ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

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Food Point volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers to help us run our social supermarket The Food Point, a creative initiative designed to reduce hunger among Centrepoint young people.

This is a fun and interactive opportunity to work with a passionate team and help young people access good quality food, health support and encourage them to try cooking. You will also get the chance to spend time with young people in an informal and friendly environment where we can all relax and enjoy a meal together. 

Time commitment: We would like you to commit to volunteering at least once a month over six months. Current hours are Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Thursdays 2pm-5pm or Thursdays 5.30-8pm.  

Location: Current branch operates in Camberwell on a Thursday evening. The next branch to open will be in Haringey, weekday TBC. 

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

The dietetics team at Centrepoint offers one-to-one support for young people in need of dietetic support, group sessions and training for staff and students, as well as supervising research and orchestrating organizational change to support young people to have healthier diets and improve their access to food. As part of this support we run a ‘social supermarket’ called The Food Point at the Camberwell service. We partnered with Fareshare and City Harvest to set up a pop-up shop once a week in the service, selling redistributed surplus and donated food to young people at a very low price in order to help them learn to budget, reduce food insecurity and encourage cooking skills.  

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Assisting setting up and facilitating the waiting room – think music, games, food, chatting
  2. Encouraging young people to try new foods and providing them with recipes
  3. Opportunity to prepare food from ingredients available in shop for young people to try
  4. Opportunity to help share cooking knowledge with young people
  5. Help with administration and data collection
  6. Engaging with young people

Volunteers should meet the following criteria: 

Essential 

  • Interest in working with young people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity
  • Ability to engage, motivate and inspire young people
  • Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with young people, other volunteers and staff
  • Ability to remain calm when involved with challenging individuals and situations
  • Understanding of the issues – practical and emotional – facing young people
  • Understanding of the importance of teamwork and a strong commitment to being part of a team
  • Be reliable and have a positive outlook
  • A commitment to demonstrating Centrepoint’s values; humility, focused, entrepreneurial, integrity, energy and accountable 

Desirable

  • Cooking skills and an interest in health and nutrition
  • Food Safety Level 1 and 2 (this training can be provided by Centrepoint)
  • Experience in working with young people

Interested?

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please complete the application form 

All applications are assessed against the criteria listed above. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview and all successful candidates will be subject to a reference and a DBS check and required to attend a training session.

For more information please email volunteer@centrepoint.org

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