Wonderbox Vacancy – Community Development Worker

Community Development Worker (Wonderbox) – 12 month post

Have you ever cooked something in a bean bag? Well, the Wonderbox is a heat retention bag (in the shape of a box) made from cotton material and duvet stuffing/polystyrene balls in which food can be fully cooked at little cost. Basically, a bean bag cooker. Heat retention cooking works by bringing food to the boil in an ordinary pot and then placing the pot into the Wonderbox. This keeps the heat and allows the food to cook over a period of time (like an unpowered slow cooker).

With the rapid rise in cost of living we want to help people make Wonderboxes so they can use them for cooking and reduce some of the fuel costs.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual who can work with different groups to help them make Wonderboxes for their own use at home.

We will run 8 Wonderbox sessions (4-5 weeks each session) across 6 areas, helping 40-80 people to make their own Wonderbox. Alongside this we will run one pot cooking sessions so people can share recipes that can be cooked in the Wonderbox. We will also research and produce information about money saving ideas, to be shared with people, projects and over social media.

Hours of work: 17.5 hours per week.

The salary is £12,906 (F.T.E £25,812).

Normal working hours for this part-time post:  Actual hours will be spread over no more than 5 out of 7 days, generally within Monday-Friday, working days will be agreed with the Director. There may be some evening and weekend work, so flexibility is required.

Location: Our office is in Kirkton Community Centre however the Wonderbox Worker will travel all over Dundee to deliver Wonderbox sessions. Ability to drive and access to a car is required to transport sewing machines and materials between locations.

Probationary period: 3 months probationary period.

Experience required: We are looking for someone who has experience of supporting community groups in a community development context and skills in hand and machine sewing and basic machine maintenance, as well as an understanding of the disproportionate impact of the rising cost of living on people living on low incomes.

Further information:

The application pack, with further information about this post, is available to download at:



Please email completed applications to [email protected]

Closing Date: Midday Monday 8th August 2022

Interviews will be held on Friday 19th August 2022



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