Volunteering Opportunity

Our Gracemount

Our Gracemount is working with local people and organisations, as well as students and staff from Edinburgh University, to:

  • Run volunteering opportunities on site
  • Gather information concerning the development of the Mansion, Stable Block, community garden, and greenspaces for the benefit of the local community.

Our Gracemount is funded by the University of Edinburgh Community Grants Programme The project is managed by Transition Edinburgh South, with input from the Friends of the Mansion Steering Group.

We are recruiting a team of volunteers to deliver volunteering activities, consultation and community events. The core aims are:

  • Listening to local people and organisations to hear their ideas for developing the community hub, Mansion, Stable Block, greenspaces, community garden and access paths around the Gracemount area.
  • Offering fun volunteering opportunities for local people, and students / staff from the University, which fit with different skills and interests while also addressing the deprivation and social / environmental issues facing the community. These opportunities will be further clarified via the consultation and community engagement process.
  • Use the evidence gathered from the community engagement, and the increase in volunteer activity, to build capacity in Transition Edinburgh South and Gracemount Mansion House Steering Group.
  • Raise additional funds for development of the site, including community asset transfer of buildings and land.

There is more information about the project on the Transition Edinburgh South website and you can find us on Twitter, Gracemount Community Garden Facebook Page and Transition Edinburgh South Facebook Page. Please also see the Friends of The Mansion Facebook Group and the Save Our Mansion House Campaign.

Role Description

Transition Edinburgh South: Our Gracemount: Action Research Volunteer

Volunteering opportunities from April 2021 ongoing

Role:Our Gracemount Community Action Research Volunteer  
Responsible to:Rona/Laerke (Community Action Researchers)
Where (Location):Gracemount (various locations) and working from home
Time commitment:Must be available a minimum of 2 sessions per month including some evening sessions and/or weekends. Ideally, you would be available for one short in-person session per week (within Covid-19 guidelines).
Role description:Transition Edinburgh South (founded in 2009) has been centred around Gracemount Mansion and Gracemount Community Garden since 2013 and Our Gracemount is a TES initiative seeking to make significant sustained improvements to restore this threatened community asset and involve the entire Gracemount Community in driving the process. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic volunteer to join our team of Community Action Researchers. Going out listening to the community, encouraging others to share their views and actively participate in future developments.  We are seeking individuals who are passionate about engaging with local people and will inspire them to get involved.   The Project is a partnership with the University of Edinburgh and we are keen for local residents to get involved, alongside people from the University Community, with research, activities and on the ground events.  
Main tasks:  Some on the job training and support will be available with these.Liaising with schools and other community organisations such as playgroups, refugee organisations, and churches Interviewing individuals and groups and accurately recording feedback in a usable wayAssisting with collation of Our Gracemount survey resultsAssisting with the running  community consultation events in outdoor community venuesSupporting celebration events and social gatherings in the Gracemount Walled Garden and around The Mansion site.Assisting with group events in the garden including opportunities for Edinburgh University involvement.Following excellent health and safety practices and facilitating social distancing where required at events etc.Assist with Community consultations at Gracemount Community Garden and Challenge days  
Required skills, qualities and experience, and qualifications    Essential: Enthusiasm and willingness to meet and talk to people of all ages and from many walks of lifeAbility to record information accurately Ability to use Zoom/ Teams etc Desirable: Connections to Gracemount and the South East Edinburgh area and/or knowledge of the local community.Ability to use SurveyMonkey and Eventbrite Previous experience of taking part in action research / researchAbility to collate and display information in an attractive wayKnowledge or participation in community led initiativesInterest in environmental and sustainability activities  
Training and support available:  Participatory Appraisal TrainingOngoing support from Community Action Research Staff and TES Trustees Volunteer induction programme  
Recruitment process:Rolling recruitment: there is no set deadline and we will aim to get back to you within 2 weeks. During a brief interview we will ask you more about your motivations for applying and any relevant experience. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Please fill out the application here and email volunteerourgracemount@gmail.com if you have any questions.  

‘Our Gracemount’ is funded by University of Edinburgh Community Grants Programme