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Volunteer Board member for new social enterprise in start up phase



Posted over 30 days ago...

Join as a director at a key stage of opening an inclusive space for making and remaking. We aim to make tools, skills & resources accessible to all with a tool library, makers space, community garden & cafe.


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Inverness, IV3 8EX

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

Clachworks is registered as a community interest company and is governed by a (voluntary) Board of Directors which exists to support the financial viability of Clachworks, whilst ensuring that it meets its social aims. It works closely with the Managing Director (currently working on a voluntary basis), and will support our Volunteer Coordinator and future staff members. The Board currently comprises three individuals with a combined background in project management; mechanics; craft; research; teaching; and community event organising. We’re looking to recruit up to three more directors who would be able to share their experience and expertise in at least some of the following areas: · Business and entrepreneurial development · Financial management · Fundraising strategy and corporate sponsorship · Health & Safety · Building Management · Training & Skills Development · PR & Publicity This list is not exhaustive and we welcome applications from people who may have skills outside of these specific areas.

What are we looking for?

Particular qualities we are looking for in Board members: Essential:

Commitment to the Clachworks vision. Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort, and participate actively in the work of the Board. Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad-hoc basis. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. Good, independent judgement. Ability to think creatively. Ability to galvanise external relationships and build support for Clachworks. Experience and knowledge of EDI / Equalities. Experience in organisational development and strategic planning.


Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance. Knowledge of Inverness and surrounding areas. Experience in community development. Interest in craft / DIY. Interest in degrowth and decoloniality. Ability to speak second language, including Gaelic. Experience of business development and financial management. Experience in ethical fundraising. Experience in ensuring institutional accessibility (physical and cultural).

Eligibility Priority will be given to those who are local to Inverness, however applications are welcome from people located anywhere across Scotland as some remote working will be possible. Board meetings are usually held online on weekday evenings, though board members would ideally be available some weekends on an ad hoc basis. Accessibility We would like the Clachworks board to reflect the diversity of Inverness, and welcome interest and applications from people from all ages, stages and backgrounds. If you are interested but feel you have specific barriers to applying, please let us know so we can talk about how we can address these and make it possible for you. Whilst the role itself is voluntary, expenses will be covered when possible. Time commitment is a big question for most people when thinking about joining a board of directors. We hope that the time you give to Clachworks will be rewarding and beneficial to you, however, we will do our best to make sure the role can work around your life, work and other commitments.

What difference will you make?

Clachworks is in its ‘start up’ phase and is in it's first year of operation. Over the past year the Board’s energy has been focused on developing an outline business plan and fundraising strategy; conducting market research and community consultations; and negotiating the intended premises. As a fellow company director, joining at a crucial stage of the organisation, you will play an integral role in helping us build our vision of a socially inclusive space for making and remaking in Inverness. Clachworks plans to tackle local economic, social and environmental issues by opening a tool library, open-access workshop, community garden and cafe. The overall aims of the project are to:

Lower personal costs for individuals. Reduce the overall consumption and waste of goods. Foster skills development and community empowerment. 

Benefits to Joining the Board

The chance to get involved in an exciting new project concerned with social and environmental justice; Access to training and skills development opportunities; Make a real difference at a local level by being part of a community focused team.


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