Food Preparation Assistant

Hours: Full time Monday – Friday (37.5 hours)

Location: Minstead Lodge, New Forest (Outskirts of Totton)


Minstead Trust offers great employee benefits:

  • 25 Days Holiday (Pro Rata) plus Bank Holidays
  • A Celebration Day’s Leave for Your Birthday
  • Death in Service Insurance
  • Company Pension
  • Health Care Scheme
  • Cycle to Work
  • Free Parking

Minstead Trust, a leading learning disabilities charity based in the heart of the beautiful New Forest, is offering the opportunity for a Day Instructor specialising in preserve making to join its enthusiastic Day Service team.

The Trust is over thirty years old and has grown from humble beginnings to become an industry-leading organisation of over 200 people delivering care to adults with wide-ranging care needs across Hampshire, pushing for societal change and inclusivity through our innovative services.

About the job:

We are seeking a skilled Day Instructor to plan, organise and develop training sessions for small groups of adults with learning disabilities to gain valuable skills centred on the production of jam, marmalade and chutney for our new social enterprise venture.

Duties include:

  • To plan, develop and deliver preserve production themed training sessions to adults with learning disabilities
  • To provide a safe working environment, ensuring that a high level of food safety and hygiene standards are promoted and complied with
  • To maintain a good working relationship with customers, wholesalers and other internal/external parties, attending off-site meetings when required and making local deliveries
  •  To regularly track the progress of the people we support, conducting regular appraisals and setting/reviewing outcomes-focused goals

About you:

  • A minimum of 1 year experience in food catering – essential
  • Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities – essential
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills for best practice
  • Having a calm, sensitive and caring manner
  • Ability to organise/manage batch production

Due to the nature of this role, a full, valid driving licence is required.

To apply download the application form and return the completed form to

Please contact the HR Department on 02380 812297 if you have any questions. 

All staff working for, or on behalf of Minstead Trust, understand their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults at risk and know who to escalate concerns to within Minstead Trust.

Due to the nature of this employment sector, your application is subject to a successful Disclosure and Baring Service check (DBS).

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