Could you be our Welcome Space Co-ordinator?

We have some external funding available to us to pay for a few hours of work per week for the next few months for a co-ordinator for the Welcome Space sessions which are taking place on a Friday morning. A job description and person specification is below and anyone interested should submit a written Expression of Interest to the Church Office by May 31.

Location: St Peter’s Church , Moorhead Lane,  BD18 4JH

Pay:  £11.50 per hour on self-employed basis

Hours:  9  hours a week initially for 3 months

Reporting to:  Staff Team

At St Peter’s Shipley we have a vision to see our town changed by the power of God. We seek to show God’s love by welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds, and connecting to our community through friendship, kindness and support, especially with those with practical, spiritual or social needs.


The role of the Welcome Space Coordinator is to lead the provision of a Welcome Space event weekly.
Welcome Space is an extension of a very successful Warm Spaces initiative that ran through the winter months run by willing volunteers. This initiative came to a natural end at the end of March 2023 but there was seen to be a need for a re-imagined event to provide a social gathering preferably with food running for about 3 hours every Friday.

The Warm Spaces initiative attracted parents and carers with young children who had attended our See & Know (parents/carers and toddlers) meeting in the morning and came on to get some lunch. It also attracted a range of people of all ages who valued the opportunity to meet, eat and socialise. The format was that we served tea, coffee and cake from 10:30 onward. From about 11:30 we served predominantly soup but occasionally Polish stews. The event officially finished at 2:30pm.

The Welcome Space is expected to follow a similar format probably 11am to 2pm with some form of food provided but the exact format still has to be determined

Key Relationships

  • The Church Administrator
  • The Welcome Space Volunteers
  • Local Businesses providing food
  • Staff Team
  • See & Know leaders

Key responsibilities

  • To coordinate the volunteer team for each week
  • To plan the food menu and source the necessary supplies
  • To deliver the project within a budget
  • To open up the venue each Friday and to ensure everything necessary is available.
  • To brief the volunteers.
  • To be available to manage issues during the event.
  • To delegate control of each event to a volunteer deputy coordinator.

Person specification   

  1. An active Christian faith: the main purpose of Welcome Space is to live out Christian values.
  2. The coordinator will be a good listener, able to respond to people and circumstances appropriately and with sensitivity.
  3. A proven track record of working with and managing volunteers
  4. Strong on initiative and self-motivated.
  5. Strong attention to detail and an ability to prioritise.
  6. Ability to work alone and to manage own time.

Safeguarding Requirements

The appointee will be asked to undergo an Enhanced DBS check, and to undertake basic Safeguarding Training as specified by the Diocese.

To apply: Please submit an Expression of Interest (maximum one side of A4) setting out how you meet the person specification above and how you would approach this role to by Wednesday 31 May. Informal interviews may be arranged, depending on the number of Expressions of Interest received and shortlisted.