Can you cook?

25 March 2015

Four Maldon based organisations are desperately seeking people who enjoy cooking to help with meal preparation.

 Age Concern Luncheon Club in Maldon (Thursdays) are looking for people to join their Cook Team on a 6 week rota.  Organiser Pat Clark told us “Volunteer Cooks usually work in groups of 2 or 3 and we have 8 volunteers to help them.  The cooks decide the menus, get the produce (reimbursed on the day) and prepare a main course, sweet, tea and coffee.  We cater for an average of 55 people every Thursday from January to December with a break during school summer holidays.”

Great Totham URC Day Centre (Wednesdays) need a Cook on a fortnightly basis to cater for 25 people.  Zena Beecham of the Day Centre said, “After many years of service one of our Cooks is retiring. The Day Centre has been going for 30 years this year, has an excellent reputation and the visitors are a really friendly crowd.  Our meals are produced from quality local ingredients and we never have any complaints.”  The Cook at the Day Centre will have 2 helpers in the kitchen as well as someone to wash-up.

The Royal Voluntary Service in Maldon (Tuesdays) is looking for a Cook who can manage a kitchen and can prepare and cook a nutritional two-course meal for approximately 20 clients.  Charmaine Dean of the RVS told us “We are looking for someone who has experience of cooking for groups and who can manage menus and meals.  It’s a great opportunity for someone, whether experienced or looking to refresh their skills, who would like to help older members of the community once a week”.

The Royal Voluntary Service is also looking for a Cook for the Lunch Club in Heybridge on Thursdays to assist the current cook and to cover sickness/holidays.  This is a smaller club with an average number of 10 clients per week.

Stow Maries WW1 Aerodrome is in need of a Kitchen Manager/Cook as well as kitchen volunteers to cook and prepare food.  The Aerodrome is open to the public 3 days a week.  Events and Mess Manager Fiona Clegg said “We are looking for someone used to catering for large numbers, who enjoys working with people.  The Aerodrome is attracting bus tours and large parties interested in this unique WW1 site.  The position would suit someone who has catered for the military or in schools.  A sense of humour under pressure is essential.  You will meet all sorts of people:  the public, pilots, film crews and celebrities.  It’s a super place and you really do feel you are making a difference and bringing the Aerodrome to life once more”.

If you enjoy the heat of the kitchen and you think you can help any of the above organisations please get in touch with Linda Dutaut on 01621 851891 for a no obligation chat or email  Linda can give you more details and put you in touch with your organisation of choice.  You could soon be on your way to brightening someone’s day!

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