Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.
*** Unfortunately, during the pandemic we are not recruiting new volunteers. Our work at the moment is very concentrated in one place and we need to be able to socially distance. However! watch this space. When we resume serving the community from all our venues we will need you! We are ‘hoping’ to start to start working normally again from about September 2020.***
Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.
We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into parcels for clients to collect. You could help in this vital work to ensure we have the right food available at all times.
COLLECTIONS AND DELIVERY OF FOOD
We always need people with their own cars who are happy to commit to collecting food from donation points and delivering it to our receiving warehouse. Similarly we need people who can deliver food out to our Distribution Centres – usually on a Friday lunchtime.
Foodbanks work with front line agencies who in turn refer clients to foodbanks. Some foodbanks have over 100 referral partners and in this role you will be coordinating the issuing and distribution of vouchers to these agencies. Once the vouchers are redeemed the data they contain needs to be added to our central database. Full training and support is available.
Helping at a foodbank centre
Meet clients and give out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
Our local website needs constant attention. Could your digital skills help communicate our message to a local and global audience? You will need to know a little about websites and ideally have experience of using WordPress (though training and support is available).
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!