Job Opportunity: Warehouse Coordinator & Van Driver

  • £19,000 per annum equivalent – 6 months fixed contract
  • Starting date: Monday June 28th 2021
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • Working hours to be flexible dependant of the needs of the operation
  • Reporting to: Warehouse Supervisor, Lincs Co-op Pilot
  • Location: FareShare Midlands, Vulcan Park, George Street, Lincoln LN5 8LG


Summary of Role Purpose

This is an exciting project for Fareshare Midlands, starting with a 6-month pilot to assess food availability, demand levels and logistics arrangements. The role of the Warehouse coordinator will be to work on the ground at launching the programme, setting up the delivery schedules with the members and working closely with the Co-ops and other suppliers. The coordinator will be a working role, driving vans & FLTs whilst also helping lead the warehouse activity supporting a team of volunteers.


Key Responsibilities:

Communication & Leadership
  • To help establish a team to collect, process & deliver food for the Lincolnshire Co-op
  • To work closely with the volunteer teams – a diverse group ranging from regular and long-term volunteers, placements (e.g. Job Centre) to business people having just a 1-day volunteering experience – to ensure that all shift duties are covered and teams work effectively
  • To work closely with the Project Coordinator & Volunteer Co-ordinator with the recruitment, training and development of volunteers in the context of our commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • To participate in end of day reviews and planning for the next day’s activities
Operations
  • To help coordinate the work schedule so that staff and volunteer cover is adequate to ensure that food deliveries (in and out) are dealt with effectively
  • To work to performance indicators so that stock is accurate and delivery routes are efficient to allow the organisation to grow
  • To ensure that all work areas – both inside and outside the warehouse – are clean, organised and safe to work in
  • Undertake van driving duties to ensure effective, efficient timely and safe delivery of food, in line with compliance standards
  • Undertake scheduled deliveries, driving safely and responsibly, ensuring correct procedures and timely delivery and to required specifications
  • Ensuring great customer service in delivery  
  • Loading and unloading, sorting for and following deliveries, ensuring safe lifting and carrying
  • Keep vehicles refuelled, maintained, operational and clean and tidy, ready for the next delivery run
  • Refer van “issues” in a timely manner to Warehouse Team Leader to ensure minimum disruption to service delivery
  • Undertake all checks and procedures from pre-delivery to post-delivery
  • Ensure lock up, parking and storage of vans and equipment following completion of deliveries                  
Standards
  • To ensure compliance with relevant Health & Safety, Food Hygiene and other standards applicable to the building, vehicles, refrigeration equipment, our staff and volunteers, carrying out risk assessments as required
  • To work to the standards and processes agreed with the Co-op as part of the project
  • To uphold and develop high quality customer care towards & communication with our Community Food Members (CFMs)
Administration
  • To ensure that food movements are accurately logged on the electronic stock management system
  • To carry out depot administration, including running reports, correspondence with member groups, updating volunteer records
  • To ensure that relevant administrative matters are dealt with in a timely way, for instance food safety traces & customer complaints.

Person Specification

To succeed in this role you will need to be flexible, dedicated to the values & objectives of the pilot and above all excellent at problem solving and communication to all stakeholders

Desirable Experience
  • Experience of working in a warehouse environment, preferably with food
  • Experience of working with individuals who may feel vulnerable or need support
  • No major endorsements on licence such as DR, DG or IN. Successful candidates
    will have a full clean UK driving licence (6 points or less will be considered)
  • Previous multi-drop experience is preferred however not essential.
  • Also the role requires manually loading stock into a van (up to 20/30kg) and
    unload each delivery
  • A good geographical knowledge of the County and surrounding area would be
    helpful.
Skills, knowledge & abilities
  • Excellent, clear and proactive communication skills, both internal and with external stakeholders
  • Team working skills, including both the ability to delegate and to develop people with a positive approach
  • Good organisational skills including attention to detail, an ability to prioritise and meet deadlines working with own team
  • All round good health and ability to do physically demanding work at times
  • A positive and creative attitude in support of our FareShare & Co-op values
  • A motivation to collaborate with and develop others, with a demonstrable commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • A flexible work approach, including a willingness to cover alternative shift rotas
Qualifications
  • Up-to-date Fork lift truck & driving license
  • IT literacy, in particular of using Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word)
  • Sound numeracy skills
  • Qualifications in Food Hygiene, Health & Safety as it applies to food distribution (or if not it is essential that you have the commitment to training in these areas)


If you feel suitable for this role and would like to express an interest, please forward your CV and introductory e-mail to:

Andy Parkinson, Head of Operations Fareshare Midlands

Andy.parkinson@faresharemidlands.org.uk

Closing date Friday May 28th 2021; interviews will take place w/c 1st June 2021

Job Opportunity: Warehouse Supervisor

Job vacancy for an exciting project for Fareshare Midlands, starting with a 6-month pilot in Lincolnshire to assess food availability, demand levels and logistics arrangements.

Warehouse Supervisor

Lincolnshire Co-op pilot

  • £21,000 per annum equivalent – 6 months fixed contract starting Monday, 28th June
    2021
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • Working hours to be flexible dependant of the needs of the operation
  • Reporting to: Project lead, Lincs Co-op Pilot
  • Location: FareShare Midlands, Vulcan Park, George Street, Lincoln LN5 8LG

Summary of Role Purpose

The role of the Supervisor will be to work on the ground at launching the programme, setting up the delivery schedules with the members and working closely with the Co-ops and other suppliers. The supervisor will be a working role, leading the warehouse
activity but also providing reports, feedback and KPIs.

Key Responsibilities:

Communication & Leadership
  • To build and maintain good working relationships with the Lincolnshire Co-op team, particularly the Project Co-ordinator, with regular meetings, calls and reports
  • To supervise staff and volunteer teams – a diverse group ranging from regular and long-term volunteers, placements (e.g. Job Centre) to business people having just a 1-day volunteering experience – to ensure that all shift duties are covered and teams work effectively
  • To work closely with the Project Coordinator & Volunteer Co-ordinator with the recruitment, training and development of volunteers in the context of our commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • To hold robust communication & daily briefings with staff and volunteers to ensure there is clarity on the day’s activities and task/job assignment
  • To undertake end of day reviews and planning for the next day’s activities
Operations
  • To coordinate the work schedule so that staff and volunteer cover is adequate to ensure that food deliveries (in and out) are dealt with effectively
  • To carry out daily and weekly stock takes, Food safety and H&S audits
  • To work to performance indicators so that stock is accurate and delivery routes are efficient to allow the organisation to grow
  • To ensure that all work areas – both inside and outside the warehouse – are clean, organised and safe to work in
Standards
  • To ensure compliance with relevant Health & Safety, Food Hygiene and other standards applicable to the building, vehicles, refrigeration
  • equipment, our staff and volunteers, carrying out risk assessments as required
  • To work to the standards and processes agreed with the Co-op as part of the project.
  • To uphold and develop high quality customer care towards & communication with our Community Food Members (CFMs)
  • To make continuous improvements to the way that we work; for example evaluating CFM services, working with volunteers including volunteer training and development
  • Flexibility in leading additional projects out of the Lincoln hub
Administration
  • To ensure that food movements are accurately logged on the electronic stock management system
  • To carry out depot administration, including running reports, correspondence with member groups, updating volunteer records
  • To ensure that relevant administrative matters are dealt with in a timely way, for instance food safety traces & customer complaints.


Person Specification

To succeed in this role you will need to be flexible, dedicated to the values & objectives of the pilot and above all excellent at problem solving and communication to all stakeholders.

Desirable Experience
  • Experience of working in a warehouse environment, preferably with food
  • Experience of supervision & leadership roles
  • Experience of supporting training sessions or training updates
  • Experience of working with individuals who may feel vulnerable or need support
Skills, knowledge & abilities
  • Excellent, clear and proactive communication skills, both internal and with
    external stakeholders
  • Team working & leadership skills, including both the ability to delegate and to
    develop people with a positive approach
  • Good organisational skills including attention to detail, an ability to prioritise and meet deadlines working with own team
  • All round good health and ability to do physically demanding work at times
  • A positive and creative attitude in support of our FareShare & Co-op values
  • A motivation to collaborate with and develop others, with a demonstrable commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • A flexible work approach, including a willingness to cover alternative shift rotas

Qualifications

  • IT literacy, in particular of using Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word)
  • Sound numeracy skills
  • Qualifications in Food Hygiene, Health & Safety as it applies to food distribution (or if not it is essential that you have the commitment to training in these areas)

If you feel suitable for this role and would like to express an interest, please forward your CV and introductory e-mail to:

Andy Parkinson, Head of Operations Fareshare Midlands

Andy.parkinson@faresharemidlands.org.uk

Closing date Friday May 28th 2021; interviews will take place w/c 1 st June 2021

The Sage Gardener

The Sage Gardener CIC is about every aspect of wellness – positive mental health, eating good food, exercise and friendship.

On a peaceful site at the edge of the tiny village of Eagle Hall near Lincoln, small groups of people visit – to volunteer in the ancient woods and kitchen garden, to partake in outdoor exercise sessions, to make friends over cups of tea under the trees, or to participate in one of the many groups and events that take place at the Sage Gardener CIC.

Jane and Dave, with backgrounds in horticulture, health and education, make good teachers and hosts, and value the friendly scale of the garden, where they can take the time to talk with their guests.

It’s an ancient woodland site, where nature and food work together. Fruit bushes grow in the light edges of the woodland, under-cropped with strawberry plants and low growing wild flowers.

The apple trees – being carefully pruned and nurtured after years of neglect – are old, Lincolnshire varieties.

The kitchen garden is full of edible herbs – a useful resource for the recent bread-making workshop – as well as raised beds full of young salad crops, kale and pots of broad beans and peas.

Lots of the older adults who come to the garden often have very small gardens or patios at home, Dave tells me, and so they have created lots of examples of container growing.

There are diminutive teepees in large pots of beans; and a resplendent vertical strawberry garden, created from a suspended pallet and reclaimed plastic milk containers. It inspires people with food growing ideas that are practical for tiny spaces and people who don’t do lots of bending.

At the garden gate stands an array of potted plants, including herbs and strawberries, for sale – a little extra funding for the CIC as well as an opportunity to take home the start of something delicious!

Dave explains to me that they are working on ways to reduce their environmental impact – phasing out peat-based compost in favour of mixing their own composts and nettle- and comfrey teas; sourcing local compost and woodchip for the paths from nearby MEC; there is a compost toilet on site.

You can find out more about the Sage Gardener CIC and forthcoming events -including wild cooking, healthy herbs and friendship days – on their website: sagegardener.co.uk.

Good food, friendship & health in the Kitchen Garden @sagegardeneagle. Blog from Lincolnshire Food Partnership:

Gardening for wildlife

Following the brilliant talk last Saturday with Mark Schofield from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, here are six actions for wildlife you might like to take this month.

Every day things you can add to the compost

Peat free

We’re at the end of Peat Free April, and this will have influenced lots of people to stop buying peat-based compost for good, helping to protect endangered habitats and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.

But what with the renaissance in British gardening, commercial peat-free compost may be in short supply this year!

Whether on not you can get your hands on commercial peat free compost (and it is especially useful when it comes to sowing seeds!) it’s a no-brainer to to make your own.

How to make compost

If you’re new to composting, there’s not much that can go wrong. You can add any uncooked fruit and veg, as well as lawn and hedge clippings, egg shells, scrunched up paper and torn up card. Here are a few every day items that can sometimes be composted, but you need to just check…

Tea bags

Teabags can be composted, but try to choose teabags that are fully compostable, such as Clipper tea, as many teabags contain plastics in the glue that holds them together.

Loose tea is always a safe bet.

Don’t forget to compost the cardboard box.


Coffee bags

Most coffee bags can’t be composted, even though they might look papery.

It is now possible to get compostable coffee bags, such as those used by Lincolnshire independent coffee roasters Jackalope Joe, but these need the high temperatures of industrial composting.

Adding them in small quantities to hot, aerated compost heaps is probably fine, but best not to add it to a small domestic compost.

Do add your coffee grinds though – they compost very nicely!


Compostable bags

It is increasingly possible to find bags that are 100% compostable in a home compost.

They can be useful for lining a compost caddy, but unless you have a fairly hot compost, or you are able to leave it for years, you might find them slow to decompose.

If you want faster results, you can cut up compostable bags to help them break down more quickly.

Easy wins: veggie boxes

If you get you veggies from the supermarket, consider trying a veg box scheme. As well as reducing food miles and supporting you local food economy, they use much less packaging.

Riverford have now stopped using disposable plastic altogether.

Eden Farms based in Old Bolingbroke in Lincolnshire re-use packaging, and their goats eat any waste produce.

Nathan Willows offers a plastic free veg box, delivered in Lincoln and surrounding area

Easy wins: Refill shops

Refill shops are becoming much more popular, allowing you refill your own reusable containers, again and again, for example:

Lincoln: Forage & Fill in Lincoln Market or Lincoln Eco Pantry on Bailgate.

Stamford: All Good Market on St Paul’s Street, or delivered from Refill Revolution

Things to avoid

Try to avoid cooked food and meat, fish or dairy products, as they can attract vermin and smell bad. While used bedding from chickens, guinea pigs and horses makes great compost, don’t include faeces from cats, dogs or any other carnivorous animal.

Also, I made you this little video with the bits and bobs I compost in my kitchen.

Willoughby Road Allotment Association: The Power of Allotments for Community, Kindness and Learning

Allotments are often sites of surprising diversity, community, wellbeing and intergenerational connection. But the people of Willoughby Road Allotment Association have taken this to a whole new level, and show the incredible capacity for allotment spaces to bring diverse communities together, and to propagate kindness! I spoke with Paul Collingwood and Gerry Ladds, who areContinue reading “Willoughby Road Allotment Association: The Power of Allotments for Community, Kindness and Learning”

Dunston Community Garden

Guest blog, by Linda Scrutton from Dunston Community Garden

Dunston Community Garden was born out of a request for ideas to spruce up the area around the village hall. This Spring, the gardeners have been transforming that land, making it more beautiful, welcoming to people and wildlife, and delicious – with flowers, fruit trees, veggies and more…

Since the space around the village hall was allocated, village volunteers have nearly cleared all along the sunny hedging, and most of the branches, trimmings and dead blackberry vines have been taken away.

Most of it has been planted with donated plants, including strawberries, perpetual onions, wild garlic and rhubarb.  

So far the group has twenty-five members, plus 3 youngsters who have come along with their parents and helped.

One young girl planted a small tree and delighted in writing her own label!  I think she will be back!  

One of our members is now working his way along the beck, clearing the suckers and dead branches and making the beck accessible – much to the delight of visitors.

It is such a pleasure to walk or sit by the sparkling beck-side, as it flows past the community centre and under the bridge!

The group has received a 1000 litre water container to affix to a downpipe, to supply the garden with water from the village hall roof; a wheelbarrow has been rescued from a skip; and the raised beds are due by the next bank holiday – fingers crossed – together with topsoil.

Just in time to getting down to sowing seeds and accepting veg plants…

Once the raised beds are completed, filled, the seeds sown and the young plants planted out and growing nicely, the next stage will be to establish some signage.  

Dunston Community Garden welcomes donations of time, plants and materials, and has so far been built entirely by the generosity, goodwill and resourcefulness of local people.

The group is in the process of setting up a community bank account, in order to access funding and accept donations of money, and accomplish even more!

You can follow developments on the Dunston Community Garden Group’s Facebook page, and get involved if you live locally.

If you don’t live in Dunston, it is a source of inspiration: what might be possible in your community? Check out our Incredible Edible page for more ideas, links and resources.


More Lincolnshire food news from our blog:

HMP North Sea Camp

Farms need people.

Fewer EU workers and the Covid-19 pandemic have left a gaping hole in the number of agricultural land workers.

HMP North Sea Camp – a men’s open prison on the Lincolnshire coast – provides training and work experience to prisoners, including agricultural, horticultural and other food-related work.

This presents a particular opportunity for Lincolnshire employers in the food and farming sector to contribute powerfully to the future of prison leavers as well as increasing the safety of our communities in the future.

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