How many meals do you serve at the Centre?

Every day is different at the Freedom Centre and we can serve anything between 35 and 60 meals, but we’d say our average is around 45 meals per day.

How often do I volunteer?

We request that volunteers are available to do one shift / day a week – usually on an agreed, regular day, which is decided mutually between you and the kitchen manager.

How many hours are kitchen volunteer shifts?

Volunteers are usually in the kitchen between 5 to 5½ hours each day. The kitchen shift starts at 10.30am or 11am (depending on the day) and finishes at around 3.30pm / 3.45pm once the kitchen has been cleared down.

Do I need a food hygiene certificate?

No, you will receive basic food hygiene training (not certificated) as part of the induction process, however, we would stress that good personal hygiene is essential when volunteering or working in any kitchen.

What will I be doing?

There are a variety of jobs that need to be completed during the day but within the team, you will most likely help with: preparing the meal; serving the meal; making teas and coffees; clearing up and packing away. Full training and ongoing support will be given.

What will I be making?

The kitchen manager prepares the menu each week so every day is different. The three-course meal is freshly prepared and cooked every day which includes vegetable soup, a main course and dessert. You could be helping with anything from washing the dishes (we have a dishwasher!) to chopping vegetables, baking or making teas and coffees and is likely to involve a variety of tasks throughout the day.

What skills/experience do I need?

You do not need any specific kitchen skills or experience as training will be given however a desire to learn and an ability to work within a team and to follow instructions is advantageous.

Who will I be working with?

There is a small volunteer kitchen team of 3 or 4 people every day who prepare and cook a fresh meal alongside (and with the guidance of) the kitchen manager.