Stockton Council offer free training for drop-in volunteers

04 November 2013

Food preparation

Stockton Borough Council has risen to the task of training a group of new volunteers with enthusiasm and commitment.

Local volunteers, who will soon be running a brand new drop-in cafĂ© in the town for people in critical need, are delighted with the authority's response which is timely, fitting and free. 

The request for support with food safety training for this group of new volunteers was met with an immediate offer of free places by the council's Workforce Development Team, meaning training can be completed in good time for the opening later this month.

The volunteers will be preparing and serving food and refreshments to some of the most vulnerable people in the area, including those who are homeless, living in poverty or living with addictions. Taking on the role is both challenging and rewarding and providing volunteers with the right skills is essential.

"As well as the support we provide to every new volunteer, we always seek out best practice in the skills they need in their roles", said our Community Services Manager, Kathleen Urwin. "It was a pleasure to be met with such a positive, helpful response from the council and it highlights their recognition of the great work being carried out by the volunteers."