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PART TIME Textiles Social Enterprise Leader

Two days (14 hours) per week – £29,355 per annum pro rata

CLOSING DATE: 5pm – Friday 18th October 2019

We are recruiting a highly organised inspiring and enterprising leader with creativity and team-management skills as well as considerable experience in the textiles industry to lead and expand our Grassmarket Tartans Social enterprise. The Successful applicant will have the drive and passion to take our social enterprise to the next level.  They will require the technical skills to train and coach a committed team of trainees and volunteers. They will have a belief in people, a love of design and working in a team and they will enjoy nurturing others whilst achieving sales and profits.

As well as accessing new markets, liaising with customers and building a strong customer base they will be responsible for the weekly training sessions, provided to a group of vulnerable adults who are keen to learn more about working with textile material (tartan) and equipment within a group setting at the Grassmarket Community Project. They will be supported by a core group of highly skilled, experienced and compassionate Volunteer Facilitators.

The Grassmarket Community Project is an award-winning community, charity and fleet of social enterprises which provides a unique blend of support and nurturing in partnership with its members (beneficiaries and volunteers) to help them reconnect and fulfil their potential. Many of our members are amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. Many have experience of isolation, disability, homelessness and mental health issues. The Tartan Social Enterprise Leader will form a vital addition to our team and help us achieve our vision and mission of a more inclusive, fairer and more supportive society where everyone can have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Grassmarket Tartan social enterprise is one of 6 social enterprises run by the charity. Grassmarket Tartans designs, makes and sells Tartan products to provide meaningful and creative experiences for the members of the Tartan group as well as help support the organisation’s wider engagement and Group Activity Programme.

The post is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery for one year. The post is initially only for 1 year but further funding or enterprise finance is being sort.

The Textile Social Enterprise Leader’s main aim will be to grow the social enterprise whilst more importantly transforming the lives of the people who volunteer and train within it.  The growth of enterprise must only be achieved hand-in-hand by the development and enhancement of the member’s (participant’s) self-esteem and sense of achievement and sense of belonging through the teaching of basic textile, creative design, sewing skills and being in community.

For more info on Grassmarket Tartans:

For more info on Grassmarket Community Project:

Key Roles & Responsibilities & Person Specification

Product Development & Building the Business

  • Identify sell-able products/ reach new markets
  • Identify and make links with potential retail outlets / new customers
  • Service / liaise with existing customers
  • Develop a desirable range of in-house Grassmarket Textiles branded products as well as offer products in a range of customer’s Tartan and other fabrics
  • Develop point of sales communications and window designs & displays
  • Write posts, blogs and manage social media relating to Grassmarket Tartans
  • Involve and engage with members as much as possible in all the above tasks and roles

Training Development

  • Assist in construction of a step by step training program for new textile members
  • Assist in keeping an accurate record of skills learned by each member
  • Help train members to use equipment as required
  • Assist in Identifying resources required
  • Produce easy to follow production instructions for the members to follow
  • Actively encourage and develop member commitment

Other Duties

  • Managing orders and communicating with customers
  • Packing and sending textile product orders.
  • Administration duties relating to the tartan group
  • Any other reasonable duties as requested by the Senior Management Team and/or CEO

Key Skills and Experience Required

  • Ability to work with a wide range of people staff/volunteers/ members – ESSENTIAL
  • Understanding of Community/Adult Education/Training or Group Facilitation – ESSENTIAL
  • A keen interest in Textile design & markets – ESSENTIAL
  • Knowledge & experience of textile design & markets – ESSENTIAL
  • Knowledge and experience of production methods including sewing – ESSENTIAL
  • Excellent Communication skills – both oral and written – ESSENTIAL
  • Hold a relevant higher education (or equiv) qualification in a suitable specialism or have equivalent experience in textiles design/production
  • Experience of working in a Community/Adult Education/Training or Group Facilitation setting
  • Experience of managing retail and/or E-commerce
  • Flexibility, patience, commitment and passion for developing people and for being enterprising

Terms and Conditions

  • Location: 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh (other locations as required)
  • Hours: 14 per week – flexible/negotiable but meeting the needs of the Enterprise and the successful candidate
  • Salary: £29,355* per annum pro rata + 5% pension (Approx.*£11,742 – £16.13 an hour) – 29 days holiday plus 2 paid personal development days
  • Reports to: Senior Manager: Workshop

To apply

Email 2 documents (attachments saved/titled in your name)

  1. Your CV [maximum 4 pages of A4]
  2. PLUS a covering letter [maximum 2 pages of A4], setting out how you fit the above person specification and why you are the ideal candidate for this post


Applications will be accepted up to 5pm Friday 18th October 2019

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted will be notified on Monday 21st October

Interviews will be held on Monday 28th October 2019

Enquiries can be made to: 0131 225 3626




We are recruiting a Cookery Trainer

Cookery Trainer

2 x Four hour sessions per week (£15 per hour)

We are recruiting for a Cookery Trainer to work with the members of the project to increase participant’s level of life skills as well as culinary skills.

The Grassmarket Community Project is an award social enterprise providing a unique blend of support and nurture to people who feel disengaged or marginalised.

Person Specification
You will be required to:
• Develop a rapport and robust working relationship with participants
• Construct and deliver a comprehensive and detailed course syllabus
• Actively encourage and develop member commitment and engagement
• Identify and meet member’s learning support needs
• Work with vulnerable adults with a range of learning abilities
• Train members to enhance their life skills, including budgeting, nutrition, meal planning and cooking

Essentials for the role:
• Experience of Community/Adult Education/Training or Group Facilitation
• Ability to work with a wide range of people members/staff/volunteers
• A keen interest in cookery teaching and an understanding of teaching methods
• Demonstrable knowledge of cookery teaching methods
• Available to work evenings and weekends
• Experience of delivering kitchen-based training to an accredited/SQA level

To apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter setting out how you fit the above person specification to

Applications will be accepted up to Wednesday 28th February.

This post has been funded by the Scottish Government and European Union

Grassmarket Community Project is Recruiting a Head Chef

Head Chef

Job Description

About Us

We are a Charity & multi award winning Social Enterprise which thrives on improving the lives and experiences of some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable adults. People and community are our passion. Through Mentoring, social enterprise, training and education in a nurturing environment the centre develops skills which enable participants to develop to their full potential. Social Enterprise is core to our sustainability as an organisation and our preferred tool of engagement, empowerment and facilitating greater independence and self-esteem.

Due to the ever-increasing business within our café, much sought after events space and outside catering provision, we are on the lookout for a dynamic, passionate and creative Head Chef to work closely with our Senior Catering & Events Manager and successfully oversee all of our catering facilities.

About You

You will be driven. You will seek to support people at realising their goals and reconnecting with themselves. You will show compassion and see talent where others all to often do not. You be resilient, have determination and be able to work under pressure. You will thrive on being challenged and have a passion for not only developing your people but will be a role model yourself in healthy eating and living.

You will be a natural leader and enjoy mentoring your team. You will have the highest customer service skills and provide the highest quality food products for our customers. You will be the person who will show the world that social enterprise can deliver high quality and safe food just as well, if not better, than the commercial sector.

Working with our Catering & Events team you seek to shift the expectations that our volunteer, trainee and staff team have of themselves to accept nothing but the best the best training and achieve the highest standards of themselves and others. You are creative when designing menus and have a good understanding of food costs & GPs. You will have high standards and strive to ensure that these are met at all times. Food Hygiene and cleanliness will a top priority for you. Your drive and passion will come through in the food that you prepare, and you will exceed the expectations of our customers and guests and inspire your team.

Personal Requirements


  • Minimum of intermediate food hygiene certificate
  • Passion for food.
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Skilled and creative and competent across all areas of the kitchen.
  • Experience in banqueting and menu development
  • Awareness of modern cooking techniques.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people staff/volunteers/ members (beneficiaries/service users)
  • A warm, patient and friendly approach
  • A good sense of humour and ability to get on with a wide range of people
  • A flexible approach and ability to cope with change
  • Ability to follow instructions, seek guidance and follow a task through
  • A willingness to work flexible hours and days including evenings and weekends when required
  • A good level of fitness and health due to the physical nature of working events and in kitchens sometimes under pressure and dealing with stress



  • Knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable adults
  • City & Guilds 7100 (parts 2 & 3) or NVQ Equivalent


Please apply with CV and covering letter to Catherine Jones at

Closing date is 2nd March 2018.

Terms and Conditions


Location:   86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh (plus other locations as required)

Reports to: Catering & Events Manager

Salary: £26’500 – £28’500 pa depending on experience (+ employers pension of 3%)

Hours: 35 Hours per week –  weekends and evening work will be required

Notice period: 4 weeks by either party

TOIL/Overtime: No overtime will be paid. TOIL will be arranged with your line manager as per our policies

Annual Leave: The post holder will be entitled to 29 days per annum with an increase of 1 extra day every year of continuous service up to the maximum of 34 days per annum

A busy week for the Workshop Team

This week our workshop team under the leadership of Tommy Steele and in collaboration with Susan Harper Furniture, have been doing a tough, dirty but rewarding job.


As you know, we make beautiful bespoke furniture using donated and recycled wood. Well this week we travelled to Perth to remove pews and furniture from a disused church, St Paul’s.



It was a really tough job, and part of the remit, in order to take away the wood, was that the contractors removed the pigeon muck around the church.

Grassmarket Community Project

To give you an idea of exactly how tough, the church has been derelict for 30 years and the team removed an incredible 50 tonnes of pigeon muck. That is a lot of old, smelly, dried-on muck, making for not the most pleasant of working environments. But everyone worked like troopers and now we have lots of church pews to make into beautiful furniture.

Grassmarket Community Project

What will we do with them? We don’t know yet.

Here’s an example of other work we’ve had commissioned. We’re very proud of Tommy and the workshop team!


What do you think we should make?

Tell us on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Girl Rising (special event) Screening plus Q & A

Monday 25th April at 7pm at Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row

A girl’s self worth, confidence and power should radiate from within and when her potential is fully realized, the world is transformed. Empowering young girls to become powerful agents of change is a critical global need, as proven by a UN Woman study which stated that “50% of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years” was due in large portions to girls’ increased access to higher levels of education.


Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education, which uses the power of storytelling to share the truth that educating girls can inform societies. Empowering a girl through education breaks the cycle of generational poverty and Girl Rising ensures that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.
Join us for this special screening of this film – a grassroots Indian collaboration that has produced not only a documentary but also a global movement. We will have a Q&A discussion panel to go with this event featuring women working in the wider field of gender empowerment or who are simply inspiring women.
It promises to be an inspiring evening with a powerful message.
Our panel are:

Emma Hutton. Emma is a feminist human rights campaigner. She leads the Lothian branch of the Women’s Equality Party, is a Board Director and Trustee of Engender and promotes human rights in her day job as Communications Manager for the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Alexa Anderson. Alexa is founder and Chief Executive of Equal Scotland a new SCIO which identifies and tackles gaps in the Equalities landscape in Scotland, a specialised trainer, consultant and researcher in Human Trafficking and Equalities and featured in the Ion Edinburgh Inspirational Women article 2011

Kirsty Mackenzie. Kirsty is the founder of iMultiply Resourcing, an ambitious recruitment practice with two divisions: Accountancy and Finance and Executive Search, finding high quality staff/directors for SMEs, entrepreneurial and not-for-profit organisations across the central belt of Scotland. Kirsty is a winner in WeDo ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ and is regularly invited by BBC Radio Scotland to talk on recruitment matters. A graduate of University of Edinburgh’s Business School Kirsty contributes her spare time to charity. She organises fund-raising events for Cancer Research and is on the Board of Action for Children as well as Director of Muirhouse based social enterprise and adventure activities company, My Adventure.

Dr. Jane Ali-Knight. Jane is an Associate Professor in Festival and Event Management and the Director of the Edinburgh Institute: Festivals, Events and Tourism (EIFET) at Edinburgh Napier University.She lectures Universities internationally and facilitates training and development in her field. She is part ten destination leaders that set up Women In Tourism (WIT) whose founding principles are to inspire, motivate, encourage and support women across the sector; while advocating for greater gender balance across leadership roles within industry.

Biffy McKay. Biffy grew up in Edinburgh and initially her life was a struggle having left school young and for many years becoming involved in experiences she realised weren’t helping her. She’s not only manage to overcome those difficulties but is now a Guide with Invisible Edinburgh a new social enterprise Tour Company that offers ‘social’ tours of the city – Tours that go deeper into the recent social history of the capital and tell a very personal story. She is also a participant in the Scottish Pen’s writing workshop exploring inspirational women in the lives of Grassmarket Project’s members which will culminate in the publishing of a graphic novel bringing these stories to life. Biffy is convinced that not enough is being done to empower women.

Chairing the discussion is Emma Galloway. Emma is a social entrepreneur that loves to make change happen. She runs her own consultancy business and spends many of her holidays volunteering in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. She Chairs the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network and has been CEO of a number of leading charities. She strongly believes in empowering Women, Emmeline Pankhurst didn’t chain herself to the railings for nothing.

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