Charity number 1093070
Eden Project Communities’ vision is to create happier and healthier communities where people know one another and neighbourhoods thrive. We do this by bringing people together to actively engage with each other, helping to build more resilient and better connected communities. We inspire people to take small steps that make a big difference. We bring people together.
Each year on the first weekend in June, millions of people take part in The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual get together for neighbours. The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery that sees people sharing food and having fun as they get to know each other. Big Lunches happen in gardens, parks and in the streets – in 2020, we even held Big Lunches online! This year, The Big Lunch date is 5th and 6th June.
This shared moment, held annually on the first weekend in June, creates vital space in our busy modern lives to come together in a nationwide act of community friendship. The Big Lunch is fully inclusive and brings people of all ages, faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds together.
We are looking for freelance support in Scotland to help make The Big Lunch Weekend famous. We want the initiative to become a household name, and a recognised event in the national calendar with millions of people from all walks of life taking part and benefiting annually. We want to build a narrative that speaks to people in Scotland, that recognises what it’s like to live in Scotland and the amazing things going on in our communities.
To ‘make The Big Lunch famous’ we need to increase awareness of The Big Lunch Weekend, and convert this awareness into participation. Given the current lockdown, we feel that the best way to do this is through digital marketing, using paid advertising and effective digital content to reach people in their homes. Secondly, we also feel that Scottish media, particularly local media, are effective ways to reach people engaged in community life. We’re also exploring working with Scottish ambassadors, and other forms of paid advertising. However, your knowledge and expertise will help us develop this strategy.
Eden Project Communities are looking for new Community Network Developers to join their growing team. If you are an experienced networker and relationship builder who enjoys working with people this could be a great opportunity for you to join the team.
Eden Project Communities’ mission is to bring people together and encourage them to actively engage with one another and the places where they live. They have a vision of a world full of happier and healthier communities where people know one another and neighbourhoods thrive. They have UK wide reach and deliver initiatives that encourage public engagement and participation in positive action and create real social capital on a mass scale.
Their Community Network Developers are responsible for leading community engagement and development of participation in Eden Project Communities’ activity programme including The Big Lunch, Community Camps and their peer to peer Network across a specific geography within the UK. This will include the need to deliver workshops online and host face to face regional events to bring people together from a broad geography to learn and develop community-based skills.
This role is tasked with increasing participation in all aspects of the Communities programme, including their flagship activity The Big Lunch. The post holder will build networks for those who take part in The Big Lunch and our online and in person events, defining and developing engagement and support models that will work within the context of the territory supported. This includes raising awareness, developing activities that boost community skills and facilitating networking with a view to this becoming sustained more locally by participants.
What we’re looking for:
We’re looking for someone with experience of working in the community, with a variety of stakeholders. Ideally you will have experience of Event Management too. You’ll be able to evidence the building of networks along with experience in delivering projects. Most importantly we’re seeking someone creative and personable who has the ability to build outstanding relationships in person and online. We hope you’ll be as ambitious as the rest of the team at Eden Project Communities, for affecting real change at a community level.