Join the Emmaus Staff Team

18th April 2018

Job Title:

Community Housekeeper/Cook



Leave entitlement

28 days per annum not including bank holidays


37.5 hours per week including weekends and bank holidays

Reporting to:

Community Manager

Responsible for:

The running and up keep of the community kitchens and accommodation

Main objectives:

To play a central role in the pastoral care of the Emmaus Sheffield companions and to ensure the smooth running of the community kitchens and living quarters in line with all organisational policies and procedures.

Role responsibilities:














































Have full control of Emmaus Sheffield kitchen, including:


  • Provision of  lunchtime and evening meals for the community Mon-Fri
  • Ensuring the kitchen is fully stocked over weekends
  • Working to a pre-defined food budget
  • Food ordering and shopping
  • Rota’s for cooking and cleaning
  • Menu planning
  • Ensuring any dietary requirements are met within reason
  • Rotation of food stock, in accordance with use by dates
  • Storing all food in line with food hygiene regulations
  • Ensuring the most cost effective way of using food supplied via the Fareshare scheme
  • Supervision of any Companions and voluntary or work placement staff in the kitchen
  • Health and Safety in the kitchen workplace
  • Ensuring a clean and hygienic workplace in compliance with relevant food and hygiene procedures
  • Creation and upkeep of an on-going ‘home economics’ course, this should include:
    • Basic cookery skills
    • Working to a recipe
    • Budgeting for companions
    • Hygiene
    • Nutrition


Responsible for upkeep of communal areas:


  • Maintaining a clean standard to communal living areas which include:
  • Companion lounge room
  • Corridors and areas around Companion rooms
  • 2 sub kitchens
  • Laundry facilities


Providing support and provisions to companions in regards to:


  • Preparing rooms when vacant, ready for the next companion, this should include:
  • Ensuring the companion room is clean and furnished to a suitable standard, with fresh bedding, towels etc
  • Has been freshly painted if needed
  • Ensuring provision of a TV and digital receiver box
  • Participating in regular room checks to ensure Companions rooms are kept clean

and to a healthy living standard

  • Helping and supporting Companions with life skills as needed
  • Provision of uniform and PPE
  • Provision of personal items, towels, bedding and hygiene products
  • Participate in training in the workplace relevant courses, such as First Aid, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Manual Handling
  • Organising and replenishing first aid boxes


Perform any other tasks or duties as deemed necessary by the Community Manager.






Good general education, this should include Maths and English to GCSE or equivalent level, or an ability to demonstrate these skills


Food Hygiene Level 2,


Health and Safety


First Aid


Full UK driving licence

Health and Social Care Diploma Level 2


Food allergen training


Manual handling training





Ability to cook


Proven organisation skills


Effective written and verbal communication skills


Effective time management skills


Ability to communicate with a wide range of people and to confidently build and maintain relationships including the homeless network


Ability to prioritise, plan and organise workload often with conflicting constraints


Conflict resolution




Working in a kitchen


Menu planning


House Keeping


Experience of working with, and relating to, a diverse range of people including those with challenging behaviours


Handling challenging situations







Food hygiene


Health and Safety


Knowledge and understanding of providing healthy nutritious meals


Issues surrounding confidentiality and data protection


Professional boundaries


Demonstration of a belief in and the ability to adopt and work within the Emmaus ethos and principals

Knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding homelessness


Fire safety, COSHH, manual handling, risk assessment,

first aid, food hygiene





Must have a confident presence and ‘can-do’ attitude

Highly self-motivated, able to work on own


Sense of humour


Team player


Ability to work under pressure


Empathy for homeless people and understanding of homelessness

An interest in environmental issues



Please email CV and covering letter to Charley Fedorenko   

Closing date Friday 4th May

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