Become a Director of NFS Bristol

NFS Bristol Volunteer Director

Are you the right person to take NFS Bristol to the next level?

The vision of the National Food Service (NFS) is a world free from food insecurity, social inequality, social isolation and food waste. Our mission is to create safe community spaces where food is freely offered as a public service. Working on the principle of solidarity, rather than charity, we want to help build resilient communities where food and company are shared. We are a Community Interest Company – basically a non-profit, run on cooperative principals for the benefit of the community.

Our first team of Voluntary Directors did an amazing job of bringing us from the delivery project we ran during lockdown to the long-term community building work we set up to do. Now we need a new team to take us to the next part of the plan.

We have a strong Community Dining Club running successfully in Lockleaze and are exploring the opportunity of beginning another in Barton Hill. We also have the beginnings of a community garden but don’t have the capacity to get it growing. 

Our goals for the next year:

  • Increase the attendees and kitchen volunteers in our Lockleaze Project
  • Bring in more funds to make the project sustainable
  • Build up our regular attendees into members of NFS

Time commitment:

  • 1 meeting every other week in the evenings, usually over zoom
  • Helping out at our Community Dining Club at least once a month on a Monday evening
  • Roughly 2-3hrs pw of working on tasks like social media advertising, attending city wide food sector meetings, keeping track of our finances, editing our website or engaging new members.  

What the right person will:

  • believe in the ideals of NFS, and are committed to solidarity not charity
  • have time to commit to being involved in this project for at least a year
  • believe in the benefits of social eating and want to create opportunities to bring people together around food. 
  • have a vision for how NFS Bristol can grow

We are particularly keen to recruit people with experience of payroll and financial management. Our current directors are new to this work and would appreciate being able to learn from other’s experience. 

How to apply

You can either write or record yourself explaining why you’re interested, answering these questions. It can be as long or as short as you like (not like a novel’s length but a few pages would be fine if you get that into it) as long as you answer these questions.

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a director?
  2. Where would you like to see NFS Bristol in a year’s time?
  3. What skills and experience can you bring that you think will be useful to the team?

Email your application to Applications can be written or recorded.