to be held on Thursday 23 January 2020.
For more information on the internship programme (including British Sign Language translation) please click here
If you wish to discuss this opportunity further or need a British Sign Language interpreter to complete an application please get in touch via email email@example.com or via Contact Scotland BSL https://contactscotland-bsl.org/. Inclusion Scotland’s contact number: 0131 370 6708.
Outside the Box was established in 2004. We provide development support, shared learning and capacity building for people who want to make changes in their communities.
- We provide advice and development support to small groups led by people who are looking for support in their own lives or their communities and often develop new activities in partnership with them.
- We develop projects that test out and raise awareness of new approaches.
- We deliver projects that provide innovative peer support and other services that are led by the people who use those services.
- We develop resources that then provide practical or community development support to a much larger number of people.
The people and groups with whom we work are mostly those affected by disadvantage or who feel that they do not have a voice: they include older people, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and people affected by addictions.
We aim to promote equality and diversity throughout the work we do and in how we work.
Outside The Box are looking for a communications intern to assist with regular communications tasks carried out to promote the work of charity as well as sharing the learning developed through its projects.
The Intern will work closely with our Communications Coordinator to develop and build skills in all types of communication output, specifically in practical skills in WordPress, Canva, Biteable, MailChimp and other commonly used software, as well as best practice use of social media in a professional environment.
This internship would also develop and build skills in clear communication establishing effective working relationships, using own initiative, working to deadlines and prioritising work.
Main duties and tasks
Outside The Box is a dynamic charity with multiple projects underway at the same time and new ones starting up regularly. As such, the workflow can change from week to week and it’s very rare that two days would be the same. That being said, there will a number of tasks assigned to the person that will be ongoing throughout the term of the internship. These include:
Assisting with all types of digital communication tasks including (but not limited to):
- Creating and sharing social media posts
- Creating and sending e-newsletters
- Writing and posting blog posts
- Creating and sharing videos
- Co-ordinating digital output to coincide with awareness weeks/days
Assisting with printed communications, including (but not limited to):
- Designing simple publications such as posters to promote events
- Carrying out a stock-take of printed publications and setting up a system to monitor stock
- Finding new ways to disseminate printed publications
Essential Knowledge, skills, experience
- Able to write a clear report in plain English
- Good planning and organisational skills – able to manage your own work, with appropriate support, to deliver a project to agreed timescales
- Able to problem solve and be creative in finding solution – willing to put forward ideas on how things can be done/improved
- Good inter-personal and communication skills, specifically the ability to communicate information, such as written information, in a clear and accessible way
- Ability to work effectively and flexibly as a member of a team
- A positive attitude and willingness to learn
- Good IT skills, for example, an ability to use Word, Outlook, basic Excel and PowerPoint
- Experience using social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
- Experience of content management software including WordPress and SquareSpace
- Experience using Canva or other graphic design software – or having an eye for design.
- Understanding of the third sector and interested in community development work
To apply for one of the We Can Work Internships you must define as disabled as under the Equality Act 2010 which defines disability as: someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
This may include:
- A physical impairment
- A sensory impairment
- A mental health condition
- A learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Learning disability
- Any other disability or impairment
- Diagnosed as HIV positive, or with cancer, multiple sclerosis or other long term chronic condition
- You must also be unemployed, under-employed (meaning that your current employment does not match your skills or required working pattern) and demonstrate a genuine need for the internship opportunity. For more details please see the application pack.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will be likely to be held on Thursday 23 January 2020.
Completed applications to be forwarded by 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 8 January 2020 to:
By email: email@example.com
22-24 Earl Grey Street,
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Job Description: Communications Internship
Candidate Privacy Notice: 2.5 Internship Candidate privacy notice
Equalities Monitoring Form: 2.4 Equalities-Monitoring-Form-2018
Internship Application guidebook: Accessing-Work-Guidebook-PDF