Somerset Food Champions

Somerset’s Food Champions scheme is looking to expand its network of volunteers who help residents save money by wasting less food. On average, UK households each throw away the equivalent of six meals every week, and individuals discard £200 of food and drink a year, rising to £290 for people who live on their own.

Girl with dinner plateBecome a Somerset Food Champion and Somerset Waste Partnership will help you understand more about the issues surrounding food waste and practical steps to make better use of food. We will equip you with information and tools so you can pass on practical tips to help others in your community save money by reducing food waste. We will also cover food waste recycling and encouraging more recycling.

You do not need to be an expert in food or cooking to be a Food Champion. You just need to be keen to waste less, recycle more, save cash – and help others do the same.

Somerset Food Champions are given a day’s training, support tools and ongoing advice from the scheme coordinator at Somerset Waste Partnership.

The training is provided for free but volunteers must undertake to champion the cause in their community. To help Somerset Food Champions reach out in your community, we’ll also pay a reasonable travel allowance once signed up. (Some simple terms and conditions apply).

As a rough target we would love volunteers to aim to put in 30 hours over a year, but we fully expect some to do more and some to do less. We are grateful for any time you put into promoting food waste reduction and recycling.

The next training opportunity is:
•    10am – 4pm, Saturday 11 March, Seager Hall, Wells United Church, Union Street, Wells BA5 2PU 

This training event includes a session called Kitchen Confidential (from 10am – 1pm) open to a wider audience with supplementary information in the afternoon for new Somerset Food Champion volunteers only.

Union Street car park adjacent to Seager Hall has lots of spaces but is limited to a maximum stay 3 hours. All day parking is available at Waitrose long stay area near the top in Whiting Way, Wells. Map of car parks in Wells.

Advanced booking is essential.

With lots of ways to champion the cause, there are great opportunities for personal development – from kitchen skills, confidence in communicating and giving presentations, to using social media, creating your own posters or personalising promotional materials.

How volunteers pass on advice is up to them. You could start by chatting to neighbours and friends or setting up displays and do more as your confidence grows, like articles in a local newsletter, passing on information at local events, talks, or even running workshops.

Be part of a friendly supportive Somerset Food Champion network and make a valuable contribution to the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

You can book your place online.

Interested in volunteering as a Food Champion, but can’t make these dates? Sign up to receive emails about future Somerset Food Champion training opportunities when they arise – you can unsubscribe at any time.

For queries or more details of these or future training opportunities, please contact recycle@somersetwaste.gov.uk with Food Champions in the subject line or call 01823 625700 and ask for Beth Prince.