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Link Up Saltcoats Community Development Worker

  • Full time
  • £24,000 – £26,000
  • Argyle Community Centre, Donaldson Avenue, Saltcoats, KA21 5AF
  • Closing 15th March 2022

  • Advertised from 10th February 2022
  • 35 hours per week. Contract to 31/3/23, but with the potential for an extension subject to funding.
  • Pension: Employers pension 6%. Holidays: 25 days


Saltcoats in North Ayrshire is amongst the most deprived communities in Scotland, but recent community development activity has shown that the community has the passion, skills, knowledge, resources and motivation to turn around their fortunes. Building on the strengths of our existing partnership on Link Up*. The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) and Inspiring Scotland have secured investment from a range of funders to implement a potentially ground-breaking community-led approach to delivering long-term change. We continue to call this new and evolving programme, Link Up.

This development of the Link Up model maintains the original approach at its core and 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 Link Up Saltcoats Manager, we are looking for an individual who shares our passion to make a difference to join our Link Up team. Your focus will be on the continued development of our core Link Up* approach. You will believe in the need for social change and understand and be committed to the role that grassroots community development can play in delivering this.

Application notes

Completed applications should be returned no later than 5pm on Tuesday 15th March.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on Thursday 17th March 2022 and expected to participate in two additional stages as follows:

  • Week commencing 21 March: 2-hour group exercise with other candidates and local Link Up volunteers. This will take place early evening, probably around 5-7pm.
  • Week commencing 28 March – 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) residents 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