Job Profile: 

Post Network Co-Ordinator
Term of post Initial Fixed Term Contract 1 Year (with planned extension for a further 2 – 4 years, subject to funding)

Start January/February 2020

Salary and Conditions £25,000 per annum plus pension contribution

A secondment would be considered for the right candidate

Hours Full Time Post (37 hrs)

Some evening and weekend work may be required to fulfill the needs of the role.

Line Manager Chairman of Trustees
Job Location Blackpool Food Bank, 64B, Cornwall Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 9QW


Strategic Purpose:

Blackpool Food Bank is a registered charity aimed at helping people who find themselves in food poverty. The charity has undergone considerable growth over recent years as its services have broadened and we are now a supplier of food to a wide network of organisations also providing food poverty support.

We were a leading player in the launch of what was formerly the Blackpool Food Partnership providing food parcel provision for the Blackpool area in partnership with the Local Authority, ecumenical partners, charities and community groups. This network has expanded and the provision and support has also grown significantly.

The purpose of this role is to develop the network and co-ordinate projects within the network, including liaison with partners, training, funding and recruitment and supervision of volunteers.

The person recruited will play a leading role in implementing the long-term strategic plan for the network, which involves moving beyond the offer of emergency food to households in need, and with the network partners move towards offering a holistic range of services that will empower and transform the lives of service users.

Our vision is to see many people progressing along pathways from hopelessness and dependency on handouts towards personal fulfilment, improved well-being and self-sufficiency.

Personal Attributes:

The person appointed will be…

  • A confident self-starter who is not afraid to take initiatives
  • An experienced community development practitioner with a passion for serving and empowering people who are socially excluded.
  • An excellent organiser and administrator with a wide range of ICT skills
  • Excellent in their communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to demonstrate leadership and vision in managing staff groups and major projects or initiatives.
  • A natural networker who is at ease with making relationships with individuals of many different backgrounds and able to facilitate them working together
  • An excellent people manager, with great interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style and commitment to get the job done
  • Able to organise and manage a wide range of events and meetings.
  • Someone who is able to work empathetically and with understanding alongside a wide range of clients
  • Someone who ideally already has a working knowledge of the issues and assets to be found in Blackpool and The Fylde Coast

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, co-ordinate and supervise volunteers/students within the service and facilitate relevant training.
  • To take the lead on the delivery of the Blackpool Food Network, including ensuring safeguarding requirements and excellent service are maintained
  • Contribute to innovations and developments in the service to continually improve service provision
  • Co-ordinate the gathering of statistical information from the projects and ensure appropriate record keeping and data protection provision is maintained.
  • Understand the network partners and offer appropriate support and signposting within a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Represent Blackpool Food Bank in a range of settings including multi-agency meetings.
  • Be the main point of contact for all partners involved in the Network Projects
  • Prepare and deliver reports to key stakeholders of the Projects.
  • Participate in training and development and remain up to date with sector developments.
  • Ensure regular communications with all partners and improve client communication
  • Be responsible for updating the services website to ensure accuracy
  • Development of funding plans and applications for approval of the trustees
  • Regular meetings with Chairman around operational effectiveness.
  • Conduct and document Risk Management assessments.
  • Communication with Shift Leaders on operational requirements such as rota, personnel, training requirements for all volunteers and progress against new initiatives on a regular basis.
  • Control of volunteer rota to ensure adequate resource for each daily function
  • Model all standards and behaviours and where necessary gap fill (stand in) for missing resource.
  • Drive initiatives in the management team and organisationally that contribute to long-term operational excellence.
  • Play a significant role in long-term planning, including an initiative geared toward training and embedding of operational excellence
  • Mentor and demonstrate values through behaviours to the management team and volunteer staff


  • Hold a full valid driving licence and have their own transport
  • Work within the statutory and advisory frameworks aiming for best practice at all times.
  • Work within Health and safety and Food hygiene policies and procedures
  • Carry out appropriate risk assessments and participate in risk management
  • Apply Equal Opportunities policies and procedures for all service users, staff and visitors and ensuring rights to privacy and confidentiality for all service users, maintaining professional boundaries at all times
  • To operate within the organisations’ financial procedures
  • To deal professionally with service users, network organisations and members of public
  • Undertake any other duties as directed by the manager that may reasonably fall within the scope of the post

Additional Duties

It is in the nature of the work of Blackpool Food Bank that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied.  Each staff member is, therefore, expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises, when tasks not specifically covered in their job description have to be undertaken.  Such additional duties would normally be to cover unforeseen circumstances or changes in work and would normally be compatible with the regular type of work.  If the additional responsibility or task becomes a regular or frequent part of the member of staff’s job, it will be included in the job description in consultation with the member of staff.

Employees will undertake other duties which may be required from time to time by the Chairman of the trustees.

A written application is required together with a fully updated CV. To apply please contact Neil Reid at [email protected].

Application deadline: no later than midnight on Friday 10thJanuary 2020.