The People’s Kitchen has transformed thousands of lives but this work would be impossible without the work of the charity’s volunteers. Our team of volunteers are like a large family, all working towards a common goal – to grow, collect, prepare and serve some 40,000 hot meals per year. We are in need of a number of specific roles at the moment, please take a look.
The sterling work of our Volunteers even received Royal recognition in 2014. The charity was bestowed the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector in the UK. This award is the equivalent to an MBE – that’s how spectacular our team is – and is the highest award given to a voluntary group. So could you help?
There’s a lot of hard work goes into The People’s Kitchen and our volunteers get involved in a lot of different areas of work. This is just a snapshot of what it takes to run The People’s Kitchen.
It all starts in the warehouse, where our volunteers receive goods, sort food, receive menus and load the cages to deliver to the Alison Centre.
It’s important for us to provide fresh and healthy meals and our team of allotment volunteers help us to grow fresh produce for the Kitchen.
Our drivers collect food from Greggs, churches and community donations, undertake bulk shopping and wash and maintain our vans.
Our team of cooks help prepare soup and meals for outreach and in-house teams.
It’s essential to keep the Kitchen and our dining area sparkling clean and our cleaners help us to do that.
Our team leaders oversee staff and rotas, food hygiene, food temperature checklists, health and safety, order equipment, liaise with the warehouse and outside agencies when necessary.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday crews deliver friendship and food from the Alison Centre.
Monday, Thursday and Sunday crews prepare food, clothing and go out and deliver friendship and food from the vans.
Our event volunteers bring Friends together for social activities including music nights, bowling, day trips, the Rambling Club, Zumba, cards & crafts evenings and Christmas celebrations.
There’s a full range of supporting roles in the Kitchen including our teams of Trustees, Recruitment, Fundraising, Treasury, Admin, PR/Media, IT, Website, Training,Transport, Speakers and Health & Safety.
Listeners, Your Future, Chaplaincy, Medical Centre staff all made up of volunteers offer support for Friends and provide vital information.
“Volunteering at The People’s Kitchen gives me an immense sense of pleasure and it is always a great feeling going to bed at night knowing that you have contributed, even in a very small way, to making the world a better place.”
“I pulled myself round. I asked if I could help as a volunteer and now, 10 years later I’m part of the furniture. I just come in to The People’s Kitchen to give back what they gave me.”