WHALE Arts Agency
WHALE Arts Agency

Charity registered in Scotland SC020305

Since being set up by local people in 1992 WHALE Arts has firmly established itself as the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes. As a community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts’ mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community. WHALE acts as a conduit between our community and creative opportunities through the direct delivery of projects, programmes and events and by connecting our community with city and national cultural partners. We are based in the purpose built WHALE Arts Centre a unique community asset that provides a range of high quality creative spaces for our community. WHALE Arts operates as a social enterprise allowing us to generate income that supports our charitable work.

Current vacancies

Project Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £24,193 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th July 2021

About the project

Create Community Wealth is an 18-month project, funded through Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective programme, that aims to develop community enterprise projects across Wester Hailes and Muirhouse. The project is a partnership between WHALE Arts and North Edinburgh Arts, working closely with SCOREscotland and Passion 4 Fusion.

The project has two clear aims:

● to support local people to create and produce a range of products/services

● to explore and set up platforms where people can sell their products/services

The project will employ a small team of artists/creative people to work within these communities, supporting local people to develop their ideas and sell and showcase their products and services locally.

Based on our knowledge and experience working in Wester Hailes and Muirhouse, we envisage that these products and services will include locally created crafts, food and drink products, wellbeing services and creative performance-based work.

We also want to create a framework for selling and showcasing the work created which could include regular street markets but may develop into something quite different as the project progresses.

About the role

We are looking for a Project Coordinator - someone who can oversee the delivery of the project and coordinate and support the team of artists/creative people.

The person we are looking for…

● is well organised, solution-focused and kind

● they treat people fairly and value the contributions others make

● appreciates diversity and are open-minded and inclusive.

We want someone who…

● thinks expansively - seeing multiple ways to reach a goal, solve a problem, or improve a situation

● recognises opportunities and challenges assumptions

● values new ideas and approaches, and encourages creative thinking

● is hard-working and a good team player.

The person we are looking for will have experience of…

● Planning and delivering projects

● Managing community events - including publicizing the programs and enhancing participation

● Community engagement

● Working & Networking with a range of partners and stakeholders

● Project management including managing budgets

● Overseeing and supporting freelance workers and volunteers

● Monitoring projects

● Evaluating projects

● Writing reports

They will also need to have...

● a commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

● cultural sensitivity

● The ability to build the trust and to welcome all people including those from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds facing additional barriers.

● Strong understanding of the challenges faced by B/ME communities in areas of deprivation

● excellent written and oral communication skills

● the ability to work as part of a team

● self-motivation and the ability to use their own initiative

● Flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of our target communities

● Empathy and kindness

Ideally but not essential, they will have…

● A knowledge of Wester Hailes and or North Edinburgh communities

● An understanding of the issues facing people living in areas of deprivation

● Experience in using the arts to address community issues

● Experience in micro-enterprise development

● Fluency in at least 2 languages

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Community Wealth Building Project Lead

  • Part time
  • £26,236 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st May 2021

The Go Beyond Network are looking to appoint a Community Wealth Building Project Lead for 12 months working 28 hours a week. The post-holder will be co-located at WHALE Arts Centre, Big Hearts, Space Hub and other locations across South West Edinburgh. This is a new fixed term post which will help Go Beyond, Capital City Partnership and the Edinburgh and South East City Region Deal area establish what Community Wealth Building (CWB) and the 5 pillars of CWB mean to them and importantly show how community organisations (such as charities & social enterprises) can play their part in developing CWB in the South West locality of Edinburgh. We are looking for someone who understands Community Wealth Building (CWB) and can help develop this from the grassroots of our communities and is prepared to come on a Community Wealth Building journey with us over 12 months.

This vacancy has now closed

Community Meal Chef and Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £22,000 – £23,339 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th May 2021

Background of project

The post is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund for 3-years through our new community-led project ‘Grow, Cook, Eat, Repeat’ from May 2021 to March 31 2024.

Grow, Cook, Eat, Repeat is for local residents of all-ages in Wester Hailes. It combines three interconnected strands of our existing work - our community garden, community meal and volunteering - into one cohesive programme which will put a 3-year structure in place to enable local residents to take the lead in developing their skills through volunteering in the garden, at the meal or other areas across the organisation. It will put local people at the centre of decision-making and follow their lead on how best to address food insecurity and improve the mental health and wellbeing of our community.

During the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 WHALE Arts paused all regular programmes and activities and focused resources into food provision for Wester Hailes. We turned our popular Community Meal into a takeaway and delivery service and continue to develop and deliver the project safely and within government guidelines and following building risk assessments.

The community meal at WHALE Arts originally formed between 2017 – 2019 from the ‘Tasting Change’ project between local community organisations (Prospect Housing, WHALE Arts, SCOREscotland, The Health Agency and CHAI). We remain connected with local partners and will work closely with them to deliver important work to the community.

Summary of the Post

The Community Meal Chef and Coordinator will continue to cook a delicious plant-based meal for 50-70 local people in the Wester Hailes community served at 1pm-2pm every Friday at WHALE Arts centre.

They are responsible for coordinating local community meal volunteers, cooking and serving the weekly meal and working closely with the community garden team to ensure that garden produce is transformed into healthy, delicious meals.

Our aim is that volunteers and participants will feel:

  • Welcome, safe, included, accepted, supported.
  • An increased sense of ownership and that they can make a valuable contribution.
  • Less isolated and lonely.
  • More skilled with better economic prospects.
  • Healthy and well.

To find out more about the role, please download the Application Pack below.