Volunteer with Lancaster People’s Café

Lancaster People’s Café is run entirely by volunteers.   It is a dynamic project that focuses on social inclusion, the food system and creation of community.  The project offers fantastic opportunities to get involved in something meaningful and practical that will make a real change in your city.  LPC is new and we need more people to get on board now, to share their thoughts and shape the way the project evolves.

There is a lot of work involved in running a project like this.  There are roles that are suitable for everyone.  If you’re interested in any of the areas of work described below, then please do get in touch to find out more.  We expect people to be working together in groups so no one has more work or responsibility than they feel they can handle.

Kitchen Operations:  we need people to cook in advance and prepare food on the day when we run a cafe event.  We need people to serve food, to clear tables and wash up, to make and serve drinks.  We also need people who can supervise the whole operation of the kitchen and direct people to tasks as necessary.  We very much welcome people with catering experience, but if you have no paid experience it doesn’t matter.  We can offer training in food hygiene.

Public relations:  setting up and updating social media accounts; taking photos/film and uploading them; seeking out and creating local opportunities to promote LPC online, through print media and events; developing a network of links with local and national projects/movements to gather information and promote LPC; writing or sourcing blog updates for the website; involvement in planning café events.

Fundraising:  research sources of grant funding and apply for grants; alongside PR, to organise fundraising appeals and events; to seek sponsors and patrons; to work towards the creation of a crowdfunding appeal.

Procurement:  researching local sources of food and other useful resources (retailers, restaurants, farmers, food manufacturers, kitchen/café equipment suppliers etc); develop relationships with potential donors to build up mutual trust and understanding in order to secure regular supplies for the café.

Human resources:  promote LPC and recruit volunteers; develop and maintain systems for keeping track of volunteers’ data, skills/interests, training, availability; identify training needs and sources of training; monitor volunteer wellbeing and satisfaction and identify any sources of dissatisfaction or difficulty; identify any barriers to involvement for people with support needs and work to find solutions.

IT: keep our website running smoothly, assist people with uploading text and images, support new users in developing IT skills, keep us updated and secure.