1st Step Development Ventures
1st Step Development Ventures

Charity registered in Scotland SC048748

Community organisation and social enterprise. We help people affected by addiction to recover and reach their potential through new wider social connections, opportunities to learn and to become more active in their communities

Current vacancies

Mustard Seed Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £26,000 pro-rata
  • Home based
  • Closing 25th October 2021


1st Step Development Ventures is a community-led charity and social enterprise working in West Lothian and Falkirk. We work towards communities that make addiction recovery real by challenging stigma, supporting people to see their own strengths, and creating opportunities for them to rebuild social connections and find purpose and fulfilment in their local communities.

Our aim is to promote recovery from addiction and improve mental health and develop sustainable social enterprises that can grow as our team grows into stronger and more resilient people, at the same time as making a positive impact in our community.

We run a number of initiatives that create fulfilling opportunities for people to learn, find purpose and build up strong, supportive relationships. Before Covid-19 struck, these included a successful catering social enterprise called The Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed was created to provide quality volunteering and employment opportunities for people affected by addiction or poor mental health. We ran regular office lunches and catered for many community events. We always prided ourselves on high standards and very tasty food. This gave our team a real sense of pride and achievement from being involved.

COVID has presented both challenges and opportunities to explore income generating ideas and a need to move forwards with a long term funding vision. We are now looking to re-launch the Mustard Seed and are recruiting an exciting new key post of Coordinator to take this forward successfully.

Job Purpose

The Mustard Seed Coordinator is an exciting new role for the right person. They will lead and train our volunteers to help develop and grow our charity. They will be able to inspire enthusiasm in hospitality, and enable our volunteers to build and strengthen their own recovery journeys. They will also work closely and collaborate with our partner agencies.

Working with the Development Manager the post-holder will:

  • Research and identify new catering/hospitality business opportunities;
  • Set up and establish two or more hospitality trading initiatives, and
  • Develop a funding and sustainability business plan for them for the next 3 years.

The post is initially on a fixed term, but our intention is to work toward making it a permanent post if possible.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

1st Step Bikes Team Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £26,000 pro-rata
  • Linlithgow Recycling Centre
  • Closing 17th June 2021

Inspiring Recovery Together

Working towards communities that make addiction recovery real. That means challenging stigma, supporting people to see their own strengths, and creating opportunities for them to rebuild social connections and find purpose and fulfilment in their local communities.

The 1st Step Bikes Team Coordinator (0.6 post that can be worked flexibly) is an exciting new opportunity for the right person, who has the skills and experience to take a leadership role in our award winning team.

Our new Team Coordinator will lead our small but highly skilled team of bike mechanics and volunteers to deliver supported training courses especially for people affected by addiction or poor mental health and repair customers’ and donated bikes for resale or re-donation to good causes. Our work is very much focused on “building recovery, one bike at a time”. The new post holder will be able to support and encourage members of the community who are recovering from addiction and mental ill health to get involved, helping them recognise and build on their strengths and progress in their recovery journey.

If you think you have what it takes to inspire people about bikes and cycling, and use this to bring out the best in them, and also the organisation and communication skills to work with a wide range of stakeholders, then you may be the right person for this new role.

A full Job Description is available for download below.

If you would like more information or to discuss anything in relation to the new post contact Maria Throp 07597392931 firststepdevelopment@gmail.com