We have returned to Bens’ Centre after a break, to be faced with the good news that Dominic our placement secured his first job in the chef trade, he left us quickly to begin his post and we would like to say Thank you and wish him all the best in Future. This unfortunately places a real strain once more on our staff and volunteers team and with winter hurtling towards us, our Trustees have agreed for us to take the unusual step of using a small portion of the charities unrestricted reserves to employ a temporary Cook for 5 months until the end of March 2011.

The post is for 18 hours per week and due to the urgency of our problem the closing date for anyone interested is Friday 8th October, you can email us at benscentre@hotmail.co.uk for an application pack. We are looking for someone to oversee the catering in the centre, understand kitchen hygiene laws and have some experience of volunteering or working with service users who are homeless or alcohol /drug dependant.

This is a short term solution to get the centre through the coldest part of the year when we prioritise providing service users with a hot nutritious meal. If anyone would like to donate to helping us cover the costs of employing a cook for 5 months please do contact us.