Volunteer Cook - Meal Makers

  • VO97478


We have have older people waiting to be matched in the following areas:
Aberdeen - AB12 3NU, AB24 1TG
Dumfries & Galloway - DG2 0QE, DG8 9EN, DG9 8AW, DG12 6BD
Dundee - DD2 1PJ, DD4 9EW, DD4 7QU
East Lothian - EH41 4NT
Edinburgh - EH9 2JY, EH12 8XX, EH12 6DA, EH30 9WN
Falkirk - FK2 0NW, FK3 0JL, FK3 8LF
Fife - KY5 8PD, KY7 6XQ
Glasgow - G14 9SR, G33 5QT
Highland - IV7 8AZ
North Lanarkshire - ML1 3HZ
Perth & Kinross - PH1 5RS, PH2 0TJ, PH2 6LU, PH11 8LP, KY13 8QZ
Renfrewshire - PA2 0JT, PA3 4PR, PA4 0PA, PA5 8AF, PA5 9TD, PA8 6DB
Scottish Borders - TD1 2BL, TD13 5XX
South Lanarkshire - ML9 1AL, G74 4DY

Food Train is an award winning charity providing services to older people who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. The Connects service offers a volunteer matching service for grocery shopping, telephone befriending and meal delivery.

Help to combat feelings of loneliness, isolation and malnutrition amongst older people (55+) by becoming a Volunteer Cook. You do not need to be a Jamie or Nigella to get involved – just the ability to prepare an extra portion of your meal once a week, to drop off with an older neighbour and have a light hearted blether with them. The role is fun, flexible and can be done at a time that suits you and your matched member!

The Role:
· Paired with an older person to prepare an extra portion of your home cooked meal and deliver it to them at their home.
· Have a wee chat, agree times and dates for the next meal and serve up/help put the meal away as required.
· To report back to Food Train Connects team and complete all required documentation after each visit.
· To report any matters of concern to Food Train staff
· To inform Food Train Staff of any accidents, incidents or complaints
· To maintain confidentiality
· To represent Food Train in a professional manner to customers and the wider community

Organisation aims and objectives

Enable older people to eat well, age well and live well by providing volunteer support. Food Train Connects aims to connect any older person wishing a little extra practical or social support with a local volunteer eager to help in their local community.










Frequency and commitment details

This is a once weekly role however, we are also seeking volunteers who are available less frequently, willing to act as stand-in for regular volunteers. You would be called upon to cover holidays, illness or unexpected change in circumstances.


Experience required: There are no formal educational requirements for this role however knowledge of the needs of older people acquired through life and family experiences, training received or practice based experience is desirable. Friendly, sociable and patient with a caring manner. Good telephone manner and willingness to use own phone and online device to complete online forms. Responsive, flexible and efficient. Good verbal communication skills are required as well
Travel details: Private transport or access to suitable public transport required for delivering meals to member's home. Although some members may be within walking distance, this is often not the case.
Minimum age: 16


Training details: Excellent support and training is provided to all volunteers. Induction training, role specific training and ongoing training plus support from a named member of staff.