Cooking Classroom Assistant - Edinburgh

About Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We are committed to ending homelessness.

Every day we see the devastating impact homelessness has on people’s lives. Every year we work side by side with thousands of homeless people, to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

Through our pioneering research into the causes and consequences of homelessness and the solutions to it, we know what it will take to end it.

Together with others who share our resolve, we bring our knowledge, experience and determination to campaign for the changes that will solve the homelessness crisis once and for all.

We bring together a unique volunteer effort each Christmas, to bring warmth, companionship and vital services to people at one of the hardest times of the year, and offer a starting point out of homelessness.

We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it.


Role outline and the difference you will make

We are looking for a classroom assistant to help run our cooking class. Experience of professional cooking/catering preferred, but an enthusiastic home cook would also be welcome. The ideal volunteer would also be interested in helping the tutor to prepare the lesson plan.

We have regular ‘Crisis Café’ sessions, where learners will cook for a group of Crisis members and staff, and previous groups have created their own cook book. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with creative ideas and a love of cooking!

The class is small and informal class with learners at all different levels of skill/experience.


What you will gain

  • Structured induction to the work of Crisis
  • Access to support as and when required including regular supervisions with relevant supervisor.
  • Experience in working in a classroom environment and for a national charity
  • Satisfaction of seeing members improve their skills.
  • Develop personal skills, including listening and communication skills.
  • The opportunity to be part of an influential network of volunteers and meet new people
  • The opportunity to be one of the first to hear stories about Crisis’ life changing work
  • A way to learn more about homelessness and the charity sector through a structured induction
  • Travel and lunch expenses reimbursed where appropriate


Core tasks and what you will achieve

  • Supporting the tutor during the class with hand-outs, activities etc
  • Supporting members in their learning. This includes building their confidence and self-esteem
  • Following the direction of the tutor
  • Assisting tutor with resources and the completion of teaching related paperwork
  • Welcoming new members
  • This role may also include helping to develop the lesson plan


The skills and experience we are looking for 

  • Experience of supporting people in a classroom setting would be beneficial but not essential.
  • An ability to follow direction and take the initiative as and when required.
  • A patient, friendly and sensitive personality.
  • Good time keeping and listening skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to explain complex ideas simply.
  • Have a creative and flexible approach.
  • A PVG check will be required (provided by Crisis)


Additional information

All Crisis volunteers are asked to:

  • Comply with Crisis policies including health and safety, data protection and code of conduct at all times
  • To maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all accessible information about members and the organisation
  • Be positive, productive and have the passion to help end homelessness