Volunteer Roles

Community Outreach Coordinator

Help to grow your project’s networks within the local community, spread the word to new guests and make sure guests have the best experience possible.

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Job Description

About FoodCycle

FoodCycle combines surplus food, volunteers and free kitchen space to create nutritious, three-course meals for the community.

We have 4 main aims:

  • To strengthen communities
  • To encourage friendships
  • To improve nutrition and reduce hunger
  • To change attitudes towards food and to reduce food waste

A FoodCycle project is where the magic happens. Each project is run on the ground by a team of 8 or more 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.

Responsibilites

As our volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator, you’ll help grow your project’s networks within the local community, spreading the word to new guests about your meals and making sure that guests have the best experience possible. You’ll be working alongside the Regional Manager and the rest of the Project Leader team to promote the work your project does and support the work of the other Project Leaders.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Teamwork: you’ll work as part of a team to prepare a delicious meal and serve it to our guests.
  • Hosting: you’ll lead on ‘front of house’ duties, coordinating a team of hosting volunteers and making sure all our guests feel equally welcome.
  • Providing information: you’ll lead on promoting your project to potential new guests, including circulating FoodCycle outreach materials to other local organisations.
  • Researching information: you’ll find information on other services available in your local area and ensure this is available to guests in a range of formats, and is regularly updated.
  • Networking and public speaking: there will be opportunities for you to represent FoodCycle at external events, to let other local organisations know about the great work that your project does and help grow its reputation.

What to expect from FoodCycle

  • Ongoing, regular visits, support and advice from your Regional Manager.
  • A 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 Community Outreach Coordinator, 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

Time commitment

The suggested minimum time commitment to your role is 12 hours a month.

To apply
Click here to apply online.

Download the Community Outreach Coordinator role description.

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