ID: 161394

Volunteer Orientation and Trainer

Education & Training Regular - more than 6 months Forestville NSW

About this opportunity

About the Men’s Kitchen

Many older men have never had the need or desire to undertake any cooking, but now in their later years have either realised that they may need to cook for themselves sometime in the future or have indeed found themselves in the situation where they must cook at home. Also, many blokes having left work have lost a lot of the social contact they once had while they were employed.

The overall purpose of the Men’s Kitchen is to provide opportunities for mature people to gather together and learn cooking skills, while building their support network at the same time.

In 2010, NSW Health commenced a Men's Carer Cooking Program in Narrabeen. That program continued until the end of 2015 when NSW Health announced it would be no longer funding its operation. The six members of the program at the time decided to relocate to Forestville and form Forest Men's Kitchen as an incorporated association.

From there we set about expanding our membership to ensure the Association became a vibrant and exciting place to be and by the end of 2020 we had expanded our membership to over 100, conducting nine monthly cooking sessions across our three Sydney Northern Beaches Kitchens.

Such has been the demand for our services locally, we have decided to expand the Men’s Kitchen to be a national organisation and have started making the necessary changes for this to occur. This process is expected to take until the middle of 2021 and will mean some progressive changes to our structure but not to our purpose.

Role Brief

In order to support our expansion plans, we are looking for a volunteer orientation and training manager to help our increasing voluntary team smoothly engage.

In this voluntary role, you should be passionate about seeing older men develop some basic cooking skills in a friendly social environment. Our volunteers are people who have the skills needed for their role with us but have no knowledge of our processes and mode of operation. Your role will be to assist us to efficiently bring cooking instructors, cooking session coordinators and remote managers on board by helping them understand our culture and learn our processes.

Excellent communication skills are essential and if you also have experience designing face to face and online learning programs, we’d like to meet you.

Ultimately, you will play a key role in our organisation’s success and expansion by delivering well trained people to our organisation.


Ideally you reside in the North Eastern part of Sydney, but as the training will mostly need to be conducted remotely, that is not essential.

To apply

It is recommended that you visit our website for general information about our organisation. Before applying, contact Peter Watson on 0411 476 532 to obtain further information.


  • Coordinating the orientation and training of volunteers
  • Developing and implementing new and improved orientation and learning programs
  • Designing online, live and self-paced courses, workshops and other learning experiences.


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Comfortable working with volunteers and older people
  • Experience as a Training Manager or similar would be an advantage

Time Required

Initially it will require a few hours each week to set up the orientation and training program, and then fewer regular hours ongoing , but on an as needed basis to manage volunteers coming on board. This role is ideally suited to a retiree.

Suitable for
  • Online & Remote Volunteers
  • People with disability
  • Skilled Volunteers
  • Wheelchair Access
Type of work
  • Education & Training
  • Food Preparation & Service
  • Seniors & Aged Care

We will bring you up to speed on the roles that require orientation and training. Other training can be provided as required.


Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.