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 11th July 2019
Team Leader for Shipley Foodbank Centre: This centre has been open since 2015, but the original volunteer team leader changed jobs in the autumn of 2018, so was no longer available to volunteer. In the meantime we have had a temporary team leader, but he would prefer to pass the role on to someone else. This role involves overseeing all aspects of the foodbank centre’s operation: opening-up and locking-up the building, the foodstore, the kitchen and the main pop-up cafe area where we meet those coming for food parcels. We’re looking for someone who has had experience leading a volunteer team, some experience of 1-1 signposting support for people and, preferably, with some understanding of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network and its model of operation. This centre is open twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays 4.30 – 6.30 (Time may change to 4-6 in the near future); volunteers arrive one hour before opening and stay to clear-up. As team leader you would also be a member of the Bradford North Foodbank Management Team, which involves some evening meetings. If you think this rewarding role could be you then contact us for further details and a chance to visit.
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 2019 is: tbc
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. At present this role involves ensuring the content of our Signposting Folders is up to date, and restocking supplies of the leaflets we offer at our foodbank centres. There would be some photocopying and printing as well as liaison with Foodbank Centre teams. However, ideally we would like to find a way to make our signposting resources more user-friendly at our foodbank centres, such as putting the information onto a powerpoint with hyperlinks to agencies. This would mean only one file to update and it could be accessed on line and/or emailed to devices at our foodbank centres. Is this something you have the skills to do? It would really help us.
Warehouse Volunteers: We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into food parcels for clients. All teams Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings have spaces. 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.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
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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: BNFB Vol Appn Form 2018 June and send it to us at email@example.com .
We look forward to hearing from you!