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  • BRAG Enterprises - Community Growing Tutor

    Created: 01/04/2024
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies


    Post: Community Growing Tutor 
    Hours: 21 per week (average per week). Mainly evenings and weekends with one midweek day per week. 
    Salary: £16,960 (part time 21 hours at £15.53 per hour)
    Location: Crosshill Community Enterprise Centre, Main Street, Crosshill KY5 8BJ

     

    BRAG Enterprises currently operates a Food for Thought programme at Crosshill and have secured funding for a new complementary project called Community Roots. Community Roots is an innovative project that seeks to improve connections between members of the Benarty community through the medium of growing. This support will primarily be carried out in BRAG's polytunnel and communal garden environment. People will be supported to grow communal produce for themselves and others whilst also learning how to grow for themselves.

    The overall objectives of the project are to:

    • Create a community growing space that provides fresh and affordable produce for the pantry, foodbank and their own use. The intention is that produce grown in the community growing space is then made available within our internal pantry service called Pantry@BRAG.
    • Create a training and test space for people to learn and test people's growing abilities, where they can have a trial grow before they commit to growing in their own garden and on a secondary level, the ability for local people and volunteers to work outside knowing they will be helping others supporting wider community engagement and participation.
    • Provide the facilities, resources, training, and inspiration to encourage local people to grow and eat locally produced fruit and vegetables, helping them save money.
    • Create volunteering and educational opportunities, encouraging greater inter-generational community involvement and increased confidence levels for those involved.
    • Deal with issues of social isolation and loneliness for those who may want to volunteer in the garden as part of some personal recovery. The space will also be used to engage and train BRAG's employability trainees.
    • The post holder will also support and manage BRAG's nearby allotment space.

    About You

    You will be a fun, friendly and confident character with experience in supporting individuals in a growing environment. It's essential that you have the skills to manage a wide-ranging workload against competing priorities and experience of delivering a variety of horticultural activities to either young people and/or adults. You will have clear and concise written and spoken communication skills along with excellent planning and organisational skills. Knowledge of health and safety and risk assessment processes is also central to safe service delivery, and BRAG need someone who is the consummate professional.

    A relevant qualification in the relevant field along with LANTRA training would be desirable. More importantly they need someone who is a team player with strong personal values that align with BRAG's.

    A willingness to work flexibly is a key requirement. Most of the hours being worked will be evenings and weekends. BRAG think that working during the summer growing season is critical to the success of this programme as this is when locals and volunteers may only then be available. They think it may work better for someone who wants to work part-time or has another mid-week commitment. It's critical that you share BRAG's values and want to support their community

    Benefits 

    Flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme (with 7.5% employer contribution) and optional group health cover. 

    How To Apply 

    Please find the job description, person specification and application pack below.

    If you are interested in being considered please send a CV and covering letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the post. E-mail your completed application to [email protected]

    The closing date for applications is 9:00am on Monday 08 April 2024.




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