Catering Project Worker

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Catering Project Worker

Salary: Starting at Point 11, £21,166 rising incrementally to Point 16, £23,369 per annum (pro rata)

Location: Central Southend-on-Sea Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Part Time (20 Hours / Variable Shifts)

Job ref: CPW1





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

HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff 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 1200 lives every year.


This is a rewarding and important hands-on role in our more specialist housing environments where you are supporting people to prepare and cook nutritious and tasty meals and when they are ready stepping back for them to do it themselves with renewed confidence. You should have an awareness of the dietary requirements of preparing and delivering traditional home cooked meals for people with a range of abilities and skills. Other responsibilities will include: menu planning, consulting residents on meal choices, stock ordering, maintaining HACCP records and kitchen cleaning duties. Ideally, you’ll have worked with homeless people or other vulnerable members of the community, so you’ll understand their needs and know how to meet these.


To be considered for this role, you would need to be flexible, empathetic, inclusive and resilient. Even better, you would have excellent interpersonal and communication skills too.


Other attributes include:

  • Have an interest in working in a food environment

  • Enjoy working in supported housing environments

  • Have the ability to be flexible with the varying tasks required in a kitchen environment

  • Have enthusiasm and a flexible “can do” attitude

  • Have the ability to work as part of a team

  • A full clean driving licence is essential due to extensive travel in the borough.

Closing date:             20th  August 2020 (midday)

Shortlisting:               21st  August 2020

Interview date:          1st September 2020

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career and contribution to our clients. Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave (pro rata), plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme through The People’s Pension. HARP will contribute to the pension and you will also be required to make a contribution.

If you would like to discuss this role please contact Catherine Storey Team Manager on 01702 602913.


To apply for this position, please download the PDF files above, which can be completed either electronically or manually as required. If you are filling in the forms electronically, please ensure that you save the PDF files to your PC before completing and sending them to HARP. After checking that you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification, please complete the Job Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (found in the Application Guidance Notes) and return them to the address shown below. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU MARK YOUR APPLICATION FORM WITH THE CORRECT JOB REFERENCE: CPW1


Applications that have been completed electronically should be e-mailed to:


Applications that have been completed manually should be sent to:

Clive Franceschi, HARP Head Office, Dencora Court – 4th Floor, Tylers Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2BB. Please mark your envelope "Strictly Private and Confidential"


If you have any problems with the application process, please contact Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.


Charity No: 1098126               Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer