London, Greater London

£120 per day

Contract, Part-time

Job Description

Are you an organised, enthusiastic and unfazeable people-person who likes the idea of getting paid to spend your Sundays cooking and eating with refugees? We want to hear from you!

2 days per week

6 month contract: July-Dec 2019

Local Welcome

We are a small charity learning how to make it fun and easy for people to cook and eat with refugees in their community.

In 2019 we’ve launched our meals in Cardiff, Croydon and Birmingham and we’ve got plans to head to 7 more cities by the end of the year.

You can find out more about what we do and how it works on our website.

Role purpose

It’s an exciting time for Local Welcome. We are launching our meals in more cities across the UK and we’re looking for someone to support the new leaders in these communities while we become established.

We’re learning all the time, so on Mondays, you’ll debrief the wider team in London about the meal you attended the previous day, giving us your insights on what happened and how we might improve.

Most importantly, you’ll be an ambassador for Local Welcome, embodying our values and making sure everything goes smoothly so the participants want to come back time and time again.

This role will involve travel every Sunday to places including Cardiff, Croydon, Birmingham, Glasgow, Derby, Liverpool, Wakefield or London.

Responsibilities

Sundays

  • Set up the venue ahead of meal (tables, chairs, equipment) from 11am

  • Receive a Tesco delivery and light preparation of food (washing veg etc)

  • Go to a local refugee hostel to collect refugee guests

  • Support local leaders to help the meal go smoothly from 12:30-2:30pm

  • Stand up and invite participants to become Local Welcome leaders

  • Ensure everyone participates in clean up and pack down by 3pm

Mondays and during the week

  • Make notes on the meal using our debriefing template

  • Debrief to the team (1 hour)

  • Take notes on any actions/decisions made about the next meal

  • Responding to calls or emails from the team about the next Sunday meal e.g. so we can book travel for you or brief you about the venue etc.

What we can offer

You’ll be joining a small team who all love what they do. We have a supportive culture where we value openness, learning and enjoying our jobs. Our unofficial motto is ‘do good or thrive trying’!

We are learning and developing all the time because each of us brings different skills and experiences to the table, from community organising to communications to design. 

Before you begin in the role, you’ll receive full, paid training, which will involve coming along to assist one of our team as they host a meal.

We will pay all your weekend travel and subsistence expenses. Ideally you’ll join us in our office in Oval on Mondays for the meal debrief, however, we’re happy to be flexible and meet over a video call if needs be.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll have practical experience of either running events on-the-ground and/or organising big groups of people. If your experience includes working with people who have English as a second language or with refugees, this would be great but isn’t essential.

You’ll be able to demonstrate how you’re really organised but flexible enough to change plans if necessary. You’ll be unfazed when best laid plans go awry and have lots of examples of times you’ve got things back on track because you’re a natural problem solver.

It’s important that you’re a ‘people-person’ who is comfortable chatting with people from all kinds of backgrounds. Part of the role is to encourage people who attend meals to become leaders, so you’ll be happy to actively promote this to people and answer their questions.

Our meals rely on venues like community halls allowing us to use their space for free, so you’ll have experience in liaising with external stakeholders e.g. centre managers and caretakers, to ensure we maintain a positive relationship with them.

This role will involve travel every Sunday and a debrief with the team on Mondays so you’ll need to be available for both. Occasionally this may involve travel to the location on Saturday due to the distance involved (e.g. Cardiff, Glasgow) and this will be paid. (You will be able to take holidays, however, these will be unpaid - see Employment terms below).

Most importantly, we’re looking for someone that embodies our values, you can find out more about our values here.

We value inclusivity

Inclusivity is really important and we are actively seeking to make our team more diverse. We know that inclusive, diverse teams with a mix of backgrounds and life experiences, are better teams. We recognise that there is always more to learn and we always want to do better. We encourage all types of people to apply for this job.

Employment terms

Like some of our other team members, you will be a day-rate contractor, with a written agreement rather than an employment contract. This means holiday and sick leave are unpaid, and you will be responsible for managing your personal taxes as a self-employed contractor. We also ask that you have a reliable laptop and smartphone to use for work purposes.