Becoming a Volunteer

We rely on hundreds of volunteers to help deliver our services. Becoming a volunteer with The Food Chain is really simple:

  1. Check the Current Volunteer Vacancies page to find a role that you are interested in.

  2. Apply for the role by filling out our online application form.

  3. Once we have received two satisfactory references we will invite you to the next Volunteer Induction.


The Food Chain Volunteer Induction is a chance for you to find out more about The Food Chain and the role for which you applied, meet other volunteers and ask any questions. Induction will also cover some basic HIV awareness training – designed to be fun and informative.At Induction you can sign up for your first shift and away you go!

''I wasn't looking forward to the Induction last night as most of these types of session are, to use a technical term, a load of rubbish! But it was informative and engaging. Well done.''  Induction attendee in 2012.


The training you get will depend on the volunteer role you want to do. We provide Level Food Hygiene and Safety training, as well as Level 2 Health and Safety training to all our Lead Cooks and Supervisors.


Whatever role you do you will always be fully supported, either by a fellow volunteer or a member of staff. Fran, our Training and Volunteer Coordinator, is always on hand to help and deal with any questions or concerns.


There are opportunities to progress in volunteering roles with The Food Chain. You can start off as a Kitchen Assistant and then undertake training to become a Supervisor, Lead Cook or Rota Coordinator. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in committee or even become a trustee.


Our FAQs page has some questions frequently asked by volunteers which you may find helpful.