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We are Incredible Edible, Totnes. We’re rethinking access to local food, from the ground up. We’re growing fruit, herbs, nuts, vegetables and edible flowers in public and unused spaces across Totnes for everyone to share.
We are currently looking for a voluntary project coordinator to join our team of lead and casual volunteers. You’ll help to promote the work and vision of Incredible Edible Totnes and care for our edible growing sites.
The role is diverse and flexible and you will have the opportunity to shape it according to your interests and experience. There is also the opportunity to work with the Transition Town Totnes team to explore funding for creating a paid coordinator role. The role requires a commitment of around 1 day per week averaged across the year.
- Work with lead and casual volunteers to ensure trees and other plants on the various sites are cared for.
- Inspire others to take part in growing and harvesting the food.
- Ensure the necessary tools and other materials are available as needed.
- Maintain the necessary communication with Transition Town Totnes and with the managers of the various sites – Totnes District and Town Council, Devon and Cornwall Housing, Sharpham Trust etc – as well as with project partners.
- Source funds necessary to maintain the project as and when needed with the help of TTT core staff.
Who we’re looking for
You don’t need lots of experience but you do need to enjoy working with people and plants and have a passion for making local food accessible to all.
Here are some of the skills and experience that could be helpful to the position:
- Interest in community food growing and the wider food sovereignty movement
- Enjoy working as part of a team and collaborating with others
- Good communication skills
- Experience of coordinating volunteers
- Experience working on community food growing projects
- Knowledge of food growing and caring for fruit and nut trees
- IT skills, such as social media, WordPress and Mailchimp
What we can offer
The coordinator role is a voluntary position that comes with many benefits:
- Being part of a wider network of food growing projects locally and the national Incredible Edible network
- Training which is relevant to your role, such as First Aid training, managing volunteers, marketing/social media, IT e.g. WordPress and Mailchimp.
- Central support from the Transition Town Totnes office team.
- Participation in Transition Town Totnes core group and focus groups.
- Access to equipment and supplies for events, plus use of office facilities.
- The opportunity to have an induction and handover with Wendy Stayte, who coordinated the project for over 10 years and will help get you started.
- The possibility to work with the Transition Town Totnes team to explore funding for creating a paid coordinator role.
You’ll benefit from a network of people involved with Transition Town Totnes and the wider network of those involved in local food growing projects with whom you can collaborate, learn and share.
How to apply
There is no formal application process or deadline for this role. You simply need to contact Thea Platt if you’re interested or if you’d like to find out more: 01803 867358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Incredible Edible on our website
The story behind Incredible Edible, Totnes
In March 2007, with a small civic fanfare, 7 nut trees were planted on Vire Island. This was the start of the Transition Town Totnes Nut tree project, aiming at growing nut trees in and around Totnes to provide a nourishing source of local food.
Since that time the project has flourished and we have planted over 300 trees, mostly on public land, but also in two local schools and on the Totnes side of the Sharpham estate. Of these more than 200 have survived.
In 2011, inspired by hearing a presentation from Incredible Edible Todmorden, in addition to trees, we started growing edible herbs, flowers, soft fruit and vegetables in public places.
In 2012, we started a Forest Garden and tree nursery at Follaton arboretum, which brings together the growing of plants, trees, shrubs and small plants all in one place.
Through 2016 and into 2017 Incredible Edible Totnes worked with Orchard Link on Growing Orchard Communities, to encourage people to enjoy, care for and harvest from these orchards.
In 2018, Incredible Edible manages a number of different sites including The Follaton Arboretum, Bridgetown Fruit and Nut Trees, Borough Park Rockery and Steamer Quay Community beds.
More Grant Success!
We have had more good news to the tune of £300,000 from the Community Housing Fund infrastructure bid to Homes England. This will pay for the road to the new homes and the new access from the A385. We are thrilled that Homes England and SHDC are working together to support Clay Park.
New planning application
Some of you may have noticed that we have recently started mentioning '31' units at Clay Park rather than the 27 in our original planning application (2927/15/FUL). This is because in response to advice from our partner organisations Young Devon and United Response that self-contained studios/flats are better for meeting the needs of the young people and adults with learning disabilities than shared houses. Discussions with SHDC have been positive but we need to submit a new planning application to change the two former single houses to studios/flats. There will be no increase in the number of houses, the number of residents or parking requirements. Watch this space as we will share the consultation when it's live on the SHDC website so that you can comment.
Under the boardwalk
We’ve been spending some of our money from our Postcode Local Trust grant to improve the footpath entrance to the site from the field backing on to Barracks Hill. After feedback about the boggy conditions last winter, we have engaged Red Earth Landscaping to create a new boardwalk, replacing the existing short one and extending it to avoid the boggy bit. Please take care over the next couple of weeks if you are walking through as there may be people working, holes, materials, trip hazards, etc in this area. The public footpath entrance from the A385 will also be improved as part of the building contract.
We are looking for a part-time administrator to work alongside our project manager, initially for a 6 month period but we hope for the duration of the Clay Park development (subject to funding).
This is an exciting role with us - a small grassroots local charity working on a cutting-edge project developing low cost, low carbon housing for local people in housing need. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce and are willing to discuss flexible working arrangements.
More information on the role and how to apply is available on our website.
Closing date: 9 am Friday, October 26th, interviews November 2nd.
Our AGM - November 7th 7PM
Do come and join us for our AGM. There will be about 20 minutes of formal activities and then the opportunity to meet us, ask questions about our plans and find out more, and enjoy some refreshments. Dartington Village Hall (the new room).
Transition Homes CLT is seeking to appoint a part-time (one day per week) self-employed administrator for an initial period of 6 months, with the intention of extending the position subject to funding. The CLT has planning permission for a development of 27 homes in Dartington and is looking to start on site in spring 2019.
This is an exciting role with a small grassroots local charity working on a cutting-edge project involving the development of low cost, low carbon housing with integrated food production, compost toilets, community facilities, and renewable energy. The administrator will support the running of the organisation and delivery of the project.
We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce, and are willing to consider flexible working arrangements.
To apply please send a covering letter and CV detailing relevant experience and how you meet the person specification to Nicola Lang at email@example.com by 9am on Friday October 26th. Interviews will be held on Friday November 2nd (please advise in your application if you are unavailable on this date) and the successful candidate will start as soon as possible. To discuss the role please contact Nicola by email or on 01803 867358.
The administrator will be based at the Transition Town Totnes office in Totnes and the pay will be £21,500 pro-rata (i.e. £2,150 for one day a week for 6 months). The administrator will work closely with our project manager and responsibilities will include:
Supporting the project manager with:
- marketing, communications & outreach
- implementing our social impact framework
- developing an education & training programme
- trustee recruitment & volunteer recruitment and management
Making arrangements and liaising with others including:
- Organising and attending events
- Monitoring and arranging site maintenance
- Reporting to funders and others
- Liaising with partners and stakeholders
- Managing CLT membership & supporters
Ensuring our compliance with:
- Data protection
- Charity governance and organisational policies
Carrying out administrative tasks including:
- Banking, invoicing, payroll, record-keeping
- Obtaining quotes, arranging insurance, bonds
- Attending meetings and taking minutes
- Preparing reports for trustees, funders etc
- Handling general enquiries & potential residents’ enquiries
- Office administration – printing, filing, post, etc
- Other administrative tasks as required for project delivery
It will be necessary to attend some meetings and other events outside office hours.
Applicants need to be enthusiastic, efficient with a good eye for detail, and comfortable dealing with a wide variety of tasks in a fast moving environment. You’ll be organised and self-motivated, and able to prioritise and manage your own workload. Experience in the field of housing, finance, and/or charity administration, and an understanding of affordable housing development would be an advantage but are not essential. You will be a good communicator, both verbally and in writing, and have experience in the following IT programs/platforms: Microsoft Office (Essential), Dropbox (D), Mailchimp (Desirable), WordPress (D), Thunderbird (D), HMRC PAYE tools (D). Some training can be provided but as this is a primarily computer-based job, confidence with IT and willingness to learn are essential.
Transition Homes Community Land Trust
Company number: 07849843
Registered charity: 1161033
Closing date: 5pm Friday 30th November 2018
Interviews: Monday 10th December 2018
Please download application pack for full details
Transition Town Totnes (TTT) is 11 years old and remains a leader in the field of community and local economic resilience, inspiring communities around the world to make ground breaking systemic change at different levels in their towns and cities.
TTT is entering an exciting phase of its development, actively working to evolve its vision, aims, and structure, to ensure it is fit for purpose to help our community imagine and create a positive future in the face of the current environmental, social and economic crises we face both locally and globally.
We are therefore looking for enthusiastic, passionate, creative individuals with a commitment to developing sustainable communities to join our Trustee Board.
Currently we have 4 Trustees whose experience includes: law, health, social and community work, leadership and organisational management.
Below is a list of skills and experiences which we believe would be useful to the board at this stage in our development.
- Experience of fund raising or well networked with those who could assist with fundraising
- Experience of Finance and Accountancy within a charity
- Experience of strategic communications work
- Experience of human resources, organisational development, staff management, capacity building
- Experience of working to develop and evolve a grassroots organisation or small charity
- Experience of evaluating and monitoring an organisation’s impact and effectiveness
- Experience of contributing to cultural change
- Understanding and experience of environmental and social justice and working in communities to bring about change
- Experience of creating partnerships with diverse organisations and understanding of issues around inclusion and power, including race, class, faith, gender.
- Experience that supports TTT in maintaining the balance between being and doing (Inner Transition) and an understand of and practical experience of eco psychology and/ or positive psychology
Do you have these skills?
For more information including the person spec please visit our website:
To apply please email a covering letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Friday 30th November
Interview date: Monday 10th December, Totnes