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Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk



Crossroads Primary School was the focal point of the community in the Crossroads area of East Ayrshire and when it closed down in 2010 local residents felt that it resulted in a loss of a sense of community in the area. A group was formed to prevent the closure of the primary school and in their survey of around 70 families in the area 97% expressed a deep concern for the future with 81% supporting the idea that a connection with school had increased their sense of community involvement.

Following the school closure, invitations to an informal lunch were distributed to households in the Crossroads catchment area. From this community get-together came the idea of re-establishing a community in the Crossroads area through creating a Community Hub.

Job Vacancy

Community Gardener
Base: Darvel

Part time (23 hrs weekly) – salary £11,200 plus pension
1 year contract: with extension subject to funding 

Crossroads Community Hub is a charity working under the banner of “Ayrshire Food from
Ayrshire Folk” to make locally produced foods widely accessible to the community and
create opportunities for learning, shared skills and traditional crafts. Thanks to funding from
the Postcode Local Trust fund, we are establishing community activities in advance of our
Community Hub being built. We need a suitably experienced and enthusiastic individual to
deliver a range of practical food growing activities, with a focus on improving the health and
well-being of local people. Building a team of gardening volunteers, you will work
throughout the towns and villages surrounding Crossroads to establish a network of raised
bed partners.

Do you have a passion for gardening and growing?

Are you looking for an opportunity to work with people to promote growing, cooking and
eating local produce?

 We are looking for a Community Gardener.
 You will be expected to:
 Have a genuine interest in, and the ability to discuss with confidence, all aspects of growing
vegetables, fruit and herbs
 Build and maintain raised beds
 Have a desire to help communities flourish.
 Be flexible and able to priorities tasks and your time effectively
 Have experience of working with and supporting volunteers
 Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
 Be competent in your driving ability. (clean driving licence required for use of company van)

For further information, contact Morag Blackley on: 07732751503

To apply, submit your current CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability to the role.

Closing date for applications: Friday, 15th March at 12 noon

Interviews: Friday, 22nd March




Crossroads Community Hub Ltd was set up as a Community Development Association and a company limited by guarantee in August 2011, to take this idea forward. The catchment area for  Crossroads Community Hub includes small towns, villages and rural homes in the parishes of Galston, Riccarton, Sorn, Mauchline , Tarbolton and Craigie. Research shows that people who get involved in their local community feel more fulfilled and lead happier lives.


  • Create local employment and opportunities for skills development and start up opportunities for small businesses.
  • Provide an outlet for local farmers and growers, to showcase high quality affordable local produce and transparency of food source.
  • Source all foods predominantly from within Ayrshire to minimise “food miles” and reflect this in cost to consumers.
  • Promote food education encompassing all aspects of the food chain from farm to table including accessible online features about seasonal rural life such as lambing and harvesting.
  • Establish a gallery for local artists and craft workers including those from HMP Kilmarnock to regenerate traditional crafts and build confidence, business knowledge and networks.
  • Enable groups from within the community to meet socially, build confidence and self esteem by providing educational, social and recreational activities with online access to training or practical skills, all designed to improve health and wellbeing.

Education & Learning

Crossroads Lifelong Learning Partnership formerly the education group of Crossroads Community Hub is now operating as an independent organisation in the community.

View their Facebook page.