Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Vacancies – You Decide Team – Community Navigator and Youth Navigator posts




Do you believe in second chances? Do you have the energy and commitment it takes to support someone to turn their life around? Could you help a young person make positive choices and achieve their full potential? Then come and work with us.

The team behind the award-winning Street&Arrow social enterprise is launching a new programme to help navigate those at risk of becoming involved in violence towards a more positive future. Run by charity Braveheart Industries in partnership with the innovative Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, the YDT programme works side-by-side with communities in Glasgow.

We are looking for two dedicated individuals to join the YDT team:

  • 1 x Community Navigator – You’ll forge strong relationships with people and services in the area. Using a trauma-informed approach you will work with people of all ages and from every walk of life, supporting them in making positive changes. You must be a skilled communicator who has an ability to connect with people facing a challenging range of issues.
  • 1 x Youth Navigator – You will engage with young people on the edge of, or who are actively involved, in a violent lifestyle which may include gang activity. You will help support them to make positive choices about their health, safety, well-being and future. This is a challenging but rewarding role as you will have the opportunity to be a stabilising influence on a young person and help support them towards a positive future.

Both posts are initially funded until March 2023, with extension subject to successful funding.

Salary:  £22,800 – £25,800 (applicants will be expected to start at the bottom of the scale)

Hours: 35 Hours Monday – Friday, however weekend and evening work may be required.

For further information please contact:

June Hepburn at

Closing Date: Midnight Friday 22nd April 2022

Please submit your CV and Covering letter to

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.