Social Action in Scotland – recruitment

By 25th May 2021 News

Social Action in Scotland – an independent inquiry

Recruitment of Co-leads x2 – Research Lead & Social Action Lead

Do you want to help build a Scotland where what communities do themselves can make a real difference? A Scotland that values this ‘social action’ and helps to make it happen?

The inquiry’s vision is:

A Scotland which recognises the value of social action and where its potential to enable us to overcome the challenges we face in the 21st century is unleashed.

This independent inquiry will be led by people with direct, lived experience as part of Scottish communities which have felt that they do not hold power over decisions affecting their own lives, but that this has been exercised by others. This might be, for example, experience of childhood trauma, homelessness, or poverty, experience of racial inequity, economic or educational disadvantage or living with a disability. It will support people to find their voices, take action, and use what they learn to help create wider change. In the light of COVID19, this work is more important than ever.

The Social Action Inquiry are looking to recruit two Inquiry Lead roles: Research Lead and Social Action Lead, to work alongside a Social Action Inquiry Panel of up to twelve people, including two Co-chairs to understand, help deliver and support action.

As Inquiry Lead, you should have a strong commitment to the power of social action, both in terms of learned and lived experience. The ideal candidate will have experience with community-based research, system change, and feel comfortable working in a complex, and changing, project. An understanding of political and social context of Scotland will be needed for this role. Most importantly, this role requires everyone involved to embrace a collaborative model of power rooted in relationships and strengths.

For more details, please the Social Action Inquiry website. 

The Inquiry has been set up by a partnership of organisations: Carnegie UK Trust; Corra Foundation; Foundation Scotland; the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE); Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO); The National Lottery Community Fund; and The Robertson Trust. When you apply for this position, your application information may be shared amongst these partners and other community representatives involved with the recruitment process. If you are successful in your application, these positions will be hosted by SCVO.

In July 2020 Social Action Inquiry partners commissioned The Collective to lead on a short-term piece of research to capture the stories and lessons learned from communities coming together to help. Read the final research report here:


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