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Strategic Officer – 18 Hours a Week at £18,000 a year


This is an exciting role to be part of the growing Newham District Foodbank. Ascension Community Trust started a foodbank in March 2020. On 9th June 2021 our foodbank officially became part of the Trussell Trust network, its name is Newham District Foodbank. Trussell Trust is an organisation that supports a nationwide network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people facing poverty. The organisation also campaigns to end the need for foodbanks in the UK. Being part of the Trussell Trust network means we will follow their carefully thought out systems and procedures, which includes a specific referral system.


We were named Newham District Foodbank, because our plan is to expand to more than one distribution centre to ensure that people across the whole of Newham are well supported. As part of the strategy, we have already secured funding from Trussell Trust to have debt and benefit advisors supporting each new distribution centre.


The aims of this new post are to establish Newham District Foodbank, currently part of Ascension Community Trust, as an independent registered charity. To liaise with other existing foodbanks, churches and charities within Newham to identify new distribution centres to be part of Newham District Foodbank and support them to follow Trussell Trust systems and processes. And in partnership with the distribution centres and new trustees to create a new strategic plan for Newham District Foodbank. Because of the complexity of this role we are looking for someone with a high level of experience in a strategic role and working within the charity sector, including setting up a registered charity.


You can find the full job description and person specification on Charity Jobs:


To apply send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for this job to by Sunday 23rd January. We will be interviewing as people apply, so please do send your application in early.


Thank you for your interest in Joining us at Ascension Community Trust. Volunteers are vital to the work we do in the community. Your efforts can help transform people’s lives, whether you provide admin support, feed local people, play games with children or make our centres clean and tidy. If you would like to start volunteering please contact us and we will meet with you to discuss further. The opportunities currently available are listed below:

Café Assistant

Days and Times Available: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm

Hours: From 4 to 14 a week

The Garden Community Cafe is a vibrant space which acts much like a community centre. However, with the benefit of being a cafe we meet much more people in the local area than a community centre might. We look at the needs of the area and see where we can make an impact, whether that be through clubs, training opportunities or advocacy work. Your role may include taking orders, making drinks, preparing and serving food, supporting volunteers with learning difficulties, general cleaning and tidying.


Ascension Seniors Volunteer

Days and Times Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am – 3pm

Hours: Flexible

Every Tuesday and Thursday we run activities for people aged over 50. This includes accessible exercise classes, social activities, coffee mornings and lunches. Many of our regulars face much loneliness in their life and this project gives them an opportunity to meet others in the community. We aim to improve the health and wellbeing of all those that attend. Your role may include making teas and coffees, helping prepare lunch, running bingo sessions and most importantly chatting with the seniors.


Young Adventurers Helper

Days and Times Available: Monday to Friday 3 – 6pm

Hours: From 3 to 6 a week

Every week day we run an after school club for children aged 5 – 11. This involves collecting them from school, walking them back to Ascension, running activities, supporting homework and providing a hot snack until they are collected by parents. If you have children in one of the schools we collect from you are welcome to volunteer with us and receive free spaces at the after school club. Your role may involve supporting homework, peparing food, playing games with the children or walking with them from the school.


Children’s Worker

Days and Times Available: Saturdays and School Holidays

Hours: Flexible

Over the year we run a number of activities for children and families including Easter Family Fun Days, “Crafternoons” where children and their parents can create crafts together and holiday playschemes. Our summer holiday activities are the highlight of the summer for lots of the children that attend. Your role may involve playing games with children, running craft activities, face painting, organising sports or taking children on trips.



Days and Times Available: Thursdays 11am – 1pm

Hours: 3

Every Thursday we run a gardening club at Ascension Church Centre. This group has been designed to be accessible for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues and so volunteers with these support needs and those without are both welcome. Your role will involve cutting back hedges, planting vegetables, turning over soil, sweeping paths and other gardening.