Grassmarket Community Project
Grassmarket Community Project

Charity registered in Scotland SC041674

The Grassmarket Community Project is a charity working in Edinburgh's Old town supporting people facing deep social exclusion.

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Learning & Development Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £27,300 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th March 2024

Role Purpose

The Learning Coordinator works across all organisational departments to support and deliver the structured learning, training and apprenticeship programmes for members and volunteers of all ages. The role is responsible for supporting a balanced training programme, which offers opportunities for accredited employability outcomes and soft skills.

The Learning coordinator works with the Learning & Development manager and Social Enterprise team to guide clear pathways for learners, including referral routes internally and through to external positive outcomes and destinations. The role is responsible for supporting communications with training organisations to further expand learning opportunities. The Learning Coordinator will also support the Members service team in the engagement and support of Members through all aspects of the programme, and delivery of activities/sessions as appropriate.

Background

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and reconnect with themselves, others and the wider community.

  • Our vision is to create an environment where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves, others and the wider community.
  • People feel valued and every person is given dignity.
  • People feel cared about and can move towards independent living without feeling abandoned or isolated.
  • People can be confident to trust and value their own decisions, overcoming a poverty of expectation and ultimately realising their own potential.
  • People can build a life which reduces dependence on others, gaining self-reliance.
  • There is a commitment to be involved with individuals, meeting and welcoming them within the local community.

Our project is based in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh, in the Grassmarket. We work with over 300 people a year and deliver on average 800 hours of support per month.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Work with Members services team to deliver and support the learning & development routes for members & apprentices at GCP to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in a range of areas, sectors, skill sets and industries.
  • Work closely with social enterprise and social impact departments to ensure internal opportunities and development pathways are clearly defined and communicated to all parties
  • Support and communicate learning programmes delivered by GCP to Members, Volunteers and Staff alongside Learning & Development Manager
  • Co-deliver the GCP Learning Hub and associated activities on a day-to-day basis as part of the Members Programme.
  • Support regular one to one support meetings for members, apprentices and volunteers engaged in work placements in GCP social enterprises
  • Record information and data required to inform performance monitoring (as per GCP Impact Evaluation Framework and guidance) internally and externally to support service delivery, recording attendance, member details, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge transfer.
  • To support links and relationships with relevant external contacts and organisations; to build pathways to employment, positive destinations and further education opportunities.
  • Supporting the delivery of the Members Programme and Participate in Day-to-day operations; Co-Leading activities, delivering welcome meetings, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Alongside Members service team assess the competence of Members and volunteers against national occupational standards for accredited qualifications, such as SVQ.
  • To support learning and training activities to be person centred and specific to the individual’s needs.
  • Promote the active participation of Members and volunteers in the development, monitoring and review of services to ensure that there is continuous improvement in service delivery and that services delivered are responsive to Member needs.
  • Provide support to Members and volunteers to ensure their successful participation in learning programmes and to promote equality, diversity and anti-discriminatory practice in all activities
  • Ensure a consistently high quality of care and support in the organisation’s services
  • Accept responsibility for own professional development to remain current and informed about new developments affecting practice.
  • Participate the in development of overall Strategic plan.
  • Managing your time effectively and productively, including multi-tasking and efficient prioritisation.
  • Working flexibly on occasions, including weekend work and other events as required.
  • The above list of duties is not exhaustive. To carry out any other duties as may reasonably be required by your Line Manager, SMT or CEO.

Values

  • Passionate about a strengths-based approach supporting individuals to contribute
  • Compassionate and trauma-informed in their approach
  • Believes in setting of challenging but achievable goals for those they support
  • Demands high performance of self and colleagues
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Responsive to Members’ needs
  • Works collaboratively and builds relationships with Members to establish the key issues and anticipate requirements
  • Celebrates and promotes the service, the community and Members acting as an advocate for the Grassmarket Community Project
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Finance Manager

  • Part time
  • £36,021 – £39,312 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh with some working from home
  • Closing 30th January 2024

Role

We are looking for a committed and motivated Finance Manager to have responsibility for overseeing the finance function and financial governance of our organisation.

Established since 2010, The Grassmarket Community Project is medium sized charity, incorporating income generating social enterprises, that supports over 400 people a year in transition, in recovery or who face deep social exclusion, isolation and homelessness.

The Finance Manager will provide an efficient and effective finance function, business support, best practice, and good governance for the organisation, and ensure reliable and accurate financial records are maintained and reports are compiled regularly to assist the CEO, Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors to plan and execute spending and measure performance against targets and budgets. The post holder will be required to work from the office, home and attend meetings.

The role of the Finance Manager is critical to our success. This post holders’ skills and experience will enable us to ensure ongoing good financial management, governance, due diligence, strategic planning as well as ensuring finance administrative systems are effective, best value to support our work and future sustainability. Above all, the work of the Finance Manager will support the charity to transform the lives of many of our city’s most vulnerable.

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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £50,000
  • 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh (other locations as required)
  • Closing 13th March 2023

GCP will look to the CEO for authentic and visible leadership that is driven by keeping our vision as their compass.

Our CEO will thrive in working in a pressurised and busy environment whilst being an approachable source of dependable stability, practical support and wise insight for our skilled and enthusiastic team. They will be required to make a myriad of decisions within a place that seeks creatively to innovate the work that it does in service of the community and its members. To enable them to do so, they will need a good understanding and key appreciation of the multiplicity of practical issues that arise in the work that we undertake to support and work alongside our members. This includes operating social enterprises, overseeing a comprehensive educational, support and mentoring programme and ensuring the centre is maintained as a welcoming, happy, positive and hospitable environment to all. The CEO will also be key in developing and maintaining community relationships that are needed to make GCP the special place that it is. Their ability to enthuse and collaborate with others will extend to their capacity to connect and communicate effectively with our key external partners, ensuring that GCP’s vision and mission is understood, shared and supported. While working effectively to harness the energy of others, they will also recognise what is required to sustain that level of service on a long-term basis.

Our new CEO will be a special person – because GCP is a special place.

We are looking forward to meeting them and welcoming them into our community.

Role Purpose

The role of Chief Executive Officer is to provide leadership, direction and promotion to all areas of the Grassmarket Community Project and in particular to the key deliverables listed below:

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • Champion the Grassmarket Community Project and act as an ambassador for the organisation at all times.
  • Develop strategic direction and a dynamic, evolving business plan.
  • Deliver the outcomes agreed by the board of directors and the funders.
  • Maintain funding for the project and continue to work towards the development of self-funding opportunities.
  • Ensure the governance is appropriate.
  • Manage the resources, budget, Staff, and premises to ensure effective delivery of the ongoing work on the project.
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Fundraiser

  • Part time
  • £26,738 pro-rata
  • Home-based, hybrid with some travel
  • Closing 19th February 2023

Are you a great communicator with a passion for inclusive communities and social enterprise?

We’re looking for a part-time Fundraiser, 2 days per week, to complete grant applications and undertake fundraising activities to help the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) flourish.

The GCP is based at the Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The role is flexible and can be mostly carried out from home and tailored to you current life or work commitments. Ideally you will be able to visit to learn about and enjoy the community’s wide range of activities, events and support. An appropriate working pattern can be agreed.

We are looking for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills to best present our community to prospective and existing funders, donors and friends. Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for applying and reporting on grant funding and managing existing and prospective funder and donor relations. As part of the team, the role may also involve community fundraising initiatives, partnerships (e.g. groups undertaking sponsored events, or corporate firms), and delivering talks to visiting groups and supporters involving a wide variety of different needs and abilities. You will be able to work on your own initiative, manage deadlines and prioritise your workload to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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Communications & Marketing Officer

  • Part time
  • £24,000 – £30,000 pro-rata
  • Grassmarket Centre or 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA (Blended working arrangement to be negotiated)
  • Closing 1st August 2022

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and reconnect with themselves, others and the wider community. Our vision is to create an environment where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves, others and the wider community. We provide a range of engagement activities and social enterprise opportunities for people with disabilities, homeless people, people who are roughsleeping, who have mental health issues, mental illness or neurological disorders. Social Enterprise is key to how we fund and deliver our impact.

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity for a communications professional or graduate with experience in media or marketing who would value the opportunity to develop their skills and take on more responsibility in an autonomous position where they will have the opportunity to shape the role. Equally it may suit a more experienced professional wanting to take on a part-time position within the charity sector to fit in with other activities and complement the desire for a flexible working lifestyle.

The Communications & Marketing Officer will support the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team to help promote GCP across a variety of internal and external channels.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual that can manage the part-time role effectively, taking on a range of tasks to support the team and ultimately promote and celebrate the services, achievements and social enterprises of GCP to increase awareness, raise our profile and assist with income generation. As this is a 15 hour per week role, the ideal candidate will be a confident self-starter who, whilst being fully supported by a close-knit team, can use their initiative to drive our key communications channels.

Tasks will include the development and delivery of a Communications Plan, generating content and managing social media channels and website, copywriting, drafting press releases, developing promotional materials and event and fundraising support. An eye for detail and a can-do, positive attitude are essential. This role would suit someone who is very organised, can multi-task effectively and who has their finger on the pulse for new and exciting opportunities to promote GCP.

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Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th April 2022

To play a key role in the Grassmarket Community Project delivering the best outcomes for their Members (beneficiaries/service –users). The Service Manager will be required to:

  • Take responsibility for the in-take of new Members, dealing with referrals and risk assessing members so they can participate fully and safely in the project’s programmes
  • Co-design and manage the Members support programme, supported by senior managers, for the Grassmarket Community Project
  • Work closely with partners to support the programme and collaborate on joint service delivery
  • Recruit, train, support and appraise Volunteer facilitators, students and sessional staff to deliver the programme
  • Ensure a consistently high quality of care and support in the organisation’s services
  • Contribute to the development of policy, procedure and strategic plans
  • To provide a range of support services, activities and opportunities working closely with Grassmarket Community Project’s enterprise Senior Managers that meet the needs of Members
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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,021
  • Edinburgh - Blended home-working arrangement can be negotiated
  • Closing 10th January 2022

We are looking for a Finance Manager to have responsibility for overseeing the finance function and specific governance roles and responsibilities of our organisation by managing the accounting operations, HR, IT, legal and the Company Secretarial role in order to meet legal requirements, best practice, regulatory and our responsibilities as a charity.

The Grassmarket Community Project is medium sized 11-year-old Homelessness, Mental Health and Disability charity – a community - that supports over 300 people a year in transition, in recovery or who face deep social exclusion and isolation.

The Finance Manager is an exciting new critical role to our success. This post holders’ qualification, skills and experience will enable us to ensure ongoing good financial management, governance, due diligence, strategic planning as well as ensuring HR support and administrative systems are effective, best value to support our work and future sustainability. Above all, the work of the Finance Manager will support the charity to transform the lives of many of our city’s most vulnerable.

Purpose of the Role:

To provide an efficient and effective finance function, business support and good governance for the organisation and to ensure reliable and accurate financial records are maintained and reports are compiled regularly to assist the Chief Executive, Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors to plan and execute spending and measure performance against targets and budgets.

The post holder will be required to work from the office, home and attend meetings. The postholder will provide 1 day a month support and oversight of our current Bookkeeping service (provided to Greyfriars Charteris centre) and Payroll service (provided to Greyfriars Kirk & Greyfriars Charteris centre)

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Assistant Workshop Manager

  • Part time
  • £23,660 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st November 2021

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and reconnect with themselves, others and the wider community.

Our vision is to create an environment where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves, others and the wider community.

· People feel valued and every person is given dignity.

· People feel cared about and can move towards independent living without feeling abandoned or isolated.

· People can be confident to trust and value their own decisions, overcoming a poverty of expectation and ultimately realising their own potential.

· People can build a life which reduces dependence on others, gaining self-reliance.

· There is a commitment to be involved with individuals, meeting and welcoming them within the local community.

Our project is based in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh, in the Grassmarket. We work with over 500 people a year and deliver on average 800 hours of support per month.

Grassmarket Furniture is our oldest and most established social enterprise. We supply furniture commissions to a wide range of customers from the private, public and third sector and to private individuals. Most of our furniture is made using recycled wood, mostly church pews which we collect from all over the UK, as well as local sustainably sourced timber from windfall tree or trees felled for development. We make anything the customer requires from lamps, award trophies, chopping boards to shop fits, bars and dining room sets. Our prices have ranged from £20 for a candle holder to £5,000 for one table. Our woodwork turnover exceeds over £100k a year and supports a range of vulnerable adults, around 60 a year, who volunteer daily or once a week or are paid apprentices (completing SQA’s) or people on supported employment.

We are looking an enthusiastic and reliable Assistant Workshop Manager who can contribute to the production of furniture and training of beginner level woodworkers, for our flagship social enterprise. Candidates must have a joinery or cabinet-making qualification, or equivalent on the job training, and experience in a professional joinery workshop.

The workshop is staffed largely by trainees and volunteers who are vulnerable adults. Candidates must have experience, or be able to work with people from all walks of life, have empathy for colleagues with support needs, and a willing to listen and learn with compassionate and non-judgemental attitude.

Duties will include:

· Support of vulnerable individuals.

· Manufacturing of commissioned furniture.

· Teaching of basic woodwork, furniture making skills, health & safety and general life skills.

· Keeping a safe workshop at all times.

· Working with current customers, co-managing order book and priorities.

· Help with sourcing recycled timber, and reprocessing this for furniture production.

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Fundraising Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,000 pro-rata
  • Home-based, with some travel
  • Closing 20th June 2021

Are you a great communicator with a passion for inclusive communities and social enterprise?

We’re looking for a part-time Fundraising Officer, 2 days per week, to develop grant applications and fundraising activities to help the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) flourish.

The GCP is based at the Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The role is flexible and can be mostly carried out from home and tailored to you current life or work commitments. Ideally you will be able to visit to learn about and enjoy the community’s wide range of activities, events and support. An appropriate working pattern can be agreed. Salary £12,000 (FTE £30,000 - pro-rata)

We are looking for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills to best present our community to prospective and existing funders, donors and friends. Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for applying and reporting on grant funding, and managing existing and prospective funder and donor relations. As part of the team, the role may also involve community fundraising initiatives, partnerships (e.g. groups undertaking sponsored events, or corporate firms), and delivering talks to visiting groups and supporters involving a wide variety of different needs and abilities. You will be able to work on your own initiative, manage deadlines and prioritise your workload to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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Volunteer Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £31,579
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th June 2021

Are you a Leader, an Organiser and a Project Manager with a deep understanding and appreciation of the huge benefits Volunteering has for the Volunteer and the charity or community within which they volunteer?

Are you interested in working for Edinburgh’s Employer of the Year?

We are looking for a full-time Volunteer Coordinator, 5 days a week, to recruit, induct, train and allocate Volunteers to a task or activity which will enable them, our Members and our community to flourish.

The GCP is based at the Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The role is flexible and some work can be carried out from home and tailored to your current life or work commitments. Ideally you will be able to attend the project in person 3 days a week. Some early evenings and some weekend working is required at times. An appropriate working pattern can be agreed.

We are looking for someone to join our multi-award-winning social enterprise charity with excellent people skills. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills to best present our community to prospective volunteers as well as communicate policies and procedures that keep our Volunteers safe and hold them to account. Reporting to the Service Manager, you will be responsible for reporting on Volunteer achievements and outcomes for the project as well training hours, training feedback and any wider improvements that can be made to the Volunteer’s experience in the Grassmarket Community Project.

As part of the team, the role may also involve community fundraising initiatives, collaboration with other team members, students on placement and any other task. We are a small team with a broad remit. This is achieved by having a flexible, creative and supportive approach to how we operate and support people. You will be able to work on your own initiative, be monitored periodically, identify your own learning and support needs as well as prioritise your workload to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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