Cyrenians Farm, at Kirknewton in West Lothian is a working organic farm producing local fruit, vegetables and eggs, and is also home to a community of vulnerable young people, many with backgrounds of homelessness.
This new role is an exciting opportunity for us to develop an educational offering to the farm residents, volunteers and local community using the farm’s resources, while also supporting the farm’s operational activities.
The post holder will lead on the development and delivery of educational activities, by engaging with relevant agencies and local organisations.
We are looking for a passionate and effective educator with excellent communication skills. With experience of outdoor education and/or a background in horticulture, woodwork, ecology or gardening, you will be resourceful and well organised. You should also be able to demonstrate Cyrenians values of compassion, respect, integrity and innovation in the work that you do.
Cyrenians is a charity working towards a society that truly values and includes all. Our Vision is of an inclusive society in which we all have the opportunities to live valued and fulfilled lives. We work to make that vision a reality through our mission to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.
To support the delivery of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire mission to;
‘To shape, strengthen and serve a strong, vibrant, empowered and inclusive volunteering community and voluntary sector in South Lanarkshire’.
To achieve this the post holder will work as a member of the development staff within the Third Sector Interface (TSI) and as part of the operational delivery team.
The post holder will hold a key role in identifying opportunities for Third Sector organisations across South Lanarkshire, assessing and maintaining development opportunities and timelines, monitoring progress, supporting the delivery of organisational work-plans, reporting on performance against agreed KPI’s at a local and national level, supporting the maintenance and development of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire’s internal CRM system (E.P.I) and the publically accessible Locator tool.
Support the further development and maintenance of locality ‘Pen Pictures’.
Liaise with the administration team to support the management of internal and external events as appropriate.
In addition, the post holder may be expected to attend seminars and networking events and to present to external bodies on a range of related topics.
A Job Description is available for download below.
Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our values and are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.
Established in 2014 Paws for Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. We do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Our work can broadly be divided into services working within Scottish prisons to improve outcomes for people in custody, and services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people in community and educational settings. Our rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont has been running successfully since 2011 and continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.
“The dogs – they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them, but they’re helping you too”. Student, Paws for Progress.
Our prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community.
Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £180k and 4 full time members of staff.
We would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:
We are in a period of transition as we develop our business and we are seeking individuals who can support the organisation through the process of change. Board members are expected to attend approximately 6 Board meetings a year in Stirling, and other and occasional events, and to be able to commit to approximately 4 hours a month towards Board activities. All Board roles are voluntary but out of pocket expenses to attend Board meetings and related events will be reimbursed. A role description is available below.