The Young Carers Cook & Eat Programme runs alongside our weekly young carers clubs, and provides
an opportunity for a small group of up to four young carers to attend a 1-1.5-hour cooking session
before club, during which they help prepare food for their whole group of around 20-25 young carers.
The sessions help the young carers to learn and develop basic cooking skills with easy-to-follow recipes,
whilst also socialising with other young carers of similar age. The focus is on having fun as well as
helping increase the young carer's knowledge of food and nutrition, food hygiene and safe working
practices. At the end of the cooking session, the young carers get to serve up and eat the food they
have prepared together with their peers attending club. Any leftovers are initially offered to those
young carers who prepared the meal, and then to the whole group.
We are looking for volunteers to help deliver our Young Carers Cook & Eat Programme to our Junior Young Carers Group, which meets during term time on Tuesday from 5.30-7.30pm for School Years 3- 5 one week and School Year 6 the alternate week. Their cooking session will start at 4.30pm. This could be a weekly or fortnightly commitment.
- Arriving approx. 30 minutes before the start of the cooking session to set up, including gathering and organising the ingredients and equipment needed to make the dish,
- Leading a 1-hour cooking session with a group of four young carers aged 7-11 years, assisted by a Volunteer Club Helper aged 16-18 years, including explaining to the children what they will be cooking, then working with them to prepare the recipe,
- Staying on approx. 30 minutes after the food is served to clear away, including washing up and
loading the dishwasher.
- Able to work as part of a team,
- Patience and calmness,
- Use own initiative.
- Enhanced DBS check (applied and paid for by HVA) and two references required,
- Able to get there with own transport or by public transport,
- Free parking available at venue,
- Mileage expenses (and parking charges if travelling to other venues) are reimbursed at 45p per mile,
- Volunteers need to be 18+ years,
- Food safety and hygiene qualification desirable but not essential. We can support to access such training,
- As a volunteer at Hart and Rushmoor Young Carers you will be asked to sign a Volunteer Agreement and familiarise yourself with relevant policies
- Please note that due to the nature of this role it is not suitable for volunteers with learning
difficulties or mental health concerns.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
Enhanced DBS (organised and paid for by HVA)
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Free parking available at venues. Mileage expenses (and parking charges if travelling to other venues) are reimbursed at 45p per mile.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
Food safety and hygiene qualification desirable but not essential. We can support to access such training,
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Approximately 4pm-6pm (including setting up and clearing up), either weekly or fortnightly.
Mayfield Community Centre