Bridgend Farmhouse
Bridgend Farmhouse

Charity registered in Scotland SC048396

We own Bridgend Farmhouse on the edge of Craigmillar Castle Park in South Edinburgh as a result of one of the first urban community asset transfers and Big Lottery capital funding. We have renovated and transformed the once derelict farmhouse into a vibrant community hub, focused on “learning, working and growing together to develop a flourishing community and place”. Volunteers are the bedrock of what we do and are involved at every level of our activities, outdoors and indoors. More about us at Facebook @BridgendFarmhouse and Twitter: @BridgendFarmhse

Current vacancies

Directors/Trustees for Bridgend Farmhouse’s Board

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th December 2021

Are you an individual with a particular passion and strategic vision to develop a local community owned asset with a strong, democratic value base?

Bridgend Farmhouse is a successful award winning community benefit society with charitable status based in South East Edinburgh. Following an effective campaign, it gained community ownership of the land in 2015 and has become a thriving community hub where people meet to carry out creative, physical, and purposeful activities and to share skills and knowledge with others. The organisation works to address social inequalities, reduce isolation and loneliness, strengthen community involvement, build local resilience, develop environmental education and stewardship, and support people to be active agents in their life. In 2021, Bridgend Farmhouse received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can get in the UK.

Bridgend’s Board of Directors/Trustees is elected annually from a base of 400+ community shareholders, predominantly local, who aim to create a Sociocracy model of working together. The Board is currently steering change within our community hub and after a wide consultation we are now implementing the findings of a change management process. You would be joining at an exciting time when Bridgend Farmhouse is emerging from the recent lockdowns and beginning to slowly re-engage with its local community.

Role and responsibilities of Bridgend Farmhouse Directors/Trustees:

Bridgend Farmhouse Directors/Trustees have a generic role in ensuring that the organisation meets its vision, aims, and objectives and fulfils the requirements of its regulatory bodies.

We are keen to invite people living in South East Edinburgh – with experience of governing organisations and passionate about community development – to sit on our Board of Directors/Trustees.

Directors/Trustees will:

  • Collectively develop strategy and priorities for the community hub to deliver the best possible community development practice and activities.
  • Monitor and track how well the Farmhouse is delivering its contracted outcomes and the results of local consultations and surveys, taking action to ensure that staff, finance, and premises are used effectively and responsibly.
  • Obtain funding to ensure sustainability of Bridgend Farmhouse and monitor its finances to ensure resources are used efficiently and effectively.
  • Take steps to ensure that risks are identified and actions taken to minimise these.

Our Directors/Trustees are expected to:

  • Be impartial – not act for any individual or group – and uphold collective decisions made by the Board.
  • Question and challenge information constructively.
  • Support our staff and invest in them.
  • Be sensitive to the views of others inside and outside of the Board meetings.
  • Create a positive culture which upholds the values and vision of Bridgend Farmhouse as a flourishing community aiming to learn, work, and grow together; promote equality and diversity; advance arts, heritage, and local culture; and encourage sustainability and environmental protection.
  • Analyse and review complex issues, weigh up conflicting opinions, and reach sound and reasoned decisions.

What kind of person are we looking for?

We are particularly keen to recruit people with specialist skills in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Legal matters
  • Business / Social enterprise
  • Marketing & PR
  • Management / Project management
  • HR
  • Health & Safety
  • Hospitality / Events management

We consider it is our responsibility to promote diversity at the workplace. We encourage applications from all the ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Skills Development Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th April 2021

We are a vibrant community-led organisation in South East Edinburgh whose aim is to enable people to learn, work, and grow together to create a flourishing community and place. Our new post of Skills Development Coordinator will support disadvantaged young people (aged 16 to 25) and socially isolated adults across our community of benefit to have better life chances.

The role involves recruiting and supporting individuals from the target groups to develop practical, social, emotional, literacy, and/or creative skills that enable them to play their part in a connected and inclusive community. The post holder will coordinate and develop learning, training, and volunteering opportunities for participants according to individual needs and goals.

To apply, you will need a strong track record in community development and/or skills development and experience of managing volunteers and sessional workers. You will be competent in building strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders. You will have experience of facilitating the delivery of nationally recognised qualifications, either directly or working in partnership with an external provider. You will be used to working with people in peer-led and informal education settings. If you are also self-motivated, well-organised and have digital, monitoring, and evaluation skills, this may be the post for you.

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General Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th October 2021

Bridgend Farmhouse is an award winning, community-owned and led organisation in South East Edinburgh whose aim is to enable people to learn, work and grow together to create a flourishing community and place.

This is a pivotal role, with overall responsibility for the development, operations and sustainability of Bridgend Farmhouse’s community facing activities, volunteering and external partnerships. We were one of first urban asset transfers in Scotland in 2015, and opened as a community hub in 2018, when our first staff joined us. So, Bridgend Farmhouse is relatively young as a staffed organisation, but has its origins in community development activities dating back over eleven years. The challenge for this role is to increase the profile and reposition Bridgend Farmhouse, a Community Benefit Society with Charitable status which has survived the negative impacts of COVID-19, whilst providing a range of vital services during the pandemic, and is beginning to emerge from lockdown. We have also just completed a large piece of community action research with other 400 households and detailed governance review with over 45 members, staff, trustees and volunteers.

The successful candidate would support the Board of Directors/Trustees to implement recently agreed structural changes, strengthen its governance and be responsible for the day-to-day organisation of a vibrant community hub which serves South East Edinburgh. We need a highly organised, resilient self-starter for this challenging but very rewarding role.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager who has an understanding of working with a community-led organisation. You will have a strong track record of operational and project management in a comparable setting, and be competent and confident in managing budgets and financial performance. You will have excellent people management skills and a record of creating strong working partnerships with organisations, community groups and volunteers. Experience of working to a Board of voluntary directors and of monitoring, evaluating and reporting on outcomes is also essential.

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