Create Community Wealth

 About Create Community Wealth

Create Community Wealth is an exciting long-term collaborative project that aims to develop micro-enterprises across the communities in Wester Hailes and Muirhouse in Edinburgh. 

Inspired by the grassroots movement of the Granby Four Streets in Liverpool and other Community Wealth Building initiatives around the world, this project aims to tackle social exclusion and improve wellbeing and local economic prospects through creativity. 

Create Community Wealth is part of a wider national Culture Collective programme and is a partnership between WHALE Arts, North Edinburgh Arts, SCOREscotland and Passion4Fusion

The project will embed a team of freelance creative people within the communities of North Edinburgh and Wester Hailes to engage with locals and help them to create and develop unique products and services. These products and services could include arts and handmade crafts, food and drink products, well-being, and creative services that reflect the needs and wants of the community. The long-term goal of the project is to work with the community to develop sustainable selling platforms. This could include regular street markets but may evolve into other opportunities as the project progresses. 

Recruiting Supporting Creatives 

We are recruiting three (3) Supporting Creatives to join the Create Community Wealth team and assist our Lead Creatives with the overall delivery and development of the project. 

For this role, we are looking for creative people with 3+ years’ experience in their field who are confident in their capacity to be able to share skills and knowledge, be key members of a wider team, think outside the box and be a source of inspiration to others. We are looking for individuals who have an interest in using their creative skills to support the delivery of activities and the wider project in response to the needs and wants of participants. Due to the dynamic and experimental nature of this project, the roles will require good problem-solving skills, flexibility and a hands-on approach. 

Working as part of a small team of freelancers (2 Lead Creatives, 3 Supporting Creatives and 1 Project Documenter), you will be supported by the Create Community Wealth Project Lead and key staff from the project’s four partner organisations – WHALE Arts, North Edinburgh Arts, SCOREscotland and Passion4Fusion. 

We are particularly interested in people who understand the importance of the role creativity can play in helping communities flourish, and who may have previous entrepreneurial experience in managing their creative practice as sole traders or micro-businesses. 

We encourage applications from all creative backgrounds, including (but not limited to) potters, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, crafters, musicians, performance artists, painters. One area of community interest is ceramics/pottery, so we would welcome applications from individuals who could share their knowledge and skills in this area. However, we would be delighted to see applications from candidates with a range of skills across different art forms to match the diversity of interests within the community. 

Download the full Recruitment Pack.

Deadline for applications is at noon on Friday 6 May.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18 May.

For further information, please contact: shirin@whalearts.co.uk