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Cooking Volunteer

Fresh Start’s mission is to help people make a home for themselves. This includes independent living skills such as learning to cook healthy food on a budget and broadening knowledge of ingredients and how to use them.

About Fresh Start

Fresh start runs services in Edinburgh to help people make a home for themselves. With the assistance of volunteers, Fresh Start offers both practical and social support through a variety of integrated services that are intended to help people build confidence, skills and feel more settled within their communities.

Experience Required

Essential: Reliable, punctual & committed. Good listening & communication skills, inclusive and non-judgemental. Enthusiastic and willing to engage and participate with clients from complex backgrounds. Desirable: Confident with cooking and following a recipe. An understanding of our charity & service users.

Training Details

All volunteers will receive an induction and training before a shadow shift takes place.

Flexibility & Commitment

Short Term Volunteering (3 months or less);Flexible;Summer Holidays

4 hours a week for a minimum of 3 months.

Location/Travel Details

Fresh Start Kitchen is based at 28-30 Ferry Road Drive EH4 4BR. There are two bus stops approximately 5 minutes walk from the kitchen. The buses stopping at Crewe Road North are 19, X29, X37, 38, 47 and 113. The buses stopping on Ferry Road are 21, 27, 29 and 37.


Bus tickets are provided or if the volunteer uses their car for any reason related to the role, mileage expenses can be claimed on a monthly basis with production of receipts

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs