Meal Makers - Cook

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Description

Meal Makers is part of the award-winning Scottish charity, Food Train. Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home by helping to reduce food poverty and malnutrition, improve diets and combat social isolation by breaking down the barriers that lead to loneliness. We are also hoping that the project will help to strengthen connections within communities and provide a flexible way for people to volunteer their time and skills locally in a way which suits them.

Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people with a love for cooking who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food with an older neighbour (or “diner”) who might be unable or lack the motivation to prepare a meal for themselves. Meals can be shared once a week, once a fortnight or every now and then, at times to suit. It is designed to be a flexible volunteering opportunity based on an everyday activity.

We do our best to match our volunteers with a like-minded neighbour (similar hobbies, interests and dietary requirements) so that both the cook and diner get the most from their Meal Makers experience; we do find that the volunteers benefit from participating just as much as the older person who receives the meal.

Once paired with a diner, cooks then arrange meals directly with them at a time that is convenient for both. The Meal Makers team will be in constant communication with the cooks and diners to ensure that both parties are enjoying the experience. We have regular check-in calls and are always on hand to provide support when necessary.

There are no formal qualifications or experience required for this position but we would hope that our cooks have, at the very least, basic home-cooking skills. We hope our volunteers will be friendly and willing to help others.

Volunteers must be aged 16 or over and anyone under the age of 18 will have to have parental consent and supervision. This position is also subject to a successful PVG check.

Organisation aims and objectives

Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries. Teams of dedicated local volunteers across the regions also go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through our library service and providing much needed friendly social contact and meals through our Meal Makers and befriending services. Our Growth Following 15 years of successfully supporting older people throughout Dumfries and Galloway, in 2010, Food Train embarked on our ambitious project to make our services available to older people in other parts of Scotland. With support from the Scottish Government, Community Food and Health Scotland and the relevant health and social care partnerships, we are delighted that Food Train services are now available in many more areas. Our Vision In order to fulfil our vision for all older people in Scotland, we endeavour, in partnership with our public and independent sector partners, to continue growing and expanding our services and support for older people to enable them to eat well, live well and age well at home.

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Restrictions

Volunteers must be aged 16 or over and anyone under the age of 18 will have to have parental consent and supervision. This position is also subject to a successful PVG check.
Experience required: There are no formal qualifications or experience required for this position but we would hope that our cooks have, at the very least, basic home-cooking skills. We hope our volunteers will be friendly and willing to help others.
Minimum age: 16

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