Wester Hailes Community Trust
Wester Hailes Community Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC046486

Wester Hailes Community Trust is a new collaborative community organisation that has been established to support genuine community-led development in Wester Hailes

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Development Worker (Freelance)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st January 2022

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 young people
  • 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 Stallen Brand.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Using a community development approach to build trust and relationships with the Trust’s members and local residents
  • 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 Trustees
  • 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.
  • To service and provide regular reports on development and progress when required for the Board, funding bodies and partner agencies.
  • 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

Person Specification


  • 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 work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience of utilising a range of IT programmes.
  • Experience of creating content for an updating and maintaining social media
  • 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 deadlines.
  • A commitment to tackling inequality, discrimination and exclusion of local people.
  • A 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 staff/resources.
  • Experience of developing new projects or development work from concept to practice


  • 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 team
  • 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 difficulties.

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 their CV.