If you would like to volunteer in any way with The Larder, we would love to hear from you. There are many different options available and we provide full training and support.

Please click on the links below to find out more about specific opportunities: Volunteering with The Larder can guarantee one thing for you or your team; your contribution will never be forgotten!

Opportunities for Individuals and companies:

  • Volunteering in the cook school
  • Mentoring/coaching young unemployed people
  • Trainer for young unemployed people
  • Cooking Tutor
  • Corporate sponsorship

Volunteering at the cook school

  • Are you passionate about food and cooking?
  • Do you have a background in the food and drink sector, particularly cooking and hospitality?
  • Would you like to teach others how to appreciate the value of food and how to cook good wholesome food at home?

If the answer to these questions is yes then we would like to hear from you.

Volunteering in the cook school will require you to teach both adults and children the basics of food hygiene, food safety and cooking.

The Larder provides training and support for volunteers. We ask you to sign up for specific courses depending on your experience and availability and this can be anything from 2 hours each week to delivering a course for 12 hours over a whole week. We can work around your availability as we have a number of courses available


Volunteering in our youth programmes

Whatever you’re into, whether it’s music, dance, art, reading, science, gardening or wood work, your interests and enthusiasm can help enrich the lives of the most disadvantaged and unemployed young people.

The Larder would like to hear from anyone that has experience of working with disadvantaged young people and would like to help us to help them move into sustainable employment.

We are looking for people that can use their own experiences and interests to enthuse young people to develop their own aspiration in life, build their confidence and create their own ‘root’ to a career that will enable them to reach their full potential in life

The Larder provides training and support for volunteers. We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hour per week, for at least 15 weeks, but we welcome volunteers who can stay for longer.

Ideally Volunteers should be over 18 years old and be able to volunteer throughout West Lothian.


Volunteering as a youth mentor/coach

One-to-one mentor support is extremely valuable for our young people, many of whom don’t have positive adult role models in their lives. Mentors will be able to help young people to achieve goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem and have some fun!

The Larder mentoring aims to provide the young person with a meaningful adult relationship by encouraging and supporting them through the development of a strong personal bond. The mentor will also provide guidance based on their own personal experiences.

The Larder provides training and support for volunteer mentors. A mentor would meet with the young person once a week, and must commit for a minimum of a year. Mentors must be over 18 years old and able to volunteer throughout West Lothian.


Volunteering in our volunteer pool

The Larder Volunteer Pool is a fantastic way to stay in touch with various events and projects taking place at The Larder that you may wish to get involved with on an ad-hoc basis. It does not involve any long-term or regular commitment. Just whenever and however you can

You will receive e-mail notifications from us when we require help with a workshop, event or project. You will also receive invitations to events taking place throughout the year.

You can join the Volunteer Pool straight away but if you would like to get involved with the opportunities directly involving children you will need to complete an application form and attend an interview.


To apply for any of the volunteering opportunities above:

Please email info@thelarder.org for a Volunteer Information pack.

Once you return it we will then be in touch to invite you to an interview and let you know the next steps in the application process. We will complete a Disclosure Scotland application with you at the interview.

Please note that if you are under 25 you could be eligible for apply for a Millenium Volunteer Award, recognised by universities, colleges and employers. For more information about this, please visit Millenium Volunteers or contact info@thelarder.org

If you would prefer to post your application form then please send to:

The Larder
Unit 6 B2 Brewster Square
Brucefield Industrial Estate
West Lothian
EH54 9BJ