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Meet & Eat Group - Volunteer Co-Facilitator

Location –

Turning Tides’s Littlehampton Community Hub, Littlehampton United Church, 1 High Street, Littlehampton.

Time –

10.30am –1.30 pm (Group runs 11am – 1pm)

Project Background –

Turning Tides work in the Littlehampton area to support people who are homeless or insecurely housed.

The service operates from the Littlehampton Untied Church. From here we provide support and advice around; housing, tenancy sustainment, finances –(budgeting/ benefits/ appeals), emotion and mental health/ wellbeing, volunteering or looking for work, CV writings, substance and alcohol misuse support, correspondences, LAN applications, good parcels and food bank vouchers. We can also signpost people to other series which could be of benefit. The team consists of specialists roles including; Dual Diagnosis Worker, Accommodation Support Worker and Early Intervention and Assessment Worker.

Group & Role Background -

The Meet and Eat Group meets on a Wednesday. This group aims to provide an opportunity for our clients to meet, prepare food, eat together and take something back to eat later.  The volunteer will be there help set up table and chairs for the group and prepare the kitchen,  helping clients with the preparation of food including following recipes, measuring out, cooking the food, getting the food served up with clients, eating together and chatting about what the group have made before helping with the clearing up.

Some clients may need one to one support at points during the group.  The volunteer will need to be someone who understands that this is a fully co-produced* programme which has been initiated, named, and planned for by clients and that the group itself will be encouraged to participate fully in every part of the process including creating the menu.

A volunteer with an interest in cooking is great but not necessary, but a willingness to allow  clients to engage as fully as possible and  is really key.


Additional requirements to be adhered to at all times –

  • To communicate with staff on duty.
  • To be flexible to the needs of the staff member on duty if these dictate that the duties of the Volunteer change slightly during the shift.
  • To abide by the Confidentiality and Professional Boundaries Policies at all times.
  • To maintain at all times the Ethos of Turning Tides, offering equal access to services regardless of gender, race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin, educational status or disability.

Commitment –

For continuity, we prefer that volunteers commit to the 6 week pilot period for this session, however we aim to be flexible.

Support offered –

As a co-facilitator you will be supported throughout the session by our Community Inclusion Worker.

Turning Tides offers a range of offers for our volunteers including travel expenses and access to training and events within our organisation.

Requirements –

Please note this role will require two character references.

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