Epsom, Surrey
£36,000 - £39,000 per year
Permanent, Contract, 3 year contract, Full-time
Job description

Poverty Lead – Co-Ordinating our challenge to Poverty

Responsible for: Creating a plan to address the issue of poverty in the local and wider community. Working with the MD, you will link the plan with our newly developed Vision and 5 years strategy and with the Trussell Trust’s new strategic vision of Changing Minds, Changing Communities and Changing Policy. You will be responsible for delivering a work schedule that ensures that people with lived experience of poverty are central to all we do and at the heart of our mission to beat poverty. You will lead on the evaluation of our work and impact with all stakeholders, hopefully leading to a reduction in foodbank use.

Reporting to: Managing Director (MD)

Salary: £36,000 to 39,000 (dependent on experience & pro rated to hours as appropriate)


Hours: Ideally Full time (happy to consider a 4 day role or job share). There will be some Saturday morning working.


Fixed:  Three year fixed contract.


Overall responsibility of the job: To lead on the charity’s poverty work, including the Foodbank and its wider projects, ensuring that client experience is at the centre of what we do.


There are five main objectives

1) Implementation and support the findings from Stage 1 of the Poverty Truth Commission, 2) Develop and implement a participation and inclusion strategy for the charity

3) To research and develop a local poverty audit template to challenge poverty and its root causes in our community

4) Co lead/ implement on Stage 2 of the Poverty Truth Commission 

5) To lead on the evaluation of our work and its effectiveness to address poverty.


Based: Generation Resource Centre, Ruxley Lane, Ewell, Surrey, KT19 0JG with some home working.


Essential Key Skills:

  • Understanding of poverty, its key drivers and all its impact, especially in the local area.
  • Understanding of the foodbank and social issues affecting clients.
  • Demonstrate experience of evaluation.
  • Experience of working in the charity sector.
  • Good oral and written communication skills at all levels.
  • Good IT skills and social media awareness.
  • Ability to lead, inspire and be creative.
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised.
  • Able to empathise with people from all backgrounds including disadvantaged, marginalized or socially-excluded groups, those in difficult situations and external partners.
  • Driving license or ability to travel around the community.
  • DBS verified.


Specific responsibilities:


Reporting to Trust Managing Director (MD)

  • Continue developing leads from Stage 1 of the Poverty Truth Commission.
  • Develop and implement a participation strategy that brings people with lived experience of poverty into the heart of our charity and supports them to share and communicate with wider audiences and make them feel confident with our charity.
  • Work with our external partners to develop a poverty audit to begin tackling ‘everyday’ things that impact on people’s poverty in our community.
  • Measure poverty in our community as part of the audit tracking.
  • Review all the Charities activities to ensure that what we do does not keep people in poverty.
  • Deal with day-to-day issues in the office as required to cover holidays.
  • Attend team meetings and liaise with colleagues about any needs each week.
  • Report to the Trustees as required.


Foodbank centre outlets & Volunteers

  • Regularly attend the Foodbank centres to meet and interact with clients as part of the participation and involvement strategy.
  • Support the training of our volunteers within our centres to ensure our volunteers are fully informed around our work on poverty.



  • Communicate with referral agencies as required.
  • Work towards partnership and collaboration in our interactions.


Public Relations

  • Deal with local press enquiries, advise or refer to MD as per actions.  
  • Feed in appropriate information for the regular newsletter
  • Respond to donors and friends of the foodbank as required.


Quality Assurance

  • Co-lead a team to undertake annual client surveys with the Strategy Lead, in order to review the Foodbank centre service and identify areas for development and improved.


Personal attributes:

  • Passionate about tackling the root causes of poverty, at both an individual and systemic level, by supporting people at every stage.
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a team.
  • Flexible and responsive to new or competing demands.
  • Personable, friendly, non-judgemental and understanding.
  • Able to build and sustain relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Able to set and understand the importance of boundaries around role and personal support.
  • Able to communicate and listen to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • An organised individual and able to sensitively organise others.
  • Open to learn and actively listen to others.
  • Sympathetic to Christianity.




Epsom & Ewell Foodbank is a project part of the Ewell Christian Trust charity founded on Christian principles. Not every member of the team is a Christian, and we welcome applications from all members of the community.  We are a registered charity: 1002721. 

Application Instructions

If we receive overwhelming demand we may close the ad earlier.

More about Epsom & Ewell Foodbank
Epsom & Ewell Foodbank

We launched in October 2012 and have fed nearly 28,000 people in our 8 years of existence. We are part of the Trussell Trust network of fo... Read more

Refreshed on: 23 June 2021
Closed date: 28 June 2021
Job ref: Poverty
Tags: Policy/Research, Management

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