An exciting opportunity to join QSA and work with our new Cook Up project - a kitchen space for people without access to one.
- Location: Bethnal Green and South Islington, London
- Responsible to: Cook Up manager
- Salary: £14,852 (FTE £29,704)
- Hours: Part time 18 hours
- Closing date: Wednesday, 10 November, 9am
About the role
Quaker Social Action (QSA) recently piloted a new project, Cook Up, a kitchen space for those without a kitchen as part of our homelessness work. The pilot was a success and we are now looking to expand the team to run a more consistent service, reach more people, and deliver a greater impact. You would be joining our project manager, who has been with the project since the pilot’s inception. Now is an exciting time to join Cook Up as we look at what we can do next.
Cook Up aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with experience of homelessness by providing a clean and safe space to cook and eat, where those attending have choice and control over the meal they make for themselves. People who attend the service have diverse experiences of homelessness; some are asylum seekers housed in hotels with no kitchen facilities, others are sleeping rough and some are in temporary accommodation without access to appropriate kitchen facilities. Cooking in the kitchen is what unites them, and is something they can look forward to.
We’re looking for someone who is passionate about supporting people facing difficulties to seek solutions to the problems affecting their lives. Cooking sessions are lively and fun-filled but also challenging as you will be dealing with a number of people cooking different meals, many of whom do not speak English as a first language. Resilience and an ability to cope well under pressure, ideally with a sense of humour, are qualities we are looking for. You’ll have an interest in cooking and wellbeing and a creative attitude to problem-solving, as people may present different barriers to attending the sessions and we want the service to be accessible to anyone who needs it.
As well as the cooking sessions, you’ll be working with our project manager to develop the project, looking at how we can have greater reach, so you should be comfortable with a mix of office work too. We’re looking for someone who is well-organised to juggle these different responsibilities and happy with a varied workload.