As part of the Scottish Government and Development Trust Association of Scotland Strengthening Communities Programme Kirknewton Community Development Trust has secured funding for two part time roles – a Community Gardener and a Community Fundraiser.
The intention is to raise funds to maintain jobs in the community beyond the ten month programme.
Application is by CV and covering letter. The deadline for applications is 16th May at 5pm to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH
Kirknewton Community Gardener
21 hours a week, £10,000, To March 2019
We are currently looking for a part time community gardener to help us move our projects into the next stage of its development and raise funds for the community. You will have experience, with some landscaping knowledge. A proven track record of developing and managing projects is preferred as is experience of working with volunteers/community work.
- Working with our Board to develop and implement a number of projects designed to engage the local community. This includes consulting with local community groups, schools and local residents. This will include assisting with local groups.
- Improving the look and our standards of basic practice across the community, on projects such as the Charles Jencks artwork, housing for the elderly landscaping, Village Improvement Projects, Community Woodland.
- Working with the community to identify areas for improvement, for a factor fee
- Working with the community to look after local gardens who require it, for a fee.
- Identifying training needs of our volunteers in conjunction with our youth and volunteer co-ordinator, devising appropriate training sessions to fulfil these needs.
- Ensuring all relevant health and safety standards are met in relation to your personal safety, the safety of volunteers, visiting school or community groups and members of the public.
- Conducting and reviewing risk assessments as required.
- Being responsible for the proper use, maintenance and safe storage of all plant, machinery, tools and equipment.
- Reporting on all matters relating to the postholder’s activities
- Undertaking such additional duties commensurate with the post as may reasonably be requested from time to time.
- Demonstrable experience of successful project planning from idea, through implementation to completion.
- Gardening experience with good knowledge of plants & tools
- Experience of working with and supervising volunteers including an ability to teach volunteers by example the principles of good practice.
- Am understanding of how community-based organisations work
Skills and attributes
In addition, the candidate should be
- Genuinely excited by gardening keen to communicate this enthusiasm to as wide an audience as possible
- Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
- Strongly committed to working as part of a team.
- Aware of all issues affecting personal safety and the safety of others, including volunteers.
- Sensitive to community issues, values and demographics.
- Reliable and organised
- Friendly and approachable.
- A confident and effective communicator both verbally and in writing
- Proactive and self-motivated
- Willing to work flexible hours including and weekends.
- Qualified First Aider or willing to acquire this qualification.
This is a part-time position 21 hours per week. Note that some weekend and evening work may be required.
£10,000 for 10 months, 21 hours a week
Job description and person spec for community gardener
28 days pa pro rata
KCDT has an opt in pension plan.
Looking after volunteers
KCDT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers interacting with these groups to share this commitment. This position will be subject to a satisfactory reference check
KIRKNEWTON COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER
The role of the Community Fundraiser is to raise funds to help assist the financial stability of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust and the work we do.
- To stimulate, encourage and support fundraising activities in Kirknewton carried out by individuals, organisations and associations on behalf of the Trust.
- Develop our community lottery and fundraising raised through events.
- Identify and apply for funding that meets the aims and objectives of the Kirknewton Development Plan.
- Make links with individuals and groups, including companies, schools, churches and community organisations
- Identify and develop fundraising initiatives to engage individuals and groups including companies, schools, churches and community organisations.
- Encourage local participation in KCDT calendar of events
- Work with organisers of events taking place in Kirknewton to encourage participants to raise funds for the Trust and community projects specific to the Development Plan
- Produce resources such as posters, sponsorship forms, fundraising packs and thank you certificates to support and promote community fundraising events.
- Actively find new supporters to promote Kirknewton collection tins and merchandise across the area and grow income as a result
- Identify and maintain knowledge of all products offer, including lottery and events so that opportunities for cross-promotion can be utilised.
- Recruit volunteers to assist you with fundraising activities
Community Fundraising Administration
- Record all CF data and contact activity
- Respond to CF enquiries, sending agreements, fundraising packs and thank you letters.
- Add CF events to the website.
- Log and maintain collection boxes and community lottery funds
- Ensure risk assessments and agreements for CF events are sent and completed as and when needed.
Friends of Kirknewton / Supporter Groups
- To explore the potential and provide administrative support and general support to the Friends of Kirknewton legacy programme.
- To build effective relationships with Friends of Kirknewton.
Fundraising materials for Community Fundraising
- Order and distribute CF materials and merchandise.
- Monitor stock levels and carry out a regular stock take.
- Regular reporting and evaluation on areas of responsibility
- Keep up to date with local government legislation, charity law, national fundraising guidelines and KCDT policies and procedures to ensure all fundraising activities comply.
- To undertake all other reasonable duties as required by the organisation.
- Provide support to the initiatives and events organised by other KCDT volunteer groups, including providing help and attendance as needed.
- This is a part-time position 21 hours per week. Note that some weekend and evening work may be required.
- £10,000 for 10 months, 21 hours a week.
- 28 days pa pro rata
- KCDT has an opt in pension plan.
Looking after volunteers
- KCDT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers interacting with these groups to share this commitment. This position will be subject to a satisfactory reference check
Local parent and Community Counsellor Fiona Halliday wished to start a support group in Kirknewton for parents and carers of children with additional support needs. She recognised that parents and carers can experience high levels of isolation, and thought that a regular group would help people to meet and share experiences. She noticed that Thursday 1st Feb is also “Time to Talk Day”, a day that encourages open exchange and talking to reduce isolation for people suffering mental health issues.
The Kirknewton Christmas Family Fair and BBQ was a great success, raising over £1500 for local community organisations.
The Kirknewton Community Development Trust wanted to do something slightly different with the annual event, making it less about craft stalls and more about family friendly Christmas activities. They also put less into publicity and more into entertainment with an additional marquee, a magician (three shows), snow machine, BookBugs, Mini and Me, Scout games, face painters, balloon makers, local choirs and the Kirknewton Primary School Brass band. Santa was also there for the whole duration, giving out 100 books to young people.
The Gala Committee are running their own whisky night for Burn’s Night. It takes place in the Kirknewton Pub on Friday 26th January from 7.30pm
Tickets are £10 for 6 x 25ml measures of whisky.
Tickets are available from the Inn, Kirknewton or contact the Gala through their facebook page.
Michael Crosbie, who runs the Boxcir group in the village, will be starting a running group on Satuday 27th January.
It will be , primarily , aimed at beginner to intermediate runners.
The initial plan is to run, jog, walk or power walk 5 full laps of Kirknewton park on Saturday, Monday and Thursday mornings at approximately 9am.
If interested , just turn up on morning or check out his facebook here
The first set of minutes for the new Kirknewton Community Council are now available here.
Minutes will be made available once they are approved – these minutes are from the December meeting that took place on Tuesday 12th December, agreed at the January meeting which took place at the Green Room on Tuesday 9th January
The list of the new Kirknewton Community Council members can be found here.. This is the page you can see all Council minutes in the future. You can approach them individually or e mail email@example.com
The December minutes cover PC Alan Murrays crime report and a variety of items the new Community Council hope to get up to speed on in this new year.