Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council Mentor Profiles

Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) was founded in 1971.  ELREC has a remit to work across the areas of City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils.

The main objectives of ELREC are:

  • to work towards the elimination of discrimination in all its forms
  • to reduce inequality and promote a culture of human rights
  • to promote good relations between persons of protected characteristics without distinction on grounds of race, gender, gender identity, marital status/civil partnerships, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and pregnancy and maternity.
  • to promote and organise cooperation in the achievement of the aforesaid purposes and to that end to bring together in ELREC, representatives of the statutory authorities and voluntary organisations engaged in the furtherance of the aforesaid purposes within the Local Authority Council areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian


ELREC Mentor Profile: Jean-Mattheiu Gaunand

Jean-Mattheiu Gaunand

Jean-Matthieu Gaunand has been with Edinburgh and the Lothians Regional Equality Council’s for over 4 years. As the Project Coordinator, he has successfully founded and managed the Climate Challenge Funded project – Communities for Conservation. The Project has won CEMVO’s Environmental Impact Award 2016, the CCF Award 2017 - Energy Category, and has been a model for other organisations.

Jean-Matthieu leads a team of 5 Community Link Officers and over 20 volunteers to deliver project activities that include home energy advice, cycling activities, community growing, workshops and events. Jean-Matthieu has raised over £500K for projects including an Award winning heritage project named ‘Routes to Roots’. Driven by a will to empower communities, Jean-Matthieu has put collaboration and partnership at the heart of his approach to success. This has resulted in the development of excellent working partnerships which led him to informally take the initiative in co-organising the joint Edinburgh Climate Festival in March 2017.

Jean-Matthieu can offer energy advice training. He can also help you identify what your needs and goals are, find the necessary resources and contacts to fine-tune and execute your ideas, avoid common mistakes, find the best way to engage communities with climate change and crack into effective behaviour change. He will dedicate his time to help you plan and deliver a successful CCF project.

His qualifications include an MSc in Environmental Management (University of Edinburgh/ Distinction), City and Guilds Energy Awareness and Renewable Energy in the Home, Cycle Ride Leader, Cycle Trainer, Velotech Bronze.

Areas of Experience:

Home energy advice; Active travel; Food growing; Carbon literacy; Climate change engagement; Renewable energy


Project Management; Team management; Volunteer support and management; Social Media; Marketing; Community engagement; Funding applications; Consultation; Monitoring and evaluation; Facilitation

Types of support offered:

Support to develop project ideas/ applications; Support to develop/run project activities; Trouble-shooting advice for projects underway; 

Mentoring offered through

One-one advice; Running workshops with a team; Off the peg resources/training sessions, etc.

If you would like to arrange mentoring support from Jean-Matthieu Gaunand contact Claire Gibson claire.gibson@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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