Volunteer role description

  • Responsible to: Catering Lead
  • Base: Skanda Vale Hospice.
  • Hours of Service: The minimum requirement is 4 hours per week.
  • In addition, all our volunteers take part in induction and training; much of which happens in the first two months. We can also consider any relevant qualifications or training you may have. We expect that in the first 3 months our Volunteer Chefs may engage in up to 10 hours per month of initial mandatory training, then up to 6 hours monthly of additional support and opportunities for personal / professional development.

Our Chefs work their culinary magic into wonderful hospice menus that nurture our patients, guests and team members with a gastronomic hug! During respite, they cook for breakfast, lunch and supper but for day hospice the focus is purely on creating an inviting and tasty lunch. Great food is a much loved, social aspect of people’s time with us and something the wider team appreciates too; so the catering team gets to enjoy not only the fruits of their labour but widespread popularity!

Our chefs are responsible for:
  • Making delicious home-cooked food for our lovely patients and volunteers to support their health and well-being.
  • Guiding patients with meal selections which include dietary requirements.
  • Manual handling for general kitchen duties – washing up, clearing away and cleaning equipment and surfaces to Directorate and Environmental Health Standards.
  • Cleaning records, efficient goods storage and stock rotation.
  • Checking and logging temperatures of foods, fridges and freezers.
  • Reporting any equipment defects to the Catering Lead.
Our chefs need:
  • An understanding of food hygiene procedures with a Food Hygiene Certificate level 2 or a willingness to undertake it.
  • An understanding of or willingness to learn about: nutrition, food allergies and special nutritional needs.
  • Catering experience, including food preparation and cooking.
  • Self-motivation, effective time management and good organisational skills.
  • Initiative and ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Compliance with Health & Safety and Infection Control procedures and guidelines.
We would love it if you had:
  • Good interpersonal skills – for positive working relations with the wider team.
  • Experience of people dealing with a life-limiting illness – so you feel comfortable stopping and chatting with patients, carers and visitors.
  • A calm, diplomatic and professional manner in challenging situations.
  • Knowledge of COSHH Regulations.
Personal qualities we value are:
  • A compassionate and empathic attitude.
  • Enthusiasm and a conscientious approach to volunteering.
  • Approachability, person-centred manner and a sense of humour.
  • Awareness of own limitations and willingness to seek support.
We ask all our volunteers to:
  • Attend a Welcome (Back) Day, Induction and ongoing training as per hospice requirements.
  • Participate in our annual development and review process.
  • Follow our organisational policies and procedures.
  • Play an active part in the hospice risk management process to safeguard patients, visitors and colleagues and take responsibility for reporting and managing risks as appropriate.
  • Follow good infection control practices at all times and be familiar with infection control policies, procedures and guidance relevant to their area of work.
  • Agree to a criminal records check prior to starting with us.
  • Be aware of the confidential nature of the organisation, including information about patients, carers, friends and relatives which must not be disclosed to any unauthorised persons including via social media.

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Before you start, make sure you have the names, numbers and email addresses of two referees (non-family members) who you’ve known for two or more years.