Food Cardiff is looking for new volunteer board members. Come and join us!

Food Cardiff believes that food should be good for people, good for the place we live, and good for our planet – as well as being affordable and tasty. Good food creates strong, healthy communities. The way it’s produced respects people, the natural environment and the way it’s sold supports the local economy.

Do you want to help shape and influence the food we grow, buy and eat? Passionate about engaging with people, communities and organisations across the whole of Cardiff, encouraging them to become a part of the food future of the capital? If so, perhaps you’d be interested in becoming a voluntary board member of Food Cardiff?

2021 sees Food Cardiff embark on the next step of its journey as it works to achieve Silver and ultimately Gold Sustainable Food Places status. In order to accomplish this, we need a varied, diverse and inspiring group of people to help continue to shape and further develop our work to change our local food system.

The Food Cardiff Strategy Board will focus on the partnership’s strategic direction, offering guidance on how to further develop and enhance our success. The Strategy Board discussions will complement the existing Food Cardiff network where partners can exchange and share ideas and knowledge as well as connecting with a wide range of people and organisations working within the food space in Cardiff.

Read the Terms of Reference here

Who we are looking for

We are looking for people with experience (through work, volunteering, or life) of food issues and solutions in Cardiff. For example, you might have knowledge of one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Community food projects (e.g. food growing, pantries, lunch clubs)
  • Food poverty and access to affordable and healthy food
  • Running a food business (including farmers, growers, producers, retailers, markets, hospitality)
  • Food sourcing and procurement
  • Communications and engagement
  • Climate and nature friendly food
  • Tackling food waste

We are keen that the strategy board reflects the full breadth of people in Cardiff. No previous Board experience is necessary and we will endeavour to support Strategy Board members to participate fully in a way that suits you, considering your preferred language, your cultural requirements, any accessibility requirements as well as the need to be flexible in order to consider caring needs. We can also provide lunch and travel expenses for any in-person meetings.

Benefits of joining the board

  1. Chance to improve Cardiff’s local food system
  2. Opportunities to make strategic decisions and gain new skills
  3. Time-credits to recognise your contribution

Commitment

We would like Strategy Board members to commit initially to a 12-month term. In order to progress the Silver Sustainable Food Places Award application, from January 2021 until May 2021, Strategy Board meetings will be held monthly.

After which time the Strategy Board will review frequency, aiming for quarterly meetings including one strategy day per year. Board members will collectively agree dates and times.

How to apply

To express your interest, please email Pearl Costello, Sustainable Food Places Co-ordinator foodsensewales@wales.nhs.uk by the 3rd February including the following:

  • Name
  • Organisation you represent (if applicable)
  • A brief summary (max 100 words) of the knowledge, skills or experience you would bring to the group

We will endeavour to accept all applications, however may need to go through a selection process if we are oversubscribed.

Any more questions?

Please contact Pearl Costello, Sustainable Food Places Co-ordinator if you would like an informal chat to discuss further: foodsensewales@wales.nhs.uk

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