Hartlepool, County Durham
2 months ago
About the role
We have 3 different volunteer roles to choose from:
- Surplus Food Collection: collect surplus food from local shops and supermarkets and take it to the Project venue ready for cooking.
- Cooking: roll up your sleeves, sport a fetching hairnet and join the kitchen team to produce a three-course vegetarian meal using surplus food. You'll be peeling, chopping, frying, mixing, boiling, serving and washing up. But most of all, you'll have a lot of fun.
- Hosting: support the team in creating a warm, welcoming environment for our guests. You'll serve food, share a meal with our guest, encourage conversation and clean up after the meal.
You don't need to have any previous experience, you just need to get stuck in!
Week in, week out we nourish the hungry and lonely in our communities with delicious meals and great conversation, using food which would otherwise go to waste.
FoodCycle aims to:
- Connect communities
- Support mental health and wellbeing
- Nourish the hungry
- Promote sustainability
- Inspire change
Skills you'll learn
- Creativity: You'll get creative creating a menu from surplus food ingredients or making the venue look nice on a budget!
- Teamwork: You'll work as part of a team to collect food, prepare a delicious meal, or serve our guests.
- Cooking - You'll learn how to cater for large numbers of guests and how to make nutritionally balanced meals.
- Relationship building - You'll build lasting relationships with food suppliers/guests/volunteers.
What to expect from FoodCycle
- Ongoing support and advice from a FoodCycle Project Leader during every session.
- Expenses, including mileage, covered in line with our volunteer policy.
- Free online training modules, including first aid awareness and food allergens.
- The opportunity to take on additional tasks/responsibilities.
- Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
- The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
- A fun, creative volunteer experience within a community led project.
What's expected from me
- Have bags of enthusiasm!
- Follow all FoodCycle policies and procedures - including the volunteer agreement.
- Follow all training you receive when registering with us.
- Support FoodCycle to fulfil its mission of nourishing communities with food and conversation.
It is easy to volunteer with FoodCycle! We don't look for minimum commitments, but love it if you keep coming back! An average volunteer slot is 4 hours.
FoodCycle centre details
FoodCycle Hartlepool Owton Manor
Kilmarnock Road Children & Young people Family Resource Centre
44 Kilmarnock Road
Please go to https://volunteer.foodcycle.org.uk/volunteer-sign-up to register as a volunteer and sign up to a slot at your local Project.