Volunteering experience

Last 23rd April, I had the opportunity to be volunteer for first time in my life. I was really exciting, we had to cook the dinner for 20 people. I was working with the people of Food Cycling Portsmouth, they were too nice and helped me every time I needed.

For this time, I was volunteer with a classmate who is doing here her Erasmus, and doesn’t doubt a second to help us.

At first, they gave to the people coffee or tea, the meal was a typical English soup, rice with vegetables and a bit of curry and for desert one cake with ham. I had to cut onions, mushrooms, potatoes…

Also I took some pictures for FoodPortsmouths’ Instagram account. We had a nice time talking and cooking and everything was really good cooked.

I want to appreciate all the work that do the people of Food Cycle collecting food to cook for people that really need.

With no doubts I’m going to repeat this experience and I’m waiting yet for the next time!

People's Project funding experience

It was my first task at John Pounds Centre: to help get as many votes as possible to win the People’s Project funding to continue the social projects of the centre. Everything was new for me because we don’t do that in Spain, so I had to read about it to get more information.

The first morning I stayed at reception asking people if the had voted for us, fortunately most of the people had voted before. It was a great opportunity for me to improve my English skills because I had to talk with the people.

To be honest, at the beginning it was a little bit difficult for me to understand everyone because they use to speak fast.

I liked what I was doing because it was for a good cause, try to get money to help other people.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we were at Central Library trying to get new votes. It was a good idea because there we could talk with new people and try to get new votes. It shows how generous people were, because most of them wanted to help us with their vote and wanted to know more about us and our projects. On those two days we get a lot of online votes.

For finish our voting week, on Friday we were at Tesco. We set up a desk, where people could vote through laptops. We stayed there from 10>30 until 15>30 and got a lot of votes. It was amazing to see that many people had already voted for us even there.

Also it was a great opportunity to get to know the people of Portsmouth, who thet are and what they do.

Kids breakfast experience

Everything was new for me, because I had never done anything like that before. At first I was little bit nervous because it was my first day of work experience.

I tried to calm down myself and started preparing breakfast. The children of the scheme began to come little by little. First, they were shy when I asked if they wanted to have something but it’s normal because it was their first day of Kids Club. Some of them asked me for one or two slices of toasts with butter, jam and some juice. (I don’t know why, but almost children love the blackcurrant and apple juice)

I was making toast for a half hour and the time went very fast because it was entertaining so when I wanted to realise, the children had already left. Then we washed the kitchen stuff and ended the breakfast session.

It was a good experience, and I liked that because I was helping people that needed it.

On the second day I felt that there was more confidence in the environment, also because the children already knew each other and they had no problem in waiting for their turn to take some toasts or juice.

The third day, on Wednesday, as well as serving breakfast, we served the launch. We had two full trays of macaroni with tomato and vegetables to give to the kids. It was very rewarding for me because after being playing all the morning, they were so hungry, some of them even had seconds. We put the remaining food in takeaway boxes for the dinner the next day.

On Friday, the kids were quite sad because it was their last day at the Kids Club and they had made a lot of new friends. I felt confident to talk with them about how their last week was here and which things they liked about the programme.

I really appreciate the opportunity to help them and how I changed my mind about that. I would recommend this experience to anyone without doubts.

About me

Luis Angel Gonzalez

Luis Angel Gonzalez

Hi there!

Welcome to my blog where I’m going to tell you about my work experience in the UK.

My name is Luis, I’m an Spanish student doing an internship in Portsmouth. After being working for five years I decided to continue my studies and actually I’m finishing my degree in Marketing and Advertisement. I chose to come here because I wanted to improve my English and this way is being a great opportunity for that, I’m discovering a lot of new places and new people here, so I recommend everyone to do this.

Also I’m discovering my social facet, and I would like to help as much as I can to people that really need help.

Help Fuel FoodCycle Portsmouth to support those in need

Every year almost 12m over-65s receive £100 or more from the government to help with winter fuel bills. However, unlike many benefits, the winter fuel payment is not means tested, and is paid regardless of income or savings.

While this payment is essential to many older residents, some over 65s do not need, or indeed want, to take this payment and would rather it went to those who need it more.

Baroness Joan Bakewell, the journalist, famously said wealthy pensioners should donate their winter fuel allowance to charity. She told one newspaper that she had tried to send her payment back - but "they wouldn't have it."

FoodCycle Portsmouth however, will have it.

We are an volunteer run organisation that provides community meals twice a week. Our guests include those who are perhaps struggling financially, living in temporary accommodation or on the streets, or those that find themselves socially isolated. We feed them all – and more besides.

As a local charity, Foodcycle Portmsouth depend on fundraising and financial donations to keep going. Funds are needed for a host of things that include keeping our van on the road to collect surplus food from supermarkets; pay for insurance, kitchen hire, volunteer training and support; equipment, compliance, dry goods … and so this list goes on.

If you are one of those fortunate members of our community who isn’t in need of your winter fuel allowance this year then why not use it to help support others less fortunate? You can donate safely and quickly to FoodCycle Portsmouth by clicking on this link https://www.johnpoundscentre.co.uk/appeals.

100% of your contribution will make a difference to someone’s life and wellbeing.


FoodCycle Portsmouth Fundraising Feast

FoodCycle Portsmouth Fundraising Feast

It all happened on Friday 23rd November at St Judes Church in Southsea: FoodCycle Portsmouth served up a delicious three-course dinner for 113 guests starting with canapes and drinks at the bar and live music; dinner, a fabulous prize draw and finishing with sweet treats.

Just over £2,600 was raised to help FoodCycle Portsmouth continue their work in feeding members of the community; collecting, using and redistributing surplus food; tackling food poverty and bringing communities together through a shared meal and experience.