St Albans Tuesday Lunch Club meets every Tuesday (in ‘term’ times) at St Alban’s Parish Centre, Holmewood. It is a church-supported activity but there is no religious content to the day.
We offer home cooked meals with a cup of tea or coffee, and we include a vegetarian option as standard. We can cater for special dietary requirements (if we know in advance) and are well supported by the local Environmental Health Inspectorate. Meals are currently priced at £3.
As a volunteer we would like you to be keen, to enjoy working with other people, want to offer a commitment, and to get enjoyment out of what you do. You do not need to be a trained chef but it helps if you like to cook (even a bit!). It will be helpful if you are able to handle pots and pans easily (some are quite big), but we work as a team and help each other.
As a group we would give you all the support we can, encourage you in working in a safe manner, and support you in obtaining a food hygiene qualification (if you would like to do so). Protective aprons and headwear would be provided. We would also like to feed you.
We begin at 9am and are usually cleared away by 2 pm, often earlier. If you are not able to start this early we are happy to work with you to find your best start time. For public transport users the Pronto bus from Chesterfield stops right outside the door, with the return stop being about 50 metres away. Other bus services use these stops. There is car parking in the yard and bikes can be kept inside.
We welcome suggestions from our diners and our team about menus etc. and about any other activities that might enhance our lunch offering (though no one seems to want Bingo!)
Safety – because the people who come to our Lunch Club are generally elderly they are deemed to be ‘vulnerable’ and we therefore need to make sure all our volunteers have an enhanced DBS check. We do this for everyone and there is no cost to the volunteer. If you already have one currently in place you would be asked to bring it with you. If not we will arrange for this to be done for you.