Thyme to Cook
Arbury Family Cookery Club holds weekly 'Thyme to Cook' sessions for families with young children. The free cookery club is looking for volunteers to help with setting up, cookery activities and keeping younger children occupied, as well as sharing food with the families afterwards.
Weekly - Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Arbury Community Centre, Cambridge
Applications are open now to volunteer during Easter Term, the first session being on Tuesday 25th April. For queries regarding your application, please email our Project Director, Minerva, at
About the Project
Do you like cooking and kids, and want to support local families? Volunteer for 'Thyme to Cook', a free ongoing cookery club for families with young children in Arbury and King's Hedges (Cambridge), where participants prepare and eat healthy, low-cost food together, in a friendly environment. The workshops are organised by Cambridge Sustainable Food, and are led by a trained chef and assistant. The club takes place at Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD. Directions can be found here.
Cambridge Hub has partnered with Cambridge Sustainable Food for the second term running to offer opportunities for students to volunteer at these cookery workshops, which aim to help families learn new skills and how to cook healthily on a tight budget. From January to March 6 students volunteered at the sessions, and this partnership was such a success that we hare hoping for more students to join.
Our current project coordinator, Minerva, says: "Volunteering with Thyme to Cook has been one of the most valuable experiences of my year in Cambridge. The children never fail to make me smile, and I have learned so much about both social issues in Cambridge and about how healthy, nutritious food and a happy and safe environment can go a long way in addressing these problems. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in making our world a little bit better to volunteer at the workshops - you won't regret it!"
Get Involved
Volunteers are needed from 3.30pm-6.30pm on Tuesday afternoons on a regular basis to help with setting up, cookery activities, keeping younger children occupied and clearing up at the end. And of course you get to share the food with the families afterwards and make new friends.
To become a volunteer, please fill in the following application form in the next tab. You will then be added to our volunteer mailing list and will receive weekly updates on our workshops. In order to preserve continuity for the participant families, we ask that you commit to a minimum of 4 sessions per term. These can be on alternating or consecutive weeks. The first session is on 24th April, and the sessions run until 11th July.
NOTE: There will be no session on Tuesday, 30th May 2017 due to the half-term break
Recruiting a Project Coordinator
We are looking for a new project coordinator for Thyme to Cook to start in June 2017 until December 2017. If you love children, love food and enjoy working with fellow volunteers and as well as administration then please read on!
Your role will include the following tasks:
  • Coordinating Cambridge Hub volunteers for the weekly cookery workshops through a Doodle Poll and emails
  • Communicating weekly volunteer numbers to our partners who run the workshop
  • Working closely with Cambridge Hub and Cambridge Sustainable Food to advertise the project and troubleshoot any issues
  • Lending a hand at the workshops at least four times a term.
The role offers great administrative experience that would look fantastic on any CV, and most importantly, it ensures that our workshops continue to run effectively and bring joy to our beneficiaries. To apply, please use the same application form, and for 'role' select 'project coordinator'. Applications are rolling, and will close on 20th May so apply soon.
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