Who are we?
Glasgow Community Food Network was established in 2017 to bring together practitioners and organisations in the private, public and third sectors along with other interested individuals to develop a flourishing food system in Glasgow. We aim to work with everyone with an interest in food: chefs and restaurants, farmers and market gardeners, foodbank and soup kitchen volunteers and anyone else who cares about better food for Glasgow. We want to see a city where high quality, fresh, local, organic produce is available and affordable for all and where good food is a celebrated part of our culture.
Glasgow Community Food Network emerged from a consultation by Glasgow Local Food Network where it was decided that a more formal organisation was required. GCFN was constituted as a Community Interest Company in May 2017.
What do we do?
We hold seasonal networking events where members share a meal and learn more about each other’s work. These events usually feature short talks from interesting speakers as well as some structured discussion of ways to develop and improve our food systems.
We also conduct and support research and development of improvements to Glasgow’s food system. As a member-led organisation, we are always open to new ideas in this area.
How can I join?
Just go to our Sign Up page and enter a few details. This will create a member page for you on our website. There is no membership fee.
Work With Us - Current Vacancies
Community Activator – Food & Climate Action
Part Time 28hrs/week, funded until Feb 2023
£21,200 PA (equivalent to £26,500 pro-rata)
The Food & Climate Action project is a partnership approach to climate action through food systems change. The project builds on years of excellent work carried out by the community food sector, and is framed around key actions in the new Glasgow City Food Plan. It will enable communities to be actively involved in creating a sustainable, fair and healthy food future, ensuring participation from the ground up. Core themes of the project are community participation, urban agriculture, food education, campaigning, and COP26.
The Community Activator post is integral to the delivery of project activities. This post will be one of five Community Activator roles based at project partner organisations. This post will be hosted by Glasgow Eco Trust and work closely with the team there to engage with local communities and activities. This post is part of a team structure, and will work cooperatively with the other Community Activators, Project Manager, Project Coordinator and Project Support Officer.
The project is funded through the The National Lottery Community Fund Climate Action Fund.
- Work collaboratively and cooperatively with the team, partners, stakeholders and communities to provide ‘on the ground’ delivery of key project outputs and outcomes.
- Lead on the practical aspects of organising green assemblies, food education programmes and community involvement in COP26.
- Support and be actively involved in the project’s urban agriculture ambitions.
- Be open to learning and sharing best practice.
- Empower local groups to take action on food and climate change, by building capacity and supporting them to apply for the Peer Budgeting grants available in year 2 of the project
- Supporting volunteers and freelance staff who are involved in the project.
- Back office and administrative duties as applicable.
- Seek new opportunities for spin-off projects and resources to implement them.
- Apply for additional funds to support project delivery.
- Commitment to and experience of developing and implementing impactful work to promote sustainable food, farming, or related topics
- Practical experience of working with low income urban communities, and an understanding of the inherent challenges and inequalities.
- Direct experience of community development, community education and capacity building or empowerment project work.
- Natural and effective facilitator, practiced in communicating key messages in meetings, events and workshops.
- Experience of working in partnership with multiple organisations on complex projects.
- Previous involvement in networks and movements that advocate for intersectional, social and environmental equity.
- Dynamic approach, and able to respond flexibly to challenges and opportunities.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with good attention to detail.
- High level of IT competency including use of email, databases and content management systems.
- Commitment to and experience of cooperative and non-hierarchical working.
- Good time management and organisational skills.
- Experience of supporting and supervising contractors, staff and volunteers
- Applying for and raising funds.
Applications should be received by 9am on Monday 21st June 2021.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6th- Wednesday 7th July 2021.