Help Oversee a Wellbeing/Environmental/Food-Growing Charity with Projects in Leith (Edinburgh) and Malawi.
Leith Community Crops in Pots is a Leith-based community food-growing charity. Our purposes can be summarised as ‘to
encourage and support the people and organisations of Leith to grow food, and flowers for pollinating insects,
in urban spaces, in order to improve health and wellbeing, community cohesion and the environment’. Furthermore,
we champion the principles of food
- We pride ourselves on being community-led, and regularly consult local residents and other stakeholders on all
- Our current major funders are the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge and Climate Justice
Funds and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, but we also have several smaller funders.
- We are an active
member of several umbrella groups and campaign/lobby with them on issues such as the Good Food Nation
- We have worked extensively withlocal schools, from the
nursery to the secondary level, establishing ‘edible classrooms’ and mini-orchards and engaging children, their
parents/carers and their teachers in hands-on environmental education centred on food-growing. This has included
work with vulnerable children. We won the Youth & Education prize in
the Nature of Scotland Awards 2016.
- We run a community growing space on Leith Links known as Leith Community
Croft. We have ambitions to refurbish the dilapidated building on the Croft and turn it into the heart of a
pioneering ‘urban croft’, a multi-partner self-sustaining and regenerative community anchor project, serving
social, environmental and educational purposes, which we hope will be widely replicated across Scotland and
- We hold the purse strings of an ambitious multi-partner 21-school
project in the Rumphi district of Malawi. We see our role as supporting good governance and upholding the
principles of food sovereignty. We are exploring the possibility of supporting other promising work in Malawi
(an organic farm-base education project).
- Our largest current project is our immensely successful Croft Carbon College,
also a multi-partner venture, which is based in our office next to Leith Community Croft and on the Croft
itself. Entering its second year now, it appears increasingly sustainable as we fine-tune its broad offer of
community gatherings, workshops and courses, most of which fall into the ‘7 Easy Steps to a Greener You’ and
‘Green Skills’ streams. Largely focused on adults so far, we shall be expanding its offer to include
after-school and summer clubs for children, with a focus on outdoor play and enjoyable environmental
- We are keen to use our resources to do more to address inequality and disadvantage, and help
Read more about us on our website: leith-community-crops-in-pots.org
What we are looking for:
- To help overview our strategic direction, we need new trustees (board members), willing to attend monthly
meetings (traditionally held on the evening of the first Monday of the month) and our AGM, and respond to
occasional requests for input between such meetings. If you can offer practical voluntary help with other
aspects of the charity, so much the better.
- Ideally you would have some experience in governorship, have
a connection to Leith and have skills/interests relating to one or more areas of our work (e.g. fundraising,
project management, social enterprises, publicity and media, non-violent communication, working with the
vulnerable/disadvantaged, child or adult education, community engagement, climate change, horticulture,
sustainable agriculture, agroecology, permaculture...).
- We are particularly keen to find someone with
financial/bookkeeping/accounting skills to act as treasurer, and someone with legal knowledge/experience would
also be invaluable.
Feel free to contact us if you have any queries.
If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a covering letter to the email or snail-mail address
Leith Community Crop in Pots
Annexe 2, Davidson House
57 Queen Charlotte Street
Closing date: 19th April 2019