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Becoming a Volunteer

Our volunteers are invaluable to us as they help to deliver our services. The process for becoming a volunteer with The Food Chain is as follows:

  • Check our Current Volunteer Vacancies page to find a role you are interested in.
  • Email The Food Chain's Volunteer Manager, Anna, on to apply.
  • You'll need to supply the names and email addresses of two people who can provide a reference for you. They can be friends but not family members.
  • Once we have received two satisfactory references you'll be invired to our next Volunteer Induction evening. Please note that there is currently a hold on volunteer recruitment - we hope to reopen the process towards the end of 2019.
  • After Induction, you'll need to attend two training sessions: Kitchen Skills and Health and Safety and Service User Support Training.

Once all of this is complete, you're ready to start volunteering! Read about what it's like to volunteer at The Food Chain here


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.

''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.''  

"There was a comprehensive overview of the charity and the various volunteer roles and the supporting Volunteer Handbook is really useful."


All volunteers need to attend a session of Kitchen Skills and Health and Safety training and Service User Support training. Ideally, you'll attend both sessions the week following your Induction.

Other roles may require in-office training e.g. Dietitic Support Volunteer

"The kitchen tour made me feel less nervous about my first shift. Now I know where everything is!" 

"The training was well presented, the pace was excellent and it was informative and well structured with a mix of group work and activites." 


Whatever role you do you will be supervised either by a member of staff or another volunteer.. Anna, our Volunteer & Services Manager, is always on hand to help and deal with any questions or concerns. Eating Together and Eating Positively Volunteers also have their Rota Coordinator to refer to as well.


There are opportunities to progress in volunteering roles. For example, you could start off as a Kitchen Assistant and then undertake training to become a Lead Cook. You are not limited to one role and many of our volunteers volunteer in more than one role e.g. some of our Dietetic Support volunteers also volunteer as Kitchen Assistants. There are opportunities to get involved with our Finance or Events committees as vacancies arise


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