Within our After School Cooking classes, we create opportunities for kids living on public housing estates to learn how to grow and prepare food, reduce food waste and act sustainably. On Wednesday afternoons the kitchen bursts into life as 12 kids get down to chopping, mixing, baking and preparing a two course feast based on fresh, seasonal, simple, delicious and affordable dishes. 

A team of dedicated volunteers and a project worker from Cultivating Community work with the children to prepare the meal, instilling vital life skills without the children really noticing, they just love to cook!  The menu also reflects the tastes and cultures of the children who love to suggest favourites from home including Somali Malawah pancakes and avocado milkshakes.  Once the meal is prepared, everyone sits down at the long table to share in the food and complement each other on the various elements – it can get pretty chaotic but somehow a wonderful meal always emerges on the table!

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The role

Working under the direction of the After School Cooking Facilitator, the primary focus of the role is to assist in the delivery of the weekly After School Cooking Program. Assist children to engage with the program, developing their cooking and social skills and promoting an appreciation of healthy, delicious food.


  • Current Working With Children Check
  • Police Check 
  • Minimum of two references 
  • All volunteers, interns and students are expected to demonstrate Cultivating Community’s values.
  • Ability to develop good relationships and communicate respectfully with fellow volunteers, program participants and Cultivating Community staff.
  • Experience working with children is favourable.

When and where


Fitzroy Community Food Centre at the Atherton Estate in Fitzroy.

Once a week during the school term on Wednesdays – 3pm till 6pm.


Flemington Community Centre on the Flemington Public Housing Estate.

Flemington - once a week during the school term on Tuesdays - 3pm till 6pm.


There is one position available at Fitzroy and three at Flemington.

Once you submit an enquiry, you will directed through the application process as follows:

  • Complete an Expression of Interest form.
  • Face-to-face or phone interview.
  • If successful, an induction will take place as well as an exchange of required documentation before you begin the placement.

To enquire or apply for this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement.

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