Volunteer Stories


I first came to GMCC to learn IT skills and after chatting and getting to know the staff, I asked if I could volunteer in the Kitchen. Steve did my training with me and showed me all I needed to know. I have recently started full time paid work after Steve recommended me to the manager. I really believe that the time and experience gained from GMCC really helped. Special thanks to Arthur and Marlene who were always really supportive and encouraging. I miss all the team and still call in several days a week before I start work to see everyone.

Diane Certificate


Diane receiving her Certificate of Recognition from Community Chaplaincy Association, for completion of one year’s service, just before leaving to start her new job.






Tracy - Kitchen new

I have been out of work for some time now taking care of my children. I came to help out at GMCC Café; Steve was training me in the kitchen do to baking, temperatures, correct procedures on various things. It has been very helpful to me working here and he has given me confidence back alongside my co-workers being able to speak to people with a little more confidence. It has led to a couple of interviews and I am about to start a catering course with a view to a job at the end of it. If not I will happily carry on helping out here.

I have really enjoyed the experience and meeting everyone it has been a pleasure to help out and I will miss everyone when I leave.
Thank you all very much, take care.





I was a volunteer in the kitchen at Greater Manchester Community Chaplaincy with Steve.  He did my training and showed me the ropes.  I then went for a job with Manchester City Council which I got in catering.  If it wasn’t for Steve and staff who helped me I would not be where I am today. I’ve been for loads of jobs and not got anywhere.  Got this one because of Steve!!  So thank you to all staff and Café Central.