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We’re Delighted to win Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year

We’re delighted to announce we won top prize in Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise at the The Scottish Parliament. We won Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year. We are so proud of our members, volunteers, team and board for gaining the recognition they so deserve. Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications earlier in the year, urging Scotland’s social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our economy and society. The Grassmarket Community Project was shortlisted and pitched against two fabulous Social Enterprises: St Andrews Training & First Aid Supplies Ltd and Buth Bharraigh Ltd.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said on the night: “Social enterprises in every corner of Scotland are building a better economy and a fairer society. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland is a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain serious recognition for their achievements and raise their public profile. A huge congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took the time and effort to enter this year.”

Jonny Kinross, our Chief Executive said: “We are so delighted to win Social Enterprise of the Year 2017. I’m so proud of our team, our volunteers, our staff but above all the members of our project who inspire and motivate us. We’d like to congratulate all the winners and finalists tonight – together we have created a sector to be proud of and proven time and time again how business can change the lives of our most vulnerable, creating a fairer, more inclusive world.”

The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, pictured below, said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. Having recently launched a ten-year strategy to grow social enterprise in Scotland, it’s vital we continue to recognise and celebrate the talent of Scotland’s social entrepreneurs. Throughout Scotland, these individuals work tirelessly to improve their communities through the power of social enterprise, reinvesting all profits into social or environmental missions.

“I am pleased that this year’s social enterprise census shows there are now 5,600 social enterprises in Scotland – one social enterprise for every 1,000 people. There are now more start-ups and more social enterprises trading directly with the public than ever before. Our nation is now recognised as a world leader in social enterprise, and is confirmed as host of next year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. This is another excellent opportunity to put Scotland’s social enterprise sector on the world stage, welcoming friends and neighbours from around the globe and celebrating all we have achieved.”

By virtue of winning this award we now go through to the UK Social Enterprise Awards in London on the 23rd November 2018.

A huge thanks goes to our many funders and partners and of course our customers for helping us achieve this award but most importantly for enabling us to have the impact we desire.

Angela Constance MSP presents to Jonny Kinross, Susan Harper Catherine Jones and Tommy Steel at the Awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament

Angela Constance MSP presents to Jonny Kinross, Susan Harper, Catherine Jones and Tommy Steel at the Awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament

Staff team, Boardmembers and key volunteers at the strategy day celebrate our fabulous achievement

Staff team, Board members and key volunteers at the strategy day celebrate our fabulous achievement !

Check out the nominations for UK Social Enterprise of the Year – incredible standards and outstanding social enterprises and social impact:

Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by NatWest)

 

Training Manager

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

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: £27,876 per annum

This dynamic compassionate well organised but highly approachable and flexible person will assess the training needs of vulnerable adults often with complex needs. They will design, deliver and manage in-work and more formal group learning opportunities and accredited courses as well as provide intensive and long term support to individuals to help them move closer to achieving their goals.

Please read this Job Description and ensure you are qualified and meet the criteria before applying.

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Please download and complete the application form below

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and return to to catherine@grassmarket.org

By no later than 12 noon Friday 17th November.

Do not send in a CV or detailed covering letter

as these will not be included in your application

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the

week beginning 27th November

Thank you for your interest in this position.

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We are recruiting a full time Activity Leader

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

Hours:  35 per week  

Salary: £ 20,420 per annum

This creative fun dynamic compassionate well organised but highly approachable and flexible person will deliver our group activity programme as well as take responsibility for day-to-day operations of our Tartan textiles social enterprise and any other opportunities that emerge.

Please read this Job Description and ensure you are qualified and meet the criteria before applying.

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Please download and complete the application form below

job-application-form-grassmarket

and return to tommy@grassmarket.org

By no later than 12 noon Friday 17th November.

 Do not send in a CV or detailed covering letter

as these will not be included in your application

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the

week beginning 27th November

Thank you for your interest in this position.

AGM 2017

You are very warmly invited to the Annual General Meeting of Grassmarket Community Project
on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 5.30pm [finish 6.30pm] at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA

Come and hear about the achievements of our members, volunteers and the project in 2016/17.
Learn about how you – our members, volunteers, partners, referral agencies, funders, donors, customers and suppliers have achieved so much for so many of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable.
Enjoy the sounds of the Grassmarket Community Project Choir (a mix of members, volunteers and staff)
Share and influence the vision, ambitions, ideas, hopes and dreams we have as a charity and how we intend to support our members in 2018

Please RSVP to Hazel@grassmarket.org or via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grassmarket-community-project-agm-tickets-39329618949

We really hope you can make it. Everyone Welcome

Do you love tartan and supporting vulnerable people? We are looking for you

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled Tartan Coordinator to support our Greyfriars Tartan Social Enterprise Project.

Greyfriars Tartan was designed in 2011 by a member of the Grassmarket Community Project. The Tartan is on the Scottish register of tartans, and is woven by Bute Fabrics on the iddyllic Isle of Bute.

In the two years we have developed a textiles team, where members are engaged in making beautiful textiles products under the guidance of a Session Worker who is a trained tailor. The products are then sold and profits go back into the Grassmarket Community Project.

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Role Purpose

The purpose of the Tartan Coordinator is to develop the members’ skills and ability to create quality textile items from Greyfriars Tartan and in turn increase their self-esteem. The Coordinator will be expected to work closely with the Communications & Operations Manager and be able to work to targets agreed between the Tartan Coordinator and Communications & Operations Manager.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Product Development
• Design and expand Tartan products with our members
• Keep Members to task
• Identify sellable products
• Identify and make links with potential retail outlets
• Meet sales targets

Training Development
• Construct a step by step training program for new textile members
• Keep an accurate record of skills learned by each member
• Train members to use equipment as required
• Identify resources required
• Produce easy to follow production instructions for the members to follow
• Actively encourage and develop member commitment

Other Duties
• Packing and sending textile product orders.
• Some administration duties to do with the tartan group
• Any other reasonable duties as requested by CEO
• Run the Tartan social media pages – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Key Skills and Experience
• Ability to work with a wide range of people staff/volunteers/ members
• Understanding of Community/Adult Education/Training or Group Facilitation
• A passion in Textile design and an understanding of design methods and sustainable textiles practice, tartan and Scottish Heritage
• Knowledge and experience of production methods including sewing
• Experience of Community/Adult Education/Training or Group Facilitation
• Demonstrable knowledge Textiles
• Excellent Communication skills
• Flexibility
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Terms and Conditions
Location: 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh (other locations as required)
Reports to: Communications & Operations Manager
Payment: £15 an hour
Hours: 7 hrs week – Mondays 9am – 5pm

Location: Edinburgh City

For further information, please contact julie@grassmarket.org or call 01312253626, or visit http://grassmarkettartans.co.uk/

The deadline is Monday 18 September 2017 at 17:00.

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