June: Bath FoodCycle impresses in the kitchen and an emotional goodbye!

Hello FoodCyclers!

Success and celebration! 

Last week we had a visit from our local Environmental Health Officer who surveyed our session and quizzed our Hub Coordinator, Sarah. The kitchen team were incredible as ever and really impressed our visitor. He inspected our processes, safety and cleanliness and awarded us a prestigious 5 out of 5 on the Scores on the Doors system. To put this in context; Food Hygiene scores are published (http://ratings.food.gov.uk) and many of the best restaurants and cafes don’t get awarded such a high score! Thank you to everyone who works hard in our kitchen every week, this is an impressive achievement and one we share with every member of our kitchen team; whether they were present this week or not. Well Done everyone!

Remember to sign up on the rota for the next few weeks and while you are on there check out the shiny new FoodCycle site at  http://foodcycle.org.uk/

Good Bye from me! 

This will be news to some but not too all… I am leaving the FoodCycle team! I am on the final weeks of my count down until my departure to a remote area of Zimbabwe at the beginning of July. I have been selected to lead a team of volunteers in a development project for Progressio; an international development charity. I joined Bath FoodCycle last summer and have loved being in the role of Volunteer Manager. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been involved; the awesome and dedicated hub leader team, everyone who has helped with fundraising and of course to the fantastic session team – chefs, community participation team and drivers! Many of you will have already met Alex who is stepping up from Volunteer Coordinator to Volunteer Manager and if you haven’t I’m sure you will at a session soon!

Shameless plug… I am fundraising before my departure and as part of this I have committed to shaving my hair into a mohawk! If you would like to donate and vote for me to go ahead with my challenge (there are a few other people who are also doing challenges) then head to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alicehooper1

Alice voting

Handing my soapbox over….

It is with great happiness that I introduce one of our founding hub leaders, Alexa! A regular session leader and head chef; she will be the new voice behind the newsletters, keeping you up to date with the Bath FoodCycle goings on. If you ever have any suggestions for things to include in these newsletters, Alexa would love your input! Good Luck keeping up the high standard I have set for you, Alexa… big shoes to fill and all that!

I have loved working with all of you and have been inspired by how many people give up their time to keep this project going. Find me on Facebook or LinkedIn (Alice Hooper) to keep in touch!

Signing off for the last time,

Alice x


Next month’s social, new members of the team and training opportunities…

Hello FoodCyclers!

Our rota is up for the next few weeks and we would love to see both new and familiar faces at our cooking sessions! There are some positions available for this Wednesday if you are available! If you haven’t been to a session before you’ll hear from one of us leading up to the cook and will get an induction to FoodCycle detailing everything you need to know and answering any questions you may have. Whether you are a gourmet chef or brand new to the culinary arts, there is a place in our kitchen regardless!

Community Participation Training!

To our volunteers and followers we are best known for our cooking and our creative, hardworking chef team but did you know about the whole other team, Community Participation? Our front line volunteers are the friendly bunch who welcome our guests, organise the food going from the kitchen to the table and keep the session inclusive and positive. One of the most important things to us is that there is a friendly atmosphere for our guests to enjoy and the benefit of our sessions stretches beyond the delicious food we serve. We like to get to know our guests; to find out how they came to hear about us and ensure they have a lovely time with us. As we reach out to many socially isolated and vulnerable groups we know that everyone’s experience of FoodCycle will be different and our Community Participation volunteers are at our sessions to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all guests and volunteers.

We provide training for our Community Participation volunteers in order for them to carry out this key role and if this something you would be interested in then we would love to train you. Either email us at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com or sign up on the rota and we will begin your training at your first session with a run-down of who we are and what we do!

Hub Leader update

We have a new member of the hub leader team in our midst! Those who have been to cooking sessions in the last few weeks will have had the pleasure of meeting our new Volunteer Coordinator, Alex! With our minds all turning to summer, Alex will be taking on the task of helping us become more sustainable during the summer months; a challenging time for us as the students return home for a few months and volunteer numbers dip. A very warm Bath FoodCycle welcome to Alex!

Don’t forget about our monthly social on Thursday the 30th of May at the St James Wine Valuts from 8pm! Come find us upstairs and take part in the pub quiz as part of the Bath FoodCycle team! See you there!

Alice and the Bath FoodCycle Team