Owl Tree Volunteer

The Owl Tree Children’s Café CIC is a not for profit Community Interest company that seeks to provide a safe, affordable accessible space for families and support families in everything that we do.

We are seeking to recruit volunteers that have an interest in early years and supporting families in a community setting but who are also interested in and willing to participate in the food service side of the business.

Volunteers would be required to support in all aspects of the day to day functions of the café, including but not limited to –

  • Assist in basic food preparation under the guidance of kitchen staff
  • Interact with families and create a welcoming atmosphere within the café
  • Provide assistance and support to families
  • Serve food and drinks to customers
  • Operate the till and cash handling
  • Provide excellent customer service to enhance the overall experience for customers
  • Provide support on crafts and interacting with children, supporting them to engage with the play activities on offer

As part of our new volunteering programme “Building the Nest” we have the opportunity to provide some training support for volunteers in the hope of enhancing our provision to the community and also aiming to increase employability for volunteers. We will provide training in the following areas -

  • Safeguarding
  • Mental health first aid/paediatric first aid
  • Early years
  • Food safety

We aim to give each volunteer a broad range of experience by creating a number of volunteering roles within the café. We would require all volunteers to agree to a set date / time for volunteering and additional time for in house and external training. Volunteering hours are flexible and can be tailored to the circumstances of the individual within reason.

All training costs will be covered.

We will facilitate as far as possible any particular interests of a volunteers but will encourage all volunteers to particulate in the full programme.


There are no set qualifications needed however we would be interested to hear from people who have a passion for working with families in a community setting, have excellent communication skills, and a willingness to undergo training in safeguarding.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Support from staff including a project support officer who is available 3 days per week to support volunteers and provide information on training.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 08/03/2024

End Date: 01/04/2025

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Owl Tree Children's Café (The Community Nest)
Former Coxlodge Methodist Church
Kenton Road/John Street, Coxlodge
Newcastle upon Tyne

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