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Evening Meal Cook Volunteer


Turning Tides are a community led homelessness organisation that puts clients and local people at the heart of our mission to end homelessness.


Location(s): Recovery Project, 14-16 Selden Rd, Worthing, BN11 2LL


Time: From 4pm - 7pm Monday-Sunday


Project Background: 

The Recovery Project is a 28 bed residential service for single homeless adults with drug and/or alcohol addictions.  The service is registered with the Care Quality Commission and is staffed 24hrs a day. The project has 2 stages, Phase 1 has 22 single rooms with communal facilities including bathrooms and kitchen. Phase 2 has 6 more self contained units for clients further along their Recovery journey and preparing for move on.

A holistic approach is used, and residents will work in partnership with their key worker, the whole staff team, specialist interventions and local agencies on a personalised route out of addiction and homelessness. It is expected that clients are willing and motivated to make positive changes and to engage positively with the service.

The project is an abstinence based environment however will work positively with lapse. Individual risk assessments and support plans are negotiated and agreed. Residents at the project are regularly tested for substance and alcohol use in line with their individual support plans.


Role Purpose:

We are looking for a volunteer to cook a nutritious hot meal for the residents in Phase 1 of the project using the food resources available.  We aim to encourage residents to participate, joining the volunteer and helping to prepare the evening meal,  therefore building on their cooking skills.

This opportunity is available for an independent volunteer or for up to two volunteers per evening.


Main duties:

 The evening meal cook will work independently to make nutritious hot meals for the residents using the food resources available, and making sure that the kitchen is left in a clean and tidy state after they have finished.

Participation of residents in the planning, preparing and cleaning up after meals should also been encouraged.


Additional requirements to be adhered to at all times:


  • To be inclusive and welcoming.
  • To communicate with staff on duty.
  • To be flexible to the needs of the staff member on duty.
  • To abide by the Confidentiality, Professional Boundaries and Health and Safety Policies at all times.

Commitment: Flexible – one or more evenings per week or per month.

Support offered: As part of this role volunteers with be given access to Food Safety training.


Please note this role will require two character references.

Professional boundary and confidentiality training will be covered during the induction meeting.

For more information please contact our Volunteer Team on 01903 680743 or email volunteering@turning-tides.org.uk