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Amy Pratt - October Volunteer Star!

The October Volunteer Star award goes to Amy Pratt! Amy received nominations for her hard work as a Volunteer Dietetic Support Worker (VDSW) and also for being an excellent Rota Coordinator for the King's Cross delivery rota.

Amy also coordinates the rota for drivers, navigators and supervisors at the King’s Cross kitchen. Again she was nominated for always being very friendly and helpful to volunteers.

A BIG thank you from everyone at the Food Chain for all your support!

What Amy has to say:

Volunteering in the kitchen at the Food Chain was one of the things that inspired me to give up my job in advertising to retrain as a dietitian three years ago.  I’d decided I wanted to do something more “useful” with my career, and there’s no more practical way to support people with health problems than by empowering them to help themselves through food.

I now manage the rota of drivers, navigators and supervisors for the King’s Cross kitchen, making sure there’s enough people in the right place at the right time to get meals out to service users on Sundays.  I fit the job in around studying – I send emails whilst eating my porridge before lectures – and log back in again whilst I’ve got the dinner on in the evenings.  I get a real sense of satisfaction every week when I’m finally confident I’ve got enough people booked in to make everything run smoothly that Sunday!

This summer I also acted as a volunteer dietetic support worker, assisting Damon in the office.  I spent the days talking on the phone to service users, checking the diet plans created for them by the dietitians and ordering them a weekly hamper of groceries that they would enjoy and that would meet their nutritional needs.  Not only was this invaluable hands-on experience for me as a trainee dietitian, it was an absolute privilege to get to know service users and their families over the weeks, sharing cooking tips and finding the best grocery bargains to make sure their budget stretched as far as possible!