Volunteer Role Description:


Hands of Hope are a newly registered charity operating in East Sussex and Kent. Our goal is to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy, nutritious food and use this process to ultimately reduce childhood obesity and loneliness levels.

Our Mission: To use Growing & Cooking to bring our communities together in order to help address the challenges of loneliness and obesity and, through education, encourage people to lead, healthier, happier lives.

Our Aims – TO:

  • Raise awareness of the consequence of poor diet and lack of exercise in our Communities.
  • Provide educational programmes that enable more people in our communities, to eat better and become more active
  • Improve current take up of school dinners across Hastings, Rother & West Kent
  • Tackle childhood hunger
  • Help tackle loneliness

Role Description

We are looking for a Trustee and Non-Executive Director in charge of Nutrition Policy and Planning to provide strategic direction, governance and project support to help shape and grow the nutritional aspect of our charity so our stakeholders may better understand how diet affects their health and general well being. One of the key challenges for the future is how we meet the evolving situations of: (1) Reduced public health sector finance and (2) The growing need to educate the communities we serve.

Experience and attainments:

  • MSc in nutrition or dietetics plus one year relevant post-graduation experience, or BSc in nutrition or dietetics and three years relevant undergraduate experience, including relevant experience in public health nutrition and registration with the Association of Nutrition.
  • Experience of training of early years, school and health practitioners, and other settings to deliver food and nutrition courses
  • Significant experience in preparing guidance and advice on food and nutrition
  • Familiarity with food habits in England, related food composition data and menu planning
  • Experience of dietary and nutritional assessment tools
  • Experience of development of questionnaires and other data collection tools, collecting, cleaning and analysing dietary and other data
  • Statistical analysis and interpretation of quantitative research data
  • Collaborating with stakeholders in a number of sectors including education and health

Relationship management:

  • Ability to communicate the vision, mission and impact of the Children’s Food Trust and promote our work to customers and funders, large and small.
  • The ability to write effective and successful funding bids or fundraising proposals.
  • An ability to create and maintain positive relationships with new and existing stakeholders.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills in order to communicate with and manage relationships with our stakeholders and a demonstrable ability to build relationships both externally and across the organisation.

If you’re interested in taking up the challenge and to find out more information please contact us at info@hohcharity.co.uk. We look forward to you joining our journey…