Job: Food Rescue and Community Meals Coordinator

Deadline extended: Midnight Mon 7 October.

Do you have time and skills that can help us make a difference in the lives of people and the environment? 

At The Hornbeam Centre we have been educating and helping people for the past 25 years to make an active contribution in low cost living and low impact on the environment. The Hornbeam has a growing team of staff, sessional workers, volunteers and partners all working collaboratively to develop and facilitate community led solutions to local issues. 

We have a role for a Food Rescue & Community Meals Coordinator. We are looking for a person who is passionate about food connections, with the ability to reach out and motivate others to get active and involved in the community, reducing the footprint on the environment and getting communities together. 

This project resides under our Low Cost Living initiative, which seeks to facilitate and engage people in activities that support reducing financial, health and environmental costs. 

The role is a 3 day per week commitment £12.50 per hour, 21 hours per week for 18 months starting October 2019. 

Role Description 

The Food Rescue & Community Meals Co-ordinator’s role will be to facilitate and coordinate The Hornbeam Food Rescue Project, including welcome meals for new arrivals, developing a model that can be replicated to meet the needs of other communities in Waltham Forest. Our Food Rescue Project is an innovative initiative collecting, processing and distributing surplus food to prevent waste and food poverty. The Welcome Meals project aims to integrate new arrivals into the borough through a programme of community meals. 

Core Tasks: 


• Coordinate and support all activities related to the Food Rescue Project and community meals 

• Plan, support and coordinate free community meals for new arrivals making use of existing and new offers 

• Support ‘Welcome Meals’ project deliverers to meet proposed funding outputs 

• Coordinate offers of volunteering and activities being available to ‘Welcome Meal’ participants 

• Map existing food offers/community meals in the borough aimed to tackle food poverty 

• Map venues and community kitchens for potential new community meal initiatives 

• Acquire, utilise and organise storage solutions for the food received 


• Establish potential entry/contact points for new arrivals 

• Develop network of partnerships and organisations to collaborate and engage participants 

• Work in targeted geographical communities and reach out to engage local people in various forms of social action to develop solutions to local food poverty and social isolation issues 


• Build a network of surplus food suppliers in E17 and E4 

• Develop a network of food surplus beneficiaries including: existing community groups, organisations, and individuals 

• Develop new partnerships 

• Develop logistics plan in participation with volunteers, staff and stakeholders 

• Develop strategies and funding for new related projects 


• Responsible for all communication regarding the projects on various social media and other media platforms, including WF Council website 

Monitor, Evaluation & Feedback 

• Liaise with project partners to deliver outcomes in line with funding agreements 

• Keep record of all partners and individuals for feed back and evaluation purposes in compliance with GDPR 

• Coordinate data capture with various groups involved and prepare weekly feedback reports 

• Prepare monthly feedback report on progress with a final report at end of each funded project 

• Capture and save evaluation data/evidence including case studies, to demonstrate targets are being met 


• Manage project budgets and follow financial procedures set out 

• Make things happen in line with The Hornbeam values (set out below). 

• Managing relationships between various partners that make up the Hornbeam group, and partners with whom we deliver projects 

Person Specification 

1. Experience of delivering projects, evaluating and making reports to funders

2. Experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers within a community setting.

3. Strong leadership skills, with an ability to involve, motivate and support paid staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

4. Excellent organisational skills and project management

5. An ability to work and communicate well with a wide variety of people

6. An innovative and flexible approach to work

7. An ability to work under own supervision, to manage and prioritise own workload and to meet deadlines, but also to work as part of a team

8. An understanding of working in a small community organisation where responsiblility for the overall running of the organisation is shared collectively among staff and directors.

9. A supportive and empowering approach to working alongside staff, workers, volunteers, partners and partner projects

10. Ability to manage and nurture relationships with a range of different partners; from small volunteer-led groups to council departments

11. Experience of, and ability to work within a small community-based organisation

12. Some fundraising experience

13. A commitment to Hornbeam’s values and an enthusiasm to drive social change 

Salary: £22,750 pro-rata (£13,650 per annum) 

Mainly Based at: Hornbeam, 458 Hoe Street, London E17 9AH 

Working Hours: 21 hours per week, flexible (with a possibility to increase to 24.5 hours) 

Annual Leave: 28 days per year (pro-rata) 

Contract: Fixed term one year contract in the first instance. There is a probationary period of three months. 

Equal Opportunities: Hornbeam serves a multi-racial community and welcomes applications from women, black and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals so as to build up a representative workforce. 

The Hornbeam Centre: Vision, Mission and Values 

The Hornbeam: a community organisation working with a range of partners in Waltham Forest and beyond.

We offer: 

SPACE for communities to meet in E17 and E4, TIME and support to develop community initiatives, 

SKILLS and knowledge about low cost, low impact living. 

Our Vision is of active communities where people have a positive impact on their environment. 

Our Mission is to 

● Inspire people to think about how we live our lives and use resources 

● Empower community-led action and support new initiatives that lead to positive environ- mental and social change 

Our values are what drive us and inform our way of working: 

● We are inclusive and people-focused: we believe people of all backgrounds and abilities have a role in achieving a just future for all of us and our environment, and we engage with the concerns and passions of individuals & community groups. 

● We are creative and collaborative: we believe that innovation will help us to achieve the change we want to see, and that by working alongside partners and local community groups we will make that change lasting. 

● We are committed to the careful use of resources, both environmental and human. 

● We are committed to being transparent in our governance and in how we communicate with partners and supporters 

● We are committed to remaining relevant to our community and conscious of the priorities of the people we work with 

Deadline: Mon 7 Oct midnight.
Please email a CV and covering letter replying to the person spec above to
Interviews will be held week of  14-19 October.
We regret we will not be able to reply to all applicants only those who are shortlisted.

We are an equal opportunities employer and if you require any specific support with the application please get in touch.