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Vacancy: Food Hub Co-Ordinator

We are looking for someone to refine and co-ordinate our current temporary COVID-19 emergency food relief distribution hub on the ground in Rotherhithe SE16 to ensure that those most at risk of food insecurity locally are getting the essential supplies they need.  This will be followed by planning and managing the transition of these operations to an alternative site over the coming months, in collaboration with local partners.

What we do

Time & Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe, SE16.  Set in a leafy heritage building, and ‘T&T2’, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, we offer something for everyone. With a history of 133 years of supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, we bring people together for mutual support, fun and friendship, with a wide range of services and activities for older adults, children and families’ projects and volunteering opportunities.

During COVID-19, in partnership with Southwark Council and other food hubs in the Borough, we have been operating a weekly temporary emergency relief food distribution hub from our Old Mortuary building.  With a team of staff and volunteers, we take in deliveries and donations of essential food and hygiene supplies and in turn sort, pack and deliver food parcels to 250 of the most isolated and socio-economically disadvantaged people in the local area.  We are now looking to refine these operations and to transition them to a partner site in Rotherhithe over the coming months.  In the longer team, and in partnership with other local stakeholders, we want to develop a sustainable model that addresses food insecurity locally with dignity, choice and empowerment and connects local people to their community.

The role

In this role, you’ll be;

  • Running the weekly food distribution hub (currently operating on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    • Managing the flow of food through the project to include:
    • Working with partners who donate food to the project
    • Ordering from our suppliers
    • Receiving deliveries and sorting and managing stock
    • Stock rotation
    • Safe storage of high-risk food items
    • Overseeing food hygiene
  • Managing the recipients list, including accepting and rejecting referrals on a ongoing basis and in line with operational capacity
  • Assessing and refining current processes and procedures
  • Working with clients to shape and improve the service
  • Supervising and training volunteers
  • Planning and co-ordinating the transition of current operations to a local partner site in partnership with other local community organisations and wider stakeholders
  • Managing the day-to-day finances of the project

About you

You are passionate about healthy food and nutritious eating and believe that quality food should be available for everyone.  You’re a problem solver and you get things done. You have strong relationship building skills and build trust and credibility easily. You’re flexible, accountable, take responsibility, are highly organised and skilled in multitasking.

About us

We are an energetic, experienced, and passionate team of 15, with a strong sense of shared purpose and a lively sense of humour. You’ll have the chance to make a big contribution to a growing, ambitious and innovative organisation which has doubled its reach and impact in recent years.

This role is part time, with flexibility for regular evening and occasional weekend working.

Time & Talents is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity, and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person that they are. We actively encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

If you would like an informal chat about the job, please email recruitment@timeandtalents.org.uk with your phone number and a suitable time for us to call.

The closing date is 17:30 on Wednesday 7 October 2020.  However, we’ll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

TO APPLY: All applications to be submitted online here. Send a CV and a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want the job and how your experience relates to the job description and person specification.

IMPORTANT: We’ll use cover letters to assess applications alongside CVs. Please ensure you take the time to include a well-written cover letter as detailed above.  We won’t assess applications without one.

Coronavirus/COVID-19: the safety and wellbeing of our current and future employees remains a top priority, therefore interviews will be conducted remotely by video if necessary.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

We know that this is a difficult time for everyone and we continue to do everything we can to support our users and the wider community.  We’re working hard to adapt our face to face services and activities and look forward to providing updates on these soon.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and users remains our priority and we continue to reduce risk of transmission and ensure that unnecessary risks are not taken. This means that members of the public are not allowed to enter the Old Mortuary building or use the toilet.

 

Current services include:

For any urgent issues contact the Southwark Council COVID-19 Community Hub in one of these ways:

  1. Complete an online referral form
  2. Email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk
  3. Phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3

 

As always, we welcome volunteering applications

Please support the Time & Talents Food Hub via our fundraising campaign

You can contact us as usual on 020 7231 7845 and at info@timeandtalents.org.uk

With our very best wishes,

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

14 August 2020