Vacancies

Cook / Cook helper

Cook Job Description

Background

HALFF runs cookery and nutrition sessions for many different groups of people in a number of different towns in East Devon and South Somerset.

Ultimately, it is the least confident cookers/ people who know least about nutrition that we will be able to help most, and are aiming all the sessions at, whether they are demos or the hands on sessions listed below.

The following summarises our approach

Youth Club Sessions

These run in the late afternoons and / or evenings at existing youth clubs in Axminster, Crewkerne, Chard, Seaton, Honiton and Exmouth

These should have as much participation from the children as possible.  They are not demos but supposed to be hands on.  The cooks set up tables in the main room of the youth club and need to encourage as many young people as possible to join in.  Although the aims may include “Life Skills”, the primary activity is cooking and nutrition.  It is from the children’s involvement that they will be able to develop the other skills.

Young Carers

These should have as much participation from the young carers as possible.  They are not demos but supposed to be hands on. They are supposed to be a fun session to boost spirits as well as equipping the kids with the skills they need to feed themselves/their families.

Main purpose and scope of the job

  • To lead cookery and nutrition sessions for teenagers, young people, parents and young children and older people.
  • To encourage the involvement of people in planning meals, preparing and cooking meals and eating a range of nutritious foods.

 

Position in organisation

Reports To:                             Project Coordinator

Responsible For:                    Cook helper (at sessions)

Budget Responsibilities:        None

 

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Supporting young people

  • Running monthly cookery sessions, along with another cookery teacher, that will allow young people to learn how to cook nutritious food and
  • to feel confident enough to try new foods.
  • Ensuring that sessions are accessible for all young people, but especially those who lack confidence and do not have the opportunity to cook or eat nutritious food at home.
  • At “Make and Munch” sessions with parents, to encourage them to allow their children to get involved and try new things.
  • Sharing hints and tips so that cooking can be demystified and children can get involved in planning nutritious family food.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To collect and return cooking equipment needed for a session from HALFF’s store.
  • A genuine commitment to child protection: becoming familiar with HALFF’s Child Protection Policy; attending training, a willingness to have a CRB check and to adhere to HALFF’s Child Protection procedures.
  • A genuine commitment to equal opportunities
  • A genuine commitment to supporting all young people no matter what issues they are confronted with, based on the premise that every child deserves a nutritious diet.

Person specification

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

 They should be:

– skilled at cooking food in a healthy tasty manner,

– clear and confident in their presentation style

– be able to lead and command the attention of a group.

– organised

– friendly and have empathy

EXPERIENCE

 

 

Experience of cooking for children

Experience with working with young people

Experience of commercial cooking

 

KNOWLEDGE

 

– Knowledge of how to cook simple, family foods, appealing to young people.

– Some nutritional knowledge

awareness of child protection and vulnerable adults issues (although further training will be given)

Awareness of food hygiene issues  (although further training will be given)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND

OTHER

REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Ability to work in evenings or weekends

– Commitment to HALFF’s belief that everyone has a right to a nutritious diet, particularly children

– Be a good team member, demonstrating loyalty and commitment to the organisation and team members

– To have an understanding of what are the barriers to a good diet so that people can be empowered to overcome them.

 

 

Cook helper Job Description

 

Background

HALFF runs cookery and nutrition sessions for many different groups of people in a number of different towns in East Devon and South Somerset.

The following summarises our approach

Ultimately, it is the least confident cookers/ people who know least about nutrition that we will be able to help most, and are aiming all the sessions at, whether they are demos or the hands on sessions listed below.

 

Youth Club Sessions

These run in the late afternoons and / or evenings at existing youth clubs in Axminster, Crewkerne, Chard, Seaton, Honiton and Exmouth

These should have as much participation from the children as possible.  They are not demos but supposed to be hands on.  The cooks set up tables in the main room of the youth club and need to encourage as many young people as possible to join in.  Although the aims may include “Life Skills”, the primary activity is cooking and nutrition.  It is from the children’s involvement that they will be able to develop the other skills.

 

Young Carers

These should have as much participation from the young carers as possible.  They are not demos but supposed to be hands on. They are supposed to be a fun session to boost spirits as well as equipping the kids with the skills they need to feed themselves/their families.

Main purpose and scope of the job

  • To help the Cook and participants to prepare for all cooking activities
  • To cook assembled dishes in the kitchen that cannot be done with children/ parents due to health and safety concerns, ensuring that everything is cooked properly.
  • To organise equipment and food in advance of sessions.

 

Position in organisation

Reports To:                             Cook

Responsible For:                    No one

Budget Responsibilities:        None

 

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Supporting young people

  • To enable small groups of people (where appropriate) to enter the kitchen to learn about using an oven, organisation in the kitchen, food hygiene and washing up.
  • To ensure that food is cooked in an attractive and delicious way so that people want to try it at the sessions and cook it at home.
  • To share hints and tips so that cooking can be demystified and people can get involved in planning to cook nutritious family food.
  • Set up meals for children (and their parents) and other participants to eat the prepared food.
  • To take people shopping (where appropriate) so that they develop confidence in all aspects of food preparation.

 

Supporting the cook

  • Offer hints, tips and alternatives for ingredients/ methods/ equipment/ food storage and uses to make cooking accessible and fun.
  • Clear away and wash up equipment and crockery.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • A genuine commitment to child protection: becoming familiar with HALFF’s Child Protection Policy; attending training, a willingness to have a CRB check and to adhere to HALFF’s Child Protection procedures.
  • A genuine commitment to equal opportunities
  • A genuine commitment to supporting all young people, no matter what issues they are confronted with, based on the premise that every child deserves a nutritious diet.

Person specification

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

 They should be:

– organised

– skilled at cooking food in a healthy tasty manner,

– friendly and have empathy

EXPERIENCE

 

 

Experience of cooking for children

Experience with working with young people

KNOWLEDGE

 

– Knowledge of how to cook simple, family foods, appealing to young people.

– Some nutritional knowledge

awareness of child protection issues (although further training will be given)

– Awareness of food hygiene issues  (although further training will be given)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND

OTHER

REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Ability to work in evenings or weekends

– Commitment to HALFF’s belief that everyone has a right to a nutritious diet, particularly children

– Be a good team worker demonstrating loyalty and commitment to the organisation and other team members

– To have an understanding of what are the barriers to a good diet so that people can be empowered to overcome them.

 

To apply for either post, please contact hannah@halff.org.uk or ring 01297 631782 as soon as possible a we would like to interview immediately, and definately by 21/7/17.  Both posts will start from September.  The positions are self employed, paid at different rates depending on experience.