Sam’s experience of being a volunteer

Sam has been volunteering in catering and below is her experience of volunteering through YAS.

“I started volunteering through Youth Action Sussex in July 2013 after I found out about it from college. I am currently doing a level 2 food preparation certificate and wanted to do something in the kitchen. I had never volunteered before.

During the college holidays I helped out at a project called Chomp. Chomp provides healthy meals for families who would normally get free school meals. I was happy to plan, prepare and cook meals for about 20 or 30 people. Some of the dishes I made were; lasagne, shepherds pie, chicken roast dinner and apple crumble. Volunteering at Chomp gave me a lot of confidence  especially cooking for a lot of people and I learnt more skills and got to meet new people. I really enjoyed being busy too.

Chomp only runs during the school holidays so in September I started volunteering at the Brighthelm café and I am still there now! I help prepare the lunches and dinners and feel really part of the team. I’ve also helped out and organised some of the food for the busy functions they have so Brighthelm really keeps me busy and I can do as many or as little hours as I would like which is really helpful around college. I enjoy volunteering at Brighthelm and always go back to Chomp during the school holidays so it’s nice to do both”.