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Wen - Women's Environmental Network
Tower Hamlets, London
Posted: 10 May 2023
Deadline: 12 Jun 2023
Compensation: £35,844.90 FTE, pro rata
Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract
Salary: £35,844.90 FTE, pro rata
Contract: 2.5 days a week temporary contract for 1 year
Location: Tower Hamlets (various), with occasional remote working. Based at Wen’s main Shoreditch office, with possibility of working from home. Likely to spend time at other sites
Reporting to: Just FACT Programme Manager
To apply: Please complete an application form and equal opportunities form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 12th June 2023
Interviews: Week commencing 19th June
About the role
We are looking for someone talented at fundraising and the strategic development of community projects, with a particular interest in cooperative models and sustainable food enterprise.
This exciting piece of work aims to develop a long-term solution for Food Co-ops in Tower Hamlets, which are currently funded through the Just Food and Climate Transition Programme (Just FACT). There are currently 3 Food Co-ops in Tower Hamlets at key community sites; St Hilda’s East Community Centre, Limehouse Town Hall and the Teviot Centre. The Food Co-ops run weekly pop-up shops to supply healthy, affordable culturally appropriate food to local communities, including fresh and nutritious fruit and vegetables.
The Co-op is a place to shop, chat and meet. It is additionally a space where people can access other projects and services, including initiatives designed to improve wellbeing, increase social networks and tackle isolation. It provides work experience, as well as training and mentoring for volunteers - the majority of whom are local women. With the worsening cost of living crisis, more and more people are needing access to affordable food. At the same time, we need to reduce the environmental impacts of our food system and build alternatives that meet the needs of local communities. Food Co-ops are a step towards more resilient community-led local food provision in the borough.
The 3 Food Co-ops are currently solely funded through Just FACT. St Hilda’s Food Co-op funding runs until October 2023, Teviot Centre’s until January 2024, and Limehouse Town Hall’s until April 2024. A long-term funding plan is needed to maintain the projects beyond the Just FACT funding. There is a need to think about how they are sustained, so they can keep having the impact they want. This exciting new role will work closely and collaboratively with partner organisations to explore options for continuation and the long-term sustainability of the Food Co-ops. This will include both fundraising to enable continuation in the short term and exploring income generation alternatives to create a financially viable model in the longer term.
We particularly encourage applications from People of Colour, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, and those who identify as working-class/ from low-income backgrounds or who have done so in the past. This is because these groups are currently underrepresented in Wen. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a candidate who belongs to a group less represented at Wen. Wen is committed to anti-racism and inclusive intersectional feminism which acknowledges how race, class and sexuality intersect with gender in our day-to-day lives. Wen is open to all genders and is actively working towards being a trans inclusive organisation.
Fundraising and income generation
Essential Experience and Knowledge
Desirable Experience and Knowledge
Wen works both in East London and nationally to support women and their communities to take environmental action. We work across a wide range of environmental issues, including building resilient and sustainable local food systems, food growing, nature based wellbeing sessions in women’s refuges, our Environmenstrual campaign and our work on a UK Feminist Green New Deal.
Wen has been supporting women and communities to grow their own food, and become advocates for environmental action in Tower Hamlets, for over ten years. Wen leads the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership, bringing organisations and individuals together to build a better food system for everyone in Tower Hamlets. Members include housing providers, food charities, small businesses, schools, social enterprises, community gardeners and the council. Wen strives to take an inclusive and intersectional approach to everything we do and are actively trying to improve this through our participatory leadership model, the types of projects and campaigns we choose to work on and movement building.
Wen provides the following benefits to all employees:
For more information about Wen:
We are online: www.wen.org.uk
To apply for this role please fill in the application form and the equal opportunities form on our website (www.wen.org.uk/jobs-volunteering). We will be marking your application based on how you fulfill the person specification. Make sure your statement answers the points on the person specification. You may want to use the points as 4 subheadings in your response. You should prioritise covering the points in the person specification thoroughly above the 'flow' of your writing.
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About Wen - Women's Environmental Network
Wen (Women's Environmental Network) mobilises women and their communities to take action for a healthier planet. For the past 15 years Wen's worked locally to champion community food growing projects, help connect people with nature and through the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership is working to create sustainable, just and resilient community led food systems. Wen also works nationally launching inclusive, intersectional and feminist environmental campaigns around plastics in menstrual products, chemicals, air pollution and is leading a coalition to promote a feminist Green New Deal.