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Volunteering Opportunities 2018

Volunteering Opportunities 2018

As always, we’ve got lots of events coming up over the next few months. If you’re an existing Food Chain volunteer and you'd like to get involved, email Anna on 


Retro Pop Quiz @ The Food Chain

Thursday 22nd March

What: Join us for our final fundraising event in the Acorn House kitchen and make this a quiz night to remember. Because 2018 is The Food Chain's 30th year, quiz master and Food Chain alumni Nigel Burch will be testing your knowledge of the last 30 (or so) years of pop music.

We need: The usual team of kitchen volunteers to whip up those vol-au-vents and pour the plonk! Shift time will be around 5pm to 10.30/11pm. Get in touch with Anna on if you'd like to help out. 


Spring Office Picnic @ The Food Chain 

Friday 20th April 

What: A team of volunteers from Viacom are coming to our kitchen for their "Viacommunity" corporate volunteering day. They'll be preparing a buffet lunch, which we will be offering as a lunchtime option to the general public in return for a donation to The Food Chain. 


We need: 4 Kitchen Assistants (9am – 3.30pm) to support the corporate volunteers in the kitchen, and 2 Hosts (10am – 3.30pm) to set up the room and welcome in members of the public. Get in touch with Anna on if you'd like to help out.  



Sunday 13th May 2018

St Paul's Church, Covent Garden 

What: Once again The Food Chain is selling yummy cakes and savoury snacks at the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival. The May Fayre starts with a colourful procession at 11 am and from 12noon there will be lots of kitsch activities including a maypole dance, Punch and Judy and Puppet Shows, folk music and dancing till 5.30pm.


We need: As many bakers as we can find! Savoury, sweet or an interesting mix of both, we need lots of tasty treats to sell on our stall. You can drop them off on the day at the church, or on the Friday/Saturday before at the kitchen. If you’d like to bake, email Anna on We'd love to hear from you.


Festivals Volunteering

Calling all pint-pullers and festival-lovers! As a festivals bar volunteer, you’d be working set shifts behind the bar at one of the UK's summer festivals. Organised by the Workers Beer Company, for every hour volunteers work pouring and serving drinks, money is donated to The Food Chain. When you're not on shift, you're free to enjoy the festival, and your transport and food (2 meals and 2 drinks per day) are provided. Have a look at the options below and if you're interested in hearing more, let me know! Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and I need to know by Monday 19th March 2018.

LCD Soundsystem at Malahide Castle, Ireland -  Tuesday 5th June

Kodaline at Malahide Castle, Ireland - Friday 8th June

Gorillaz at Malahide Castle, Ireland - Saturday 9th June

Liam Gallagher at Malahide Castle, Ireland - Friday 15th June

CHIC at Malahide Castle, Ireland - Saturday 16th June

Various gigs at Finsbury Park, London - 29th June-1st July

Lovebox/Citadel Festivals, London - 13th - 15th July

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Dorset - 20-22nd July

Electric Picnic, Ireland - 31st August-2nd September



What: Our good friends and long-time supporters at Admiral Duncan and Halfway to Heaven are already filling up their diaries with some fantastic fundraising events for us! These events are so important to keep up The Food Chain’s profile in the Soho LGBT+ community, as well as raising vital donations to enable us to keep feeding the fight against HIV. And let’s be honest, they are a lot of fun!

We need: 2 or 3 volunteers to help us fundraise by donning a chic Food Chain T shirt and shaking those buckets! If you can’t do a whole shift don’t worry, even an hour or two will be of great help. Email Anna on to sign up!