Wester Hailes Community Trust is a collaborative community organisation that has been established to support genuine
community-led development in Wester Hailes. The Trust is led by and accountable to its local membership. Set up
in 2016, the Trust has been working to a set of priorities decided by the community:
- Making Wester Hailes safer for the community
- Making the community better together
- Engaging with
- Addressing transport issues
- Making better use of IT
- Improving community
facilities and unused land
This is a new and exciting opportunity to support the growth of WHCT. This role is a part time freelance post with
the opportunity for discussion to agree a working pattern that is viable to both the successful candidate and
the Trust. The successful candidate to the post will be line managed by WHCT trustees. The emphasis of this
position will be on the development of WHCT’s capacity, through increased membership, communications, supporting
the organisation to be better networked, encouraging collaboration and information sharing, and building
knowledge and learning. The post will be responsible for working with the members of WHCT to understand and
respond to the emerging needs of the Wester Hailes community we work with.
The key project over the period Feb 2022 – Sept 2022 is to support the WHCT members to develop and complete of the
Local Place Plan working with Urban Pioneers as the lead consultant.
This post is funded through the Scottish Government Place Based Investment Programme as a way for the WHCT to play a
lead role in the development and completion of the Local Place Plan which will be developed and completed
alongside the City of Edinburgh Council-led master planning and regeneration project working with architects
- Using a community development approach to build trust and relationships with the Trust’s members and local
- Organise and facilitate meetings, events and engagement processes, this includes regular
Trustees meetings and AGM
- Through relationship with members identify their needs and develop services
and activities in response, including playing a key role in supporting WHCT to take the lead role in the Wester
Hailes Local Place Plan
- To develop and facilitate communications between the Trust and its members and
wider stakeholders, using IT, social media and face to face engagement.
- To manage WHCT’s day to day
finances on behalf of the Trustees using basic book-keeping processes (currently using excel)
- To supply
the information for and coordinate the production of WHCT annual accounts on behalf of the Trustees working with
an external accountant
- To develop, update and maintain the Trust’s website
- To be the main point
of contact for WHCT with responsibility for responding to emails and taking calls on behalf of the
- To be responsible for creating content for and regularly posting on WHCT social media channels
– currently Twitter and Facebook
- To work proactively to identify potential members for the Trust and
promote their participation.
- To facilitate capacity building for the Trust Board, such as governance and
trustee training and support for new or prospective Trustees
- To promote and support the involvement of
local groups, member organisations and their representatives in decision-making structures.
- To assist
with carrying out and co-ordinating research to inform and influence local policies and practice.
service and provide regular reports on development and progress when required for the Board, funding bodies and
- To participate in Support and Supervision sessions to ensure personal and Trust
development is ongoing.
- To undertake any other relevant duties as appropriate to the post and directed
by the Trustees
- At least 2 years’ experience in a community development or similar setting.
- Good understanding of the
voluntary sector and the issues and policy which impacts on it.
- An understanding of the key issues
associated with local and city-wide Community Planning.
- Ability to undertake network development
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience of utilising a range of IT
- Experience of creating content for an updating and maintaining social
- Experience of maintaining an organisational website
- Financial management skills,
budgeting, basic book-keeping and coordinating the production of annual accounts
- Experience of
organising meetings and minute-taking
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build trust
and relationships across a range of voluntary sector and public sector stakeholders.
- Understanding of
the skills needed for effective representation.
- A motivated self-starter, confident in progressing
detailed and complicated work.
- Good presentation skills.
- Ability to work under pressure to tight
- A commitment to tackling inequality, discrimination and exclusion of local people.
commitment and experience of promoting the involvement of local people on issues that affect them.
- Qualification in community development work.
- Facilitation skills.
- Experience in management of
- Experience of developing new projects or development work from concept to
- Flexible approach.
- Motivated and committed.
- Able to take initiative.
- A style, which is
supportive, nurturing and empowering of people.
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a
- Ability to work with different personalities to meet the needs of the service
WHCT is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we will interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum
requirements for the post. Applications are also welcome from people who have experienced mental health
WHCT is also keen to receive applications from local residents. If you are interested in the role, but have not been
self-employed before, there is local support and advice available to help with registering etc.
A Right to Work in the UK is required for this post. Candidates may be asked for proof of qualifications declared on