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Draft Accounts 2016

These are our draft accounts for our last financial year. They will be approved (hopefully) at this Sunday’s Board Meeting and Members’ Social Event.

I know doesn’t sound like the kind of thing to do at a social, but as a co-operative we have to balance getting our members involved in a fun way and taking a few minutes to make sure we meet our legal obligations.

It’s very important to us that the Hub is run in an open, co-operative way by the community, so please do have a look at these accounts and ask any question you have in the comments below or at the event on Sunday.

Download Final Draft Accounts 2015-2016

Please bear in mind that these accounts are for the year up to 31 October 2016, so the situation has moved on significantly. Our monthly financial reports are always on the website here: Meeting minutes and files

We’re Recruiting! Cafe Manager

Café Manager

Salary:  £10,219 (£24,045 full-time equivalent)

Hours:  17 hours per week (Mon 1pm-6pm, Wed 9am-12pm, Sunday 9am-6pm)

Location:  Tottenham, North London

Establishment:  Lordship Hub

Closing date:  Monday 8th May midday

Interview date: Wednesday 10th May

Trial shifts: Sunday 14th and Monday 15th

Start date: As soon as possible

Who we are and what we do

We’re “The Hub” – a successful community run cooperative in an attractive new building at the heart of a beautiful park, overlooking a lake.  Our café has been open just over a year and has become a popular venue, serving park users, the community, and participants in the many and varied activities that take place in the Hub building and in the park.  Its menu is all about fresh, wholesome, tasty, environmentally-friendly and affordable food.  We’re very much there for our people; dedicated to looking after and involving both staff and community in every aspect of the business.  As part of our team you’ll get real responsibility right from the start and a fantastic opportunity to contribute to helping your “Hub” grow from strength to strength.

As a community cooperative we run differently to a normal business. Our values are central to what we do. This means: we make decisions together, as a staff/volunteer team, and with our members; we pay a real living wage; we minimise our environmental impact.

Who we’re looking for

Café experience is very important to us – we want someone who’s a great cook, passionate about food and able to bring a creative touch to our menu and catering offer.  It’s also really important to us that you are passionate about people – both the people who you serve in our café and the volunteer community members in your team, who you’ll coach and develop.  You have a commitment to co-operative working and need to be interested in all aspects of running a business, with a sixth sense for profitability and affordability, great multi-tasking skills and the nous to make sound calls on business decisions.

Why it’s great to work at “The Hub”

  • You’ll get the opportunity to use your leadership skills and great ideas to make a real difference.
  • You’ll work with a friendly and committed team of co-managers with a mix of talents and skills so that you can share ideas and help each other.
  • You’ll enjoy a lively, friendly atmosphere in a beautiful park setting.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop your management skills.
  • You’ll have your voice heard – we have a flat structure with a free flow of ideas where everyone can have their say.
  • You can help develop the skills of volunteers and apprentices.

To succeed at “The Hub” you’ll need:

  • At least two years’ experience as a chef or cook in a café, restaurant or catering establishment.
  • A commitment to co-operative working and collaborative decision-making.
  • A commitment to the local community.
  • To be knowledgeable about fresh food – sourcing, preparing and cooking it, as well as serving it up in ways that delight our customers.
  • A strong instinct for the commercial side – always to be looking for ways to increase custom, drive sales and boost the business, whilst still maintaining the affordability and quality of our offer.
  • Natural leadership qualities, with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think fast.
  • Great communication skills and an affinity for working with a wide range of different kinds of people.
  • A willingness to try working in a different way, to take risks and not accept ‘business as usual’.

To apply

Please send your C.V. and a covering letter to:
[email protected]

Easter Activities for 8-12s

Lordship Sports and Arts Consortium are putting on a range of sporting and arty activities for young people over the Easter holidays.

All activities will be at the Hub or Broadwater Farm Community Centre. Each activity costs just £3.

Register 15 minutes prior to start at Hub or Broadwater Farm Community Centre.

Download our full April timetable: Whats on April 2017

Click the session name to get pricing, booking and other information.

Monday 3rd April

14.00-15.00: Yoga (8-12 years) – at the Hub
15.00-16.30: Poetry workshop (8-12 years) – at the Hub

Tuesday 4th April

14.00-15.00: Street Dance (8-12 years) – at the Hub

Thursday 6th April

14.00-15.30: Arts & Crafts (8-12 years) – at The Hub
14.00-15.30: Football (8-12 years) – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre

Friday 7th April

14.00-15.00: Basketball (8-12 years) – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre

Monday 10th April

14.00-15.00: Boxing taster session (8-12 years) – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre
15.00-16.30: Yoga (8-12 years) – at the Hub

Tuesday 11th April

10.00-12.30: BMX (8-12 years) – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre
13.30-15.00: BMX (8-12 years) – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre
15.00-16.30: Street Dance (8-12 years) – at the Hub

Thursday 13th April

14.00-15.00: Arts & Crafts (8-12 years) – at The Hub
15.00-16.30: Football (8-12 years) – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre

For more information on Easter Holiday Activities email: [email protected]

Weekend Cafe volunteers needed

With the warmer weather we’re busier than ever in the cafe on weekends. We really need some additional volunteers to help out.

It’s a great way to meet people from across our community and support the Hub. You’ll be fully supported by our staff team. You can be taught how to use the coffee machine, till and other kitchen equipment.

To read more about what people get out of volunteering at the Hub, have a look here: Volunteering at the Hub

Shifts are usually 4 hours, if you have some time to spare on Saturdays or Sundays, please get in touch with Carola. Either ring 020 8885 5684 or email [email protected].

Thank you!

Love the Hub

Welcome to our new members

We’ve had a whole load of people becoming members of the Co-op over the last few weeks. We haven’t taken the time in the past to welcome new members, but I intend to start.

Welcome Karmajit, Carola, Christine Denn, Dörte, Brenda, Stuart, Issy, Cem, Corrina, Taslima, Rebecca, Michelle, Anushka, Rachel, Collette, Nur, Yvonne, Nicole and Sally.

Love, the Hub

A big thanks to all of them them for becoming part of our Co-operative.

I’d also like to thank Sandra Sutherland, Dörte Mang, Chrsitine Denn and John Carver for joining the Board.

If you’re not a member, here’s why you should be one and here’s how you can become one.

A co-operative is as strong as its members

It’s taken me a while to write this post as I’ve been struggling to find the right tone, so the first word of the next paragraph has changed from ‘Today’ to ‘Yesterday’ to ‘Last Sunday’. I hope in the end I hit the right note. I am disappointed, but I’m also hopeful because I think we’ve found a positive way forward.

Today Yesterday Last Sunday was Lordship Hub Co-op’s annual general meeting (AGM), well, it was supposed to be, but the meeting couldn’t go ahead because of the 130+ members we have, fewer than 10 turned up. We need at least 15 for the meeting to be quorate. Now, this may seem like technicality, but the Co-op can’t legally function without an AGM. And the fact that the Hub is run as a co-operative is important. It means that it is owned by the community. But that ownership is not merely a one-off transaction – buying a share – it is about exercising the right to make decisions about something that we own collectively for the community.

To be more than just a nice cafe and venue, we need our members and we need them to be involved in making decisions about the future of our Hub.

A way forward

So on Sunday, rather than having our meeting, we discussed what we could do to get more members more involved in making decisions (and how we could have a functional AGM).

  • It was agreed that formal meetings are off-puting for some people.
  • The AGM should not be a meeting but rather more like an Open Day where we show off everything that’s happening at the Hub, give people the chance to drop in, offer suggestions and ask questions.
  • We should have a series of important questions posted up in the Hub and online and ask members to offer ideas and help make the decisions.
  • We need to be clearer about what the benefits of being a member are and who is and isn’t one.

Next steps

Open Day, Sunday 26th February

So on Sunday, February 26th from 11.15-13.30 we’re having an Open Day. It will be stalls and exhibitions from many of the groups, clubs and activities that the Hub hosts. You are all invited to drop-in, wander round and find out about what has been happening at the Hub over the last year, and to help form our plans for what should happen this year. There will be free refreshments.

During this day we’ll have a short AGM to approve those formal issues that have to be agreed to keep us legal.

Online discussion and decision-making

We’ll post all the reports about what has been happening this year on the website as a series of articles and we encourage you to ask questions and offer suggestions in the comments below and/or come along to the Open Day to discuss them with the people who wrote them.

We will set up a space online and a board in the Hub to allow members to post ideas, discuss and make decisions on issues concerning the Hub.

Am I a member?

Being a member means you have ownership of the Hub: you own one or more shares in it (you’ll have a certificate) and you take an interest in its success and a role in its decision-making.

If you are not sure whether you’re a member, please email [email protected] and I’ll let you know.

Soup

We’re recruiting a cafe manager (maternity cover)

We are currently recruiting a Cafe Manager (maternity cover).

You can now all wish Beth congratulations! But it means we’re temporarily losing a great cafe manager and need to replace her with someone with the same amazing skills, enthusiasm and friendliness.

Salary: £12, 425 (£24,045 pro rata)
Hours: 22 hours per week (Weds 9am-1pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm)
Location: Tottenham, North London
Establishment: Lordship Hub
Closing date for applications: 10th February 2017, 5pm
Interview date: 15th February 2017
Trial shifts: 16th and 17th of February 2017
Start date: 15th March 2017

Download: Ad for Café Manager (maternity leave cover) – includes details on how to apply.