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Community Cooking Club Volunteer

Share your passion for cooking by leading a group of food enthusiasts in creating delicious homemade meals. Whether it’s hearty Shepherd’s Pie, traditional and soothing dhal or freshly made sushi, food works to bring us all together around a shared love. The aim of this club is to inspire and build confidence in cooking and convey the importance of healthy eating and nutrition, all of which can occur on a budget. You’re given the freedom to take the class in a direction that suits you, both helping you build up your skillset and contribute to community cohesion.



TBC (Monday morning 10am – 1am)


Bow Community Hub

Useful Contacts

Sadia Yasmin
Volunteering Officer
0777 941 6360

Description of tasks

  • Use resources to write easy to follow recipes and ingredient lists
  • Demonstrate how to follow the recipe to create the final dish
  • Ensure that all equipment is safe and in working order
  • Be aware of the skill level of service users and provide extra support to those that require it
  • Follow best practice in food hygiene and share this knowledge to the learners (training can be provided)
  • Lead the group to clean up, leaving the kitchen in the same clean state you found it
  • Plan sessions in advance so we can advertise what recipes will be cooked to encourage participation
  • Collect money from the group to purchase ingredients
  • Saving and making a record of any leftover money for the next session
  • Adhere to Poplar HARCA Health & Safety procedures set out by Bow Community Hub






  • A confident and charismatic individual who enjoys working with others
  • Able to bring people together and create friendships
  • Passionate about cooking, health and nutrition
  • Able to use digital/physical resources to access recipes and plan lessons in advance in case Plan A fails
  • Aware of basic hygiene practises around food
  • Commit 3 months minimum to delivering the class

What we can offer:

  • A full induction, followed by the right training and ongoing support
  • The opportunity to gain experience within childcare
  • A named supervisor who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • Priority for any further training we have on offer
  • ‘Out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipt
  • An honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • A supportive space to be in and a safe, artistic environment without discrimination
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Access to other volunteering opportunities

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