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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.

At present, December 2019, we still have a plentiful supply of volunteers for our weekly foodbank rotas. However this can change on a quarterly basis. However, if you are interested in become a supermarket collector for the foodbank or perhaps take on another role – do please contact the foodbank manager on the number below to discuss how you may be able to help us. 

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 or arrange a meeting to outline what’s involved.

We are currently looking for:

Warehouse Manager / Warehouse coordinator
East Grinstead Jubilee Community Centre RH19 2HL
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays initially for training and integration then, as agreed
Time commitment: approximately 20 hours per week
Main Contact: Mike Barlow Manager 07983 209940

Overview of the role: This role involves providing leadership to the volunteers at the warehouse, overseeing the running of the warehouse and co-ordinating activities.
Key tasks: Contributing to the smooth running of the food bank through by actively liaising with current and potential food donors (schools, supermarkets, churches etc.) Current voucher referral agencies

• The Trussell Trust Area Manager
• Foodbank centres in the area
• Other relevant local voluntary and statutory agencies.
• Overseeing the management of stock levels
• Coordinating the annual audit and stock take
• Supporting the Food bank manager to monitor and respond to phone and email enquiries
• Ensure food bank policies and procedures are being followed
• Supervising food bank volunteers

About you: You are a strong team player, with excellent organisational skills, and established project management skills, Self-motivated and able to carry out responsibilities with minimum supervision, A strong communicator, Confident in recording, handling, and analysing data, Confident to take part in regular light and heavy lifting, Previous warehouse experience helpful but not essential

Benefits of volunteering:
Using your existing skills to make a difference
Meet new people who share your passion to eradicate poverty in the community
Make a real difference to the running of your food bank

Impact of your role
• Helping to drive efficiencies in the running of the food bank
• Protecting the future of the food bank
• Developing the reach of the food bank

Support: You will be given all the required training and support before starting your role. You will have a main contact throughout your time volunteering.

How to apply
For more information please contact Mike for an application form

Other volunteer roles are as follows:

Warehouse volunteer

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.

Voucher coordinator

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!

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