SE13, London
£ 15,000
Contract, Part-time
Job description


Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to co-ordinate and manage the Helping Hands Foodbank and its related activities (Allotment), including the supervision of its volunteers. The Foodbank itself is a partnership project delivered by AFRIL and St Peter’s Church, Lee. It is open once a week and is the only one in Lewisham to provide sustained support for refugee, asylum-seeker, and vulnerable migrant families who are struggling to feed themselves.

The Foodbank solicits food for distribution through a network of agencies and programmes and the Manager is responsible for ensuring the efficient running of the collection and distribution of the food and for the day-to-day management and delivery of the Foodbank and Allotment projects.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with St Peter’s Church, Lee, to ensure the smooth running of the Foodbank scheme. Attend regular partnership meetings.
  • Work closely with stakeholders including local Food outlets and other local community organisations. Share responsibilities for collecting food and donations.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of Foodbank volunteers.
  • Oversee the running of all programmes and services related to the Foodbank and the Allotment project.
  • Ensure Foodbank related-data and client records are up to date.
  • Monitor and evaluate client’s needs.
  • Attend monthly meetings with the General Manager.
  • Line management supervision of a part-time Foodbank Assistant.
  • Promote the Foodbank and its achievements on AFRIL’s website and at events.
  • Fundraise to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project.
  • Liaise with funders and comply with monitoring requirements.

The ideal candidate will;

  • be able to plan and organise the day-to-day running of the Foodbank and Allotment
  • be able to lead and work as part of a team
  • have the ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • have experience of fund-raising and of obtaining funds from a variety of sources
  • have experience of working in a supervisory role in a community setting
  • have a clean licence and access to a car.


Key skills and attributes;

  • good organisational and leadership skills
  • good interpersonal and flexible aptitude
  • excellent verbal and communication skills
  • experience of working with community, faith groups and local food outlets.
  • Experience of securing funds from various sources


We are looking for someone who is passionate about the work AFRIL does and someone with empathy and the ability to work with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. You should have an interest in and understanding of, the hopes, needs and experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.

Salary: £25,000 pro rata(£ 15,000)

Contract: 1-year fixed term,

21 hours per week (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday)

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Action for Refugees in Lewisham

AFRIL exists to provide holistic services to relieve refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants’ poverty,

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Posted on: 19 August 2019
Closed date: 18 September 2019
Job ref: Foodmanager
Tags: Management, Operations

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