The Carrick Centre


Current opportunities

Your role as the Food Pantry Customer Assistant is to help customers who come into the Food Pantry, offering information and assistance as they are enquiring, browsing or purchasing food. The Pantry is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by reducing their food shopping bills and providing advice and support. Local Pantries mean people can bring down their food shopping bills, and access good food, whilst freeing up more money for other essentials and enabling tight budgets to stretch a little further. A Pantry offers dignity, choice, community and food quality. Your role will be to assist new and current members learn about the Pantry and do their shopping. We will give you full training on how it works, equipment used, systems to follow etc. You will always be volunteering as part of a team of volunteers with a staff team leader present. The role of the Food Pantry Customer Assistant will be as follows: • Assist customers to the Pantry, engaging in conversation • Offer information on how the Pantry works • Operate till with cash / card handling • Restock and rotate shelves and fridges as required • Clean and sanitise according to guidance Young people following the Saltire Awards or the Duke of Edinburgh award can apply. The Carrick Centre supports all volunteers and has a no barrier approach to volunteering. All capabilities welcome, the only requirement would be the willingness to participate and support the community.

If you are training in childcare or youth work, we might have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. At the Carrick Centre we welcome children from P1 up to P7 for different groups and activities. Every Sunday evening (6pm to 9pm) we organise an activities programme for kids from P4 to P7 (6 - 9 years). We include a variety of options, which can be sports, casts, cooking and all which can be fun for the children. We also have a holiday activity programme running on Tuesdays during the school holiday period. Activities are also constantly being held during the shorter school holidays. There is always a role to fulfill or a task that needs to be done at the Carrick Centre, and your help and support would be greatly appreciated.

The Carrick Centre Cafe is now open open Monday to Saturday 9am to 3pm, offering a wide range of tasty snacks and savoury dishes as well as freshly ground coffee. Besides giving a great service to the local community, we also support several staff and trainees who have additional support needs all of whom provide a valuable service in our training café. We are constantly looking for cafe volunteers to keep up this service going. Can you help? Volunteers can choose their shift patterns as required and do not have to cover all hours. Whether you volunteer to get your volunteering hours for the DoE or Saltire Awards, whether it is because you enjoy meeting people or perhaps to learn new skills, being a cafe volunteer is an excellent opportunity. Volunteers may be asked to do some or any of the following at our self-service cafe: - welcome visitors - work with other members of the cafe team - provide the best service for customers - take orders - prepare hot drinks and serve cooked/baked goods - clearing of tables - handling of cash/till Young people following the Saltire Awards or the Duke of Edinburgh award can apply. The Carrick Centre supports all volunteers and has a no barrier approach to volunteering. All capabilities welcome, the only requirement would be the willingness to participate and support the community.

The Carrick Centre enables a wide variety of training opportunities and hosts a beautiful, fully functioning training café. Be part of this team and volunteer in our training kitchen, alongside a chef tutor who guides and tutors a group of a maximum of 8 people. The Carrick centre supports groups of school aged children; vulnerable adults and trainees who have barriers to employment, to gain valuable work experience in hospitality, admin & IT. Volunteers can support us by: - overseeing individuals preparing healthy dishes - helping out in food and veg preparation - support in cooking/baking methods - plating, setting up and clearing the kitchen Volunteers can also choose to be involved with the administrative side of the training kitchen by creating recipe sheets and managing/recording data.