Cook Befriender [20336]

Meal Makers
To suit volunteer and member

Meal Makers is a neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people who enjoy cooking with an older person who lives in their local community and would really appreciate a home cooked meal and some friendly company*

As a Volunteer Cook Befriender, you will prepare an extra portion of food in your own home and deliver it to your ‘Diner’ at a time that suits you both. This opportunity is extremely flexible and meal sharing can occur as little or often as you like – weekly, fortnightly or just occasionally. Designed to be a fun volunteering opportunity based on an everyday activity, Meal Makers aims to tackle malnutrition and loneliness in older adults (55+), who struggle with the ability or motivation to prepare a home-cooked meal for themselves.

No training or formal cookery experience is required – just the ability to cook basic, nutritious meals. Decent cooking skills and an interest in helping others is the key to this role. You don’t have to be the next Nigella Lawson but you do have to have an interest in supporting someone in your community.

Induction chat, ID Check and PVG certificate (free for volunteers). The process to sign up is quick and easy but we take our vetting process very seriously to ensure everyone’s safety with the service.

You will complete a PVG check/update and basic food safety quiz before being paired with one of our Diners.

We will also do our best to match you with a like-minded Diner with similar dietary interests.

To sign up, please visit where you can create a short Cook profile describing why you would like to volunteer with us. It would be helpful for you to detail the type of food you enjoy cooking.