Volunteer with us

Join us and support our Friends across the city

The People’s Kitchen is proudly run entirely by volunteers. The kindness of our volunteers is essential to keeping our doors open and their hard work offers a vital lifeline to support homeless and disadvantaged people in Newcastle.

None of our team are paid, they are simply motivated to help by the overwhelming gratitude of our Friends and the incredible impact that their work has on our communities’ most vulnerable people.


Want to volunteer?

Currently we have 230 volunteers giving up over 50,000 unpaid hours every year, but we are always in need of more generous people who can give up their time to help.

If you are interested Click here to complete online or download the volunteer application form.

Or simply email us at [email protected]  and let us know what positions you are interested in.



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Our Current Vacancies

Administration/Office Support

Hours: 4 hours per week

Location: The Alison Centre

These roles provide essential clerical and administrative support - the roles are varied but all play a vital part in the smooth-running of the Kitchen.

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Hours: 4 hours per week

Location: Tweed Street, Benwell

The aim of our allotment project is to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the centre which is used within the meals we then provide to our friends. The allotment also provides an interest for any friends who like to become involved under the direction of a volunteer.

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Food Preparation

Hours: 4 hour day shift

Location: The Alison Centre

Fresh food is prepared in the afternoon for each evening service, for approximately 180 people. Members of the team, work under the supervision of the team leader or deputy within food handling regulations.

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Food Service

Hours: 4 hour evening shift

Location: The Alison Centre

Roles vary on a rotation basis but can include and serving liquid refreshments, serving hot food, clearing tables, dish washing, emptying waste bins, general cleaning including food stations and cookers, door supervision, bathroom supervision, opening and closing checks and most importantly general engagement with our friends.

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Weekend Service

Hours: 4 hour morning shift

Location: The Alison Centre

Breakfast is prepared and served to approximately 100 people on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Members of the weekend teams can undertake all the roles contained within both the food preparation and food service descriptions above. They do this across a rotation basis and full training is given in all areas.

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Welfare Roles

Hours: 4 hour day or evening shift

Location: The Alison Centre

The overall aim of our welfare volunteers is to provide friendship and support to our friends across a wide range of issues. We help to engage and practically support our friends throughout their journey, we also help point them in the right direction of partner agencies when appropriate.

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