Langholm Facilitator (part-time)

SURF - Scotland's Regeneration Forum

  • Sector: Charity
  • Location: Langholm
  • £30,000 per annum, The pro-rata salary for this 17.5 hours per week part-time position is £30k.
  • Hours: Part Time Contract
  • Contact: Derek Rankine
  • Reference: DNG24

With support from the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund, SURF is delivering an Alliance for Action programme in several communities across Scotland.

The purpose of the programme is twofold: to further strengthen resilience and practical outcomes in the two communities;
and to enhance wider policy and resource considerations for supporting community regeneration in the continuing recessionary context.

In 2017-18 we explored the possibility of adding a new south of Scotland site to the programmeby developing an Alliance for Action feasibility study for Langholm. This study established broad consensus on the town’s main strengths. These included its historical significance, a strong culture of community activity, and a high quality physical and natural environment. It also highlighted significant social and economic challenges.

The feasibility study identified seven local priority themes, three of which – economic purpose, tourism, and community empowerment – have been agreed as the basis of SURF Alliance for Action programme support offer.

The primary role of the local facilitator will be to assist in the development of productive, cooperative activity under these themes. That will include providing all reasonable support to local stakeholders for project planning, resource and process development, implementation and evolution. The role presents an exciting and rewarding opportunity to contribute positively to the town’s future.

SURF is seeking the following qualities and skills:


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with a range of stakeholders,
    including representatives of community groups, public agencies, private businesses, and
  • Good current knowledge of, and an active interest in, community regeneration policy and
  • Approachable, reliable, well organised and efficient.
  • An ability to communicate in an accurate, friendly, confident and effective manner with a
    wide range of people and organisations, both verbally and in writing.
  • A strong knowledge of the funding and policy climate for regeneration activities in Scotland.
  • An ability to produce high-quality reports regularly and in a clear, concise format.
  • An ability to respond efficiently to direction from SURF and local stakeholders, and to work
    pro-actively using initiative and judgement.
  • Strong IT skills, particularly in the Microsoft Office applications Word and Outlook.


  • Experience in project management and partnership working towards the delivery of placebased
    social, physical and/or economic regeneration.
  • A good awareness of the social and economic context in Langholm and the wider south of
  • A degree level qualification in a regeneration-related subject.

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