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Cafe Assistant

Part time
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Cafe Assistant

WORKING HOURS: 13 hours per week

SALARY:  up to £8.75 per hour

CLOSING DATE: ​Please apply online by 5pm, Wednesday, 15th July 2020

INTERVIEWS: ​if your application is successful, interviews will be held the week commencing 20 July 2020

About YMCA Teesdale

YMCA Teesdale is based in Barnard Castle and surrounded by close-knit communities. We are part of the worldwide YMCA movement, which started in London in 1844 has grown to become the world’s largest and oldest youth movement. The team at YMCA Teesdale focus on providing projects, activities and after school services that bring people of all ages together to help reduce isolation in a rural area. This includes the YMCA Community Cafe in the village of Cockfield.

This role contributes to the Community Cafe which brings people together by providing a welcoming environment and a safe space for people to be. Whether they come in for a cup of tea, a coffee, lunch or to use the computers, all our services are there for the community.

Job Purpose & Description

To support the day to day running of our community café, based at Lipscomb Hall, Cockfield, Teesdale. The café is currently open 9.30am – 2.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; Lunch Club (11.00am – 1.00pm) on Wednesday; 09.30am – 4.30pm on a Friday and 11.00am – 1.00pm on Sunday for hot lunches. Paid staff will work alongside, and in support of, learners on gaining catering and hospitality qualifications, volunteers, long term work experience and apprentices.

Overview of Duties / Responsibilities

  • To help create a welcoming café environment that people actively seek out, because of

    the quality of both the food and customer service they receive. As well as a safe, clean

    and attractive environment to visit.

    ● To demonstrate the values of YMCA at all times, and to cross-promote our other

    services and the work we do to transform the lives of young people.

    ● To cook, prepare and present food in the highest possible way. We want to deliver

    more than a hearty meal. To ensure this we need to maintain exceptional standards in

    terms of the look, feel, taste and presentation of our meals served.

Other Teesdale News

School Children Supply Meals to Locals

Last month one of our local schools grabbed their chef hats and cooked up a feast, which was enjoyed by attendees of our Senior lunch club in YMCA Teesdale's Community Cafe.Ms Hancock and Miss Racher from Cockfield Nursery and Primary School contacted the Cafe to say...

Summer Holidays 2020

Over the summer holidays, YMCA Teesdale, with thanks to funding from Teesdale Action Partnership, provided 3 sets of activity and snack packs for 40 children and young people each fortnight of the summer holidays to help beat boredom and encourage children in the...

YMCA Recovery Appeal

With charities heavily relying on fundraising events and regular donations, it's no surprise that COVID 19 has had a huge impact on the number of contributions needed to ensure we have the means to continue the work we do for vulnerable young people. With our business...

Lockdown in Cockfield

When we went into lockdown, we knew, in an area such as Cockfield, YMCA Community Cafe had a role to play in supporting the community through these unprecedented times. This, our small way of ensuring locals remained fed, happy and connected.  Thanks to our funders...

Throwback Thursday: Reflecting on Sleep Easy

In March 2018, we hosted the first-ever, YMCA Teesdale Sleep Easy, supported by St Mary's Chruch who provided the venue, Babuls (then Spice Island) for the curries and Oliver Twists for the Breakfasts. We were joined by 10 fantastic volunteers who slept in all weather...

Congratulations Hayley!

Over the weekend, Hayley accepted the post of Community Cafe Supervisor for YMCA's cafe service in Cockfield. We are sure everyone will join in congratulating Hayley in this new and exciting position.  Hayley is not a new face to the team as she has worked for for the...

Story With Santa

It was the day before Christmas, chaos through the house, the kids were screaming, not the mouse! The Community Cafe opened it's doors to some special guests, providing an open space for the children to burn off their excited energy and a sanctuary for mam and dad to...

Poem: One Night Stand

 One Night Stand It wasn’t a starry night more wet, snowy and frosty; hubris and loss colliding. Sitting buddha-like smug and serene cocooned in bedding, cardboard and plastic. A one-night stand with self and conscience. Fairy lights to read by, hot water bottle for...

Young Photographers Exhibition

Young people from YMCA held an Invite only Open Evening at The Witham on 5th April 2019 to showcase all their hard work over the past year. This project, funded by Northern Heartlands, was about encouraging young people from YMCA to get out and explore their local...

Hidden Treasure Trail at Evenwood

Young people from Evenwood youth club completed a week long project with Helix Arts to create a Hidden Treasure Trial. The project, in the first phase was funded by Co-Operative Youth Isolation Fund, to tackle loneliness in young people. It bought together a group of...

Why work for YMCA Teesdale?


Competitive Salary

subject to age in line with national living wage

Employer Assistance Programme

Access to Employer Assistance Programme (suite of legal and health information)

GP Helpline

Access to 24hr GP Helpline

Café Discount

Discount at YMCA Café

Life Assurance

Life assurance of 2x annual salary


Get your birthday off with full pay

Staff Development

A nurturing environment where staff are encouraged to learn and grow as individuals

Making a Difference

Be a part of an established organisation that helps transform the lives of young people

Patterdale Discount

Staff discount on short breaks in the Lake District at Patterdale Hall Estate


Apply Now

This job has been posted both internally and externally.

If you think you have what it takes to effectively support the vision, objectives and priorities of the organisation then we want to hear from you!