Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AILN)

To provide free informative advice on self directed support.
To promote choice and control.
To support people to manage their social care budget.
Provide peer mentor support.
Provide a payroll service for people using self directed support.


Current opportunity

AILN initially grew from a group of disabled people who wanted to see a change in the way that community care services were offered to people. When Direct Payments (DP) were first introduced in 2003, they were keen to promote this as an option for independent living. AILN have been providing high quality Self-Directed Support (SDS) advice and information to the people of Ayrshire for over 17 years. Since 2005 the three Ayrshire councils have jointly funded the SDS support & information service. Our organisation has grown to a team of 16 full/part time staff. In addition to our SDS service, we have a self-funded Payroll & Finance Department who are included on the list of payroll providers offered to all new SDS clients. We also have a Development Department who are grant funded by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery Community Fund and they offer training to all PA employers, Peer support volunteers, as well as setting up local drop in’s and create AILN’s new case studies and resources. This is an exciting time for potential new Directors to join, as we have recently been successful in securing 3 years of funding for a Dementia Befriending Service. AILN is a peer-led, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Board – What we offer: – An opportunity to join an experienced and dedicated Trustee Board composed of professionals and service users with lived experience. The scope to work strategically alongside a professional and skilled Senior Management Team that lead an agile and hardworking workforce. Board – What we are looking for: – We now wish to invite new members to join our current Board to support the ongoing development of Ayrshire Independent Living Network. We would like to hear from anyone with relative experience or background, however particularly those who use Social Services, either getting support directly or through Self-Directed Support (SDS). You could be using these services yourself, be a parent, carer or have a commitment in promoting independent living for everyone. Get on well with others and enjoy working with people on an equal basis. Have a willingness to support the vision, mission and objectives of the organisation. We are looking for Directors who are enthusiastic, have good communication skills and expertise in one or more of the following: - Knowledge of the Voluntary Sector - General business experience - Managing staff - Development - Health & Safety - IT/Social Media - Finance and Accountancy AILN are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all members of the community.