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Volunteers needed to help community kitchen cook up a storm

New scheme to tackle food waste
New scheme to tackle food waste

Volunteers are being sought to develop and run a community kitchen in the heart of Coalville.

Community kitchens are places where people meet on a regular basis to cook, socialise and eat together. People can learn how to reduce food waste and cook affordable meals for free, from food that would otherwise be wasted.

The Coalville Education Partnership (CEP) is launching the kitchen - funded by us - from its base in Market Street. 

The CEP is looking for volunteers to take part in a free eight-week training course, starting on Monday, 11 February and running until Monday, 1 April. The sessions will take place from 3.30pm to 6pm at the CEP. 

Those involved will learn a variety of skills, gain free qualifications and support the local community by helping families on low incomes, or those with limited access to food, learn how to make the most of their food.


This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to become more involved in their local community.

“The community kitchens are a great way to bring people together, while helping to save money by cooking healthy meals from scratch using food that would have gone to waste.


Parents interested in volunteering are able to bring their children to the training sessions where they can take part in a free homework club.

Once trained, volunteers will run the community kitchen, which will be open to other local residents.

A similar scheme was launched in 2017, which saw us open community kitchens in Earl Shilton, Barwell and Wykin after receiving £20,000 from Sainsbury’s as part of the supermarket giant’s Waste less, Save more initiative.

People can register their interest or find out more about the scheme by calling the CEP on 01530 814203, emailing or sending a message via its Facebook page. 

The deadline for applications is Monday, 11 February.

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