FoodCycle; Cooking Project Leaders Volunteers
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.
Felling Community Centre, Below Crowhall Towers