Renfrewshire Foodbank Project Manager

Salary: £20,000 – £22,000 per annum
Job Tenure: 12 months initially, to be reviewed thereafter subject to funding and performance

Location: Paisley / Renfrew

Renfrewshire Foodbank – feeding local people in crisis.
As Scotland’s third largest food bank, we are committed to providing emergency food relief to families and individuals in Renfrewshire, who are experiencing financial hardship. In 2014 Renfrewshire Foodbank fed over 1000 hungry children, thanks to the generosity of the local community and the energy and commitment of our volunteers.
The charity’s Trustees are now seeking to recruit a Project Manager to lead and to further develop all aspects of the food bank’s work. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a direct contribution to the fight against hunger in Renfrewshire.

As Project Manager you will oversee all of the food bank’s day to day operations and ensure that the agreed operating model is followed. This will include ensuring sufficient food and other resources are in place to support current and future need; recruitment, training and management of volunteers; regular communication with a variety of stakeholder groups; promotion of the food bank’s work to the media and online/through social media; fundraising and administration.

To succeed in this pivotal role, you will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills, firstclass planning and organisational skills and the ability to deliver tangible results. A good knowledge of the benefits system and support agencies is vital.

Renfrewshire Food Bank is run in partnership with local churches and the Project Manager should agree and support the Christian values of the organisation.
How to apply

A detailed job description and application form are available at
Please email your completed application form, together with your CV and covering letter to


Closing date for applications: Friday 3 April 2015.


Food waste scheme dishes up new jobs for young people.

A new scheme to recycle food waste in Renfrewshire is also helping to tackle youth unemployment.

Renfrewshire Council recently launched weekly collections to make it easier for people to recycle their food waste.

The new scheme has created 24 jobs, with 15 of the vacancies being filled by unemployed young people aged between 18 and 25.

Love_Food_Hate_WasteThe young people were recruited through the council’s Youth Employability Service and took part in a five week training programme ahead of the new service launching on 16 September.

As well as helping to get young people into work and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, the food waste collected will be made into fertiliser and energy.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “As well as reducing waste and creating a greener Renfrewshire, tackling youth unemployment is a key priority for the council so this is a win-win situation.

“Not only is this scheme making it free and easier for local residents to recycle their unwanted food, but we are creating jobs, saving money and creating power and fertilisers.”

Gary McGrath, 23, from Paisley is a joiner to trade but was unemployed for a year before joining the new food waste team. He said: “I’m thoroughly enjoying my new job and am really grateful for the opportunity.

“The team working together on the service is great, and it’s good to know that every day, we’re delivering a service that will help local people to recycling more and help the environment. I definitely see a future career in recycling.”

A total of 72,000 households across Renfrewshire have received their new food waste caddies: a 7 litre indoor food caddy and a 23 litre outdoor caddy, plus a three month supply of biodegradable caddie bags.

The caddies are emptied weekly on the same day as the usual collection service. When they are close to running out of the biodegradable caddy bags, people should tie a bag to their outside food waste caddy when they put it out for collection.

The council will then leave a free roll of replacement bags. It is important that only these bags are used as ordinary bin liners and carrier bags are not biodegradable.

The scheme will be rolled out to residents in high rise and maisonette properties, plus a number of tenements and flats later in the autumn.

Once it’s fully operational the service aims to lift between 13 and 15 tonnes of food waste per day – that’s roughly what one and a half bin lorries can hold.

If you’re on a wheeled bin collection route and you haven’t received your food caddie please call 0300 300 0300.

You can also visit to find out more about eating well, saving money and creating less waste.



Vacancy for Costume Co-ordinator

Paisley Development Trust are looking for someone aged between 18 and 25 years old and who has been unemployed for six months or longer to be group liaison co-ordinator on costume for the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 project. The post is for six months.

We will require various groups and individuals throughout Renfrewshire to be costumed and co-ordinated in preparation for their participation in a one day re-enactment event in Paisley on 9 June 2012. The group liaison co-ordinator on costume will be required to run a drop-in shop where costumes can be stored and where people can make their own costumes leading up to the event.

We are looking for someone who has an interest in co-ordination and community arts work. The successful candidate would need to be self-motivated, have good organisational skills, be able to work on own initiative as well as be part of a larger team.

Please apply to:

Liz Gardiner
Executive Director
3rd Floor
7 Water Row
Glasgow G51 3UW

0141 425 2020
07702 961 301