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 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.


  • Must be available to attend a volunteer induction on September 2nd 2022 09:30 - 13:00.
  • Shifts: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 - 13:30.
  • Available to commit at least one weekday per month, but preferably two 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.


  • Peony is a woman-only space so this volunteering role is open to women only.
  • Ability to keep personal boundaries when working with vulnerable 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.
  • Team working 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.