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Cafe Volunteers needed

The Hornbeam’s life blood is its amazing volunteers. We are looking for friendly people to help out in our cosy cafe during the week. Could you help?

Shifts are 9am-2pm or 1-6pm. Tues, Wed or Thurs.

If you have cafe experience that would be great, but if not, just a friendly and pro-active attitude with lots of passion for good food and some experience with food prep is most important.

By volunteering you’ll be helping this long-standing community space keep its costs low so we can support community initiatives in various ways. You’ll also learn about running a cafe and be in a wonderful, supportive and social place.

Start date: as soon as possible

Contact: Anne@hornbeam.org.uk or drop by and say hello.

Thurs 11 May – Growing the Local Dream workshop

HORNBEAM NIGHTS Thurs workshop, 7-10pm

Growing your own food - practical activism.
Growing your own food – practical activism.

Thurs 11 May, GROWING THE LOCAL DREAM: a talk on making food sovereignty a reality and how to start growing your own.

We have three guests speakers who are involved in growing with Hornbeam partner and local community growing project Organiclea. 

SPEAKERS:
Melanie Strickland – OrganicLea: What is Food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty allows communities control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. The food sovereignty movement is a global alliance of farmers, growers, consumers and activists.
Mel is the Community Food Movement Builder at Organiclea

Terry Bennett – OrganicLea: How to bring small growers into the political mainstream.
Terry will be referencing the Land Worker’s alliance post brexit agricultural policy.
– A new growth model for a new generation.
– Grow the dream and nurture your brain.

Jon Rackham – Gardens for all
Do it yourself. How to bring your growing home.

FREE although donations to Hornbeam and Organiclea’s community work are gratefully received.

FOOD AVAILABLE: hot vegan curry and rice bowl for £6.

DRINKS: choose from our fully stocked bar of local ales and ciders, bio-dynamic wines, locally made soft drinks and vegan snacks.

FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: You can also find out about the work of Organiclea and the Hornbeam and volunteering opportunities at both

People’s Kitchen – every Monday

People's Kitchen menu
People’s Kitchen menu

Every Monday the normal Hornbeam Cafe is closed, but we transform it with volunteer-led cooking, using zero waste food donated from supermarkets and local shops.

Food is served 1pm, or come and help make the lunch and join us at 10am to prep the food.

Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbour or colleagues.

 

People's Kitchen volunteers preparing food
People’s Kitchen volunteers preparing food

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People’s Kitchen is part of Hornbeam’s Food for London project, which works with Waltham Forest Food Rescue and other anti-food waste organisations.

Visit our Best Before pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stall outside the Hornbeam every Monday too (weather permitting). New volunteers always welcome. Contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to help on stalls or to collect food for local agencies supporting those in need. 

 

Community Mondays in January

 

All are welcome to Community Mondays
All are welcome to Community Mondays

Weekly drop-in opportunity to help out or skill-up at the Hornbeam. Volunteers help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and have a free lunch too. Every Monday, 11am -2pm.

Jamming happens every week with Organiclea upstairs at the Hornbeam from 10am-1pm. To be a jamming volunteer please contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to book a place

Drop in any Monday between 10am and 2pm to find out more about our range of volunteering opportunities that happen each Monday. Everyone welcome.

Mon 9 Jan, People’s Kitchen, 10am-2pm. The first Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.

Food is served at 1pm. Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbours or colleagues. To volunteer please contact Carolyn at volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk.

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Eating together on Community Mondays

Pay-what-you-feel food stalls borough-wide
Waltham Forest Food Rescue are also running pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stalls around the borough.

  • Every Monday, 12:00 – 15:00 at the the Hornbeam
  • Every Tuesday. 14:30 – 17:30 at Friday Hill Tenants Management Organisation offices
  • First Saturday of the Month, at the Transition Leytonstone Market outside Matalan, Leytonstone High Road.

We welcome suggestions of new places for pop-up Food Rescue stalls and would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer. Contact Poppy.

Monday 16 Jan: Kids Kitchen 10-12pm, Cooking with the under fives, singing songs together and washing up. Please book to secure your place.

Mon 23 Jan Community Monday with Hedge Herbs, 10am-12pm Make your own herbal remedies for childhood ailments with Rasheeqa from Hedgeherbs.

Mon 30 Jan – Admin/DIY and Toilet Makeover! 9.30-1.30
Please join us for the tasks that keep this building ticking over and remaining an amazing resource for so many groups in the community.

The upstairs toilet needs some serious TLC! Mirrors, hooks, grout cleaner, and a plumber that’s handy with cisterns. Last Monday of every month, come at 9.30am, lunch at 1.30pm.

NOTE

Stay, Play and Protest is NOT on in January, but will start again on Mon 6 February 1.30-2.30pm
Stay, play & protest is a new type of parenting group. It’s an informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist – talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. Contact Esther
Join the Stay, Play and Protest Facebook group for more details. 

 

Community Mondays

Community Mondays: one-off, drop-in opportunities 10.00am-2pm – we help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and often have some lunch too.

Past Community Mondays have included Makeover Mondays (painting, repairing and general upkeep of the Hornbeam), skill shares in low cost and sustainable living, sign-writing, jam and juice making (working to an AQA certification for those that would like to get it), food prep for People’s Kitchen, social media sharing and admin support.

We are recruiting Community Monday Lead Volunteers – could that be you? If you’re interested in leading a group of volunteers of various abilities and inspire them to learn about cooking we’d love to hear from you! Full position details coming soon. We’re looking to recruit a few Community Monday Lead Volunteers so the sessions will be shared among a few people. 11am-2.30pm

Generally Community Mondays are as follows:

First Monday: People’s Kitchen
Second Monday: Makeover Monday
Third Monday: People’s Kitchen
Fourth Monday: Jamming
Fifth Monday (if there is one): pot luck!
Community Mondays are led by experienced facilitators and are open to all.

But check the What’s On page as sometimes Community Mondays change due to national holidays etc. There are no Community Mondays on Bank Holidays.

Pop-in and join us any Monday to take part in an activity (ring the doorbell as the cafe will look closed) or just come and learn about other volunteering roles. Alternatively, email volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk or fill in the form below.

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The FIRST and THIRD Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from rescued food. Volunteer from 10am or just come to eat at 1pm – Pay-what-you-feel!  More info.

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Jamming with Organiclea

Alongside Community Mondays at the Hornbeam E17: Asia-and-Caroline-with-tomatoes Jamming with Organiclea.

Work in a commercial kitchen producing jams, drinks and preserves to sell on Organiclea’s community stalls and in local shops all over Waltham Forest, using seasonal produce and gluts.

You can work towards a Preserving AQA, this is great for any level and experience.  Or just come along and make jam! 

Complete the online form or email volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk

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