Community Food Centre Development Worker
The Real Economy are working towards developing a series of neighbourhood based community food centres across Bristol. We are seeking to recruit a community food centre development worker to help plan and develop the program that will be delivered in two areas of disadvantage within the city later this year, subject to funding.
The Community Food Centre Model
The community food centre model is an innovative alternative to food aid provision, not addressing food poverty as a standalone issue, but actively engaging with the complex personal situations of vulnerable people, with their associated range of public health and other needs, through the development of a local community of health and well-being
Each community food centre will offer a weekly gathering of a diverse group of people around a meal and a programme of activities focused on food. People in need of food aid will be referred to this meeting by agencies and by means of both peer and self-referral. The gathering will include people who are buying food as well as those receiving food aid and the food will be distributed without making any distinctions between these two types of recipients so as to preserve dignity and self-worth amongst those in crisis. The programme of activities will be based on a ‘popular education’ model that encourages a grass roots re-imagining of society with associated training in life skills such as cooking, growing, making and repairing and a process of asset-based community development with an interest in meeting the needs of isolated local people.
The approach will be based on a clear commitment to working for a sustainable, earth-friendly city and will thereby source food from local and ethical producers and will not use supermarket waste. Our education programme will encourage mutual understanding, justice and transparency throughout the food chain, beginning with food’s origins in the natural world.
You can read more about the Community Food Centre model in the feasibility study here.
- Mapping community organisations and projects in the two areas, including identifying potential referral partners
- Building on existing contacts in the communities and developing a comprehensive contact list
- Developing a strategy for engaging local community members in the neighbourhood food centres
- Planning a program of events such as community meals, cooking courses and popular education based activities that can be run at the neighbourhood food centres (note: this role does not involve delivering any programs in this initial contract)
- Ability to self-organise, manage time and prioritise work load.
- Experience of community development work in disadvantaged communities
- Good IT skills and knowledge of programs such as Word and Excel
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal, and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people
- An understanding of the sensitive issues surrounding food poverty
- A passion for good, healthy food and community development
Hours & Pay
This role is offered on a part time 0.5fte basis (2.5 days a week) for a fixed term contract of 3 months (13 weeks) at a rate of £88/day, offered as a self employed role. The work will be carried out between Tuesday and Thursday and be based in the Real Economy offices in central Bristol, but also include significant work out in the two communities. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered and reimbursed on a monthly basis.
How to Apply
Send an up to date CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Thursday 13th April.