The Cultivating Community After School Cooking classes create opportunities for kids living in public housing estates to learn how to grow and prepare food, reduce food waste and act sustainably.

After school, the kitchen bursts into life as the group of 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. 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! 

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 in Ascot Vale, Fitzroy, Prahran or Richmond.

Task and duties include:

  • Assisting the kids with recipe reading, food preparation, cleaning up and setting up the space for the meal
  • Assisting children to develop their cooking and social skills
  • Promoting an appreciation of healthy, delicious food
  • Ensuring safe practices are maintained including safe and hygienic kitchen practices
  • Engaging with participants and ensuring that everyone has a job that they are comfortable with

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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