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Saltcoats Link Up Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,500 – £33,500
  • Argyle Community Centre, Campbell Avenue, Saltcoats, KA21 5AG
  • Closing 24th April 2023

  • Advertised from 29th March 2023
  • Fixed Term to 31/03/2026. 35 hours per week
  • Employers pension 6%. Life Insurance provided. Holidays: Total of 252 hours including bank holiday leave.


Working in Saltcoats since 2014, Saltcoats Link Up has developed a unique asset-based community development approach to tackle inequality and disadvantage. It does this by enabling local people to help themselves, each other and their community.

Building on the strengths of our existing partnership on Link Up , The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) and Inspiring Scotland have secured an additional three-year investment to continue to develop our place-based work. This development maintains the original Link Up approach at its core but aims to establish new ways of working in which local people and organisations (public, social and commercial) collaborate to identify and develop sustainable opportunities and solutions to local issues; setting in place long-term changes that contribute to material reductions in poverty and disadvantage in Saltcoats. We seek to make these changes the ‘norm’ rather than part of a cycle of time-limited pilots and projects.

Employed by The Ayrshire Community Trust and reporting to the TACT Executive Director, we are looking for an individual who shares our passion to make a difference and to lead our Link Up team. You will believe in the need for social change and understand and be committed to the role that grassroots community development coupled with strong local collaboration can play in delivering this.

Note: TACT and Inspiring Scotland will also be launching a second recruitment process for a Community Development Worker (reporting to the Manager) to join our Saltcoats Link Up team. This will be advertised in the next week or so.

Application notes

Application Forms and Job Descriptions can be downloaded from below or obtained via email at

Completed applications should be returned no later than 5pm, Monday 24th April.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on Tuesday 25th April 2023 and expected to participate in two additional stages as follows:

  • Week commencing 1st May: 2-hour group exercise with other candidates and local Link Up volunteers. This will take place early evening, probably around 5-7pm.
  • Week commencing 8th May: competency-based interview of approx. 1 hour.

Further instructions on these two stages will be provided nearer the time.

Link Up starts from the premise that the ingredients for lasting change already lie in our communities in the shape of the passion, strengths, skills, knowledge and interests of local people. Our Link Up workers work with local people to harness these assets to establish activities (e.g. gardening, cooking, arts, crafts, sports, music) they want to take part in.

Through regular participation, these activities help people to build relationships with their fellow residents, creating new social networks where they look out for each other. These support networks when coupled with the positive and caring environment created by our workers, give people the confidence and skills to effect positive change for themselves, their family and community. See more at: Inspiring Scotland Link Up