Charity registered in Scotland SC041674
The Grassmarket Community Project is a charity working in Edinburgh's Old town supporting people facing deep social exclusion.
Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and reconnect with themselves, others and the wider community.
Our vision is to create an environment where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves, others and the wider community.
· People feel valued and every person is given dignity.
· People feel cared about and can move towards independent living without feeling abandoned or isolated.
· People can be confident to trust and value their own decisions, overcoming a poverty of expectation and ultimately realising their own potential.
· People can build a life which reduces dependence on others, gaining self-reliance.
· There is a commitment to be involved with individuals, meeting and welcoming them within the local community.
Our project is based in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh, in the Grassmarket. We work with over 500 people a year and deliver on average 800 hours of support per month.
Grassmarket Furniture is our oldest and most established social enterprise. We supply furniture commissions to a wide range of customers from the private, public and third sector and to private individuals. Most of our furniture is made using recycled wood, mostly church pews which we collect from all over the UK, as well as local sustainably sourced timber from windfall tree or trees felled for development. We make anything the customer requires from lamps, award trophies, chopping boards to shop fits, bars and dining room sets. Our prices have ranged from £20 for a candle holder to £5,000 for one table. Our woodwork turnover exceeds over £100k a year and supports a range of vulnerable adults, around 60 a year, who volunteer daily or once a week or are paid apprentices (completing SQA’s) or people on supported employment.
We are looking an enthusiastic and reliable Assistant Workshop Manager who can contribute to the production of furniture and training of beginner level woodworkers, for our flagship social enterprise. Candidates must have a joinery or cabinet-making qualification, or equivalent on the job training, and experience in a professional joinery workshop.
The workshop is staffed largely by trainees and volunteers who are vulnerable adults. Candidates must have experience, or be able to work with people from all walks of life, have empathy for colleagues with support needs, and a willing to listen and learn with compassionate and non-judgemental attitude.
Duties will include:
· Support of vulnerable individuals.
· Manufacturing of commissioned furniture.
· Teaching of basic woodwork, furniture making skills, health & safety and general life skills.
· Keeping a safe workshop at all times.
· Working with current customers, co-managing order book and priorities.
· Help with sourcing recycled timber, and reprocessing this for furniture production.
Are you a Leader, an Organiser and a Project Manager with a deep understanding and appreciation of the huge benefits Volunteering has for the Volunteer and the charity or community within which they volunteer?
Are you interested in working for Edinburgh’s Employer of the Year?
We are looking for a full-time Volunteer Coordinator, 5 days a week, to recruit, induct, train and allocate Volunteers to a task or activity which will enable them, our Members and our community to flourish.
The GCP is based at the Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The role is flexible and some work can be carried out from home and tailored to your current life or work commitments. Ideally you will be able to attend the project in person 3 days a week. Some early evenings and some weekend working is required at times. An appropriate working pattern can be agreed.
We are looking for someone to join our multi-award-winning social enterprise charity with excellent people skills. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills to best present our community to prospective volunteers as well as communicate policies and procedures that keep our Volunteers safe and hold them to account. Reporting to the Service Manager, you will be responsible for reporting on Volunteer achievements and outcomes for the project as well training hours, training feedback and any wider improvements that can be made to the Volunteer’s experience in the Grassmarket Community Project.
As part of the team, the role may also involve community fundraising initiatives, collaboration with other team members, students on placement and any other task. We are a small team with a broad remit. This is achieved by having a flexible, creative and supportive approach to how we operate and support people. You will be able to work on your own initiative, be monitored periodically, identify your own learning and support needs as well as prioritise your workload to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
Are you a great communicator with a passion for inclusive communities and social enterprise?
We’re looking for a part-time Fundraising Officer, 2 days per week, to develop grant applications and fundraising activities to help the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) flourish.
The GCP is based at the Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The role is flexible and can be mostly carried out from home and tailored to you current life or work commitments. Ideally you will be able to visit to learn about and enjoy the community’s wide range of activities, events and support. An appropriate working pattern can be agreed. Salary £12,000 (FTE £30,000 - pro-rata)
We are looking for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills to best present our community to prospective and existing funders, donors and friends. Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for applying and reporting on grant funding, and managing existing and prospective funder and donor relations. As part of the team, the role may also involve community fundraising initiatives, partnerships (e.g. groups undertaking sponsored events, or corporate firms), and delivering talks to visiting groups and supporters involving a wide variety of different needs and abilities. You will be able to work on your own initiative, manage deadlines and prioritise your workload to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.