Ann Monaghan, Community Food and Health Development Worker

COMING SOON – Ripple Relish and Hub Grub Jam

Ripple Relish and Hub Grub Jam Project
Winter is now underway, the long nights are with us once again and Spring seems so far away. However an exciting new project is starting at The Ripple in the New Year, funded by an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery and we are looking for volunteers to drive this forward.
The Ripple Relish and Hub Grub Jam Project is a small social enterprise making jams, chutneys and relishes. We are hoping to attract individuals who are interested in being part of a Project Team to develop this idea by sharing recipes and cooking with delicious seasonal produce. We also need ideas and help with the branding, packaging, promotion and distribution of the goods.
There is something deeply satisfying about making homemade produce, the smells, the colours and delicious flavours all captured in a jar!
The idea came from the Hub Grub cafés membership with The Cyrenians’ Fareshare programme which redistributes excess food from supermarkets and local businesses to reduce food waste. The volunteers and staff thought this new venture would be a creative and tasty way to use the excess foods.
So: if you have a few flexible hours a month to spare and want to be part of a small team and try something new or share your expertise, if you want to meet others in your community, have fun build confidence and learn new skills then contact Ann the Community Food and Development Worker at The Ripple on or 0131 554 0422.


Volunteering at The Hub Grub Café
We are looking for folk who want to join our team of volunteers to help in the running of the Hub Grub Café. No experience necessary

The Hub Grub Community Café is the hub of the Ripple and in an area with no other gathering place offers freshly made, nutritious and affordable meals and home baking. A welcoming space where people can comfortably come on their own or with friends or support workers, meet and build relationships with the staff and volunteers as well as discover the support, activities and opportunities on offer here at the Ripple.

Managed by our Community Food and Health Worker and run by volunteers from the local area the Hub Grub Café offers a chance to volunteer in a supportive environment with the opportunity to access training such as the REHIS food hygiene certificate. Some people join to rebuild confidence, meet new people and learn new skills. Others see it as a step back into employment or a way to improve their English speaking skills and some just have the spare time and want to give something back to their community. Whatever the reason we make a great team, sharing and learning together.

Working in partnership with Edinburgh Community Food and the Cyrenian’s Fareshare Programme not only is our food tasty and low in cost it also uses fresh, seasonal redistributed excess food supplies. Why not pop in and see ?

If you are interested in volunteering for the Hub Grub Café please ring the Ripple Office on 0131 554 0422 or email