Working for Granby Four Streets
Chair of the Board
Granby CLT is seeking a new Chair to lead the Board, staff and organisation into and through the next critical stages of its development.
It is expected that the new Chair will have a proven and impressive track record of strategic leadership, business acumen, strong communication and representational skills, empathy and enthusiasm for the CLT’s vision and an ability to command respect amongst local and regional stakeholders as well as funders and decision makers in both the public and private sectors.
The Trust is looking for an individual who has the skills and interests to help us identify and exploit new opportunities, as well as the ability to support staff and Board members to take the CLT through completion of its current Business Plan and onto the next stage of its development.
If you would relish such a challenge and share our commitment to building a strong and lasting legacy for Granby as a sustainable artistic, economic and social hub for our community, particularly in challenging economic times, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
The role is unpaid, although reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed. The time commitment amounts to approximately two to four days a month, and the initial term of office is two years.
For a briefing pack including further details about the role of Chair, and for details of how to apply see recruitment pack, email John.McGuigan@nwhousing.org.uk or telephone 0151 726 2260.
Closing date: 21st May 2018
COMMUNITY GARDENER IN RESIDENCE
Post: Community Gardener in Residence
Wage: 6-month contract initially. £16.00 per hour. Minimum of 14 hours a week
Based at: Granby Winter Garden 37-39 Cairns Street, L8 2UW
Accountable to: Winter Garden Development Group & Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust
Start date: June 2018 to December 2018
Probation: This post carries a 2-month probationary period.
Deadline for applications: Monday 21st May, 4p.m.
GRANBY WINTER GARDEN PROJECT
Two Victorian 2-bedroomed terraced houses in the heart of Granby have been re-imagined and re-built as extraordinary sustainable, multi-purpose spaces, owned and managed by and for the local community. One house is opened up to the full height of the building, with a glass roof, becoming a public indoor garden full of greenery, with trees, ferns and climbers using the whole space. The second will combine an artist’s residency & workshop, a community meeting, making and socialising space and an Air bnb.
Granby Community Land Trust Winter Garden Project
Granby Winter Garden is a collaboration between Assemble, Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust and local residents, it is based in the heart of Liverpool 8 and is a key project in the CLT’s long-term plans to revitalise the Granby neighbourhood. The Community Land Trust (CLT) is a non-profit community-based organisation that is creating affordable homes and enabling regeneration in the Granby Four Streets area. Our members are made up of local residents in Granby and local community organisations and businesses.
GRANBY – THE CENTRALITY OF PEOPLE AND PLACE
Granby Street was once a lively, cosmopolitan high street which was the historic focus of the black community in Liverpool. 10 minutes from the city centre and right by two of Liverpool’s loveliest parks, it is an architecturally, socially and culturally rich environment – a really lovely neighbourhood. It was also at the centre of the Toxteth uprising of 1981 - having experienced generations of poverty, unemployment, and institutional racism.
Over the last 30 years, hundreds of terraced houses have been compulsory purchased, boarded up & demolished - and a long-standing community dispersed. The CLT grew out of the community’s long and varied campaigns to oppose demolition and rebuild their neighbourhood. These included Granby Residents’ Association and collective direct actions: public art works, a street market and most visibly, the guerrilla gardening that residents have carried out over the past decade.
The only four remaining original streets are now undergoing a major refurbishment programme by a mix of partners. It’s a time of change and of rebuilding: of our shops, community resources, youth and employment opportunities, and of our own daily interactions with our each other and our built environment.
Granby is a resilient community, but it still has to be viewed in the context of harsh and confining socio-economic realities. It seems clear that these external conditions will not improve – and one of the key lessons that we have learnt over the last decades is that we have to organise to take control of our neighbourhoods. Our best options lie in community ownership, collective hands-on activities and the willingness to think and act outside the box.
THE STREETS ARE THE GARDEN
Community Gardener - Gardener in Residence
We aim to create, by our own work and imagination, the greenest quarter in the city - streets and public spaces that are green, creative places for people of all ages to plant, meet, socialise and play in.
The Winter Garden project bridges separations between indoors and outdoors, personal and public space. Our streets are galleries, gardens, playground and meeting places. Experience over the last 10 years has shown us that gardening can be a transformative act, with the potential to regenerate an apparently ‘doomed’ neighbourhood by changing the appearance, atmosphere and ‘liveability’ of our streets. It gives a sense of common purpose and of creative control over our environment.
We want to make the most of those who already have horticultural skills and knowledge in Granby - working with individuals and organisations to support and share their expertise - as well as to create new opportunities for those with less experience.
We believe that gardening is an inherently creative activity with the potential to benefit people from all walks of life. We are looking for someone who shares this outlook.
● Closing Date: Monday, May 21st at 4 p.m.
● Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Wednesday May 23rd
● Interviews will take place on Friday, May 25th