Love the Hub

A very fond farewell

This time next week I will have just arrived at my new home in Malawi, which of course means that I won’t be at the Hub anymore. It will be one of the things I miss most about Tottenham. I have loved being part of establishing it and seeing the impact it has had in our community. The way it has brought people together has been fantastic and I never cease to be impressed by the huge love, effort and passion that so many people put into making it a success.

Making it a success is an ongoing struggle though and the Hub needs support from all of you reading this.  As yet we still do not have a Treasurer, so if you have any financial nous, or know anyone who does (they don’t have to be a Hub member) please do ask them to email me for more info: [email protected]

I want to extend huge thanks to everyone I’ve worked with establishing the Hub, and to those who are taking over from me. Albertina is going to be the Secretary and Tom is going to be the Web Manager.

Tom’s holiday and my leaving the country unfortunately coincide, so this will very likely be the last newsletter of the Summer and Tom will start it up again in September.

Cafe volunteers needed

As the summer holidays start many of our dedicated, fantastic volunteers go away and it it’s really difficult to run the Hub without them!

If you have time over the summer, helping in the cafe is a fantastic way to both meet your community and support the Hub. Volunteers just do 4 hour shifts, always supported by regular members of staff. There are slots between 9am and 6pm every day of the week. So whenever you might be available, please email [email protected] or call her on 020 8885 5684 to see how you can help.

Volunteering in the Hub cafe was a brilliant thing to do a few hours a week over summer. Everyone comes to the Hub so I saw so many Tottenham friends I hadn’t seen in ages; they’d just popped in for a cup of tea and were a bit surprised it was me serving them!

Chloe, Assistant Headteacher

Birthday fun at the Hub

Thanks to all those who came along to help the Hub celebrate its third birthday last weekend.

The dancing went on it to the night …

Long after the beautiful sunset …

Help make RiverFest happen

RiverFest is Tottenham’s biggest and best free festival. This year the aim is to make it even bigger and better, but of course nothing’s really free. There are performers to pay, stages to build, equipment to hire, etc.

The organisers do it all voluntarily, but they need your cash to get it going.

Have a watch of this to see what they’ve got planned:

Pledge Now

Read more about all the beer, food, crafts and good times that are in store (with your support) on SeventhSister and www.tottenhamploughman.com

 

Website Manager, Treasurer and Secretary required

I’ve been involved in Lordship Hub Co-op since its conception, but in August my family and I are off to Malawi for a few years. I fill a number of roles at the Hub and love doing them, but obviously I won’t be able to continue much longer.

We’re splitting up these tasks, some will be taken on by the staff, some by an external accountancy firm, but others need to be done by Co-op members and supporters stepping up.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in taking on any of these roles, please do get in touch with me on 07989 497 491 or [email protected] to talk through what is entailed, or to just claim the job.


The roles

Treasurer

It is essential that the Co-op has a Treasurer, it is a legal requirement.

Role

Your role will be to monitor the Hub’s finances and report these to the Board and the Members. Hub staff and the accountant will do the day-to-day book-keeping, payroll, etc. but you will need to help develop financial polices and check that they are being adhered to. You will help staff and the Board to make financial decisions and check that financial returns (VAT, annual accounts) are filed on time.

Person

You need to have a good head for figures and an ability to explain them to others. Confidence with Excel and accounting software is essential. Someone with professional experience of finance and accounting would be ideal, e.g. an accountant, CFO, etc.

Time-commitment

You will need to attend Board Meetings once a month (although the frequency may be decreased). You’ll need to spend a few hours each month preparing a report for the Board. Ad hoc advice to staff on finance – unlikely to be more than a couple of hours per month.


Secretary

It is essential that the Co-op has a Secretary, it is a legal requirement.

Role

Your job will be to keep the Hub’s records. There are essentially three things to maintain: meeting minutes, Members database, Directors database. You will take the minutes at Board Meetings and General Meetings. You will email out share certificates. You will ensure that annual returns are filed with the FCA, our regulator.

Person

You will be organised and confident at note-taking. Confidence to maintain a list of members in Excel would be advantageous. I save myself time by taking minutes directly on the computer so they can be emailed out directly after meetings, so an ability to take notes in this way is not essential but may save you time. It might suite someone who is already a company secretary, a clerk or works in the law.

Time commitment

You will need to attend Board Meetings once a month (although the frequency may be decreased). After each meeting you’ll need to send out draft minutes to the Board.

There are normally just a couple of new Members per month, so maintaining this list (and the Directors list) takes very little time.

The annual return is straightforward, it is transposing simple information from the accounts, list of Directors and the previous year’s report.


Website Manager

Role

The website and e-newsletter are two of our key marketing tools. We need to keep them up to date and make them fresh and interesting to our members and users. The website is built in WordPress and our mailing list is in MailPoet. Your job would be to update the website with information provided by staff. You would write and send out the newsletter each week. There is scope for significant improvement in both the website and newsletter in design, functionality and content.

Person

You need to be comfortable using WordPress and able to write in a way that encourages people to use the Hub and support it.

Someone who maintains other websites professionally would be ideal.

Time commitment

The regular commitment is updating the weekly timetable and sending out the newsletter each week. Often this can involve writing an article for the website as well. There may be ad hoc requests to change things or add thing to the website.

On average this all takes about 3 hours per week, but these can be slotted in when you have time for them.


If you, or anyone you know, is interested in taking on any of these roles, please do get in touch with me on 07989 497 491 or [email protected] to talk through what is entailed, or to just claim the job.

Love the Hub

DIY day at the Hub

The Hub we will be closed all day Monday 29th May including the toilets and cafe.

As we move into the Spring/Summer months and busier times of the year, we NEED to do a bit of a deep clean, de-clutter and repair, which means closing the Hub for a day (as we’re open 7 days a week and only shut at Christmas).

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause and hope you can understand why we’re having to do this.

If you would like to help us on the day there is a list of jobs that we’ll be tackling, from scrubbing the toilets, to tightening the bolts on tables and chairs.

We would also appreciate anyone who might be able to take things to the dump or charity shops if there is anything.

Thanks for reading and again sorry for any inconvenience. The nearest toilets will be in Broadwater Farm Community Centre, near the skate park and Adventure Playground.

Last week’s members’ social was a lovely event. As well as sharing ideas on how to improve the Hub, we shared good food and got to know other members of our co-op.

We’d like to thank Issy for organising this and all the members who came along.

There’ll be another one in a few months; hope to see you all there.

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]