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Volunteer Cooking Project Leader - West Midlands

Volunteer Cooking Project Leader - West Midlands

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    West Midlands

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    9 months ago

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About the role

As a volunteer Cooking Leader, you'll lead on inducting volunteers into the kitchen, facilitating the team, creating recipe ideas and leading on the preparation and cooking of the meal.

You will be responsible for:

  • Running cooking sessions, leading a team of volunteers to create a three-course meal in a limited timeframe
  • Ensuring the team are following the food safety procedures set out in our kitchen handbook
  • Inducting new volunteers into the kitchen
  • Encouraging the whole kitchen team to input into planning a tasty, healthy and nutritionally balanced menu
  • Communicating with other leaders and the surplus food co-ordinator to ensure the store of dry/tinned goods is kept well stocked
  • Completing the weekly checklist in the kitchen handbook and reporting on the session on My FoodCycle
  • Reporting any accidents and incidents
  • Together with the hosting leader, recognising, responding to and reporting any safeguarding issues or concerns

You don't need to have any previous cooking experience, you just need to love food and motivating people!

About FoodCycle

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

A FoodCycle project is where the magic happens. Each Project is run on the ground by a team of 8 or more lead volunteers called Project Leaders, with each leader taking on a specific role to ensure the smooth running of their FoodCycle Project. These people are passionate, committed and want to make a positive change within their community. They take ownership and make decisions about the day-to-day running of their Project.

Skills you'll learn

  • Teamwork: you'll work as part of a team to prepare a delicious meal and serve it to our guests.
  • Leadership and delegation: we'll train you up to lead cooking sessions and induct new volunteers.
  • Cooking: you'll learn how to cater for large numbers of guests and how to make nutritionally balanced meals.
  • Problem solving: you won't always know what your ingredients will be so you will need to get creative to produce delicious 3 course meals
  • Relationship building: you'll be building lasting relationships with your guests and volunteers, ensuring they come back each week.

What to expect from FoodCycle

  • Ongoing, regular visits, support and advice from your Regional Manager.
  • A training conference to equip you for your role. Travel, accommodation, and food cost covered by FoodCycle.
  • Expenses covered in line with our volunteer policy.
  • Training throughout the year from FoodCycle, including safeguarding and first aid.
  • Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
  • Accredited level two food safety qualification provided by FoodCycle.
  • The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
  • A fun, creative volunteer experience with ownership over a community led project.

What's expected from me

We ask that Project Leaders stay with us for a minimum of 6 months, to enable them to get the most out of the role. As Cooking Leader, you will be expected to:

  • Attend regular Project Leader meetings to discuss as a team how things are going.
  • Lead a minimum of one session per month
  • Follow all FoodCycle policies and procedures
  • Complete an enhanced DBS check (required for all roles involving 'regulated activity') 
  • Complete Level 2 Food Safety, Food Allergens and Safeguarding training
  • Complete the session project report on our website after leading a session

Time commitment

The suggested minimum time commitment to your role is 8 hours a month.

Project details

We are currently recruiting for the Projects listed below.

  • FoodCycle Birmingham Aston (B6 6NS), Sunday afternoons
  • FoodCycle Falcon Lodge, (B75 7LB), Monday afternoons
  • FoodCycle Birmingham Kingstanding (B44 9SH), Saturday mornings/afternoons
  • FoodCycle Longbridge (B45 9TY), Monday evenings
  • FoodCycle Birmingham West Heath (B31 3QY), Sunday mornings/afternoons)
  • FoodCycle Walsall Green Lane (WS2 8NX), Wednesday evenings
  • FoodCycle Birmingham Weoley Castle (B29 5PL), Tuesdays

To apply

Please go to to fill out our online application form.