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Kitchen Assistant Volunteer

Role: Kitchen Assistant Volunteer

Where: Ballybane Industrial Estate, Tuam Rd., Galway and agreed route

When: Monday and Friday

Vision and Mission

COPE Galway believes in the principle of every person having a home which meets their needs. Our vision is an improved quality of life, in a home of your own for people affected by homelessness, women & children experiencing domestic violence and older people. We believe communities have a very important role in assisting us with our mission. Volunteering is one very important way in which our community can help us in our work.

Service Description:

COPE Galway Community Catering service delivers nutritious meals to the homes of older people, housebound/disabled people or those unable to prepare a meal for themselves.  The service provides approximately 200 meals daily, which are prepared by a team of kitchen assistant volunteers and then delivered by a team of volunteer drivers.

Volunteer Role Description

The kitchen assistant volunteer will work closely under the direction of the chef, assisting with food preparation, packaging of meals, cleaning & wash up as required.

Responsible to: Executive Chef

Main Tasks:
  • Assist the chef in preparation, cooking, packing, labelling and storage of meals for delivery
  • Assisting with cleaning & wash up of all food preparation areas
  • Ensure that all referrals, queries and comments, suggestions or feedback regarding our meals service are appropriately forwarded to the chef or co-ordinator
Food Safety
  • To work with the team to ensure all Health & Safety processes are rigorously followed
  • Ensure the Kitchen & equipment are cleaned to the required standard and daily cleaning schedule is complete
  • Report any equipment faults and repairs necessary to the chef immediately
  • Ensure food safety & hygiene policies & procedures are strictly adhered to
  • Familiarise yourself with safety features of the service including the Fire alarm system, fire blanket and fire extinguishers

Level of English required: Intermediate

Person Specification:
  • To ensure recipients of Meals and all staff and volunteers are treated with dignity and respect at all times
  • Be capable of working on own initiative and be organised in one’s approach to work
  • Enthusiastic, approachable, communicative and flexible
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Have an appreciation and empathy for the needs of the clients
  • A willingness to undertake training  as required
  • Respect protective clothing and equipment provided for securing the safety, health or welfare of persons arising out of work activities
  • Report to management, without delay, any defects in the workplace, plant, equipment or systems of work, which may lead to danger
  • Ensure that you regularly review and proactively inform yourself of all health and safety and fire safety procedures on an ongoing basis
  • Be proactive in the area of self-care with regard to identifying any impacts of the work
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding all matters relating to the activities, employees and clients of COPE Galway
  • The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the clients who use our Services
  • The opportunity to gain practical experience in this role
  • The volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner and maintains a respectful and courteous manner in dealing with clients
  • Willingness to work within the values and policies of COPE Galway
  • The volunteer will maintain confidentiality in respect of all matters which come to their knowledge in the course of the volunteer role
Recruitment process:
  • Submit an application for the role
  • Screening – once the application form is received and the applicant is considered a suitable match for the role, the applicant will be invited to an Interview
  • The interview will take place in the relevant service. Successful applicants will be offered the volunteer role subject to 2 Reference Checks from Irish referees and Garda Vetting
  • Induction and Orientation will be provided prior to commencement
  • Trial period – volunteers commencing with COPE Galway are subject to a trial period


How to Apply

First you need to download, save and complete the volunteer application form.

Download Volunteer Application Form

Here are the ways you can send your completed application form in to us.

  • Email your completed application form to volunteer@copegalway.ie
  • Post or bring in your application form to: Volunteer Office, COPE Galway, Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway.
  • Submit your application using the online form below.

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