We are very excited about opening the Cafe for the first time in nearly 2 years and therefore we are looking to appoint a Cafe Manager as soon as possible. We are aiming to reopen on Saturday 27th May.
We would encourage local people to apply the timescale for application and appointment is as follows:
Application deadline: Friday 12th May
Interviews: Monday 15th May from 4pm onwards
Start Date: Monday 22nd May
We are looking for someone with:
- Catering experience in a high pressure environment
- Good food preparation and coffee-making skills
- Strong commitment to customer service and high quality standards
- A good team player, with the people skills to work well with volunteers and fellow paid staff
- Ability to manage others
- Familiarity with food hygiene regulations.
The post is for 37.5 hours per week and is flexible and will include both weekday and weekend working, and hours may vary to fit within the café’s operating hours. The rate to be paid will be up to £9.25 an hour, depending on experience.
Find a job description and an application form here.
Please email your completed form to Rob Groves at email@example.com or post to us at:
The Lightship Café, Grays Beach Riverside Park, Thames Road, Grays, Essex. RM17 6JP
Closing deadline: Friday 12th May 2017 @ 5pm
The Lightship Cafe’s last day is Saturday 22nd March 2014. Due to a private function in the afternoon the cafe will be closed to the public from 1pm on that day.
THE Lightship café opened up for a new season at the weekend.
This community café, run by volunteers, is open each Saturday from January to March from 10am to 4pm at the Grays Beach Park.
The Lightship café aims gives customers the opportunity to experience waitress service in a friendly atmosphere with freshly prepared and well-presented food.
Project Team Leader Beverley Hoyte said, “The vision for the project includes not just serving food, but also encouraging involvement, learning new skills, creating a sense of purpose, and promoting a healthy lifestyle”. The project’s motto of “Run for the community, by the community” says it all.
The café is staffed by over 30 volunteers from all walks of life and all ages, coming from Aveley to Stanford and all points between. It is the brainchild of a group of dedicated volunteers from local churches.
To learn the skills needed the volunteers have attended a number of training days and courses covering such area as Food Hygiene, Customer Service, till operation and COSHH. Some courses were in-house training, some part of the Thurrock ACE programme, and some external. As a result volunteers now have new qualifications to add to their CVs. The requirement for a First Aid presence is being provided by volunteers from Triple L Training.
The café serves full English breakfast, a “light bites” lunchtime menu of jacket potatoes, paninis, a range of sandwiches and soup with a warm crusty roll, together with a delicious afternoon menu of cream teas and a selection of cakes.
The Lightship Café is grateful to Thurrock Council for their support in allowing the use of the building, ngage and Thurrock Adult Community College for the training via the ACE programme, and Triple L Training for the First Aid cover.
The date: Saturday 16th November 2013 10:00-12:00
The place: The cafe Grays Beach Riverside Park
Our first training event for all those who have volunteered to work in the Lightship Cafe in 2014.
10.00 Arrival and drinks – (20 min)
10.20 Welcome & Agenda for the day – (10 min)
10.30 History of the project
– Aims and objectives of the project – ethos etc – (15 min)
-Ask volunteers how they feel about the aims.How did you feel when you walked in the cafe? – (15 min table discussion)
11.00 Job role stations- (30 min)
Volunteers go to stations around the cafe to learn about the different roles
11.30 Availability forms – to collect information for workforce planning/rotas – (10 min)
11.40 Menu discussion – to get ideas on menu – (10 min)
11.50 Questions and Answers – (10 min)
It was an amazing experience being able to serve the community last year running the Lightship Cafe. People commented that it was a positive environment. At Christmas last year The Mayor of Thurrock presented our young volunteers with certificates and lakeside vouchers.
So what happened this year?
Unfortunately late in 2012 the café had a fire which was due to arson. Although this was disappointing and affected our plans to run the project this year it has allowed us to have a longer period of time planning the next steps.
We met with Thurrock Council and they confirmed that we can run again next year. So we have a refurbished building to use and plan to open on Saturdays again starting in January and running until March 2014.
In terms of volunteers we have advertised via Ngage and Transformation Thurrock websites for opportunities such as washer uppers, waitering and kitchen staff, meeter and greeters and befrienders. Since that we have had over 10 people express an interest in volunteering.
If you would like to volunteer, the commitment to the project is to be available on a Saturday and be involved in training this year. We need to fill the role of volunteer Café Manager and Head Cook and other positions. If you are interested in volunteering in these or other positions then please make contact with us via the website or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All our volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in training delivered by Grays Adult Community College via the ACE programme.
Training courses offered are
– customer care
– food hygiene
We will also be running our training induction training day in September.
“The lantern of the historic lightship has been returned to Grays and is a magnificent sight. The light has returned to Grays riverside. Go and visit one evening if you have time and capture a vision for Thurrock.” – Beverly Hoyte Project Manager.
Our first 3 months running from January until March 2012 were a great success.
The feeling in the community was that it was something different, a place where people were made to feel welcome.
A number of young people had their first taste of providing customer service.
We served 129 breakfasts, made 245 cups of tea and 139 cups of coffee and toasted 153 panninis.
We even manged to sell 17 buckets and spades and 1 pair of sunglass, not bad considering it was winter!
We are now off for the summer but will be back in the Autumn.
The success of this project is only down to the hard work of the volunteers. To run successfully later in the year we will need a pool of around 50 volunteers to serve on a rota basis. No previous experience is necessary and training will be given. You just need to be over 14 years old and willing. There are roles for catering staff, washer uppers, waiters and waitresses and till operators.
If you would like to be part of the team contact email@example.com
The Lightship sets sail!
The time: Wednesday 14th December 2011,
The place: Beach Cafe, Grays Beach Riverside Park, Grays
The event: The Launch of the Lightship Cafe.
This event hosted by a group of volunteers and the Friends of Grays Beach Park was attended by members of the local authority, local residents and other interested partners.
This project started life as an idea to see the cafe in Grays Beach park opened during weekends in the winter for the benefit of the local community. Partnering with the local authority and members of the council, these volunteers outlined their vision to see the cafe in the park transformed into a community “hub” where people would have the opportunity to volunteer, be trained and have a place to meet.
Team member Gary Jones outlined where the idea for the name came from.
“We wanted a name to give a distinct identity to the project and something easily recognisable as being associated with the area of Grays Beach Park. The ‘Gull’ lightship has been a local landmark for many years and the light mast is quite iconic, hence the name Lightship was chosen”
Beverly Hoyte then presented the vision which included not just serving food, but also encouraging involvement, a healthy lifestyle, and a sense of purpose.
Jo Allison then opened up a time of discussion and a gathering of ideas of what this community “hub” could look like and events which could be run to encourage community cohesion.
“Monty” Kirby, local community champion, can see this project providing opportunities for local youngsters very much like Jamie Oliver’s ’15’ restaurants.
Gemma Riddles wants to see a healthy options, good value menu introduced.
Keeping an eye on policies and procedures is Andy Blakey.
It is hoped to open the cafe in the park on Saturdays from January to March 2012.
If you would like to know more about the project or for information on how to become part of this exciting project visit www.lightshipcafe.org.uk or email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.