Dig In is unlike a normal small shop in that we are a community enterprise and wouldn’t exist without the hard work and support from lots of people across the community.
As well as our small staff team, who manage the shop on a day-to-day basis, we have shop volunteers working behind the till and stacking shelves and a Management Committee and subgroups of the committee who do work behind the scenes in everything from events, promotion, policies, operations and finance. Finally, we wouldn’t be here at all without the generous support from our 300 shareholders.
As a registered Community Benefit Society, we have the privilege and responsibility to engage with our community and not represent any one individual’s interests.
We have a small but dedicated team of staff who manage the daily shop operations and keep Dig In looking fresh and beautiful all year round.
We wouldn’t survive without the squad of Dig In volunteers who come in and bring their own expertise and enthusiasm to the running of the shop. Volunteering with Dig In is a great way to get to know your local community, learn new skills and play shop for a while!
The Management Committee is elected by our shareholders to support Dig In behind the scenes with all matters business, finance, HR, promotion and community engagement and operations. Working with the relevant sub-groups, the Management Committee is responsible for all manner of things!
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Isla McCulloch (right) – Chairperson
I started volunteering with Dig In before we opened, helping to raise shares from the local community over a cup of soup and went on to become a regular shop volunteer before choosing to join the Management Committee. I work part time as Business Development Manager for the Soil Association Scotland, with an aim of growing the organic market and supporting certified organic businesses across Scotland. I also work part time at Community Shares Scotland, supporting and inspiring community groups to consider a community share offer. I have represented Dig In at various events and learning trips and am always happy to do a presentation on who we are and the nitty gritty of community greengrocering!
As a gardener I value the taste of fresh fruit and veg, but, being in Scotland, it doesn’t come all year around. Having a good greengrocer in the neighbourhood is important to me. As vice-chair of the committee I have been involved in a range of issues from grant funding to recruiting staff but I still get to do the fun bit of an occasional Saturday in the shop… In my day-job, I have worked with community initiatives throughout Scotland and have been inspired by the commitment people can give. Being involved in Dig In is an excellent opportunity to get first-hand experience of just doing it.
Amanda Lake – Publicity and Community Engagement
As one of many Aussies who have decided Scotland was a fine place to live, I’ve enjoyed the chance to become part of the Bruntsfield community over the past five years. I enjoy helping out with the behind the scenes aspects as convenor of the PACE sub-group and love the idea of my sons growing up with a shop like Dig-In next door. I enjoy supporting Dig In to grow and develop for the community. As well as having a love of cooking and discovering local foods, wherever my travels take me, I enjoy the great Scottish outdoors and can often be found surfing on the east coast or hiking in the Highlands!
When my husband and I decided to move from Belfast to Edinburgh in 2015, I started to hear a lot about a ‘great community greengrocer in Bruntsfield that you would love!’ As soon as we arrived, I signed up to volunteer in the shop and loved getting to know our new community through the chat over the till counter and around the shop shelves. Over time, I’ve been a part of the Dig In team as a shop volunteer, part-time shop supervisor, co-convener of the Publicity and Community Engagement sub-group and now Management Committee member. In my other roles, I work on issues related to food insecurity and the right to food at Nourish Scotland, and I am a director of Scotland the Bread.