Grow, Share, Cook

    Grow, Share, Cook provides opportunities for households on lower incomes to improve healthy eating and cookery skills in Plymouth, helping to address food poverty and the accessibility of fresh food through the three steps of growing, sharing and cooking.

    Working in partnership with Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth City Council and Food is Fun CIC Tamar Grow Local is supplying fortnightly bags of 5 different seasonal fruits and vegetables which are sourced direct from  growers and community growing projects in the Tamar Valley and in Plymouth. Outside of the local growing seasons, bags are supplemented with British produce bought from a local wholesaler. A recipe sheet designed around the contents are included with each bag to help encourage recipients to try out new and varied meal ideas.

    As well as receiving fortnightly veg bags, recipients also take part in cookery sessions  designed to widen cookery knowlegde using local and seasonal produce and encourage recipients to eat fresh fruit and vegetables on a more regular basis. There are also a number of volunteer opportunities  with the project for people to help growing food, delivering out the bags and delivering cookery sessions.


    In February 2014, Plymouth applied to become a City of Service. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York developed the Cities of Service model to encourage people in their communities to “do their bit” and to link the impact of volunteering to city priorities. Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, backed by the Cabinet Office, announced in 2013 that it wanted to bring Cities of Service to the UK. Local authorities were invited to bid for volunteering projects that addressed evidenced need in their area. Plymouth was successful in receiving funding over two years to deliver two specific projects – Energy Champions (to combat fuel poverty) and Grow, Share, Cook (to combat food poverty). 

    At the end of the 2015-16 round of Grow, Share, Cook:

    • 23,360 meals have been given to 1,611 people
    • 85% of participants say they now have a healthier diet
    • 89% of participants say that Grow, Share, Cook has helped improve their cooking skills
    • At the peak of the project in 2015, 100 families received free fortnightly fruit and veg boxes
    • 216 pots and pans were donated by Plymouth residents in the pots and pans amnesty which were then redistributed to Plymouth residents in need.

    Watch our Grow Share Cook film here!

    Job Vacancy! - We need a co-ordinator for the Grow Share Cook project in 2020

    Do you have a passion for fresh, seasonal and local produce?  

    Are you passionate about community health and well-being?

    Do you have an eye for detail and a capacity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in when necessary?  

    Are you great at working as part of a team but have the gumption to manage yourself too? 

    About Us

    Grow, Share Cook is a project providing free vegetables and cooking sessions to individuals for up to one year. Volunteers are involved in the growing, packing and cooking sessions wherever possible. Our aim is to work with people who are at risk of developing or have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, helping improve health and wellbeing through fresh food, home cooking and healthy eating. The host organisation for Grow Share Cook is Tamar Grow Local.  

    We need a self-employed coordinator who is passionate about people and as efficient and orderly as it is possible to be.

    The Role

    You will act as coordinator for the Grow Share Cook project which will involve liaising with participants, Tamar Grow Local HQ, the cookery coordinator and other stakeholders to arrange for vegetable deliveries and coordinate the cookery sessions. This will involve:

    Call each participant fortnightly to:

    Remind them of veg bag delivery time and venue

    Confirm their ability to collect that week

    Inform of veg bag contents

    Follow up on any non-collected veg bags

    ·       Recruit new participants

    ·       Update spreadsheets regularly

    ·       Visit collection points fortnightly and engage with participants

    ·       Give out, collect and evaluate regular feedback forms

    ·       Keep the Facebook page updated

    ·       Keep scrupulous records of collections and updates

    ·       Organise and facilitate cooking sessions, including organising venues, liaising with the demonstrator, collecting and evaluating feedback from participants

    ·       Help create ‘Personal Journey’ Logs for all participants

    ·       Developing relationships with our partners and customers.

    ·       Liaising with the Grow Share Cook steering group to enhance and improve our operations where necessary.

    ·       Travelling around and between Plymouth and Callington.

    The co-ordinator role averages 7.5 hrs a week for which we will pay £10.90 an hour on a self employed basis. However, project delivery is fortnightly and hours dedicated to the project are skewed accordingly with approximately 1.5 days in the delivery week, and 0.5 day in the ‘off week’. Hours are relatively flexible but there are weekly deadlines which must be met and attendance at delivery points on a Thursday during delivery weeks will be required. We will pay £327 every 4 weeks upon receipt of an invoice.

    The Person

    In an ideal world you’ll be passionate about people’s health and wellbeing as well as local, fresh and seasonal produce.  

    The key attributes you will possess are:

    ·       An ability to build relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.

    ·       An organised and systematic approach to your work but with the capacity to be flexible.

    ·       A passion for local, seasonal food.

    ·       Experience of spreadsheets and databases.

    ·       A scrupulous approach to record keeping.

    ·       A willingness to “muck in” with other project priorities should the need arise.

    How to Apply

    Please forward a CV and covering letter to by the 26th January 2020 and tell us why you think you’d be our perfect fit. Interviews will be scheduled for 29th January 2020.