While nobody is paid for their work, The People’s Kitchen’s volunteer force spans all the business functions required to run an organisation: operations, management and communications to name but a few. It’s a diverse team with a range of backgrounds and skills. Read about a number of our volunteers, each with differing roles, with other interests and achievements that may surprise you!
– What do you do at The People’s Kitchen?
– What inspired you to volunteer?
– Tell us an interesting fact about you.
Jen and Nat, Monday Night Outreach Team Leader
Jen and Nat: We run a team of 20 volunteers to cook meals to take into Newcastle to serve to Friends.
Jen: I was inspired to volunteer on seeing so many rough sleepers in Newcastle, and I knew my time would be more valuable to them in the longer run than my money. I wanted to do something that would not only give them a hot meal but also a chance for me to get to know them and talk to them.
Nat: I had been interested in volunteering for some time and when I researched The People’s Kitchen, I understood what an amazing organisation it was and wanted to be involved.
Jen: I have a small side business as a professional cake maker.
Nat: I am a lifelong Liverpool football fan…for my sins.
Tom, Admin and Talks Team Volunteer
I am on the admin team. Our work is varied but, perhaps, the most rewarding aspect of the job is finding out where donations come from. I also speak in front of a range of groups on behalf of the Kitchen – primary schools, colleges, scout and girls guide groups, Mothers’ Unions, W.I.s, U3A’s, etc. – with a view to inspiring others.
I brought harvest gifts from my school in Chester-le-Street to The People’s Kitchen and realised what wonderful work the charity was doing. I knew then that I would volunteer! I began volunteering after retiring from teaching nearly 13 years ago.
I carried the Olympic torch in 2012 at Seaburn. It could have been at the Stadium of Light, which would have been a disaster for a Newcastle supporter!
Christine, Events and Communications Team Volunteer
I am on the events team. We organise, host and serve meals at social events including cinema nights, karaoke and bingo. I have also recently joined the communications team. My role is to help improve communications with Friends.
I had been interested in volunteering for some time so when I was given the opportunity to join the events team I did not hesitate. I find it very rewarding to see first-hand what a difference my time there makes to our Friends.
In October 2018 I became European Duathlon Champion in my age group. The race took part in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza. I have been racing and training since the age of 22 so to win a gold medal after all those years of hard work was truly amazing.
Do you have a specialist skill that you could contribute? Perhaps you work in marketing and could help with our social media or fundraising. If you are pretty handy, could you be called upon for building maintenance? Check out the range of volunteer roles on our website: https://www.peopleskitchen.co.uk/volunteer/
We always welcome speculative enquiries and advertise for specific roles on the website as and when needed.