Food Works!

Posted on 24th July 2017 by Lauren Parry

Food Works! is Greener Kirkcaldy’s volunteering and employability project which offers local people food and horticulture training opportunities. Volunteers can gain valuable skills and experience for moving into education, volunteering or employment. The volunteer roles available are:

Community garden volunteers

Community garden volunteers carry out a range of practical tasks which focus on developing and maintaining our community allotment space and orchard at Ravenscraig Walled Garden, and developing park spaces and our edible garden at Dunnikier Country Park.

Community food volunteers

Community food volunteers take part in a practical cooking programme which covers various aspects of cooking and food skills. Volunteers also gain practical experience by preparing food for volunteer’s lunches, Greener Kirkcaldy events and community meals.

Training is an important part of the Food Works! project, and we provide a mixture of informal training and access to accredited courses: LANTRA, Manual Handling, First Aid at Work, and Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Elementary Food Hygiene and Elementary Cooking Skills.

Food Works! can also help build practical knowledge, skills and confidence, as well as providing work experience. Our volunteer programmes are held in friendly working environments which help mirror many aspects of a workplace.

No experience is required – we’re looking for people who are in need of work experience, skills, learning, or training to progress their employment or education journey. We’re particularly keen to work with school leavers too.

This is the third year we have been running this project. Over 80 volunteers have taken part so far, with many moving on to other volunteering opportunities, education and employment.

Get involved

If you are interested in becoming a Community Garden Volunteer, contact Geraldine O’Riordan on 01592 858458 or email geraldine@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk.

Our next Food Works! food skills course starts on Thursday 17th August, 10am – 12.30pm at Kirkcaldy Methodist Church. If you are interested in a place and becoming a Community Food Volunteer, contact Jackie Arreaza on 01592 858458 or email jackiea@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk.

You can get more information about our other volunteer opportunities on our Volunteering Page.

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