Regular Help

Cook – The Spring Centre

The Spring Centre, which is based in Quedgeley, provides support and respite for children and their families who have learning and physical disabilities.  We help support children and young people aged from birth to 30 years, as well as their families, providing activities, respite care, advice and practical and emotional support.  We run an after school club and holiday activities for children up to the age of 18 and a day centre for 18 – 30 year olds. You can find out more at


We need a volunteer cook able to prepare hot meals for  up to twelve children at a time aged between 8 – 18 in our fully equipped kitchen at the Centre, taking account of any allergies or special food requirements.

What's involved?

You’ll need a passion for cooking as well as a desire to help improve the lives of children and young people living with disabilities in our local community. This drive may be born from personal experience, professional links or indeed a desire to serve your community this way.

You will be willing to commit to regular slots on the rota between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays during term-time. You might want to volunteer for just one afternoon a week or all four, or somewhere between. We do the weekly food shop at the local supermarket on a Monday, so if you wished you could also volunteer to be part of that too. It would also be great if you were able to fill in for sickness or holiday leave form time to time. (This might be at short notice, but we would try and give as much warning as possible.)

Empathy and the ability to deal sensitively with people with disabilities and special needs are very important for this rewarding role. Equally the role will require an Enhanced DBS check to be completed which we will help you gain, and satisfactory reference checks. A qualification in Food Hygiene is desirable, but if you don’t hold that we can provide suitable training at the centre.

Why get involved?

This is an amazing opportunity to pay a real active role in an important and well used service that the Spring Centre offers and make a real positive difference to the lives of the young people and their families that use the centre. You’ll get to refine and practice your cooking skills, maybe even learn a new recipe or technique or two, all in a friendly and welcoming environment. You’ll meet new people and are guaranteed to make lots of new friends and the delight on the faces of those that you are cooking for as they eat your loving home cooked meals will definitely brighten up your day. If you are looking for a career working with children or adults living with learning or physical disabilities, this is also a great way to gain some practical experience in a support environment. 


We can offer reasonable expenses (in line with our expenses policy) to cover local travel if needed.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Wait for a reply from the Spring Centre.

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Working independently
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Food & Beverage

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