Volunteer with Waste into Wellbeing
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. We work within 5 key teams (People’s Cafe, Lunch Bunch, Collectors and Distributors, Food Larder and General Support) and have support and lead roles available within each. It is possible to express your interest in one particular team or to volunteer across them all. Here is a selection of the opportunities available:
- Prep sessions – come along and help us create tasty dishes to share with the community.
- The People Café and Lunch Bunch events – From washing up to lead cook, setting up to serving, helping at our events is a great way to see what we do and be a part of the lovely atmosphere.
- Food Larder – Helping set up and run our weekly community food larder is an incredible source of support to our operation.
- Food Collections – We receive regular and ad-hoc collections from local donors and are always looking for more helpers to pick-up from retailers around the town.
- Storage Support – From receiving donations, to arranging storage and re-distribution, we are 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.
- Shout about us – We have a team of people who help us spread the word with activities from social media and local press communication, to poster printing and circulation.
- 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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