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Part-time role available at Loveland

Job Title: Loveland Saturday Volunteer Coordinator
Location: Loveland Community Field
Hours: 8 hours/week - 6 hours on Saturdays plus 2 hours admin (Job Share considered)
Responsible for: Saturday Volunteers
Reporting to: Loveland Steering Group
Contract: Part-time to end of July 2024
Pay: Real Living Wage

Please apply by sending a CV and some information about your interest and suitability for the role to loveland@falmouthfood.coop by 5pm on Tuesday 6th February. We hope to invite shortlisted applicants to Loveland on Saturday 10th February to discuss the role.

At Falmouth Food Coop we aim to make good, healthy food available to all and to support sustainable farmers, growers and food businesses. 

We do this through our Grocery by providing good food at fair prices to both consumers and growers. 

We do this through our Kitchen by providing free, healthy meals to those who need them.

We do this through our community growing project at Loveland by growing food and running educational and community programmes.

We believe in creating a collective appetite for change and imagine a future where everyone eats locally, sustainably and joyfully.

Falmouth Food Co-op is a community interest company (CIC) and is run by a board of directors. 

Job Description
Loveland is a community growing project, based on agroecological principles, in Penryn. It consists of a commercial market garden, run by a paid grower and volunteers, a community garden run by volunteers on a Saturday, and various other projects including a herbal medicine garden, heritage grains plot, community orchard and more.
 
Loveland is an informal learning venue for the local community, including students from Exeter and Falmouth University. As part of Exeter University’s Bridging Communities project, Loveland has been awarded funding to be part of community research. This funding is initially until July 2024, with the possibility to apply for follow-on funding to continue the role.

We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to support and develop our Saturday sessions, growing community engagement and overseeing the community plot.

Support will be given via the monthly Steering Group meetings, plus by Steering Group members who will be in attendance at the Saturday sessions on an ad hoc basis.

Key tasks
●    to build participation from the local community
●    to encourage volunteers to work together as a collective rather than individually, building community
●    to involve volunteers in the planning and organising of planting schedules for the community plot
●    to support volunteers to maintain the community spaces
●    to instruct on the correct and safe use of tools and Health & Safety on site
●    to maintain a register of volunteers, emergency contacts etc. and obtain feedback as part of the research funding
●    to attend monthly Steering Group meetings (either on Monday evenings or Saturday mornings)

Knowledge, skills, experience

Essential
●    Great communication and interpersonal skills, able to work with a variety of ages and abilities
●    Ability to organise and manage own workload
●    Previous community engagement experience
●    Proven gardening/horticultural knowledge and experience, especially in organic and sustainable practices
●    Ability to work independently and take initiative
●    Health and Safety awareness

Desirable
●    First Aid and safeguarding certified
●    Mental Health Awareness 
●    IT literate

Training will be given in First Aid and Mental Health Awareness if necessary.
The post holder will be subject to a DBS check