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Volunteer: Raking and Baking assistant

Updated: Jun 27

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Closing date end of July

St Werburghs Community Centre are currently looking for a reliable Volunteer to support the Raking and Baking project coordinator on Thursdays at our Centre.

We have 2 courses we need volunteers for:

7 week course, every Thursday from 10am – 3pm, September 9th – October 21st

7 week course, every Thursday from 10am- 3pm, November 4th – December 16th

We are looking for someone who is willing to commit to the whole seven-week course.

Raking and Baking focuses around inspiring and connecting people to nature and each other. We give participants the tools to grow their own fresh food in small spaces and learning to cook fresh, organic, seasonal food from scratch. The course is offered free, with a small, optional donation towards ingredients. It uses the catering kitchen and perimeter gardens at the Community Centre. The course will be running in-line with government guidelines for Covid-19 safety standards.

Tasks will include:

Arrive before the start of group to set up at about 9.30am. Finish at about 3 (but can be flexible) after helping to clear up, leaving the kitchen, garden and shed as it was found.

Create a welcoming environment for participants, a lot of whom might have learning differences/ additional needs or who have been very isolated during covid times.

Actively involve participants in the cooking and gardening tasks, assessing who might need additional support and those who will need less. This might involve doing demos.

Carry out gardening and cooking activities as per session plan.

Involvement in the planning and evaluation. This will involve taking photos of the sessions and feeding back participants ideas to the coordinator.

Support participants to access a wider range of groups and services available at the Centre and locally.

Ensure Covid-19 safety guidelines are adhered to by participants.

Keep facilities clean and tidy, encourage participants to help pack up.

Knowledge and Skills ESSENTIAL

Great communication and interpersonal skills

Showing empathy


An enthusiasm to support participants

Ability to work unsupervised

Reliable and willing to help and get stuck in

We are looking for someone who is willing to commit to the whole six-week course


Gardening and cooking experience

Previous community development, teaching, or Support experience, or similar

Previous project support experience

We need somebody who enjoys working in a busy environment, can organise and prioritise their own workload, and is proactive.

Closing date end of July. To apply please complete the volunteer application form and e-mail Misty or call us on 0117 955 1351 if you need support to apply for these roles