Peony cook

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Peony Cook

Aims of the role

The role of the Peony cook is to cook a delicious meal for the women attending our Peony space. It is also to make sure that the space is a warm, friendly, and safe space for the marginalised women that access Peony.

Peony Volunteers will ensure they flag up safeguarding concerns to staff, and be a supportive listening ear to the women accessing the project. Peony volunteers are not expected to provide casework to the women.

Due to this being a semi-frontline role, this position is open to women only.


  • You must be available to attend a volunteer induction on Monday 13th December 09:30 - 2pm

  • Shifts: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 - 13:30.

  • Available to commit at least one weekday per month for at least one year

  • Willing to attend training, support and feedback sessions and be in regular contact.

  • Able to travel to and from St Paul's, Bristol.


  • Ability to keep personal boundaries when working with marginalised women.

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Good listening skills.

  • Empathy.

  • Non-judgmental.

  • Ability to remain calm in a stressful situation or when there is a conflict.

  • Ability to take instruction and direction.

  • Reliable.

  • Punctual.

  • Good initiative and flexible.

  • Cooking skills.

  • Sympathetic to the Christian ethos of One25.

Tasks will involve

  • Setting up and cleaning down the kitchen.
  • Cooking a tasty and nutritious meal for all of the women accessing Peony.
  • Having client-led conversations with women accessing the project.
  • Creating a homely, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Supporting women to prepare food and drinks in the project.
  • Take direction and instructions from project staff.
  • Communicating clearly to project staff around any safeguarding concerns you have about women accessing the project, and sharing other relevant information at the end of each shift.
  • Being clear and firm with women around boundaries and project rules.