Volunteer Cook at the Farm


1 – 3 days available (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 10am – 2pm

How to Apply


Cyrenians Farm Enterprise is a 7-acre community smallholding in West Lothian, where we grow food, skills and community. Our project seeks to address the various challenges relating to sustainability, inclusion, learning and wellbeing in our community.

We do this in our organic market garden where we grow food using regenerative principals which we include in our local organic veg-bag enterprise.

We also have an outdoor education program where we teach green-skills to young people at risk of the causes and consequences of homelessness.

Our goal is to provide a space for cultivating relationships - with the land, with ourselves and each other and we seek to empower people in a values-led and person-centred way.

Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Innovation are at the heart of all we do.

What are the aims and expectations of the role?

· You will be part of a friendly team of staff and volunteers, supporting the work we do to tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness.

· We have a commercial kitchen on-site with all the required utensils etc.

· Food prep and basic meal planning (coordinate with farm staff to see what’s available for the week ahead)

· Cooking 1-3 days a week (Tues – Thurs) for regular volunteer and staff team – (fuelling our team with good nourishing food is something we love to do as a way to say thankyou for all their hard work)

· Cooking for groups of up to 20 people. Usually less.

· Clearing up/washing up – we are hoping to get a commercial dishwasher installed which will make this simpler.

· Weekly temperature checks for fridges and freezers.

· Weekly cleaning checklist for food-prep and food-storage areas.

· Keeping fridges and freezers organised

· Helping with fareshare food orders

· We can provide aprons, gloves and other PPE.

· Good hygiene and appropriate dress around food preparation is important.

About Cyrenians

Cyrenians is over 50 years old. We began with the creation of an innovative community to meet the needs of a group of homeless people who had fallen through the cracks of whatever support was available at the time. Our roots lie in responding to the injustice of homelessness.

We have spent the last five decades journeying with people grappling with the causes and consequences of homelessness through building and nurturing of trusted relationships and engaging with social exclusion and inequality which has so often been at the root of their tough reality. We are values-led and relationship based; our core values are Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Innovation.

Cyrenians’ head office is based in Edinburgh, with smaller offices in other areas, including Falkirk and West Lothian. Cyrenians is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registered charity SC011052.

How to Apply

Step 1

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Volunteer Application Form DOCX, 54.7KB

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Step 3

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