Volunteer and Ambassador Programme

WCHG-161The Real Food Wythenshawe Volunteer and Ambassador programme helps the project team to deliver the aim of supporting residents of Wythenshawe to pursue healthy lower carbon lifestyles through the food they grow, cook and eat.

Each volunteer and ambassador will become a champion of sustainable food either through the knowledge they already have or through being part of the project and receiving support, training and experience.

In 2013, we recruited 20 volunteers and several ambassadors who are contributing to the wealth of activity going on as part of this project.
Find out when the next induction session is scheduled for on our events page.

How do I become an ambassador?

Anyone who has a background in growing, permaculture cooking, nutrition, environment, aquaponics/hydroponics and, most importantly, good food and would be interested in getting you involved with Real Food Wythenshawe to spread your knowledge and enthusiasm, we would love to hear from you. You can fill in the Expression of Interest form or email Kay.Bamford@wchg.org.uk

How do I become a volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer you will be supported with training, provided with a reference and have access to all the Real Food Wythenshawe workshops. To get started all you need to do is fill in the Expression of Interest form or email Kay.Bamford@wchg.org.uk

Example Volunteer Roles


Community cooking

  • Support cooking sessions and establishing cookery clubs in community venues and provide support around healthy affordable eating
  • Support a ‘Fareshare spoke’ in Wythenshawe (re-distribute food to communities in need that would have otherwise gone into landfill)
  • Support at Real Food Wythenshawe events

Community cooking volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with all the above and complete their food hygiene certification along with other training (such as health champion training, cooking on a budget, labelling, preserving)


Community growing

  • Help to set up fruit and vegetable growing sites around Wythenshawe and at the Walled Garden and Horticultural Centre in the Park.
  • Identify, harvest and distribute surplus fruit and vegetables
  • Support at Real Food Wythenshawe events

All roles will be supported by training opportunities. For example, Employability skills through our ‘Real Opportunities’ programme. Planning your fruit and vegetable plot, soil management, container growing, composting first aid training, carbon literacy.