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Food Advisors (paid) and London Food Link Mentors (volunteers)

Across the UK

Posted: 10/04/2019

Deadline: 29/04/2019

Compensation: Up to £100 per session for advisors / Volunteer expenses covered

Paid Unpaid Volunteer Part-time Flexible hours Remote working

Job description

Would you like to help new food enterprises thrive whilst they positively impact people and planet?

We are looking for a wide range of people who have experience in the good food sector to offer advice and support for new start-ups across the UK. We currently have two great opportunities:

  • Feeding the City Food Advisors. Sustain is working in partnership with Impact Hub King’s Cross to support people with big ideas to solve food and farming problems in our growing cities. Feeding the City is a nationwide start up programme for groups creating sustainable food enterprises that benefit communities covering production to processing and distribution to disposal. We are looking for Food Advisors to offer one-off advice to the teams in response to specific challenges they face.
  • London Food Link Volunteer Mentors. London Food Link, part of Sustain, is building on its good food network in London by piloting a ‘Pass it On’ mentoring scheme and is looking for people willing to ‘pass on’ the support and advice they have received, through becoming a volunteer mentor.

Share your experience

Whether you have set up your own good food business, organise enterprise activities at your organisation, or are just an expert in a certain area of the food system, we want to know! We are looking for a team of freelance Food Advisors to offer one-off advice to start-up teams, as well as regular Volunteer Mentors to help our London Food Link enterprises.

We want people from a range of diverse backgrounds and skill sets to get on board. Once we have identified the food-related challenges the enterprises are facing we will pick Food Advisors who we feel will be able to help through 2-hour one off sessions or Volunteer Mentors who will be able to offer more regular support.

Please note that even if you submit a successful application as a Food Advisor or Volunteer Mentor you may not be matched with an enterprise.

Time commitment

  • We would like you to be able to commit to one or more 2-hour sessions in the next 6 months; this can be flexible, but we envisage it will comprise some preparation and follow up time as well as a phone call, video call or in-person meeting with an enterprise.
  • The number of 2-hour sessions will depend on your availability, how many matches we find between your skill set and the needs of the enterprises and whether you are applying to do one off Food Advisor sessions or regular Volunteer Mentoring sessions.
  • Days, times and format of the calls/meetings will be arranged to be mutually convenient for both you and the enterprise(s) you have been matched with.


  • Feeding the City Food Advisors. We have a small budget to pay Food Advisors £20, £35 or £50 per hour (or £40, £70 or £100 per session) depending on experience i.e. ‘early stage’, ‘intermediate’ or’ very experienced’ respectively. We will however be able to help more people if advisors are in a position to offer their time, or some of their time, on a voluntary basis.
  • London Food Link Volunteer Mentors. This role is unpaid.


  • Help new good food enterprises succeed
  • Gain consultancy experience
  • Make links with newcomers in your sector

Application information

Please download an application form, then email a completed version to Sarah Williams at by 29th April 2019. If you have a CV and a photo you are also able to send, that would be helpful but isn’t essential. Thank you very much for your application; we will let you know if you have been successful by the end of May.

If you have any questions about either role, please contact Sarah Williams on the above email or by phone at 0203 5596 777.

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About Sustain

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.