Community Cafe Cook – Volunteer Role

11 June 2024
2 min read.

Who are Midland Mencap?

Midland Mencap is a charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and a better quality of life for everyone with experience of learning disabilities and additional needs. Volunteering with Midland Mencap is your opportunity to help us achieve our vision.

Purpose of the role?

Our community café provides a wonderful setting for people to meet and enjoy good food. We are open throughout the week to the local community, citizens using our service, parents and carers, and the staff team. We are looking for volunteers who can assist us in the day to day running of the community café.

What would I be doing?

– Help our regular community cook with general running of the café – Basic food preparation etc.

– You may be asked to occasionally run the kitchen in the absence of the cook if required.

What do I need?

– Experience of regularly cooking a variety of meals

– Some experience of mass catering would be amazing but not essential.

– Basic kitchen skills and the ability to learn – we can provide food hygiene certificate training if needed

– Basic IT skills to run the till point

– Being approachable and friendly, building a rapport with customers

– Good communication skills

– Accepting of others who might be different to you and the ability to work as part of a diverse team

– A willingness to learn and work within guidelines set out by Midland Mencap

– Honesty, integrity and trustworthy

– Good time management skills, reliability

– An enhanced DBS check will be required by all successful applicants.

When and where do you need me?

Our community café is open Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm.

Choose the days suit you.

We are looking for volunteers to attend at least once a week.

Weoley Castle Community Centre, Bottetourt Rd, Birmingham B29 5TE

What’s in it for me?

As one of our valued volunteers, Midland Mencap will offer you:

– An induction and settling in period

– Any training and development that is needed

– The chance to develop your skills and gain experience

– The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team

– Support within your role

– Any out-of-pocket travel expenses

– Lots of appreciation for your amazing contribution

– The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their family carers

– Add your volunteering activities to your CV

What to do if you’re interested?

Download and complete the Volunteering application form here on our website,

Email the completed application form to

For more information or an informal chat, call 0121 442 2944 and speak to someone about how volunteering could work for you.

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