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Community Navigator

Edinburgh Agroecology Co-operative
Edinburgh, Scotland

Posted: 14 May 2024

Deadline: 9 Jun 2024

Compensation: £31,158 pro rata (£15,579 for 2.5 days)

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract

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Job description

Do you have experience in community engagement and development? We have an exciting new paid role for a Community Navigator, to support more people in North Edinburgh to access and benefit from Lauriston Farm.

Summary of Terms

Hours: 2.5 days per week

Work days: Mainly weekdays, with flexibility for occasional weekend working required

Duration: One year contract with intention to extend subject to income generation/funding

Location: Flexible across North West Edinburgh including Lauriston Farm (EH4 5EX), Pilton Community Health Project (PCHP), and work from home - a desk will be provided at PCHP

Remuneration: £31,158 pro rata (£15,579 for 2.5 days). Statutory pension contribution and holiday allowance at 34 days p.a. (17 days pro rata)

*Commencement of employment subject to clearance of references and PVG.  

Website: www.lauristonfarm.scot

About Edinburgh Agroecology Co-operative

Edinburgh Agroecology Co-operative (EAC) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) formed in 2020 to develop the Lauriston Farm project. The founding members of the EAC each have a close personal connection to North-West Edinburgh, whether through living in the area, in-depth work with the local communities and environment, or both. There are currently 10 staff members. Between us we have expertise in food growing and farming, urban biodiversity and landscape ecology, woodland conservation, horticulture, food processing, community development and engagement, seed saving and project management. We also work with an Advisory Group made up of representatives with specific knowledge that align with the farm aims.

EAC is a dynamic and vibrant organisation that is at an exciting point, having secured funding for the development of Lauriston Farm. We operate as a co-operative with non-hierarchical ways of working together and collaborative decision-making processes.

About Lauriston Farm

Our vision is for a large-scale urban food growing project which is nature-rich, and which will benefit primarily the communities that live in the local area but also the wider city into the future. We aim to address issues around access to local, affordable fresh produce, environmental degradation and lack of opportunities for people in cities to gain experience in food production resulting in a greater understanding of the wider food system. This project offers a unique opportunity to create a large urban farm in Scotland that will be beneficial for the land, the people and the wider environment as well as to become a model that can be replicated elsewhere.

Lauriston Farm has the potential to deliver many benefits including; access to affordable locally grown food, increased biodiversity and enrichment of local wildlife habitats, carbon capture, multiple avenues for training and education around food growing and biodiversity, enhancing community cohesion through celebration and coming together through community activities and events.

We have made a good start! Since December 2021 we have set up 35 community growing plots, held 3 grow your own food courses and other various workshops, planted almost 11,500 trees, set up a community orchard, created wildflower strips, expanded the wetland area and engaged well over 1000 volunteers. The Market Garden and CSA veg box scheme is now established, with 47 members in its first season and a popular seasonal veg stall at the farm gate each week. The role will build on great links we already have with organisations in North Edinburgh.

Job Description

The Community Navigator position will take centre stage in our aim to foster relationships, increase engagement, be more accessible and inclusive and reach people within our neighbouring communities of Muirhouse, Pilton, Drylaw and Granton.

EAC is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and co-operative environment in which all individuals feel respected. It is our policy that all staff, volunteers, co-op members, and the community in general should be treated fairly and equitably in all matters. We are committed to offering equal opportunities, eliminating all forms of discrimination and encouraging diversity. Positioned within an urban landscape; Lauriston Farm can offer diverse opportunities for connection; learning; health and wellbeing and creative, environmental and cultural activities. Yet, these opportunities often remain elusive for individuals in challenging circumstances; including people who are Black, Asian and other minoritised ethnicities; low-income households; disabled people; young people, members of the LGBTQ community; and people who are neurodivergent. The Community Navigator position is a new role that will be pivotal in helping us understand and address the distinct challenges faced by these communities and create and enhance positive links and relationships between the local embedded organisations and the farm.

Addressing barriers prevalent for these communities; the Community Navigator will facilitate accessibility through collaboration with local organisations, to offer activities and support individuals and groups with their engagement at the farm. The Navigator will work to find appropriate and relevant ways for different groups to engage with the farm, ensuring that the farm is an inclusive beneficial space for all who come. Accessibility issues are a priority; with the navigator working to ensure Lauriston Farm is physically, financially and culturally accessible and inclusive. Collaborations with accessibility experts will result in inclusive space design and the organisation of activities to accommodate diverse needs. The Navigator will work with a range of organisations in North Edinburgh to ensure best pathways for engagement - these could include working with local link workers, specialised events to foster an environment where everyone feels accepted and organisation of community outreach farm activities and collaborations within the community to share what the farm offers.

The position will also involve working closely with all other members of EAC and making day to day decisions as well as more medium and long term strategic ones. The Community Navigator will be required to participate in fortnightly team meetings, monthly strategic meetings, working group meetings, the AGM and advisory group meetings throughout the year. There will also be an option to become a member of the EAC’s workers’ co-op after the initial trial period.

This position is being offered on a one year contract, we have a commitment to extend that subject to income generation from funding, and will be subject to a 2 month trial period.

We would like to particularly encourage people from the Muirhouse, Pilton, Drylaw and Granton areas and from under-represented and marginalised groups to consider applying for this role.

We are committed to our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and we welcome applications from anyone interested in this role who feels they have the relevant experience and skills.

Specific responsibilities of this role

  • Identifying the harder to reach communities in North Edinburgh and working with our partners to break down barriers to them attending the farm
  • Identifying ways in which local people from these communities may wish to engage and help to create supported pathways to participation
  • Meeting new volunteers from hard to reach communities in their area and journeying with them to the farm
  • Working with other farm staff to create engaging activities across the farm for local people from North Edinburgh
  • Liaising and collaborating with local organisations to increase the numbers of people engaged from hard to reach communities and to create community outreach events to introduce the farm and its activities and opportunities
  • Creating and maintaining detailed records of all activities related to the post.
  • Attending farm meetings and working group meetings as required.
  • Lead other farm staff in developing and facilitating an interactive event which both celebrates the farm and that allows us to get input from local groups to help the farm better understand how to develop programmes of engagement that are meaningful to the community.

Person Specification

This is a role that is vital in integrating the farm in the diverse communities of North Edinburgh. The appropriate candidate will have the following skills and experiences:

Essential

  • At least two years working in a community engagement/development capacity
  • Experience of delivering and /or understanding of equitable and inclusive practices and outreach to overcome barriers to inclusion
  • Happy to work with a mix of desk based and onsite work
  • Ability to work on own initiative and prioritise tasks
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt, problem solve and innovate in response to challenges
  • Happy to work closely with the EAC team and community organisations in NW Edinburgh
  • Commitment to understanding of the aims and principles of Edinburgh Agroecology Co-operative and Lauriston Farm
  • Knowledge of the diverse communities in North Edinburgh and a curiosity to know more
  • A natural collaborator and good communicator

Desirable

  • A passion for addressing societal and environmental issues
  • Experience of working in or in partnership with an environmental organisation
  • Experience of working in a horizontal structure organisation
  • Valid driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • A qualification in community development

Application information

Please send (max) 1.5 page written response or (max) five minutes audio / video answering the following questions:

  • What skills and experiences do you think qualify you for this role? (½ page)
  • Which part of this role do you think you would find the most challenging? (½ page)
  • Can you give us an example of your experience of job satisfaction in a previous role? (½ page)

Please also attach a short CV (max two pages), this can be written, or an audio or video file, and the contact details of two people we can approach for references.

Please send your application to info@lauristonfarm.org with ‘Application For Community Navigator role’ in the subject heading.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any aspect of this role in advance of applying, please contact info@lauristonfarm.org and we will try our best to respond. Please email well in advance of the closing date.

When applying, please complete our online monitoring form. The information you provide will be kept completely separate from the recruitment process, but will enable us to review our recruitment and monitor whether we are meeting our commitments to improve equity and representation in our organisation.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 9th June 2024

Interviews: week commencing 17th June 2024

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About Edinburgh Agroecology Co-operative

EAC is an agroecology co-operative that has taken on the management of a 100 acre urban farm in Edinburgh. The vision is for a large-scale urban food growing project which is nature-rich, and which will benefit primarily the communities that live in the local area but also the wider city into the future. The farm integrates the three main themes of food growing, biodiversity and community.

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