Hosting Project Leader
As hosting leader, you’ll be running your project’s front of house and helping to create a warm, friendly atmosphere that will make both volunteers and guests want to return each weekApply here
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.
As hosting leader, you’ll act as the maitre’ d of the team, running your project’s front of house and helping to create a warm, friendly atmosphere that will make both volunteers and guests want to return each week. Your team of volunteers will lay the tables, greet guests and serve food – all under your guidance!
You will be the point of contact for volunteers with any concerns during a hosting session and be responsible for reporting back any incidents to your Regional Manager.
You will be encouraging conversations, and occasionally defusing situations. As well as making sure food gets served and cleared up on time. Hosting leaders need to be diplomatic, friendly and organised, and love the buzz of a busy dining environment and chatting with our guests.
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.
- Leadership: we’ll train you up to lead hosting sessions and how to induct new volunteers into the front of
- Safeguarding: you’ll learn how to ensure that the safety of our guest and volunteers is always maintained
and everyone acts within the correct boundaries.
- 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
- 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
The suggested minimum time commitment to your role is 6 hours a month.
Click here to apply.