Brighton & Hove is full of inspiring food projects and activities and there are ways that everyone can get involved
Benefits of volunteering can include: being outdoors, learning new skills, meeting new and like-minded people, doing physical activity, and contributing towards the community and the environment.
Find out more below, or fill out our enquiry form to get some advice about which opportunity might be right for you.
- Community garden volunteers
- Community cookery volunteers
- Community nutrition volunteers
- Love Food Hate Waste volunteers
- Other local projects
If you would like to get involved in food growing you can volunteer in one of over 70 community gardens and orchards across the city. Volunteer workdays take place all year round, during the week and at weekends, so volunteers can drop-in once or attend regularly. Gardens are open to people of all ages and levels of fitness, complete beginners and experienced growers. The Food Partnership runs a garden in Preston Park, and we can put you in touch with many other independent projects too.
All work is supervised and tasks could include clearing the ground in preparation for food growing, planting and seed sowing, weeding and hoeing, harvesting produce, building raised beds and shifting compost, general site maintenance or occasional help with events. Many gardens share their harvest with volunteers, or cook a shared meal on site during each workday. Find out more about the benefits of Gardening for health and wellbeing
The Cookery Team delivers various 'learn to cook' courses and workshops throughout the year. Volunteers are essential in ensuring that learners have a great experience. Volunteers help our cookery leaders set up the sessions and organise the area, helping to make sure that the learners have everything they need to create tasty meals in a sfae environment. Volunteers also get the opportunity to work alongside learners and share their knowledge and cookery skills as part of the sessions. If you are interstesed in teaching cookery yourself then volunteering at these sessions is a great way to learn yourself, as well as develop the skills and knowledge to set up and run your own sessions. The Food Partnership is always happy to support new projects get started.
Find out more about Volunteering at Lunch clubs or other meal sharing settings.
If you are interested in volunteering in one of the many community cafes dotted around the city, check out the information here and contact them directly for more information.
The Food Partnership run a range of weight management programmes, and volunteers help make these a success. Volunteers assist with welcoming participants, encouraging group discussions, measuring participants’ height and weight and offering assistance with completing evaluation forms. For some programmes, volunteers will assist with caring for babies. Volunteers may also be involved with promoting our programmes across the city.
Prior training in nutrition or physical activity is not essential. If you love working with groups, are enthusiastic and sensitive around the issues of weight management and are able commit to one of our 10 week programmes then we’d love to hear from you. We also require individuals who enjoy working with babies and children and have some experience in this area. Volunteering on one of our programmes will provide you with valuable insight into an evidence based nutrition and activity programme.
Please note, we do not routinely offer student placements. At times we can work alongside masters or PhD student projects. Please get in touch for more information if this is something that interests you.
We recruit volunteers in March, May, August and September.
The Food Partnership promotes food waste reduction and composting across communities in the city through public events and workshops. Volunteers are invaluable to this work. Volunteers help with providing information and advice to the public, running activities at stalls, helping out with cookery demonstrations and paperwork.
Prior knowledge about food waste reduction techniques and composting is not necessary, but an interest in learning, as well as a friendly and social attitude is key. Our events take place across the city, so if you'd like to improve your outreach and communications skills while learning more about food issues, this is a great opportunity for you. If you are looking for project-based volunteering around food waste issues, please see our partner project volunteer opportunities at the bottom of this page.
Our events typically take place on weekends and evenings, with occasional mid-week volunteering opportunities. We recruit for new volunteers in March ahead of Spring/Summer events and again in August ahead of Autumn events.
We support a range of other local projects that need volunteer help.
Fareshare Sussex rely on volunteers to help distribute food across the community. They are particularly keen to find more volunteer van drivers. Get in touch directly to find out how to get involved.
The Gleaning Network has a Sussex hub which organises volunteer outings to local farms to pick unused produce for donation to charity. This is a great way to volunteer outdoors and discover first-hand some of the causes of farm food waste.
The Food Waste Collective is looking for more volunteers to help organise their surplus food re-distribution events which donate to local good causes, as well as help collecting food regularly from businesses and delivering them to local food projects.
Brighton Community Agriculture are looking for volunteer help to organise 'Sheepshare' - where lamb grazed on the downland surrounding Brighton is bought by local residents and dropped off in town. Contact .
The Real Junk Food Project Brighton offers a menu created from surplus food on a pay-as-you-feel basis, and are always in need of more volunteers. They serve lunch throughout the city 5 days a week, as well as catering for events some evenings and weekends.
Love Activists' Love Kitchen is a volunteer-run soup run every Sunday, serving food made from surplus donations from local businesses, alongside handing out winter supplies to rough sleepers. They are looking for more volunteers to help collect, cook and serve fresh healthy food. Get in touch via facebook or email.
Chomp provide a free healthy lunch and fun activities to children and their families who struggle to eat well during the school holidays and regularly need volunteers to support this work.
If you would like to be put in touch with a project, have any questions about volunteering or want some advice about which opportunity might be right for you, please fill out the form below or contact us. Travel expenses, relevant training and other support may be available depending on the project, please just let us know.