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Robin House Kitchen Volunteer

Kitchen volunteers are an essential part of the catering team. We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic people with an interest in cooking and pride in producing good quality meals for families.

The aim of this role is to work within a team to produce meals for children, families and visitors to the hospice. The hospices give families respite and a break from their day to day caring responsibilities. Having a fresh, home –cooked meal can make a big difference to a family’s stay, helping them to relax and enjoy a good meal without having to worry about the preparation and washing up!

What activities will I be involved in?

  • Food preparation (chopping vegetables, salad, fruit and grating cheese)
  • Making sandwiches and preparing tea and coffee for hospice events
  • Setting tables for meal times
  • Serving meals
  • Clearing the table after meals
  • Stacking and emptying the dishwasher

What skills and abilities will I need to have?

  • A willingness and ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • An ability to represent CHAS enthusiastically and appropriately
  • An ability to relate to people of all ages
  • Good communication skills

How much time should I offer?

You can volunteer on any day of the week, in the morning, afternoon or evening. Shifts range from 2.5 to 4.5 hours and can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. This can be discussed with the Head Cook.

Where is the opportunity based?

This opportunity is currently available in Robin House Hospice in Balloch.

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive?

It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is tailored to your role – your learning will include food hygiene, basic health and safety and fire safety. You can choose to learn as part of a group or complete the learning online. The learning won’t take up much time and will equip you with the skills you need to undertake your role safely and confidently.

We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers. All volunteers are assigned a supervisor – this person will be your point of contact and will meet with you on a regular basis to provide you with support and guidance.

What are the benefits to me?

  • Learning new skills whilst having fun
  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your cv
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun!

What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?

  • Children and families will receive a homely welcome and home-cooked food which will help them to relax and feel at home in the hospice.
  • Families supported by CHAS are often under a lot of strain so having meals cooked for them is a real treat and gives them a break from what can be a daily chore.

What else should I know?

This role requires membership of the PVG scheme (children only). There is a simple form to complete and we will assist you with this. You may already have a PVG form – if so you will only need to complete an update form. The process won’t cost you anything and having a criminal record will not automatically exclude you from volunteering. We will assess each applicant on an individual basis.

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

What's the next step?

If you’re interested in the role you can apply online.


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