Volunteer role: Kitchen volunteer          

Volunteer supervisor: Chef

Days/Times: Ad-hoc/flexible - let us know when you are available and want to volunteer.

About this role:

We are looking for volunteers to support kitchen chefs at Bluebell Wood on an ad-hoc basis either during the week or at weekends between 9.30am and 1.00pm. Even if you are only available on the odd day every so often, or just during the summer holidays, we would love to hear from you!

You will volunteer as part of a team providing catering services to children and young people and their families and to staff, within the hospice. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to meet new people and make a real difference to the families that visit Bluebell Wood.

“The kitchen is a very happy and busy workplace. John and his team are very appreciative of my hard work, and we have friendly banter whilst singing badly to the tunes on the radio. Volunteers are entitled to a free meal which is greatly appreciated.”- Jean, Kitchen Volunteer

Key tasks:

Volunteers will support with some or all of the following tasks:

  • Setting up our dining room tables.
  • Basic preparation of food ready for cooking (such as salad and vegetables).
  • Clearing away plates and crockery after meals.
  • Washing up and loading /emptying dish washer.
  • Keeping the kitchen area tidy.
  • Helping to keep store-room tidy and clean.
  • Removing rubbish to appropriate areas.
  • Other tasks as appropriate as directed by our Chefs.

What we are looking for:

    We’re looking for volunteers who:

    •  Are friendly, respectful and have good communication skills as you will be meeting with families, staff and visitors
    • Are willing to work as part of a team
    • Understand the sensitive and confidential work which is carried out at the hospice
    • Are able to cope well under pressure in a busy kitchen environment
    • Are able to operate kitchen equipment under supervision (training provided).

    What we offer in return

    • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills.
    • The chance to be in a voluntary role helping to provide a special environment for the families that access our care.
    • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of an enthusiastic team.
    • Induction training to help you learn more about Bluebell Wood.
    • Training provided in order to carry out your role, including online training.
    • We’ll cover your travel expenses (in line with our policy).
    • We’ll provide you with free refreshments and a free meal if you volunteer across lunchtime.


    Bluebell Wood volunteers in this role are asked to:

    • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
    • Attend induction and any routine training
    • To complete online training around areas relevant to your role
    • Abide by Bluebell Wood policies and guidance, including our Health & Safety policy
    • Co-operate and liaise with colleagues
    • Act in a professional manner at all times
    • Be polite and respectful to everyone you meet whilst volunteering in this role
    • Act as an Ambassador for the Bluebell Wood Charity.

    Additional Information

    • Bluebell Wood is committed to safe volunteer recruitment practices. A standard level Disclosure Barring Services (DBS) check is required for this role. These are free for volunteers.
    • All volunteers handling food must cover their hair (including any facial hair) with hair nets provided. No jewellery except wedding rings can be worn whilst volunteering due to hygiene reasons.
    • Please be aware that if you do not have your own transport, or live locally, the hospice is very difficult to get to by public transport. If in doubt, please check public transport routes to see if it is feasible for you to volunteer here. We are over one mile from the nearest bus stop.

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