You know that our job is to encourage you to lead a more sustainable life but what does that really mean day-to-day? How do we do that?
What do we actually do?
People often say to us that they understand what the Gate Church Carbon Saving project does, helping the local community adopt low carbon lifestyles while providing help to those experiencing poverty across Dundee, but what do we - the staff - actually DO?
Distilling this into a few hundred words is nigh on impossible, but we will try to give you a better insight.
We certainly don't have a set routine.
We are a small team of four (not all working full time) augmented by a great bunch of volunteers.
One of us looks after the admin and one the strategic overview, so that leaves two of us hands-on.
And we do mean hands-on. You will sometimes find us sitting in front of a screen
writing a newsletter or blog
working on a presentation
catching up on correspondence
But you are much more likely to see us out and about, possibly with dirty hands
collecting donations from our Give Boxes from around the city
sorting out those donations (one fixed point in the week, that takes place on Wednesday afternoons)
delivering those donations to our partners
collecting food for the community fridge
stocking the fridge
planting, weeding and harvesting in our vegetable garden
running a workshop
cooking up a storm in the kitchen in preparation for an event (no outside catering for us)
setting up for our monthly clothes swap
Some of the more unusual things we have done in the past couple of years?
painted the container that now houses our community fridge
sewed dozens of little flannel squares for a workshop
chopped hundreds - and we do not exaggerate - of apples for our apple press
shovelled compost into bags
made our own deodorant and toothpaste (oh, the building smelt good that day)
So, you can see that our job is
physical - yes we are sometimes tired at the end of the day but at least we don't then have to go to the gym to build up our muscles
sociable - we have fantastic conversations with our partners, members of the public and each other
The best thing about working here?
Driving our electric van! For anyone who hasn't driven an e-vehicle, it's like being in a little space ship and we just love it
being surrounded by people who are all as passionate as we are about saving our planet
Above all, our job is fun. Other people working in the building will often ask in amazement, "What ARE you up to now?" It doesn't really feel like work at all.