Reception and Events Support

The Role


The Old Fire Station is a community hub, opened in September 2017. Our aim is to run a thriving, welcoming centre in East Leeds where all are made to feel valued and safe, whilst providing the opportunity to learn, develop and engage in positive activities. The refurbishment of the former Gipton Fire Station was funded by Leeds Community Foundation as a legacy to East Leeds, via the generosity of the late Jimi Heselden. The Old Fire Station is home to six charities, has an onsite café open to the public and hires out space for meetings and events on a daily basis.

The Role

The Reception and Events Support role will join our dynamic and hard-working team who ensure that The Old Fire Station is a thriving and welcoming community hub in East Leeds. The Reception and Events Support role will work with the staff team and volunteers, carrying out general administration duties and assisting with events and activities.

A typical day in the life of the Reception and Event Support role would include starting by setting up rooms for organisations visiting the building, welcoming room hire visitors to the building and helping them set up their AV equipment for a presentation. You might then attend a meeting helping to plan events such as family fun days or children’s holiday activities. There might be cleaning required in an area of the building in order for us to keep the high standards expected by our visitors. You may need to support a visitor coming to reception in looking for help, or look after visiting dignitaries at special occasions.  All of this is carried out whilst also answering the phone, responding to email enquiries and giving directions to people visiting other organisations in the building. The role is busy with no two days the same, and you need to be able to think on your feet.

A typical working week would be 10.00am – 2.00pm three days a week, normally Tuesday - Thursday. Flexibility to work on a rota system required, as is the ability to work approximately one weekend shift per fortnight.                                       

For further information, please download the Job Description and Person Specification by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.

How To Apply

How to apply

The closing date for applications is Monday 25 October 2021. Interviews will take place on Thursday 4 November 2021 at The Old Fire Station.

To submit an application for this role:

Please send your CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides of A4), outlining:

  • why you are suitable for the job, based on the Job Description and Person Specification
  • how your experience of living in a community will help you in this role

by Monday 25 October 2021 to

GFS Community Enterprise (the name of the charity that runs The Old Fire Station) is an equal opportunities employer. The communities we serve are very diverse and we aim for our staff team to reflect those communities. All applications will be considered solely on merit. As such, we redact details that may identify any protected characteristics on job applications.

We would be grateful if you are able to fill in and return our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (please download the form by clicking the button at the bottom of the page). This is optional, but will help greatly in building an accurate picture of applicants, which will inform future recruitment processes and help us consider how to reach communities we may not currently be attracting to our posts. The information contained in this form is for internal anonymised analysis only and will be separated from your application. No one involved in the shortlisting or interviewing process will see the form or the information it contains.

Closing Date: Mon 25th Oct, 2021

Job Description and Person SpecificationEquality & Diversity Monitoring Form

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