** Extended application window: new closing date is Wednesday 25 January, 5pm **
Community Growing Network Coordinator with OrganicLea Workers’ Cooperative
We are looking for someone to join our workers’ co-operative and support our work within communities – based from our food growing hub at the Hawkwood Plant Nursery in Chingford and the Hornbeam Environment Centre in Leyton.
We are looking for a range of skills in project coordination, network coordination, community partnership work and a strong track record of spotting opportunities and making things happen. If you are motivated by using food growing to build community and bridges between food growing and food resilience, and to support groups to create flourishing green spaces, then we could have the role for you.
This is a varied role working as part of the Community Growing team within OrganicLea, where projects strands include food growing and gardening for health and wellbeing, building resilient communities, improving biodiversity and environmental projects working with young people.
The role holder will coordinate a food growing network in Waltham Forest. They will work closely with the coordinators of the Waltham Forest food redistribution network; and as part of the Waltham Forest Food Partnership, they will work with the council to develop an emerging food strategy. The network aims to build the capacity of growing projects throughout the borough, to reach more beneficiaries, offer more training opportunities and expand green social prescribing work. The intention is for youth and schools work to be a part of this growing network.
Between now and April 2024 the following projects will form the foundation of the work:
- Coordination and developing the Food Growing Network in Waltham Forest including the youth and schools strands. Supporting the network to build capacity and resilience.
- Identifying, designing and coordinating workshops, trainings and food network meetings in Waltham Forest with new and existing projects.
- Coordinating and delivering two Waltham Forest Food Partnership pilot projects.
- Coordinating and supporting resident led growing projects on housing estates Waltham Forest. Currently there are three resident-led projects planned in 2023.
In order to give more time for applications the deadline is now Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 5pm.