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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WANTED: Community Research Assistant in Lockerbie

Paid Graduate Internship - Community Research Assistant with Lockerbie Old School
£7.65 per hour, 240 hours worked 20 hours per week for 3 months part time.
Dryfesdale Old School
Erected in 1875 the former Dryfesdale Public Old School building has been at the heart of the local community for over 140 years. In 1903 the building became home to Lockerbie Academy until the 1960s when the Academy moved to more modern premises. The building then served as the local Primary School.
In 1988, during the Lockerbie Disaster, it became home to the investigation HQ. Dumfries & Galloway Council's Architects, Social Work and Community Education department operated out of the building until 2010 when it was decided by the council that the premises was 'surplus to requirements'.
As part of the process of disposing of the building it was necessary to determine whether there was any local community interest in obtaining them.
At a public meeting in early 2013 it was clear that not only was there interest in retaining the building but there was a growing need for a flexible community space in Lockerbie that could be used by a range of local groups including preschool activities, children’s sports, youth groups, café, educational classes, arts, services for the elderly etc. This would not only serve Lockerbie but the district and surrounding areas.
Since then, local members of the community have been investigating how the community could take control of this significant building. They have also been considering the viability of such a venture. Working as a Community Research Officer with the Committee Community Group you will help support this ongoing project. Initial tasks will include but are not limited to:
The Dryfesdale School in the Lockerbie regen MasterPlan

  • Community liaison
  • Stake Holder Engagement
  • Contributing to Funding Applications
  • Contributing to the business plan
  • Researching potential funding streams
  • Collating information and gathering statistics
  • Attending committee meetings
  • Other ad hoc tasks as required
 Outpost II, the zombie gore-fest which was shot in D&G used the 'other' old Lockerbie academy as a ready-made film set

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with a background in business, social sciences, marketing, communications, or other relevant subject. Candidates must be computer literate with good communication (verbal and written) organisation and time management skills. You must be able to demonstrate local knowledge of Lockerbie and the surrounding community.
Candidates who can demonstrate strong research skills, including experience of collating statistics and writing reports, would be highly regarded. You should have an interest in business development within the third sector and be familiar with the concept of researching and applying for funding streams. Experience of organising events and meetings would be highly beneficial.

Closing date for applications is 25 February 2014, 5pm - head to the Adopt an Intern website here for application details

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