Evening Meal Cook – Byron

What goes on at Byron?

This 15-bed project provides high support accommodation for people with complex and enduring needs. In March 2016 we opened the annex, 6 self-contained units added to the rear of the building with an interconnecting door. This allows us to not only match approach but also the environment itself to the needs of clients.

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 homelessness. It is expected that clients are willing to make healthy life changes and to engage positively with the service.

The service adopts the harm minimisation approach in regards to alcohol and substances and aspires to be a psychologically informed environment. Individual risk assessments and support plans are negotiated and agreed. Residents at the project can be regularly tested for substance and alcohol use in line with their individual support plans.

Having explored key areas such as physical and mental health, budgeting, meaningful use of time and aspirations, the path forward becomes clearer, enabling a tailored and planned move onto the next stage.

A bit about the role

To cook a nutritious hot meal for the residents using the food resources available.

What will I be doing?

The evening meal cook works independently to make nutritious hot meals for the residents using the food resources available, and making sure that they kitchen is left in a clean and tidy state after they have finished. Sometimes volunteers may wish to cook the meal with a partner or friends. This is fine, so long as they also register as a volunteer with Turning Tides. As part of this role volunteers with be given access to Food Safety training.

There is also the option of the volunteer cook choosing something they’d like to cook and to this end any purchase of ingredients will be refunded on the night upon production of receipts with the aim to be within a £20 budget. This allows you, the cook, to select the ingredients yourself rather than being at the mercy of the unknown! A weekly on line shop is done at Byron Rd and so ingredients can be purchased in advance – key to this will be communication with a nominated single point of contact within the staff team so products can be ordered in advance of your attendance on a given evening.

Turning Tides’ hope and expectation that as a volunteer you will:

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

What Training will I receive?

Turning Tides offers volunteers training so your time volunteering is the best it can be, is as safe as possible, and of course adds value to your experience and to Turning Tides.

Every volunteer regardless of role will have their initial induction.  During this induction you be taken through a PowerPoint presentation and be issued with ‘Not Just a Volunteer’ handbook. The induction will cover Professional Boundaries, Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity and be a chance for you to ask any questions.

This role requires the following additional training and we ask that you can commit to this. (The training is in a variety of formats depending on the subject – a video to watch, a document to read or an online course).

Training Format Time commitment
Allergens Online-FSA 15 mins
H&S site specific induction Byron Road 10 mins
Internal document re food handling Online Volunteer Hub 5 mins

Additional Information:

The health and safety of our volunteers and supporters are always our top priority. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we will ensure any volunteering you carry out is within current Government guidelines. We will support you in this so guidelines are met.

We need to ensure you are eligible to volunteer in the UK.  To do this we will ask to see documentation that proves your right to volunteer in the UK at your induction.  If you are unable to provide this documentation you will be unable to volunteer. If you have the right to work in the UK on a permanent basis you are also normally allowed to volunteer. If in doubt, please contact the Home Office.

All of Turning Tides’ roles require two character references. These references do not need to be employment references, however, we cannot accept references from family members.

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Evening Meal Cook – Byron


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5 Byron Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3HN

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Monday - Sunday, 5pm to 8pm

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