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Local Organiser – Applications for this role are now closed. 

Full-time (35 hours per week)
Salary: £35,000 per year
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years.
Location: Based at our Office and Warehouse with Hybrid working available for this post.

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at Cardiff Foodbank, as a Local Organiser who will be responsible for developing Cardiff Foodbank’s capacity to organise and campaign for change.

You will do this by building the skills and confidence of foodbank clients, volunteers and staff to campaign locally.  Local organisers build relationships in foodbanks to identify some of the issues driving poverty in the community and to bring people together to take action on these issues.

This role will play a significant part in working towards our vision to see a city where no-one goes hungry because everyone has enough money to pay for the essentials and to be the Link between Cardiff Foodbank and the Organising and Local Mobilisation team (OLM) at the Trussell Trust, as we build a movement to end the need for foodbanks.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Working with the Strategic Manager, you will develop and lead a volunteer campaign team, create a campaign strategy and lead on the delivery of the strategy to influence change.

The postholder will do this by:

  • Developing, training and managing a team of volunteers within Cardiff Foodbank (with support from the Volunteer Coordinator), to work on local organising and campaigning to reduce poverty and the need for foodbanks
  • Exploring and understanding the experiences that are bringing people to access Cardiff Foodbank’s support, working with the Strategy Team, other staff and volunteers (especially in our 8 Distribution Centres), through listening activities and desktop research.
  • Working with the Strategic Manager, mapping out and building relationships with Cardiff Foodbank’s partners, referral agencies and local anti-poverty organisations, and engaging them in identifying the local drivers of poverty.
  • Enriching Cardiff Foodbank’s relationship with MP’s, MS’s and Local Councillors, in order to gain traction with the influencers and enablers of change in the city.
  • Identifying local issues driving poverty, then building a campaign team to develop and implement a strategy to influence and bring about the change needed, working with foodbank staff and volunteers.
  • Working with the central OLM team in Trussell Trust and engaging with the training and support on offer, including work with other Local Organisers in the Trussell Trust network.
  • Engaging in Trussell Trust’s central priority campaign activities, working with Cardiff Foodbank and the local community to get involved in taking action on national campaigns.

Overview of Cardiff Foodbank

Cardiff foodbank opened in 2009 and is part of the Trussell Trust network– a nationwide network of food banks, together providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. It is supported by a team of over 200 volunteers and currently operates across 8 centres.

Overview of the Pathfinder Programme: 

In 2021, Cardiff Foodbank became part of the Pathfinder Project – an initiative of Trussell Trust to work with foodbanks across the UK to help work towards a future where less people will need to rely on charitable food support.
The foodbank is committed to working alongside people struggling against poverty which results in food insecurity, to learn from and be shaped by their knowledge and experience.
The foodbank and the Trussell Trust are committed to a shared goal of learning replicable lessons from the Pathfinder Programme and building an evidence base for leveraging wider change.


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