We make delicious seasonal food from our own, locally-grown produce in a supportive work environment.
The Sunshine Kitchen provides volunteer work opportunities for young adults with lifelong neurological conditions. Our young people are involved in all aspects of seasonal food production, from growing produce in their own garden to cooking and baking with it in their kitchen. Regularly attending food markets and community events across Fife, they sell food from their stall, as well as offering catering, and a food delivery service for local cafes.
The Sunshine Kitchen recognises the potential of its team members, an under-served population in terms of quality work opportunities available to them. They have much to contribute and need the chance to show what they can achieve. This project seeks to empower young adults in achieving their goals. Through providing the appropriate amount of consistent professional support, the members of our team attain a high level of independence and confidence in all that they do.
The Sunshine Kitchen is a registered charity and gratefully acknowledges the trusts and foundations, public bodies and businesses which provide invaluable financial support to help us to realise our aims.
WHO WE WORK WITH
The Sunshine Kitchen provides places for young adults who are seeking volunteer work opportunities, allowing them to use the skills they have gained at school or college in meaningful activity. Our young people work as a team to grow, develop and sell food products as part of a work-based initiative.
Through this work, whether it is outdoors in the garden, working in the kitchen, selling food on our market stalls, or providing catering at events, the team members continue to use a broad range of skills, and gain a sense of pride and achievement in their work. A positive approach to teamwork, attendance and punctuality is expected at The Sunshine Kitchen, as it is in any job.
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*Our team members are typically between the ages of 18-35. Please note this project is not suitable for school pupils.
MEET THE REST OF OUR TEAM
The Sunshine Kitchen is very grateful to those individuals who donate their time and enthusiasm to support our team. If you are interested in volunteering in a supporting role with The Sunshine Kitchen, please contact us to request an application pack.
PEER MENTORING PROGRAMME
Peer Mentors play an integral role in the delivery of sessions, working under the guidance of staff to support others. This programme provides opportunities for young adults who believe that they have the skills to offer peer support and can benefit from gaining more experience of doing so. Our programme is an excellent way for young people to gain experience when leaving school or college, for example, which can lead to seeking paid employment, as well as developing essential communication and organisational skills for work and life. If you are a young person interested in volunteer work which involves supporting others, whether in our garden, kitchen or at events please get in touch using our Contact Form below.
WHERE TO FIND US
The Sunshine Kitchen stall can be found at Farmers Markets in both St Andrews (first Saturday of the month) and Cupar (third Saturday of the month) as well as regularly attending Bowhouse Market, near St Monans. These markets provide the opportunity for visitors to discover and buy fresh local produce from Fife’s finest producers. At our stall, we have a range of freshly-baked items such as seasonal quiches and pastries, hearty soups, and delicious cheesecakes, muffins, cookies, chocolate brownies, and more. We also pride ourselves in our popular jams and chutneys made from local, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The Sunshine Kitchen is a firm regular at local community events and is available for bookings. Some of the open day events where we have provided food service include Wormit Boating Club; Forgan Arts Centre; Waterstone Crook Sports Centre; and Craigrothie Community Hall to name a few.
We are happy to adapt what we offer to meet the needs of your event, whether you require our standard offering of hot soups, baked goods – both savoury and sweet – and beverages, to pizza, stews, curries and more. If you are interested in booking The Sunshine Kitchen to run a food service, please contact us.
‘…a HUGE thank you for providing the lovely foods you made and served on Saturday. Your team did you proud. We all enjoyed the day and our funds have been boosted by over £2000 without the usual stress and hassle.’
I would like to express my personal thanks, and also on behalf of the Waterstone Crook Community Sports Hub, for your service today. Ross Taylor and I spoke afterwards and were both delighted. We appreciate you fitting this into your schedule.
It is so important to have good, freshly-produced food to fuel our athletes, and it really makes for an event with your presence.’
The Sunshine Kitchen offers high-quality and creative catering for small and mid-size events such as awards ceremonies, parties and meetings.
We will work with you to develop the menu that suits your event, building on the skills our team are developing, and provide seasonal, freshly-prepared food made from locally-sourced ingredients. We pay close attention not only to the quality and presentation of our foods but also to maintaining our excellent food hygiene standards.
The menu for each event is carefully developed following full consultation with you, our client. We offer creative advice and work with you to produce imaginative menus to make the most of the occasion, location, and mix of guests. We can cater for various dietary requirements including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more.
‘Feedback from the guests said the food was great, the service was excellent, the team were really helpful, everyone looked like they were having a great time, my Ali loves your sausage rolls and thought they were amazing. The cake was delicious, the pastry on the pasties was flakey and delicious and everything was tasty & fresh. The whole catering experience really helped make the day a success for everyone who was there and that meant a lot to me – thank you.’
‘I am writing to you on behalf of the East Fife Sports Council to say thank you so much to the whole Sunshine Kitchen team for the delicious buffet you gave everyone at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening. It was lovely to have the team involved again and to see them presenting their food to our guests.
The feedback about the evening has been superb, everyone seems to have had a wonderful time, and especially enjoyed the food’
Hot soups, baked goods and preserves.
The Sunshine Kitchen team prides itself in its use of local and seasonal produce. We are based in the beautiful Kingdom of Fife, where fruit and vegetables are plentiful. We now grow our own produce in our dedicated garden and there are a number of local producers from whom we regularly source our other ingredients.
Understanding food, where it comes from and when it is in season is a key learning experience for our team members, and above all we want everyone to enjoy making the food. As well as attending local events and markets, we supply local cafes with baked goods, soups and more. If you are a local business interested in using us as one of your suppliers, please get in touch.