Volunteer with Waste into Wellbeing
COVID-19 UPDATE: Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Waste into Wellbeing has been running a very different operation to usual. Kendal People’s Cafe is currently closed and food bags are being distributed to those in need at three food shares around the town. If you’re interested in volunteering during this time, we’re asking that you contact Trustee, Chris Rowley (firstname.lastname@example.org) rather than signing up via the app as would be the norm.
How can you get involved?
With a busy calendar of events and activities throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved whatever your interests. Here is just a selection of the opportunities available:
- Prep sessions – come along and help us create tasty dishes to serve in the People’s Café or local events.
- The People Café and Lunch Bunch events – From washing up to lead cook, setting up to serving customers, helping in the café is a great way to see what we do and be a part of the lovely atmosphere.
- Food Collections – We have regular collections planned with our donors and are always looking for more helpers to pick-up from retailers around the town.
- Hub Help – From receiving donations, to arranging storage and re-distribution, the Hub is always welcoming of an extra pair of hands.
- Ready Steady Bake – We have a happy team of bakers that always rise to the challenge, creating tasty treats incorporating our latest donations.
- Day to day support – We have plenty of opportunities to get involved behind the scenes too. From administration and IT support, to composting and cleaning, there really is a role for everyone
I’ve been volunteering with Kendal People’s Cafe for the past three years or so. I was attracted by the ethos, turning food waste into healthy nourishing foods, and motivated by the wish to give something back to this lovely town that has been my home for only a few years. I love the buzz of the cafes, meeting a whole range of people and personalities, and have enjoyed the pop up events we’ve run, making pizzas in Sandylands and burritos on Stricklandgate and taking our message of waste into wellbeing out to the wider public.Kate
I had been looking for a practical way of taking positive action to protect our environment beyond my own lifestyle choices and a project which benefited the local community -‘Waste into Wellbeing’ ticked both of these boxes. The range of volunteering activities on offer made getting started very accessible and the warm welcome I received during my first shifts meant I quickly felt part of a team. I’ve enjoyed meeting lots of like-minded volunteers – as someone relatively new to the area, it’s helped me feel part of a community.Jo
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