Job Vacancy: Project Worker – “Cooking in the Community”

  • Posted on: 03/09/2019


HOURS: Part Time: 14 hours per week

SALARY: £20,500 p.a. pro-rata

CONTRACT: Until 31st July 2020


Job Summary

Alcohol & Drugs Support SW Scotland (ADS) has a proven track -record of delivering community cafes with three now active in the Stewartry area of Dumfries and Galloway. Whilst the TLC Cafés cater for all, most customers are on low incomes and are socially isolated. We have established that guests are keen to learn more about cooking low-cost meals using fresh ingredients. As such, “Cooking in the Community: Taste it, Love It, Cook It” was born.

Funded by Anti-Poverty funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council, the objective of this project is to work with people in the Stewartry experiencing or at risk of poverty, to build skills in cooking healthy meals from local suppliers at low-cost. The project also aims to dispel the myth that nutritious food is more expensive and harder to prepare.

  • Station House Cookery School in Kirkcudbright is delivering workshops targeting people with low incomes
  • Stewartry Health and Social Care are supporting with evaluation and sourcing funding

Participants have a pre-session structured conversation with the project worker, which includes what they would like to learn and what challenges they experience when preparing food. The chefs at Station House design the workshop as far as possible around this.

A follow-on session 2-3 weeks later is used to capture the initial impacts of the learning and to plan how to translate this into longer term positive behaviour change. This session is also used to explore how participants can share their learning more widely. Further work will be planned to support this thus the project will have a community wide impact with participants becoming ambassadors.

The Project Worker will be responsible for managing referrals, marketing and co-facilitating the workshops.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • To develop and deliver a marketing campaign for Cooking in the Community
  • To manage referrals into the project
  • To develop and sustain relationships with referring agencies
  • To liaise with the TLC Café network
  • To co-facilitate the Cooking in the Community sessions
  • To assist in ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the project
  • To explore avenues of funding to ensure sustainability of the project
  • To carry out any other duties as required by the Chief Executive 

Person specification


  • Experience of working in Community Development or in the Community
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work on own initiative.
  • Full, clean driving license.
  • Access to own reliable transport.


  • Experience of working in Third Sector
  • Experience of working in hospitality / catering environment.


  • Genuine interest in working with local communities
  • Ability to take responsibility and work on own initiative.
  • Ability to work and respond flexibly in a demanding work environment.
  • Sense of Humour

The successful candidate will require to have /acquire PVG [Protection of Vulnerable Groups] Membership].



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