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Borders Additional Needs Group or 'BANG', is a group set up by parents of children with special needs. We are a charity dedicated to supporting families who have children with additional, complex or rare conditions.

Borders Additional Needs Group was founded in May 2006, by a local health visitor and 4 parents to establish a parent-run support group that would allow children, families and parent carers with additional, rare or complex needs to meet support each other.

Today, BANG's community is in excess of 70 families. 

BANG have created a directory of information accessible to all our members. It contains information on benefits, funding and holidays as well as information specific to various conditions. Voluntary agencies send us information regularly to keep us up to date.


BANG ensures our community of families have access to the right support, information and advice to help them manage the changes that are involved in raising an additional needs child. We are also committed to providing support to siblings and caregivers by providing them with training and peer support.


Families deserve to be empowered and to feel engaged in their child's journey and BANG aims to support the best possible outcomes for all families in the Scottish Borders who are raising a child with additional needs.  


Transitional Youth Worker

Responsible to: Manager

Hours: 7 hours per week

Rate of Pay: £13 per hour

Location: Focus Centre Galashiels and various youth locations  

Contract Duration:  1st April 2024- 31st March 2025

About Borders additional needs group scio and branching out transitional youth project

Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG) is an OSCR registered Charity dedicated to supporting families living in the Scottish Borders who have children with additional support needs including autism.
BANG provides information on resources, benefits and training and works in partnership with other


“Branching Out Transitional Youth Project” and “Branching In”
The Branching Out project, delivered by Borders Additional Needs Group SCIO, forms a Transitional Youth
programme for 16-24 year old young people with an Additional Support Need, including Autism and Learning
Disability. This Transitional Youth Programme works alongside our pre youth provision ‘Branching In’ for
youths aged 11-15 years with an Additional Support Need and is funded by Young Start. ‘Branching In’ is held
on a Thursday evening in the Focus Centre, Galashiels. The project will create a Young Person profile for
each of its members capturing goals, strengths and person centred information which will be used as a
transitional resource tool, recording their achievements, training, volunteering and life skills as they work
towards the transition into adulthood.
Branching Out Transitional Weekly Group is held on a Friday afternoon based at the Focus Centre, Galashiels
where the young people participate in the running of the group, learn budgeting skills, fundraising, attend
enhanced ASN employment programmes, youth training access to youth qualifications, social activities and
independent living skills. The Focus Centre is close to local bus links to encourage more independent travel
although transport can be provided if necessary.


This role is an exciting new opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to use their creativity,
skills and experience to make a difference to lives of ASN young people in the Scottish Borders. Your role
will be within Branching Out 16–24 year old group to support with the delivery of pilot Transition Work with
ASN Youths to support the aims of Branching Out and transitioning into adulthood.

BANG – Transitional Youth Worker 7 hours IL funding
1. To deliver the project in line with Transitional Project Coordinator to achieve the outcomes set out in
the funding brief.
2. Work collaboratively with Branching Out staff and professionals to connect the youths into community,
health and employment support.
3. To support the delivery of 1-1 transitional support to young people within the project who require
more support to ensure they have fulfilling lives. 
4. To work with the Transitional Project Coordinator to co-produce a Young Person Profile to ensure their
unmet needs and their goals are identified, enabling young people to self-advocate empowering them
to use a resource that communicates their needs and goals.
5. To support in the delivery of accredited training, life skills and other transitional support that benefits
the young person.


1. To develop and deliver a youth transition support programme offering 1-1 support for ASN Young
2. To work with Transitional Project Coordinator to monitor, collect data and produce reports.
3. To source transitional resources and support for ASN Young people.
4. To support in the delivery of accredited training on transitional aspects of ASN Young person in
conjunction with Branching Out team
5. To support times of transition for young people within the group and connect with their parents to
provide a whole family support model.
6. To be responsible for gathering and recording case notes on the young people.
7. Working with the young person to create a Young Person Profile supported transition document.
8. To be familiar with other services available for ASN young people in the Scottish Borders
9. To be prepared to undertake additional training as required by the project.
10. To work closely with the Youth Project Coordinator and ASN Family Liaison worker as partners in
delivering and reporting on the project aims and outcomes.

How to apply

Candidates should submit their application form with a covering letter to no later than April 12 th 2024
Candidates are invited to complete and return an equalities and diversity monitoring form.   
Further Information 
For further information or informal enquiries about this role please contact Pauline Charles , Manager / CEO
Borders Additional Needs Group: 
Closing Date for applications:  April 12th 2024
Interviews: 2024 Thursday 25th April and / or Friday 26th April


Download THE Equalities and diversity form

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