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Bags of Taste

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Our Purpose is to change the everyday diets of people who are either in, or who face food poverty, away from being dependent on highly processed and takeaway foods, to regularly cooking good, tasty, home-cooked food for themselves and their families.

Cooking Volunteer at fun and friendly project! 2019/20

This opportunity takes place between 11 Nov 2019 and 02 Dec 2019.

Interested in cooking? Here's an opportunity to work with a leading food poverty organisation to change the lives of participants and even improve your own cooking! ** NEXT COURSE: 11 Nov-2 Dec @ Pipworth School, Manor! ** Bags of Taste work with people in or at risk of food poverty to improve their diets and are very successful at changing what participants eat, from regular takeaways/ready meals to home-cooked food. Our delicious recipes are sourced from around the world and are all designed to cost less than £1.00 per head. At the end of every lesson students can buy bags of ingredients at a cost of £3.00 each, with enough food included for four meals, so they can try cooking it again (and again) at home. Our hands-on cooking classes are also great fun - have a look:

What skills do I need?

An interest in cooking would be advantageous, though you don’t need to be a gourmet chef! Just able to follow simple recipes. An outgoing, open-minded personality and willingness to chat are essential. Sensitivity towards people living with hardship (potentially including physical and mild learning difficulties) are important.

What will I gain?

On top of satisfaction in the knowledge that you’re helping an award-winning programme make a meaningful difference to people’s lives? You’ll also get a free lunch! There may be some free groceries going at the end of the session too.

Training and support

You will be given all the training you need. This just involves watching a few videos on YouTube. A Programme Lead (Dave) will be on hand throughout, should you have any questions of difficulties.

Time commitment

Sessions last 2.5 hours, though volunteers will be needed for 4 hours to help set up and take down. Sessions are once a week, with courses running for 4 weeks each. Volunteers can sign up for as many or as few weeks as they like, though a 4-week commitment would be ideal.







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The first course will be run at St Swithun’s Church, Cary Rd, Manor. I Accessible via bus and tram.

Travel information

Bus 10a stops right outside. Manor Top/Elm Tree is the closest tram stop (blue/purple lines). The venue is a 10 min walk from the tram. Volunteers can be met at the stop, by pre-arrangement.
  • CausesFoodbanks and food poverty, Poverty and social justice, Social isolation
  • FrequencyEvery month
  • WhenTuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon
  • Skills and InterestsBefriending, Communication skills, Hands-on tasks, Mentoring, Teamwork
  • Careers and AspirationsSocial work, Teaching, Third sector and charity work

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