Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Does the increase in poverty in the UK upset you? Are you keen to help local people who are experiencing difficult times? 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. At Bradford North Foodbank, even though we have over fifty regular volunteers there are still opportunities. 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 local people in crisis.
Last updated 4th February 2020
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the roles below, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
SHORT TERM VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
We don’t have any specific short-term opportunities just now. However, if you’re interested about being involved please do contact us for the latest situation.
LONG TERM / ONGOING VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Van Drivers – able to lift crates up to 20Kg in weight: We urgently need one or more people able to regularly drive and deliver food to our foodbank distribution centres. We need drivers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact our office for further details and to discuss time commitments.
Warehouse Volunteers: We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into food parcels for clients. Our Monday and Friday morning teams have spaces and we would like to create a new team for Wednesday mornings if possible. 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 to coordinate dividing certain products (e.g. sugar, laundry powder, dry dog food) into smaller size packets and labeling them with essential information.
Supermarket Liaison Officer: This role involves (1) keeping in contact with the Charity / Community staff leads at both large and small supermarkets in our postcode area; (2) organising food collection days at the large stores (i.e. recruiting volunteers, organising the rota, ensuring all equipment is available, supervising the day, organising food delivery back to the warehouse; (3) collection of donations from small supermarkets as required; occasional attendance at fundraisers or publicity events organised by the supermarkets on our behalf. It would be helpful if you are willing and able to drive a large van.
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 deliver the crates 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 liaison officer will make a rota to ensure the full day is covered. Our next Supermarket Collection Day booked for 2020 is: tbc
Foodbank Centre Volunteer: (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. We currently have a vacancy for a foodbank centre volunteer at our Windhill Foodbank Centre on Tuesday afternoons.
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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. Although we have full teams at our Foodbank Centres, vacancies arise regularly as we have over fifty people volunteering at Foodbank Centres.
Again, 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!
Alternatively download our Volunteer Application Form and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We look forward to hearing from you!