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Cafe Food Volunteer

We have an exciting new role becoming available at the Zero Waste Hub as we relaunch our Zero Waste Cafe. The role involves working alongside the Cafe Coordinator to create, prepare and present a changing weekly menu of tasty and affordable food recovered from our Food Sharing Project. Using food that would otherwise end up as food waste helps us get closer to a true circular economy and a world without waste.

About SHRUB Coop

The SHRUB Coop aims to reduce waste by providing a platform for people to engage with sustainability. We run a Swapshop, where people can swap their 'waste' things for items swapped in by others, a Freeshop (for members of the co-operative), a beginners Bicycle repair and maintenance workshop, upcycling and upskilling workshops, Social Justice Movie Nights, and host a food-sharing group who tackle food waste.

Experience Required

Essential: An interest in food preparation and sustainability. Desirable: Food hygiene training (training available), previous cafe experience.

Training Details

This is a new role so the first cohort of volunteers will have a hand in shaping some of it. Food hygiene training will be provided in person and potentially online. There will be an induction period during which volunteers will have more supervision/support from a staff member but will be encouraged to take more initiative as thier confidence grows.

Flexibility & Commitment


2-5 hours a week

Location/Travel Details

The Zero Waste Hub at 22 Bread St, Edinburgh The number 2 bus stops on Bread street opposite the hub. The buses 10,11,15,16,24,35,36 and 47 all stop at the Fountain Bridge Stop that is just around the corner on Lothian Road.


Presenting receipts of travel costs which will then be reimbursed in cash.

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs