Food Facilitator (Cook and Eat)

Title: Food Facilitator (Cook and Eat)                 

Team: Housing & Support

Location: Sunderland

Support and supervision from: Support and Housing staff

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

What does Centrepoint do?

Centrepoint is the UKs leading charity for homeless young people. We have accommodation services in London, Manchester, Yorkshire, and the North East and support more than 10,000 homeless 16-25 year olds each year. Centrepoint realises that it takes more than just a bed to put an end to homelessness – so we work with each of our young people to ensure that they have access to education and training opportunities, become physically and mentally healthy and gain the essential life skills needed to escape homelessness for good.

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

As a Food Facilitator, you will be supporting our Support and Housing team in Sunderland deliver a brand new cook and eat 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:

  • Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with young people, other volunteers and staff
  • 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, e.g. fitness, physical activity, creative, ICT/gaming, cooking.
  • 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


  • Understanding of the issues – practical and emotional – facing young people
  • Good communication skills, written and oral – good telephone manner.
  • Able to use computers to produce posters, email, etc.
  • A commitment to demonstrating Centrepoint’s values.

Support for volunteers

Volunteers receive the following support throughout their volunteering:

  • 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, the next step is to complete our application form. Application forms can be found on Centrepoint’s website at and return to

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