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Cherish Support Officer (Scotland)

Cherish Support Officer (Scotland)
Salary: £20,160 per annum (equivalent to £33,600 full time)
Duration: 2 Years (Fixed Term)
Hours of Work: Part time (0.6 FTE, 21 hours per week)
Closing date: Friday 2 August 2024 at 5pm
Interviews: Wednesday 21 August 2024 in Glasgow (location tbc)

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Are you passionate about helping churches near you to remain open and thrive? 

If you can respond to enquiries and engage with stakeholders, you could make a massive difference to the churches, chapels and meeting houses in Scotland by joining our team.

We're hiring a Cherish Support Officer in Scotland to join our team as part of the Cherish project.



We want to keep churches open and in use. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are impressive, exciting and surprising places. Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to critical community services, a warm welcome, a place to worship, or a space to explore, we believe they should be loved and supported. 

In partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Cherish project supports capacity building and improving the condition of places of worship across Scotland, Wales and North West England (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria). Cherish is funded by the National Lottery has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

At the core of the project is our Cherish grants programme for proactive repairs and maintenance, and project development. We offer training and mentoring support, alongside video guides to address skills and capacity issues. Regular training events cover topics such as managing a capital project, writing funding bids, maintenance skills and systems, interpretation and tourism.

As we approach one year since the start of the project, we have identified the need to increase our capacity in Scotland so that we can continue to support more churches to stay well maintained, open and in use.


The role

As a Cherish Support Officer in Scotland, you’ll work alongside our existing Officer in Scotland, as well as the wider Cherish team, to deliver the programme activities and build networks and knowledge.

You’ll be responsible for the content and delivery of our support and advice, and our grant assessments, in collaboration with the wider Church Engagement team. You’ll give presentations to church volunteers, helping them to care for their historic church buildings. You’ll build local connections and partnerships, and contribute to sector forums.

If you think that you are the ideal candidate for this role, we'd love to hear from you!

Download the information pack

To apply please read the information pack above, then send your CV with a covering letter detailing why you would like to be considered for the role to rosalinde.debest@nationalchurchestrust.org

For any questions related to the role, please contact Jon Hodges, Cherish Project Manager at jon.hodges@nationalchurchestrust.org

National Lottery Heritage Fund acknowledgement stamp in Gaelic