Volunteering

Photo by Ellie McMaster

Running a greengrocer requires many hands – so we’re always looking for people who have time, skills and experience to help make this community-owned business a success.

You can join the brilliant team of volunteers who support everything we do at Dig In – it’s a great way to learn a new skill, get some work experience, and make lots of new friends. We have lots of different roles so you can do something you’ll really enjoy.

Shop Volunteer

We need volunteer shop assistants to work alongside our Shop Manager and Supervisors. You will serve customers and take on a range of tasks including unpacking and pricing stock, helping with display, and rotating stock. If you prefer you can focus on behind the scenes work like unpacking, pricing and stocking shelves. Dig-In is a friendly place to work and we are lucky to have very engaged and supportive customers. You will work as part of a team of all ages and backgrounds.

Before you start you’ll need to come along to one of our monthly induction sessions, held on a Sunday in the shop, usually the first Sunday of the month at 10am.

You can choose a regular weekly slot or work on an ad-hoc basis. Volunteers can work full day or a shorter shift, or choose a length of time that suits them. We provide induction and support. Our hours are Monday to Friday 10-7 and Saturday 9.30-5. Volunteers are asked to come in half an hour before opening and to stay for half an hour after closing.

If you’re interested in joining our team of shop volunteers, please complete our Volunteer Application Form.

Management Committee

We are currently seeking new Management Committee members, these are voluntary positions and are a great opportunity to learn more about how our community shop works in practice and make a positive contribution to our community.  You can read our Dig-In Strategy 2021 for more info. Contact isla@diginbruntsfield.co.uk for more information.

Community Engagement

We’re actively looking for someone this year to take forward our publicity and community engagement parts of our strategy. You will have:

  • Experience using different channels to communicate messages and engage customers;
  • Improve the way we engage with the community through events with staff and volunteers;
  • A strong commitment to Dig In’s values.

With support from staff and other volunteers, you will have responsibility for:

  • Supporting staff and MC to write and design news articles and newsletters (using Mailchimp and WordPress)
  • Regular contribution to our social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook);
  • Supporting staff and volunteers with community events (Programme TBC)
  • Attending monthly Management Committee meetings (2 hours per month);
  • Participating in the Annual General Meeting (usually held in February).

Volunteer Champion

We’re actively looking for a new volunteer champion to support in our goal to be a wonderful place to work and volunteer. We are interested in applications from fresh faces and existing volunteers who are looking to broaden their involvement with the running of Dig-In. You will have:

  • Experience in working with people to develop their confidence, skills and aspirations;
  • Interest in working with and training volunteers to encourage participation in a broad range of our activities (behind the scenes as well as behind the counter!)
  • A strong commitment to Dig In’s values.

With support from staff and the Management Committee, our Volunteer Champion will have shared responsibility to:

  • Deliver volunteer training events throughout the year for new and existing volunteers to upskill them and build confidence;
  • Take a fresh look at how we better support volunteers through their journey with us and improve communications between staff, the committee and other volunteers;
  • Organise occasional volunteer events and socials;
  • Attend monthly Management Committee meetings (2 hours per month);
  • Participate in the Annual General Meeting (usually held in February).

Good all rounders!

We’re also welcoming applications from those who have an interest in sustainable food, retail and community enterprise who would like to contribute to the continuing success of our enterprise as we reach 6 years of trading on Bruntsfield Place.

You could have an interest, skills or experience in:

  • Sustainable food systems in Scotland, cooking, baking, growing or supply chainsBag of organic carrots
  • HR, finance, business and retailing
  • Organisation and governance of community enterprises and knowledge of community shares
  • A strong commitment to Dig In’s values.

Management Committee members have a responsibility to:

  • Contribute on average 1 hour/week in your specific area of choice;
  • Attend monthly Management Committee meetings (2hrs per month);
  • Participate in the Annual General Meeting (usually held in February).

 

New Management Committee members are normally elected at our AGM which is coming up on Monday 10th February 2020. To give prospective committee members an opportunity to find out more before committing to joining we are encouraging people to get in touch in advance.

Just drop our Chairperson Isla McCulloch an email on isla@diginbruntsfield.co.uk and she will arrange an informal meeting or call with relevant staff and MC members to chat through the role in more detail. To allow enough time for this, we’d appreciate any notes of interest by Monday 13th January  and you would be invited to join us on the 20th January at our Management Committee meeting to find out more. Please include in your email a short paragraph outlining which role you feel most suitable for and why.

We look forward to hearing from you!