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Food Learning Volunteer

Role description


Ad hoc sessions to fit food learning programme, sessions are typically 2 hours long.


St. Mary’s church houses a beautiful exhibition space in which we explore our relationship with, and the social history of gardens. We now have a food learning studio fitted out as a small kitchen and will be running family and adult cooking activities in the space.  We ask the food learning volunteers to help set-up, and generally assist the food learning officer in the delivery of our food learning programme. 


  • To help the food learning office to deliver workshops in the learning studio kitchen, learning space, and occasionally offsite.
  • To set up and tidy up all activities.
  • To welcome session participants to the museum and guide them to the learning studio
  • To be friendly and informative.
  • To support and guide participants through recipes as part of the session.
  • To ensure the safety of all involved in the sessions, supervising safe handling and use of knives, hygiene and safe use of all electrical equipment.
  • To answer any questions that the visitors have about the collection or operational aspects of the museum where appropriate.
  • To understand and implement the fire evacuation procedure with primary regard to visitor and personal safety.
  • To perform adhoc duties when necessary, such as kitchen stock take, maintaining kitchen equipment.

Skills Required

  • Enjoy working with children and adults in a learning environment.
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to work with children, vulnerable adults and people with disabilities, in both a formal and informal learning environment.
  • Knowledge and passion for healthy food, excellent cooking skills, and an interest or knowledge of food growing.
  • Open and keen attitude with a willingness to learn.
  • Confidence in communicating verbally in English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide audience.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with staff and other volunteers.
  • Ability or willingness to learn a range of information about the Museum, the collection, and the local area.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • A reasonable level of physical dexterity.

Please note

This role will include a large amount of standing and some lifting.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer at the Garden Museum.