Passionate about local, healthy, sustainable food? Got some time on your hands to give to a worthwhile cause? Then why not volunteer for Made In Hackney.

Ways To Volunteer

For our emergency meal delivery service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:


Cycle Buddy - You will need your own bicycle to help with delivering our meals, You will also need to be handy using an app on your smart phone for routing the deliveries. You will accompany another cyclist riding a Cargo Bike that carries the meals and you'll help guard the bikes when out and about.

Cargo Biker - As above, but you will need a Cargo Bike or access to one you can borrow. Unfortunately bicycles with panniers will not be sufficient for transporting the meals.

Our cyclists ride from 4.00-6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will be provided with masks and gloves and required to watch a food safety training video before you start.

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Do you have a car to help with making meal deliveries? You will need use of a car to make bulk drop offs to hostels in need of large meal orders. You will be provided with masks and gloves and required to watch a food hygiene training video.

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Want hands on experience working in a kitchen alongside our community meal service chefs? Each shift you will help the team prepare over 600 delicious meals in a fun and fast-paced community kitchen in Hackney. You will need prior experience working in professional kitchens or catering projects and you’ll be asked to complete a Food Safety Level 2 online training as part of your induction.

Time commitment required is Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8.00am–5.00pm, or in half day shifts either morning or afternoon.

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Note: This is predominantly an online role working remotely from home. You will need to live in London as it will require visits to the Meal Service.

Want hands on experience working on our community meal service?. You will regularly speak with our meal beneficiaries, helping to answer their phone and email queries. You will need to be a good communicator and confident in working with excel spreadsheets and using our routing app Circuits.

Time commitment required is every Tuesday or Thursday from 10.00am–2.00pm or 3:30-6:30 pm.

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Become A Project Assistant

Want hands on experience running an ambitious community project? Looking to change career and move into the charity/community food sector but lack real-world experience to get a job? Then this could be the opportunity for you. Only apply if you can commit to volunteering a minimum of 7 hours each week for three months. Excellent communication, organisational, computer literacy and social media skills essential.

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Become A Meal Operations Assistant

Fancy working as part of the kitchen team at our community meal service? You will help ensure the meal service operates smoothly in preparing and delivering plant-based meals for Hackney residents. If you are organised, love attention to detail, willing to muck in, and occasionally carry heavy bags of supplies, please fill in the application form below. Only apply if you can commit to either a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon for 3 months.

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Become A Class Host

Note: This role can be either supporting online classes on Zoom or face to face classes at our cookery school.

Are you friendly, organised and good with people? Knowledgeable about global food issues and keen to share this information with others? Would you thrive off supporting and encouraging people to do their best in a MIH cookery class? Then this could be the post for you. Sense of humour, patience and knowledge of food issues all essential.

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Offer Your Skills

Are you a campaigner, fundraiser, carpenter, plumber, up-cycler, tech person, PR, photographer, filmmaker, copy writer, designer or artisan food maker? Want to offer your services pro-bono to a worthwhile local cause where you can really see its impact? Then why not get in touch with MIH to see how you can contribute to the Made In Hackney local food mission.

Become an Events Volunteer

Do you like meeting people? Working outside? Being at a market or festival? We'd love you to join our team of Events Volunteers to help us set up and run a Made in Hackney Information stand at markets, shows, fun days and festivals. These may include Stoke Newington Farmers Market, Broadway Market, VegFest, The Restaurant Show, Woodberry Downs Estate Summer fair and many others.

You will need to be a good organiser, confident to deal with the public and happy to work independently with other volunteers, sometimes taking the responsibility to set up the stand in the morning or pack up at end of the day.

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Become a Trustee

We do not currently have any trustee vacancies. View our current Board of Trustees

Online Application Form

To apply for any of the above please fill in our online application form using the button above. We get a very high volume of applications so please allow a few weeks for a reply.

If you need assistance completing this application form or need to complete a paper copy please call us on 02084424266.

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