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Volunteer - School Food Matters

School Food Matters
Greater London

Posted: 12 May 2022

Deadline: 25 Jun 2022

Compensation: Unpaid

Unpaid Volunteer


Job description

Background to School Food Matters

School Food Matters exists to teach children about food and to improve children’s access to healthy, sustainable food during their time at school. We provide fully funded food education programmes to schools.  Our experience delivering these programmes informs and strengthens our campaigns, bringing the voices of children, parents and teachers to government policy.

School Food Matters relies on the work of volunteers. The contribution of volunteers is always valuable to our small charity. Opportunities to help with food education projects can involve helping our gardeners, chefs and project officers in schools, and supporting our team at market days and events. These opportunities are a great way to explore our work and get hands-on experience of running sessions with children in schools.

We run a wide range of food education workshops: cooking sessions, food growing sessions, bee-friendly planting sessions, visits to farms and apiaries and many others.  Most of our workshops are one-off sessions in schools around London, taking place during the school day across many London boroughs.

We will pay your expenses up to a maximum of £11 for travel and £5 for food. Your expenses will be reimbursed when you complete an expenses form and produce receipts.

Job Purpose

  • To support our trainers (gardeners, chefs, food teachers) in delivering sessions in school
  • To help School Food Matters with evaluation of all our programmes

Key Tasks include:

  • Liaise with schools and partners to ensure the smooth running of all our workshops
  • Take photos at our sessions following our guidance
  • Gather feedback and evaluation information
  • Build excellent relationships with school staff
  • Support existing relationships with our partners
  • Contribute to the smooth-running of SFM at this time of growth
  • Maintain the ethos of the charity, positively promoting our work at all times

Person Specification

  • An interest in food education and working with children and young people
  • Ability to work in a team, and seek help when needed
  • Very reliable with good attention to detail and punctuality
  • Self-motivated and optimistic with a can-do attitude

Application information

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About School Food Matters

School Food Matters is a small charity based in London. Our mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. To achieve this we listen to and involve parents, children and schools. We work together to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms. Over the past ten years, our food education programmes have reached tens of thousands of children across the UK.