Charity registered in Scotland SC043914
The Trust was set up in 2013, from an initiative by the Community Council, and undertakes a range of activity in the villages of West Calder and Harburn. Our aim is to become the ‘anchor’ organisation for the area.
West Calder & Harburn Community Development Trust and Polbeth & West Calder Community Garden wish to appoint a Development Officer to join their partnership staff team running volunteer, enterprise and wellbeing activities at our community garden and woodland. This a great opportunity to bring enthusiasm, energy and creativity to a volunteer facing role. It will suit someone with a passion for helping people develop their skills and wellbeing, the environment and outdoor activities. You would be joining a friendly team of two within a supportive team of nine based in the community.
West Calder & Harburn Community Development Trust are looking for an experienced Finance and Administration Officer to join a friendly team of ten. We are involved in a wide range of activities and projects and so things rarely get dull!
We are looking for someone able to give the Trust Manager Manager and Team Leader support in financial management and administration as the organisation grows. This is an administrative and support role with ultimate responsibility for financial matters lying with the Trust Manager and Treasurer, but we are looking for someone experienced and confident in the financial elements.
You will find more detail about us and the role in the attached job specification and, as a flexible and accommodating employer, we are happy to consider job shares and adjusting hours to suit the right candidate. So, if you feel you are particularly strong in the key elements of this role but perhaps not in others we still encourage you to apply.
West Calder and Harburn Community Development Trust was constituted in 2013 by the people of our community here in West Lothian. Our aims and objectives are to improve the place we live in, the quality of life in that place and the opportunities available to the people who live there. We have delivered a wide range of projects and initiatives - from the physical (paths, signage and skateparks); the social (community events, newsletters, cafe); the cultural (exhibitions, celebrations) and supportive (counselling, social prescribing, peer support, volunteering for health) – and we do so in a spirit of partnership and cooperation.
After many years of working in community wellbeing, The Trust has launched the Good Connections Community Wellbeing Project, a social prescribing service available to people living within the catchment area of West Calder Medical Practice. Over the last 18 months, we have employed a Community Wellbeing Link-worker to develop and deliver this service, providing information and support to local people (aged 16+) to access services, activity groups, and opportunities that are beneficial to mental wellbeing. During this time, the Good Connections service has become an established and successful mental health & wellbeing resource in West Lothian and has recently expanded into the delivery of a programme of wellbeing activities that is coordinated by our Community Wellbeing Link-worker.
Our current Link-worker is taking an extended leave of absence, and we are looking to offer a motivated, capable and self-reliant individual the opportunity to deliver our Good Connection project whilst they are on leave. Our hope is that the right person will be able to contribute new & exciting ideas to encourage the project’s continuous development and that this could lead to the expansion of our Good Connections staff team – meaning this role offers potential for progression past May 2023.
More details are available on the Job Description and person specification.