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Health Promotion & Social Services in Scotland | Edinburgh, Scotland

Eric Liddell Centre

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Our partner in Edinburgh is dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and supporting people of all ages, cultures and abilities, as an expression of compassionate Christian values. The focus of the organization is to support caregivers and those requiring care through three types of services.

  • Day Care Services for people with a diagnosis of dementia. The aim of these services is to support caregivers and those requiring care.
  • Community Support Services meet the needs in the local and wider Edinburgh community.
  • Befriending Services promote social networks for caregivers, which has a significant impact on their sense of confidence, inclusion and self-esteem.

Duration of Internship:

  • 3 months

Our partner in Edinburgh aims to maintain a full range of programming that addresses physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs to meet identified need. The center particularly focuses on the needs of people with a diagnosis of dementia and their caregivers. The center also provides community facilities for the local population, and quality office accommodation for other charities. Every year the Centre provides services to over 180 community, citywide, and national groups that serve the 2,500 people who come to the center each week.

The host organization will work with you to tailor your internship focus to your individual skill sets and needs, as they match with the needs of the organization. Descriptions of two sample focus areas are below:

Caregiver Support Program

Help caregivers in Edinburgh maintain their own health and well-being so they can fulfill their duties effectively for the long-term. The services offered address the needs of caregivers in a holistic manner by providing short breaks away from their caring responsibilities, peer support, emotional support, practical support, information, and educational & learning opportunities. The purpose of these courses and events is to give caregivers the chance to remove themselves from their caring role for a few hours and simultaneously develop their individual skills and interests. They take place at venues across Edinburgh.

Activities for the intern:

  • assist the staff in supporting care-givers
  • help caregivers complete outcome-based evaluations and compile this information
  • assist in the general operations of the center

Non-Profit Marketing and Fundraising

The center aims to organize successful fundraising events, and submit persuasive applications to British charitable trusts. As most fundraising work involves encouraging others to raise money for the charity, the intern will primarily:

  • create event posters and leaflets to advertise events
  • promote the events to the media using social media, press releases, and public speaking at Rotary Clubs and other organizations
  • take bookings and send event correspondence
  • provide additional support to the Fundraising Manager to help the Centre organize and run series of fundraising events and also help in the research into new charitable trusts
  • lead creation and management for event participants

Academic Background

  • Candidates are encouraged to apply from a variety of academic backgrounds.
  • Ideal candidates will have an interest one or more of the following: human development and family sciences, non-profit management, and youth/family development.

Skills/Experience

Interns are expected to demonstrate:

  • Responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills.
  • Eagerness to support care-givers and their families
  • Friendly, positive attitude; willing to learn

Ideally, interns will have previous experience in non-profit work, social services, working with families and clients living with dementia

Language Requirements

  • English is the language of communication. Interns must be capable of written and spoken communication at a near-native level in professional settings.

Visa Requirements

  • Interns must be eligible for Tier 5 Visa and Work Authorization through BUNAC.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • International Travel: $1,000
  • Visa fees and Work Sponsorship: $1105*

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: $650 - $950
  • Food: $500
  • Local Transportation: $70
  • Utilities, Phone, Internet: $160

*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from British Pound at the time of posting.

Interns arrange their own housing.

Learn more about past interns’ experiences below:

Terms

Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25

Fall: April 15

Winter: September 1

Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

-Junior or Senior standing or equivalent experience in the field of social services and/ or non-profit management required.

-Academic focus on human development and family sciences, social services, non-profit management, youth and family development.