The Musselburgh Meeting Centre: Manager Wanted…

We’re looking for someone special to do a very special job – to  join us to set up and run The Musselburgh Meeting Centre, East Lothian’s first Meeting Centre. The post is now being advertised and we’re excited to see who applies.

Our vision is that The Musselburgh Centre will change the lives of the Members who attend and support the whole of the Musselburgh community to improve the lives of people living with dementia and unpaid carers/supporters.

The Musselburgh Meeting Centre is based at St Andrews High Church and is the result of the hard work and commitment of people with lived experience, community activists and organisations across Musselburgh and service providers. You can read about how we got here on our blogs.

The job:The Manager will appoint, develop and lead a small team of paid staff and volunteers who will work with people living with dementia and unpaid carers, supporters, communities and partners to set up and run the Meeting Centre. The Centre will be a place that changes the lives of the Members who attend and a resource for the whole community. The Manager will work closely with Dementia Friendly Musselburgh to build strong relationships with the communities of Musselburgh.The Centre development is based on  guidance from the UK Meeting Centres Support Programme and the Manager will be a member of the Musselburgh Meeting Centre Management Committee and supported and line managed by DFEL.  You will ensure that the Centre is built on sound, firm and sustainable foundations, with high quality policies and processes.

The Meeting Centre group currently meets 1 morning a week, this will be extended to 3 mornings as the Centre becomes established. You will also play a role in supporting the development of Meeting Centres across East Lothian and represent East Lothian in Meeting Centre networks in Scotland and beyond.

The person:

We’re looking for the right person  – someone who shares our vision, enthusiasm and commitment and who will work with us to make our aspirations a reality. The Manager will understand dementia and the challenges it brings and have the initiative and flexibility to find effective and innovative solutions. You will be a team player, confident and skilled in working in partnership with people living with dementia, unpaid supporters, the community and professionals. You will be able to manage people, work and finances. Experience of working in and with communities is also valuable for this role.

We’re looking for someone who really understands the importance of supporting people to stay in control and stay connected, valued and respected and why communities matter.  We’re not asking for qualifications, we’re looking for someone with practical experience of making a difference and who is keen to learn more and do the relevant training.

Applicants can draw on the skills and experience they have gained through self-management and living with dementia or a long term condition, or as an unpaid carer or supporter.  We’re interested in what people can do, so applicants are encouraged to include examples from  unpaid work, paid work, volunteering and personal life. Ideally this experience is round dementia, but we also welcome applications from people living with and supporting other long-term conditions who can make the links with dementia.

We positively welcome applications from people living with dementia and unpaid carers/supporters and people with a wide range of experience, relevant to the requirements of the job.  If you have dementia or are a carer and want to discuss the post with people with lived experience, please contact Ron and Mike from Deepness

There are no essential qualifications for the post, but training is required for the postholder. We will provide training, mentoring and support to the successful applicant and this can be undertaken paid and in work time.

Interested? How to make an application

The closing date is Friday 12th August at 5pm. We are happy to take applications by e mail or post. Applications must be with DFEL by the closing date.

You can apply by e mail or paper, whichever works best for you.   You should send us:

  • A letter of application – telling us in your own words why you want the job and why you think you’re the best person for the job.
  • Contact details for referees – two people who know you and we can contact to ask about your suitability for the post.  Often this will include an employer, but not always. You should not include someone who is a partner or family member.
  • A covering letter with your name, contact details and stating that you are applying for the post
  • Equality and diversity form – this is optional. It helps us ensure that we promote equal access and opportunity and fairness.

Interviews : We will hold informal interviews on 17th August in Musselburgh. We may hold a second interview if required.

For an application pack or talk about the post, please contact Sue Northrop for an application pack or to talk about the post.

E Mail:   Mobile: 07727 883 881

You can also download the Application Pack online via Good Moves:

It’s an exciting to think that our new manager will be with us soon!

Please spread the word or get in touch if you’re interested.

Take care






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