Volunteer to help us become the city that cooks together and eats together

Can you give some time to help us share meals with the city's most vulnerable people?

by Jo Glazebrook, BHFP Volunteer Coordinator

Did you know there are 85 projects serving shared meals in community settings in Brighton & Hove?

Based on research we did last year we found there were at least 1,265 shared meals including lunch clubs, community cafes, surplus food projects and community gardens where people cook and eat together eaten every day. That’s almost half a million a year.

Most of these projects involve volunteers in running their activities with many playing a vital role in cooking or serving the food which is where you may be able to help.

Our research inspired a project, funded via the city’s Mental Health Innovation Fund, to increase the number of people involved in shared meals across the city – both as volunteers and participants.

This is in order to help more people to benefit from free or low cost nutritious meals, to provide a chance to socialise and to link in with other community activities & services.

We can give you information about volunteering in community food projects and help find the right opportunity for you. Whether you are an avid cook, can spare some time as a driver, or would enjoy making drinks and chatting to people, everyone’s skills are welcome and people of all ages and backgrounds take part. As well as sharing your skills, by volunteering you can learn new ones, meet new people, have some fun and contribute towards the community and environment.

Times and commitment required is varied so get in touch with me for a chat and I can help point you in the right direction. I can also give you advice about getting involved in community gardens and community compost schemes. Email Jo Glazebrook or call on 01273 431716.