CLOSING DATE: Ongoing LOCATION: Plumstead TYPE: volunteer

Are you interested in creating, preparing and cooking dishes? Do you want to help people in need? Come and support Emmaus Greenwich by helping us prepare tasty and healthy meals for people living in our home from homelessness and visitors to our outreach services.

Mealtimes are really important parts of the day for our community, when people supported by Emmaus homelessness charity (our companions), volunteers and staff come together to eat. With many people to feed across the south of the city, our kitchen is a very busy place, so we are looking for volunteers to work alongside our companions to help prepare meals for our community.

People who are street homeless, marginalised or struggling with food poverty can attend our Street Souls solidarity points.

Key responsibilities

● 🍽️Help create, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious and delicious meals
● 🍽️Prepare a range of food items including meat, fish, dairy, vegetables, pasta and rice
●🍽️ Help to organise and safely store food in the appropriate places
● 🍽️Support the kitchen team’s efforts to improve sustainability and reduce food waste
● 🍽️Follow the kitchen’s food hygiene procedures

Skills and experience needed

● ☺️Have great people skills and love being part of a team
● ☺️Are comfortable working with a wide range of people
● ☺️Have a passion for food, cooking and helping people in need
● ☺️Understand the importance of healthy eating
● ☺️Have good knowledge of food hygiene standards (this can be taught)
● ☺️Are highly motivated, enthusiastic and have a positive, can do attitude.

Time commitment:

⏰ We are looking for a volunteer who can commit one day a week for at least six months. We can be flexible in terms of what day this could be, but we are particularly keen to find people able to volunteer on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, which when our outreach solidarity point service operates.

Training, support and benefits:

● 💚Full induction when you start and ongoing support from a designated member of staff.
● 💚Where practical, opportunities to develop your skills and explore further training.
● 💚Reward of helping people overcome homelessness, poverty and social exclusion.


Please note: the role is subject to a satisfactory DBS check. You can apply online for this role here.