Charity registered in Scotland SC035342
Re-Union Canal Boats is a social enterprise based on and around Edinburgh’s Union Canal. We offer training and support to a wide range of volunteers and engage with canalside communities.
Re-Union Canal Boats has been operating since 2004 working with canal-side communities near the Union Canal from our base in Edinburgh. Re-Union supports and encourages communities to engage positively with the canal, to promote its heritage, environment and amenity, with a view to encouraging more local people to use the canal to their benefit. We also aim to support those suffering barriers to participation through volunteering. Many of those we work with are socially isolated, unemployed or struggle with mental health issues. We work with support agencies who refer and signpost their clients to us as our track record shows that our mix of projects and activities bring positive impacts.
Through COVID our public facing operations – volunteer opportunities and boat trips on the 60ft wide beam boat, the Lochrin Belle - have all but closed for a whole year. However much work has been done behind the scenes developing and shoring up the organisation so that we can continue to deliver our mission in a post-pandemic society.
Following the pandemic, Re-Union wishes to employ a dedicated person to work with our volunteers to support them and help them re-engage with our work. We also want to reach out to others who may benefit from our volunteering opportunities, particularly in terms of personal development and confidence building, and if relevant assist them to move towards the labour market or formal education.
In the past, volunteer programmes have often been linked to the funding received e.g. specifically a Heath related project, however the Board of Directors are committing the organisation’s own funds for the first year of this post, to make sure the programme developed is centred on the needs of the volunteers and there is no restrictions on who can be recruited to programmes.
This role will involve re-engaging and recruiting Re-Union Volunteers and developing a suitable volunteer programme for people to participate in, based on but building upon our past activities. You will also take an active role in the administration of boat trips, with particular responsibility of assembling crew members for the trips.
You will be contracted to work 18 hours each week in a mutually agreed work pattern, which may include working flexibly and could include some weekends. It is expected that at least one full day per week will be required working on location directly with the volunteers. However, there is the potential for some of the administration hours to be worked flexibly and from home, if required.
Fountainbridge Canalside Community Trust aims to make our local community a better place to live, work, play and visit.
We are seeking a Network Development Officer, initially (due to funding) on a short-term contract from Sept 2022-March 2023 (further applications for post-March 2023 have and will be submitted)
By employing a Network Development Officer, we aim to better engage with other organisations who work in the area (some of which are already known to us and engaged), to create a more cohesive network of organisations who, by working and communicating well together, will have greater impact and can become more than the sum of their parts.
Please download the job description below for further details.