Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a dynamic social enterprise with a strong social mission? Do you believe the scale of food waste globally is unsustainable and shocking? Do you believe in the power of food to bring together community across any background or barrier? Do you describe yourself as high energy, committed and self-starting? A job at REfUSE could be the perfect opportunity for you to make a meaningful impact on the world.
Based around a “Pay As You Feel” café in Chester le Street, REfUSE is a not-for-profit social enterprise which intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste. Our vision is to reveal the true value of things, places and people that are unjustly wasted or overlooked. We intercept food before it becomes waste and turn it into healthy, accessible meals, served on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ basis. Along with a force of other organisations, activists and campaigners, we’ve raised awareness of the injustice of food waste at every level, from households and families to big businesses, supermarket directors and government decision makers.
Alongside our café, which opened in April 2018 and is open 5 days a week, REfUSE does external and internal catering. The aims of the catering side of things are to raise awareness and education about food waste, showing the quality and value of food that has been wrongly deemed as “waste”; to give opportunities for people who have barriers to employment to work at the living wage, giving a valuable bridge back into work; and to raise funds for our food waste-saving and community work at the café.
We are looking for someone experienced in the catering and food service sector to take the lead on our catering strategy, to help our fast-growing catering business become sustainable and smoothly run alongside our café projects. As well as building a new strategy and business plan, you would take the lead on our upcoming catering events already booked in: from restaurant nights to weddings, children’s birthday parties to work lunches. We are wanting to build the catering arm of REfUSE to be a “profit-for-good” business model which helps REfUSE move towards financial sustainability without the need for grant funding.
This is an opportunity to join REfUSE at an exciting stage in its journey and we would love to see the right candidate join our team, contribute to our supportive environment, and help us “Feed Bellies Not Bins”.
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