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Catering Assistant

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Salary: Point 3 - Point 6 (£12,535 - £13,036 pro rata based)

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Part-time 21 hrs per week


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Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is a growing Southend-on-Sea based charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff and volunteers work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to over 1,000 lives every year.

As a charitable registered provider of short-term social housing operating in Southend-on-Sea, we believe everyone should have a home of their own. At times individuals may require support from HARP and other agencies to maintain a tenancy and avoid a return to homelessness.

Are you a motivated and passionate individual looking to make a real difference in your local community? Do you have Catering experience?  If so, we would love you to join our team as a Catering Assistant.

The ideal candidate will:

  1. Support the catering team in providing food for those accessing the Bradbury Centre, the emergency accommodation and complex needs supported accommodation. 

  2. Organise and oversee the preparing, cooking and serving of meals.

  3. Train volunteers and service users in cooking and catering skills.



Hours:                         21 hours per week

Salary Grade:            Point 3 to Point 6

Contract type:          Permanent

Location:                   The Bradbury Centre, Southend-on-Sea

Work pattern:          various shifts Monday to Sunday


Closing Date:               Monday 12th June 2023 (midday)               

Short listing Day:        Monday 12th June 2023 (PM)        

Interview Day:             Wednesday 21st June 2023


HARP will provide you with support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our benefits package includes 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays with an extra day of leave awarded after 5 years' service (all pro rata for part time employees).

HARP participate in an auto-enrolment pension scheme through The People’s Pension. Where eligible, you and HARP will each be required to make a contribution to the pension scheme. Employees will also become members of the non-contributory HARP Death In Service scheme. Full details of the schemes can be given on request.

For full details and to apply, please download the job description/person specification above and click the apply now button to start your application, or submit your CV to 

For further information about the position or for informal enquiries please contact Andrew Turner on 01702430696 or Ruth Smith on 01702602913.

Charity No: 1098126   


Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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