Digital Presence Project with Crossroads Community Hub-Ayrshire Food Hub (Furlough Volunteer Role)

Location: Remote working from home
Furlough Volunteer Post
Immediate start
Hours to be negotiated
Apply by 31 July 2020

Important: this initiative is a not-for-profit organisation, and this role would ideally suit a person who is currently furloughed from their regular employment. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme states that furloughed workers may volunteer their time and skills to projects such as this one.


Please note that the application process for this and other volunteering opportunity is slightly different from our usual form. See "Application" section below.


The Organisation

“Crossroads Community Hub (CCH) formed in 2011, following the closure and demolition of the local rural primary school. At the heart of the project is the Hub building which we have raised £1.3million to build on the derelict site of the school commencing March 2019. The Hub will provide a focal point for the rural community (25,000) which is dispersed in 10 small towns and rural hinterlands, formerly home of thriving mining, lace and agricultural industries. Our Hub will be different from a standard community centre. In addition to a multi-use hall it will house a unique combination of a training kitchen, a farm shop, and community café and have a major focus on local food. Operational seven days a week, local people will benefit through new jobs, training and volunteering opportunities

Through our combined research, community consultations and current work in the community, we have identified six areas of need where our hub building and associated activities could have a significant impact:  

  1. Empower our community
  2. Reduce isolation and social exclusion
  3. Create new opportunities for business and employment
  4. Create opportunities for lifelong learning and development
  5. Tackle food poverty and deprivation
  6. Improve overall health and wellbeing

The impact of our current outreach service is being carefully monitored and evaluated leading up to Hub opening. Our grant-funded members of staff and volunteers facilitate and evaluate cooking, gardening, social and peer support initiatives in advance of the Hub being built, with all activities being extended into the new facility when open.


For further information on current activity please read the full text version of this advert (which opens in new window).


The Role

During these challenging times Crossroads Community Hub has suspended our public-facing activities whilst maintaining staff for emergency food provision activities. Our construction project ceased and has only recently re-commenced.

As we approach the opening of the new facility it is vital that the success stories Crossroads Community Hub generates are collated and shared in a way that helps demonstrate the massive social value and impact the organisation delivers. We also face the challenge of delivering a new model with income-generating activities within the new facility, and potentially, prior to the opening

Therefore, support is requested to develop digital and non-digital content for current and future use so that the Ayrshire Food Hub can be more visible to its stakeholders and the wider public. Help to develop a structured strategy for the use of this content and the appropriate channels to use to do so will also be appreciated.




Important - this initiative is a not-for-profit organisation, and this role would ideally suit a person who is currently furloughed from their regular employment. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme states that furloughed workers may volunteer their time and skills to non-revenue generating projects, such as ESR.


You will suit this role if you love sharing stories of real social value (and a love of food, family and our environment) and have an interest in how organisations can support individuals, families, small businesses and the local community, having a real impact on quality of life and future prospects.


You’ll be organised in your approach to gathering and disseminating information, and able to take the initiative but have the judgement to ask questions when necessary. You’ll also be able to demonstrate the following:

• Exceptional level of verbal and written English
• Firm knowledge of digital marketing methodology
• Creative graphic design skills
• Strong copywriting skills
• Ability to quickly develop a deep understanding of what the organisation does
• Inquisitive nature, not afraid to ask questions
• A strong desire to support community engagement during lockdown and going forward
• Empathy and emotional intelligence galore


You should be comfortable with being able to commit to the hours you agree to volunteer to support the organisation.


If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as their capacity is currently over-stretched.




We understand that as a furloughed worker, you may not have an up-to-date CV. We will therefore accept a CV or a  Linkedin profile (send us a link). In addition, please forward a short cover letter explaining your interest in the role, your skills and your recent employment history. Send in an email, titled Digital Presence Project with Crossroads Community Hub to (opens in new tab) by 31 July 2020.

Suitable candidates will be invited to a Skype call to discuss the role and the work of Crossroads Community Hub-Ayrshire Food Hub in more detail.

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