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West Lothian Youth Action Project, in partnership with Almond Housing Association, is currently recruiting for a Project Co-ordinator to establish a brand new Community Growing Project in Livingston, West Lothian.


Funding has been secured through the Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund to establish Growing Together: a Community Growing Project to support the Craigshill community to proactively tackle food poverty in a dignified and holistic way. There are four dimensions to this project: growing, cooking, eating and sharing food. The project, a partnership between Almond Housing Association and West Lothian Youth Action Project, are recruiting a co-ordinator to facilitate and develop a range of community based ‘plot to plate’ activities along with volunteering opportunities to support local residents’ interest in sourcing and growing food locally. We hope that the project will empower and inspire; supporting the community to understand the ways in which they can make the most effective use of available food resources.

We are currently seeking an experienced individual who is passionate about this type of work and keen to provide much needed support to those who access the service.  We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic individual to join our team, with practical experience of community gardening or similar settings working outdoors. Self-motivated, empathetic, and with strong communication and training skills you will initially be employed until the end of June 2022.


Call 01506 431430 if you require further information. 


Interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th February


Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 16th February 2020



Job Title:

Growing Together Project Co-ordinator

Responsible to: 

Project Director & Board of Directors


Craigshill, Livingston, West Lothian



36 hours per week



To develop, deliver and co-ordinate a new Initiative “Growing Together” on behalf of the partners, West Lothian Youth Action Project and Almond Housing Association. The post holder will facilitate and develop a range of community based growing activities along with volunteering opportunities to support local residents’ interest in sourcing and growing food locally. Leading by example, the post holder will use a practical based, hands on approach to engage, inspire and support young people, local tenants, the wider community and key partner agencies in Craigshill, Livingston to learn new skills and knowledge in growing edible produce in their locality.




The post holder will report directly to the Project Director and thereafter the Board of Director (Trustees).

The post holder will also be accountable to the Community Engagement Officer of Almond Housing Association for key project deliverables.





  • To organise, supervise, promote and facilitate all activities in the community gardening spaces.

  • To assist in the publication and promotion of the Growing Together Initiative in the gardens and across the Craigshill Community.

  • To provide educational workshops to user groups, encouraging children and adults to work together, take part in activities, improving knowledge, physical activity and mental wellbeing and the promotion of healthy and affordable food produce.

  • Line management of volunteers

  • To work in partnership with the local community including schools, Almond Housing Association Tenants, Transform Craigshill group, Health Centre and other community groups and interested individuals to develop the initiative.

  • To deliver practical sessions to user groups, encouraging children and adults to work together to produce edible crops.

  • Direct engagement with the Community fridge and cooking groups.

  • To work with team members to deliver food based events throughout the longevity of the project.

  • To promote eating what you grow and empower project participants to gain new skills and understanding about growing edible produce in their locality


  • Daily recording of sessions, regular monitoring and evaluation of outcomes

  • Production of information packs for training sessions

  • Submission of progress and evaluation reports to funders and Board of Trustees/Directors

  • Preparation of risk assessments as required

  • Attending  team meetings and appropriate community network meetings

  • Engagement in service reviews and future sustainability planning for the initiative

  • Any other reasonable duties as directed by the Project Director and Trustees.


  • In conjunction with the Project Director and Almond Housing Association ensure regular production of promotional materials and social media updates informing the local community, partners and funders of achievements of the Growing Together Initiative.

Person Specification for Growing Together Project Co-ordinator




The “Growing Together” Initiative will be based in Craigshill, Livingston, West Lothian. The majority of the Coordinator’s work will be based within the Craigshill area, with the requirement for travel across West Lothian as appropriate and attendance at national events/ conferences on an occasional basis.


The post is for 36 hours per week, the successful candidate will require to be flexible with regard to the hours worked, as evening and occasional weekend work are essential for effective community engagement.





Planning and review meetings will take place with the Project Team to agree work plan, set targets and review progress. Involvement in Board meetings and liaison with funders and partner agency meetings as required. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for organising their work schedules and daily task management.






Excellent verbal and written communications required to report on progress against work plans.



Excellent verbal and written communications required with

  • Community based groups, assisting and educating local people in community growing ultimately leading to improved health, knowledge, confidence, skills, opportunities and local environment.

  • Key partners and stakeholders within Craigshill and wider West Lothian.

  • Local Community Regeneration Team, NHS, local businesses.

  • Funders






Essential skills and experience


  • Experience of working within a gardening/ landscaping/ horticultural setting

  • Experience of organising and delivering training sessions

  • Excellent time management skills, ability to organise and plan own workload

  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills

  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team

  • Experience of supervising and developing volunteers

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and e-technology

  • Experience of inter-agency working in a community setting

  • Experience of organising events & meetings

  • Experience of record keeping, monitoring and evaluation

  • Committed to equal opportunities and non - discriminatory practices

  • Full driving licence




  • Knowledge of current policy and practices affecting communities

  • Understanding and experience of using a community development approach

  • Experience of intergenerational work


Youth Action staff members are in the office and available most weekdays.


09:00 AM - 06:00 PM



Maree Walk,
Livingston, EH54 5BP


Charity No. SC026347


01506 431430



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