Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.
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 still have, from October 2017, a plentiful supply of volunteers for our weekly rotas. Thank you for all your interest following our Spring & Summer appeals.
This can change on quarterly basis. So if you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Foodbank for the future – please contact the Foodbank Manager on 07983-209940 – and he will be pleased to discuss over the ‘phone what’s involved.
Typically some of the volunteer roles are as follows:
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.
Helping at the 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.
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.
Working with our referral agencies
Several roles working with small groups of referral agencies, upto 5, to keep them informed about the work of foodbank and to be an additional contact point for the agency.
The ask is typically 3 to 5 hours per month, some people do more!
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!