Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust
Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust
Lochwinnoch is a village nestled between Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and Castle Semple Loch, in Renfrewshire, with around 2600 residents. Lochwinnoch has numerous community assets which LCDT exists to support, maintain and even potentially develop into enterprises with social and environmental purposes. Lochwinnoch is a historic village, with a variety of local interest groups and sites of scientific interest, on the edge of a regional park, hosting a bird sanctuary, with many young families, older residents and everyone in between. In addition, we have a host of natural resources which, we believe, if put to good use, could financially enrich the community of the village as well as lead us, collectively, towards a more ethical and sustainable future.

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Project Officer

  • Part time
  • £29,000 pro-rata
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Closing 5th April 2024

The Organisation:

Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims and is a member of the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS). The Trust has a vision to see Lochwinnoch develop and thrive, and is managed by a Board of voluntary Directors. Our purpose is the advancement of community development and

regeneration, principally within the Lochwinnoch area. We currently employ one part-time member of staff as a Development Officer who works across multiple projects.

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The Project:

Lochhead Social Garden Project is an exciting and bold plan to pursue further development of a one acre site, in the heart of the village. We are currently managing the site which hosts existing activity including a Community Larder operating under a local charity LEAP, and an outdoor holiday club for Primary and Nursery aged children called Wildcare.

We are now working towards a Community Asset Transfer for a 10 year lease via a live application. There is a steering group which supports the project made up of various stakeholders and Board members. The full Project Plan can be viewed here: docs.google.com/document/d/1qPBbAIeCkJoYuQHORcVjMtnxJ36ai6nuPy-LamrLeLw/e

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The next steps for the project are to bring our professional garden design plan to life and begin income generating projects that will help to sustain it longer term.

The Role:

We are seeking a Project Officer to lead on this initiative. It is an exciting opportunity for someone to work part-time on a flexible basis as part of a community-led organisation. Hours will be 21 per week, with occasional evening or weekend working as required. The salary will be £29K FTE pro-rata and the contract will last for three years initially with an annual salary review. This role will report to a steering group via a nominated Line Manager.

It is expected that across 2024 the role will be mainly focussed on development of the garden design plan and preparation for successive years moving on to include development of income generating projects which would sustain the site financially.

Duties will include:

  • Taking a broad overview of the project to plan and forecast workflows to ensure smooth delivery.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers in undertaking work upon the site.
  • Regular liaison with The Board, the Trust’s Development Officer, and all other stakeholders including Site Users and Community Partners; Developing relationships and carrying out consultations.
  • Update risk assessments and ensure governance is adhered to, including procurement of relevant insurances and application of licenses (market operators license, event licenses etc.)
  • Working closely with the Garden Designer, liaising with contractors and tradespeople to arrange works to be carried out inline with the Garden Design Plan: This might include connecting the site to mains water; landscaping and groundworks; building structures and workshops etc.
  • Responsibility for overall management of site, assets and equipment.
  • Responsible for communications; Contribute to newsletters and flyers; Update social media and website.
  • Identify funding needs and create funding plans using MS Excel/Google sheets.
  • Identify suitable funding streams, liaise with funders and submit applications; manage budgets and produce funding reports.
  • Set up income generating projects and work required for letting the garden for private hires and running markets. This work will likely commence after the main development has taken place. It might involve facilitating market days, managing event staff and taking bookings for hire.
  • Update the Business Plan and help with preparatory work for extension of lease agreement, and Community Asset Transfer process.

Requirements:

Applicants should have the following.

  • Previous experience of a similar role, with experience of working autonomously and staying motivated.
  • Experience of managing large budgets
  • Demonstrated experience of project delivery.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships internally and externally.
  • Excellent administration skills and IT skills, with ability to create and maintain spreadsheets and work with numerical/financial data.
  • Excellent references.
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Self-employed Community Development Officer

  • Part time
  • £32,136 pro-rata
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Closing 27th April 2022

Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust is looking to take on a self-employed, part-time Community Development Officer to support the organisation as we move into an exciting new phase.

We’re looking for a driven, enthusiastic and motivated self-starter with experience in community outreach, fundraising and/or social enterprise, to help support the community of Lochwinnoch across a number of projects, as well as identifying new opportunities for community development. The position is funded through the Scottish Government’s Strengthening Communities Programme.

Duties may vary as the projects the Trust pursues are varied; however, they are likely to include:

  • Researching and assessing the feasibility of potential Trust projects, including community buy outs of disused buildings.
  • Liaising with local council, community organisations, stakeholders, development agencies and potential funders
  • Reporting to the board and other stakeholders
  • Identifying and fostering initiatives to benefit the community as a whole and further the aims of Lochwinnoch CDT
  • Supporting and attending community events to increase outreach
  • Coordinating current activities on our Village Garden site at Lochhead Avenue
  • Market research and business development for income-generating projects, applying for further funding as necessary.
  • Coordination of volunteers and setting up sub-groups to progress viable business and project opportunities.
  • Ongoing community consultation and engagement to refine the Trust’s vision, recruit volunteers and gain support for activities.
  • Assisting the Yearn Stane Project with our proposed community Asset Transfer of part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

The Community Development Officer will report directly to the Board of Lochwinnoch CDT, and will be based out of The Work Place CIC (39 High Street, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AB) in the centre of the village, sharing the space with officers working for LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan), to encourage collaboration and integrate the Development Officer into the community.

Essential:

  • Experience in community outreach, social enterprise or community development
  • Knowledge of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire and the surrounding area
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to set and achieve realistic targets.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Friendly and enthusiastic personality.

Desirable

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a relevant field
  • Experience of fundraising
  • Full driving licence
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Development Trusts or community anchor organisations, with a good understanding of how they operate.
  • Knowledge of equality issues, community empowerment and community development.
  • ● Own laptop and phone as befitting a self-employed role
  • Experience of working in partnership with local authorities and third sector organisations.

HOURS AND SALARY

This is a contract role offered on a part-time basis, for two financial years minimum term. You will be engaged on a self employed basis for 21 hours per week, with a flexible working pattern, which can be averaged over the period of a month in line with the demands of the role.

Salary is £16.48 ph with four weeks leave, which is £32,136 FTE.

The position is guaranteed up until 31/03/2023, with one year extension subject to Scottish Government's confirmation (annual Comprehensive Spending Review approval). Further extension depending on further funding being available.

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust is a social enterprise with a vision to see Lochwinnoch develop and thrive. It was established in 2018 from the former Lochwinnoch Community Development Company. The Trust’s purpose is the advancement of community development and regeneration, principally within the Lochwinnoch area.

It is a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims and is a member of the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS).

Recent projects include a successful funding and design campaign to oversee the complete refurbishment of the local park, the establishment of a Village Garden on the former wasteland off Lochhead Avenue, growing vegetables to assist the village’s COVID-19 response, and supporting community projects like the Wellbeing Festival, the Community Larder, Lochwinnoch Toddlers and an outdoor childcare project.

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