Cook & Eat Volunteer (Sunderland)

Team: Support & Housing

Location: Sunderland

Support and supervision from: Support and Housing / Activities team

Time Commitment: 3–6 hours per week depending upon the needs of young people and services.

Deadline for applications: 10 December 2021

As a Cook & Eat volunteer, you will be supporting our Support and Housing team in Sunderland deliver a brand new project with young families. As part of this role, you will be chopping, dicing, slicing and helping young families gain a key life skill in the process!

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Consult young people on the types of activities they are interested in
  • Encourage and motivate young people to engage and participate in activities
  • Deliver sessions to young people within supported accommodation
  • Support staff with delivery of Centrepoint organised activities

Volunteers should meet the following criteria:

  • Food Hygiene certificate or the willingness and ability to gain one
  • Cooking experience and confidence in the kitchen
  • Understanding of the importance of teamwork; commitment to being part of a team
  • Experience/confidence in activities that young people may be keen to engage in
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about the range of opportunities in the local area that young people can access
  • Willing to engage in a variety of activities
  • Experience working with young people or disadvantaged groups is preferable
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Resilience, patience and an ability to motivate young people to participate in new  activities
  • Ability to remain calm when involved with challenging individuals and situations


  • Chef/cooking qualifications
  • Understanding of the issues – practical and emotional – facing young people
  • Good communication skills, written and oral
  • A commitment to demonstrating Centrepoint’s values

Support for volunteers 

  • Structured induction and training
  • Ongoing support and supervision from the volunteering team
  • Ongoing support and supervision from your supervisor
  • Access to further training
  • Travel and other reasonable expenses reimbursed


If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete our application form. If you are having trouble completing the application form, or have any questions about the role, please contact

We assess all applications against the criteria listed above. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview. All successful candidates will be subject to references, a role appropriate DBS check, and required to attend a training session.

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