Community Alliance Trust (CAT)

The Community Alliance Trust is a community-led organisation which exist to benefit the community of the Greater Craigmillar area of Edinburgh fallowing the principles of sustainable development. It does this by: Developing community assets and new social enterprise initiatives in the local community, Taking their lead from the community in planning and implementing their projects.

Current opportunities

Craigmillar Growers is establishing a network of community gardens for local residents to grow vegetables and fruit together. Produce is shared among participants, used for cooking regular community meals, and donated to local community food projects, addressing food insecurity in deprived neighbourhoods. As a volunteer, you would assist with supervising work sessions, delivering gardening workshops and contributing to the development and growth of the project.

The Greenhouse pantry was set up in response to the rising levels of food insecurity in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh. Pantries are a more sustainable longer-term solution to food poverty providing members with a hand up not a hand out. Pantry assistants will help support the general day to day running of the pantry. There are a variety of tasks and these will be matched with the volunteers experience and skills.
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You will be responsible for receiving deliveries, liaising with suppliers and ensuring that produce is stored correctly and in accordance with the Pantry's FIFO procedure (first in first out). Another key role is to ensure that the stock room and shop floor are kept clean, tidy and well organised. This role requires some heavy lifting and manual handling. There is scope here for the role to be more practical or more creative based on preference and skills.

Meet and greet customers visiting the Pantry and assist with any purchasing questions, especially for Arabic-speaking customers with little knowledge of English. Liaise between Pantry staff, other volunteers and Pantry members in both English and Arabic. Check pricing and labelling. Check food safety and procedural paperwork. Managing stock, shelf stacking, ensuring the Pantry is kept well stocked and well presented. Cleaning and tidying the shop floor before, during and after opening.