In the role, you will provide financial management, support and reporting to The Message Trust’s Community Grocery stores and distribution centres across the UK. The role will be the first point of contact for the Grocery store managers on all finance related queries day-to-day and assist with budgeting and understanding financial results.
In April 2020, the national lockdown meant our café and kitchens at our Message Enterprise Centre had needed to close, but as we saw families in need of food on our doorstep we decided to repurpose this and reach out to the local community. Using our facilities, we cooked, prepared, and delivered thousands of food parcels and hot meals to residents across the local area throughout lockdown.
As our meal delivery programme came to an end in September there was still great need, so we set up The Message Community Grocery as a way to support people across Wythenshawe that were feeling the financial impact of Covid-19 through a membership scheme. Through the Grocery we are able to offer a range of food options fresh from local supermarkets, at a fraction of the cost. All our members also have access to a range of free support services including job clubs, debt relief support, mental wellbeing courses, exploring Christianity courses, voluntary work placements and more.
Within just a few weeks we had 500 families signed up to the Grocery, many joining the various courses and the success and need has opened doors for us to launch more groceries around the UK.
Find out more about how our Community Grocery works at communitygrocery.org.uk