Sycamore Dining Volunteer Opportunities
We prepare and cook all our meals in our kitchen at Foxton Gardens, Frampton Road, Beechdale, Nottingham NG8 3FR.
We provide social dining five days a week, but this is dependent on us having a pool of volunteers to draw from on a daily basis. Our ideal is to have a kitchen team for each day of the week, but we can be as flexible as we need to be, as we recognise you have other commitments you need to work around, whether its work, family, or other activities you enjoy doing.
What is important to us is that you tell us when you can volunteer, and that you are reliable to your commitment.
We have a team of up to four volunteers a day preparing food in our kitchen. Our volunteers tend to work one or two shifts per week, typically the same days and times each week. Our kitchen volunteers start between 9am and 9.30am, and finish by 2pm latest. We need mix of skills in the team, from somebody preparing vegetables and helping with the cleaning, to cooks that have worked in commercial kitchens. Most of our volunteers have experience in domestic kitchens when they join us and learn our procedures on the job.
We are happy for volunteers to complete work experience while working with us.
Front of House Staff
We are looking for two volunteers per day to serve meals to our customers and to clear tables at Foxton Gardens, Beechdale and a further two volunteers a day to travel to other locations around the City to serve in our pop-up restaurant. Our front of house volunteers typically work one day between 11am and 2pm.
Meals need to be served in Covid-19 Secure conditions in which we provide full training. Most of our customers live alone, so social distancing requirements limit the number of people we can host at each venue to a maximum of 12 people.
We transport cooked meals to our pop-up restaurant located in sheltered housing independent living community rooms.
We are looking for volunteers to provide the transportation from our kitchen to the event. You will be required to pick up the food and equipment on a timely basis, take it to the venue, and unload and deliver to the serving area at the venue. Following the meal, you will be required to return the equipment to the kitchen. Our drivers often help serve the food at the event.
Our volunteers can choose to combine the roles outlined above. We have volunteers that work in the kitchen, help transport food and equipment to venues, and serve at the venues.
We also need drivers to deliver meals to the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, a service we started as Covid-19 lockdown started. We deliver meals Monday to Friday each week, and need one or two drivers each day.
You will get mileage expenses of 45p per mile as well as the chance to meet new people and to become part of the great team that delivers Sycamore Dining's meals across
People volunteer for a variety of reasons, normally as a means to improving the quality of life, or the health and wellbeing of themselves, and for others. Our volunteers are from a variety of ages (13 to 70) and backgrounds.
The following are examples of people that have volunteered for Sycamore Dining.
Retired from many years of working
Retiring from a busy work life leads to a life changing experience, where the individual needs to adapt after getting through the initial jobs list. The individual still needs to feel fulfilled, to achieve, to meet people, to get out of the house, and to be busy. What better way than to volunteer and help support others that are often less fortunate than you.
Long term unemployed
Volunteering is a great way of getting work experience, which helps build your self confidence, helps get you back into the routine of work life, and to gain more work skills and life skills that can be added to your CV. As well as experience, Sycamore Dining is also able to offer volunteers a range of employability and training initiatives that support them into work and create better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. They aim to give volunteers the best possible opportunities, to gain experience that will prepare them for employment, help them to progress in work, or support them to become self-employed.
Work Experience for Students
Often a requirement of 6th form, further education colleges and university is some work experience related to the subject being studied. We offer volunteering opportunities so you can gain this invaluable experience.
DofE Community Service
We are able to offer Duke of Edinborough Award community service volunteering during school holidays for young people aged 13+.
Sycamore Dining Volunteering is Age Friendly and Inclusive. This means: -
Volunteering is Flexible and Responsive:
It fits around your life – you tell us which shifts you can work
When your life changes, you can adjust your commitment without feeling you’ve let us down
You know how to get involved, what you are being asked to do, and how to stop.
Volunteering is Enabled and Supported:
You will receive practical help with access, expenses, and any training you want and need
You will be supported and know who to turn to with any questions
Volunteering is Sociable and Connected:
You have opportunities to meet and spend time with other people, including people from different backgrounds and age groups
You will feel a part of something
Our Volunteers are Valued and Appreciated:
The value of your effort is recognised, and people regularly let you know you’re valued – through what they say and do
You will feel like people appreciate what you do
Volunteering is Meaningful and Purposeful:
The work you do means something to you and feels purposeful
You feel that what you do is worthwhile
Volunteering Makes Good Use of Your Strengths:
It allows you to use the skills and experiences you’ve built up during your life, and gives you opportunities to try out and learn new things
You feel like your experience is respected and valued
No Sycamore Dining volunteer should receive less favourable treatment based on: class or socio-economic status; ethnic origin; nationality or race; gender (including gender reassignment); marital or civil partnership status; sexual orientation; disability; pregnancy and political or religious belief (including the absence of belief). All Sycamore Dining volunteers should seek to practise equality.
A benefit of volunteering with Sycamore Dining is the access we have to: -
We encourage all our catering volunteers to attain Food Hygiene level 2 qualification.
Our volunteers however are able to attend any of the tenant academy courses.