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.
Supermarket Collection Volunteers: Several times per year, we go to a local supermarket for a day and ask customers if they would be willing to donate one or two items that we need to resupply our shelves. We hand out a shopping list as customers enter and collect any donations as they leave. Volunteers are needed to hand out shopping lists, look after the donation trolley (and say a big thank you), presort the food into crates and ferry them to our warehouse. New volunteers will be taught what to do. Most volunteers offer one or two hours of their time on a collection day and our supermarket coordinator will make a rota to ensure the full day is covered. Collection Days booked for 2018:
- Saturday 17th Feb 9am – 5pm at Tesco Extra Great Horton
- Saturday 5 May 9am – 5pm at Asda Shipley
Contact Martin Bashforth on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. Thank you.
Delivery Driver(s): We are looking for volunteers willing to deliver (and help carry inside) food supplies from our warehouse to our foodbank centres (or return empty crates from a foodbank centre to the warehouse). On Mondays, this would involve deliveries to Trinity Rawdon and Church on the Way in the morning, plus Shipley Baptist in the afternoon. On Thursdays deliveries would be to St Luke’s Eccleshill in the morning and Shipley Baptist in the afternoon. You would need to provide your own vehicle, preferably a van but a car with a large boot does work. We will pay expenses at the HMRC rate of 45p per mile.
Signposting Resources Coordinator: Someone passionate about providing up-to-date information to people receiving emergency food aid, to empower them to find ways to improve their circumstances. This role involves maintaining the content of our Signposting Folders and restocking supplies of the leaflets we offer at our foodbank centres. There would be some photocopying and printing of own information leaflets.
Data Input Team – Volunteer: Vouchers redeemed at our foodbank centres are returned to our office where the data they contain needs to be added to our confidential Trussell Trust database. Full training and support is available.
Warehouse Volunteers: We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into food parcels for clients. Both Monday and Friday morning teams have spaces and we may need to create a new team for Wednesday mornings later this year. We also need some reserve volunteers to cover holidays and for additional sessions at peak times such as harvest. There is also a specialist post available, which involves dividing certain products (e.g. sugar, laundry powder, dry dog food) into smaller size packets and labeling them with essential information.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
Join Our Waiting List for:
Foodbank Centre Volunteers: (1) Behind-the scene Volunteers: Either make up food parcels or help in the kitchen; (2) Welcome, befriending and signposting volunteers: Meet clients and help them relax. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea/coffee, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
If you are interested in joining our waiting list for any of these volunteer roles please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!.