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FoodCycle; Cooking Project Leaders Volunteers

Help needed.

FoodCycle combines surplus food, volunteers and free kitchen space to create nutritious, three-course meals for the community.

FoodCycle has four main aims:

  • To strengthen communities
  • To encourage friendships
  • To improve nutrition and reduce hunger
  • To change attitudes towards food and to reduce food waste 

Cooking Project Leader Volunteers take on the overall delivery of the meal.  These people are passionate, committed and want to make a positive change within their community, they take ownership of their project and make decisions on the ground.

As a Cooking Project Lead volunteer cook, 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 balance menu
  • Communicating with other leaders 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.

Skills you will learn from becoming a Cooking Project Leader Volunteer:

  • Teamwork: you’ll work as part of a team to prepare a delicious meal and serve it to our guests
  • Leadership and delegation: we will train you up to lead cooking sessions and induct new members
  • Cooking: you will 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 meals
  • Relationship building: you’ll be building lasting relationships with your guests and volunteers

 What to expect from FoodCycle:

  • Ongoing regular visits, support and advice
  • A training package to equip you for your role
  • Expenses covered in line with our volunteer policy
  • Training throughout the year including safeguard and first aid
  • Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference when you need it.
  • Accredited level 2 food safety qualification provided by FoodCycle
  • The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people
  • A fun creative volunteer experience with ownership of a community led project

  What is expected of me:

  • Attend a monthly Project Leader meeting to discuss as a team how things are going
  • Lead a minimum of one session per month
  • Follow all FoodCycle Policies and procedures
  • Complete a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check and attend Safeguard training
  • You will need to shadow another volunteer leader before you are able to lead your own session.


Contact Person

Kate Marshall

Venue Address

Felling Community Centre, Below Crowhall Towers
Crowhall Lane
NE10 0NF
United Kingdom