Outside the Box
Outside the Box

Charity registered in Scotland SC035317

Outside the Box provides community development support to groups and individuals who want to start something new or sustain something that will be of benefit to their community. We also work with people across Scotland on national projects.


Current vacancies

Community Worker - 2 posts

  • Part time
  • £25,000 pro-rata
  • Brechin, Edzell and North Angus
  • Closing 13th May 2019

This project has developed from work we are doing with people in the area around Brechin and Edzell to develop more opportunities for older people, including activities that can benefit the whole community. This is part of a wider project: Rural Wisdom is working with people in communities across Scotland and Wales to look at how rural communities work for people as they get older.

This new project is complementing all the good work and activities happening in this area. The aim is to increase the social connections for older people, including those who have additional disabilities or face other challenges, and other people who are, or are at risk of becoming, socially isolated.

There are several parts to the project:

  • Organising a gathering every 3 months or so - events that bring together people and community groups, where people have a nice time with and tea and cakes, find out what is going on in the area and have their say about what they would like to see.
  • Organising activities that are welcoming and easy for people to take part, such as crafts, music and physical activities that work for people with little confidence or skill and are good fun
  • Spreading information about what is happening and reaching people who have few social connections and tend to be missed by existing networks.
  • Building a network of Communications Champions – local people who share information with people they know, such as neighbours and members of groups they are part of

The intention is that after a year or so people and community groups in the area will be able to take on the events and activities, such as taking turns to host these and working in partnership to plan and publicises what they do. The person working on this project will work alongside local people to plan how the Community Connections approach continues in the linger-term.

This project has links with a similar project that is being developed in the area around Brechin in Angus, also as a development from the Rural Wisdom work there. We are building links between the people working in each area. There will also be shared learning sessions and joint materials that tell other people what we are learning and doing in both projects.

The project is funded by the Greater Renfrewshire and Angus LEADER programmes as a co-operation project with a similar post in Eaglesham and the surrounding area in East Renfrewshire.

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