Evening Meal Cook

A bit about the role:

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

What goes on here?

Roffey Place will be a short-term accommodation service, where the needs of each individual are assessed and supported. In due course individuals will be supported to transition from Roffey Place to suitable longer-term accommodation that also meets their needs at that time. The service will be for local homeless people who have suffered multiple and often prolonged disadvantages throughout their life.

As such residents will typically remain in the service for between 6 and 9 months during which time, they will be supported to develop the skills and networks to be able to live independently in the community.

The service will adopt a multi-agency approach, with ample space and facilities to support this, including provision for organisations to work directly with clients and connect with one another onsite. A clinical room, counselling rooms, digital inclusions facilities and training rooms will support the delivery of therapeutic services, medical interventions and skills development. We also have a large kitchen for catering and training. This holistic approach to well-being empowers clients to develop skills and independence.

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.

Menu planning will be done in partnership with residents, as a volunteer you will also be able to feed into this. Due to the number of residents that will need to be catered for this volunteering role will be alongside at least one other person. You can volunteer alongside a partner or friend or set up a group of like-minded people, provided they are also registered as a volunteer with Turning Tides or it is a great way to make new friends!

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).

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.


Commitment and Timeframe

Evenings from 5.30-8.00 pm

Sign Up Process

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

More Information

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.

If you have any further queries please contact the Gabriella on: 07749491285or volunteering@turning-tides.org.uk

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Evening Meal Cook


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Roffey Place
Old Crawley Road
RH12 4RU

Days / Hours:

5.30-8.00 pm (service opens mid December)

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