Cranhill in Glasgow is one of the programme's current development areas

Cranhill in Glasgow is one of the programme’s current development areas

Chance to Thrive is a Church of Scotland initiative to improve the wellbeing of eight communities in the poorest areas of Scotland.

The programme is based on an acknowledgment that regeneration programmes must be about more than the improvement of the physical environment. It is based on the following three themes:

  • ‘life’- supporting community members to develop skills and confidence;
  • ‘space’ – supporting communities to develop public spaces that they feel that they belong to;
  • ‘buildings’ – supporting communities to develop church buildings as community resources.

The Church of Scotland is currently advertising for a Coordinator to run this community engagement initiative. After a successful three year pilot involving eight congregations, the opportunity will be given to a further four congregations in 2015 and four more in 2016.

The coordinator will be involved in further development of Chance to Thrive, including recruiting and supporting experienced volunteer mentors who will work long term with the congregations.

The full job advertisement is available on the Church of Scotland webpage below. A YouTube video overview of the programme also follows. The closing date for applications is Friday 27 March.