Community Works

The Community Works project helps residents of Leith and North Edinburgh to find work or volunteer. A combination of 1:1 guidance and free relevant accredited training will help you to impress employers or identify the best volunteering opportunity for you.

To learn more please contact: Rachel Hutton on 0131 553 8784  or

If you are interested in working in the care sector or want to return to care work click here to learn more about our care programme.

1. Coronavirus update: Changes to our service

With current lockdown measures in place, the Community Works team are working remotely.  We offer individual, quick-turnaround support tailored to your circumstances.

Due to reduced staff, we can unfortunately only take new referrals from Port of Leith Housing Association, Persevere Developments Ltd tenants and residents of EH5, 6 and 7.

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2. Updating my CV

The purpose of a CV is to show that you can do the advertised job for that specific company, you understand the culture and you will fit in with the team. We can help you write a relevant concise CV that reflects your skills and promotes you to the employer.

3. Getting a response when I apply for a job

When applying for jobs, less is more. We can work with you to identify the jobs that best suit your skills and experience. Knowing what jobs to apply for and how to find hidden jobs is the key to success. Targeted job applications are more likely to get you an interview.

“Tell us why you would suit this role”

We can help you fill out that big blank space at the end of every application form so that you can explain exactly why you are the best person for that job.

4. Succeeding at interviews

Whatever you think your skill level is, getting some practice and feedback is always useful. If you find it difficult to answer questions such as “Tell me about yourself” or “What have you been doing most recently?” We can help you to impress interviewers and stand out from the rest.

We also provide competency interview training.

5. Returning to work after an absence

Returning to work can be confusing and stressful with no clear path. Working together we can work out what you need to make informed choices and find the job that you want at a pace that suits you.

6. Finding part time work

It can be a juggling act finding the right hours and a job you want to do. We understand that there is no reason to settle for a second-best job just because you are working part time.

7. Getting a job in another sector

If you have had enough and are looking for a fresh start, we can help. We have years of experience working with people who have changed from one sector to another. Construction to retail, care to office work, retail to office work, commercial sector to public sector.

8. Getting into volunteering

Students looking to improve their CVs before they graduate, retired people wanting to keep busy, they have all made the volunteering sector a lot more competitive. Also, a lot of people want to do something a bit different when it comes to volunteering. We can help you find the volunteering role that fits your needs.

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