Project Leader - Longsight
About organisation / project
FoodCycle exists because every day, here in the UK, there are people going
hungry while perfectly good food is being thrown away and lots of people who
are lonely, could come together to form communities and make new friends.
We collect waste food from supermarkets, grocers and markets. We find spare
community kitchens and eating spaces. And we have over 3,000 trained
volunteers across the country who bring the two together. Every week they
collect more than a tonne of waste food, cook it into 850 tasty, nutritious
meals, and serve them to the people who really need them in big, joyful
community meals. Volunteers and guests sit down to eat together, meet
others and chat, building strong local communities across the country
A FoodCycle project is where the magic happens. Each project is run on the ground by a team of lead volunteers called Project Leaders, with each leader taking on a specific role to ensure the smooth running of their FoodCycle Project. These people are passionate, committed and want to make a positive change within their community, they take ownership of their project and make decisions about the day-to-day running of it.
All our leaders will take on cooking or hosting leader roles at our meals but will also have the opportunity to take on additional roles such as communications and PR, student liaison, volunteer co-ordination, team co-ordniation, and surplus food co-ordination.
As a cooking leader you will be responsible for:
- Running cooking sessions, leading a team of volunteers to create a three-course meal in a limited timeframe
- Ensuring the team are following the food safety procedures set out in our kitchen handbook
- Inducting new volunteers into the kitchen
- Encouraging the whole kitchen team to input into planning a tasty, healthy and nutritionally balanced menu
- Communicating with other leaders and the surplus food co-ordinator to ensure the store of dry/tinned goods is kept well stocked
- Completing the weekly checklist in the kitchen handbook and reporting on the session on My FoodCycle
- Reporting any accidents and incidents
- Together with the hosting leader, recognising, responding to and reporting any safeguarding issues or concerns
You don’t need to have any previous cooking experience, you just need to love food and motivating people!
Skills you’ll learn
- Teamwork: you’ll work as part of a team to prepare a delicious meal and serve it to our guests.
- Leadership and delegation: we’ll train you up to lead cooking sessions and induct new volunteers.
- Cooking: you’ll learn how to cater for large numbers of guests and how to make nutritionally balanced meals.
- Problem solving: you won’t always know what your ingredients will be so you will need to get creative to produce delicious 3 course meals
- Relationship building: you’ll be building lasting relationships with your guests and volunteers, ensuring they come back each week.
What to expect from FoodCycle
- Ongoing, regular visits, support and advice from your Regional Manager
- Annual training conference to equip you for your role. Travel, accommodation and food cost covered by FoodCycle.
- Expenses covered in line with our volunteer policy.
- Training throughout the year from FoodCycle, including safeguarding and first aid.
- Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
- Accredited level two food safety qualification provided by FoodCycle.
- The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
- A fun, creative volunteer experience with ownership over a community-led project.
What’s expected of me
- We ask that Project Leaders stay with us for a minimum of 9 months, to enable them to get the most out of the role. As Cooking Leader, you will be expected to:
- Attend a monthly Project Leader meeting to discuss as a team how things are going.
- Lead a minimum of one session per month
- Follow all FoodCycle policies and procedures
- Complete a DBS check and attend safeguarding training
- Complete the project report on our website after leading a session
- The suggested minimum time commitment to your role is 6 hours a month.
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Project Leader - Longsight
• Lead a session once a month
• Attend a project leader meeting once a month
• Submit an online report after leading their session letting us know about the amount of food we collected, and how many guests we served.
• Report any issues to your regional manager that require support.
• Use the kitchen handbook to ensure that all the relevant checks happen during the session.
• Give a 5 minute welcome talk and a 5 minute debrief to all volunteers at each session.
• Welcome new volunteers and check their ID at their first session.
• Take joint responsibility with the rest of the Project Leaders for the success of the project.
• Adhere to all of FoodCycle’s Policies and Procedures.
Skill to gain
Administration and Clerical
Leadership and Management
Literacy and copywriting
Negotiation and influencing
Office IT (Word, Excel etc)
Planning and organising
Reviewing and evaluation
Teaching and training
Opportunity and Recognition
When can you do this role/Calendar
307 Dickenson Rd, Manchester M13 0NG, UK