About the opportunity
A FoodCycle Project is where the magic happens: we collect food from supermarkets, bring it to a venue and cook it into a three-course meal for our guests. Each Project is run on the ground by a team of special lead volunteers called Project Leaders. These people are passionate, committed people who want to make a positive change within their community.
FoodCycle Projects have a team of 8-10 Project Leaders who take on a specific area such as managing volunteers, promoting the Hub locally or running fundraising events. As Student Liaison Project Leader, you engage the local student community with your Project and encourage them to volunteer, fundraise and coordinate events.
Skills you'll learn
• Student outreach: you’ll engage local students with our Project.
• Raising awareness: you’ll represent FoodCycle at Fresher’s Fairs and will network with student organisations.
• Fundraising: you’ll help to coordinate student fundraising opportunities, particularly RAG.
• Relationship building: you'll be building lasting relationships with your local university(s) as well as your guests and volunteers, ensuring they come back each week.
• Leadership and delegation: we'll train you up to lead cooking sessions and induct new volunteers into the kitchen.
• Social media: you'll utilise social media channels to promote your project and events.
• Running effective meetings: you’ll meet with your Project Leader team once a month to discuss the running of your Project, you’ll be the students 'voice' at these meetings and represent them.
What to expect from FoodCycle
• On going support and advice from a 'Regional Project Manager' at FoodCycle's head office.
• A two-day training conference to equip you for your role. Travel, accommodation and food cost covered by FoodCycle.
• Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
• Level two food safety qualification provided by FoodCycle that lasts three years.
• The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
• A fun, creative volunteer experience with ownership over a community-led project.
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, by bringing people together around a healthy meal and creating opportunities to talk, exchange and build lasting relationships
• To encourage friendships, by creating spaces for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to have fun together, to share experiences and to meet new people.
• To improve nutrition and reduce hunger, by cooking healthy meals for those in need and sharing essential information on food and nutrition.
• To change attitudes towards food and to reduce food waste, by using surplus food and spreading our passion for food and the environment.
What are they looking for?
We ask that Project Leaders stay with us for 9 - 12 months, to enable them to get the most out of the role.
As Student Liaison Leader, you’ll be expected to volunteer on average 9 hours a month, this is broken down into:
• Attending a monthly Project Leader Meeting to discuss as a team how things are going.
• Leading 1 Cooking Session.
• Coordinating Student Engagement activities.
We are looking for passionate and committed people who hate food waste and want to make a positive difference in their community!