EcoTalent Internship – Community Food Organiser at National Food Service London (Hackney)
National Food Service London are looking for a Community Food Organiser to work closely with local community partners in Hackney, Haringey and Islington and members of our community, including Community Cooks graduates, to support the establishment of social eating events and projects in the local area.
This and all of our EcoTalent internship opportunities are made possible thanks to the support of Our Bright Future. EcoTalent is one of 31 Our Bright Future projects across the UK. Each one is equipping 11-24 year olds to make a difference in their local community and for the environment. Our Bright Future is a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
This internship is also made possible through support from the Government Kickstart Scheme.How to apply Apply Here
About the job
NATIONAL FOOD SERVICE LONDON COMMUNITY FOOD ORGANISER INTERNSHIP
We are looking for a Community Food Organiser to work closely with local community partners in Hackney, Haringey and Islington and members of our community, including Community Cooks graduates, to support the establishment of social eating events and projects in the local area. These events and projects will bring people together to share nutritious, sustainable food and spend time with one another, building connections and community.
You will be expected to be available for in-person and online sessions, events, meetings and workshops. We are flexible with the days that best suit you to commit to this project.
You will work in a small team of Community Food Organisers, each leading on their own projects. There will be the opportunity to support ongoing projects and learn about alternative, radical, sustainable food models.
Our Community Food Organisers are actively listening to their community’s needs, providing support and encouragement, building social connections and resources to overcome challenges. Your role will be to bring people together and create opportunities for sharing, celebration and community care. You will facilitate a space for learning, knowledge sharing, experimentation and connection. It is likely that new ideas and projects will emerge in this space. You will be working with people to co-design projects and explore ideas for food justice in our local community.
This position is funded by the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. You will participate in the EcoTalent Programme to support your professional development. You will receive your Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety Certificate.
You will work remotely and at a number of locations in and around Hackney including The Old School Rooms, House of Annetta, The Castle Garden and Elizabeth House Community Centre.
NFSL Community Food Organiser Roles & Responsibilities
- Build relationships with people.
- Support people to step into community ‘initiator’ roles.
- Facilitate an inclusive space where members of the community can build relationships with each other and work collaboratively.
- Collaborate with local organisations and partners to organise regular social eating events in venues in Hackney, Haringey and Islington.
- Build relationships with local shops, wholesalers and food surplus distributors.
- Complete risk assessments and organise logistics for events.
- Organise the acquisition of food and resources for social eating events.
- Promote events on social media and through our networks
- Support residents to address barriers to participating in events.
- Record and share your learning and insights with the NFSL team and partner organisations.
Time with Feedback
In addition to working with your host organisation, you will spend a proportion of your time receiving additional training and development with Feedback and external facilitators. This time will be spent learning more about the environmental and ecological crisis and how it relates to the food system; it will also include elements of activism training and bespoke support based on your professional development.
Who we are looking for:
- Local to Hackney or a neighbouring borough
- Skills in community organising, facilitation and listening.
- Appreciation for the role of food in bringing people together and strengthening community connections
- A strong passion for tackling the integrated issues of food justice, social isolation and food waste.
- Empathetic, personable, friendly and approachable
- Highly organised, good communication skills, proactive and a self-starter
- Confident using software, including spreadsheets
- Committed to challenging inequality, racism and injustice. A willingness and openness to learn, knowledge-share and self-educate.
- Experience organising events
- Experience working in a food justice organisation.
- Experience of working or organising in a sociocratic organisation.
- Valid UK driving license
In order for your application to be considered, you need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
- You must be aged 18-24 years old
- You must be legally entitled to work in the UK
- You must currently be in receipt of Universal Credit and referred via the Job Centre Portal.
PLEASE NOTE: Eco Talent placements are designed to assist those who have experienced barriers to entry in to the environmental and community food sectors. As such, we will prioritise candidates who do not have undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications. We still encourage you to apply if you have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
These placements are open to everyone, regardless of experience or background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to young people from under-represented backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or if you feel overlooked by mainstream institutions.
No previous experience in the environmental sector is necessary. We encourage applications from:
- People who are passionate about affecting positive change and want to take action to tackle climate change but have not studied a relevant subject at college or university.
- People who have studied a relevant subject at university but have not been able to secure paid employment in that sector within a year of graduating.
- People who are interested in training in practical food delivery (cooking, growing or distribution) with a sustainable focus but have little or no previous professional experience.
- People who are interested in environmental campaigning but do not feel confident in how to take steps towards this
National Food Service London – About us
NFS London is collective of London-based food-lovers, cooks, growers, activists and organisers.
Our mission is to grow and nurture a world where communities face no barriers to creating their own sustainable, resilient, and diverse food systems. One that builds and celebrates capacity for autonomy over access and production of good food in all London’s communities.
We started with an emergency food provision service in North Hackney, organised by local residents in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since April 2020, we have cooked and delivered over 24,000 nutritious, tasty vegetarian and vegan meals plus 3,120 grocery packages to people in need of access to food.
We dream of a world where emergency food provision is no longer necessary. We dream of a world where all communities mutually flourish by planting, growing, nurturing, harvesting, cooking, and sharing all the food we need to thrive.
How to apply
Please click the “Apply Now” button below and fill in the application form to apply – you do not need to provide a cover letter or CV. You’ll be asked the following questions, which you may answer these either by text or by uploading an audio/video recording if you prefer:
- Tell us about yourself
- Drawing from your personal experience, what does food justice mean to you and why do you care about it?
- What does food justice mean to you?
- Why do you want to work with National Food Service London?
- Please tell us about any connection to the local area (Hackney/Haringey/Islington)
- Can you tell us about barriers you feel you face in securing employment? If you were offered the role, what would you want to prove to the world, and yourself? This might be as a result of your own confidence, or you might feel it’s down to wider problems like discrimination
You do not need to send a CV or cover letter.
NOTE: You must be a universal credit claimant to be eligible for this role – we will be unable to advance your application to the next stage if we do not receive a referral from your work coach. To be referred, contact your work coach at your local Job Centre, and let them know you are interested in applying for this role.
Deadline for applications: Monday 13th December
Date of interviews: TBC
Start date: TBC
If you have any questions relating to the role itself and your time at NFSL, contact Bethany Martin via 07787 509769 or email@example.com
If you have any questions about Feedback’s EcoTalent programme or your time with Feedback, please contact James Turner or via 07791 281787 or email to James@feedbackglobal.org.Apply Now