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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 local people in crisis.

Vacancies

Foodbank Management Roles:  We have two foodbank manager volunteers and are looking for a third – someone who could commit to two days per week at our office in Eccleshill.  One of the days would be a Monday.  As a team of managers we share out the tasks according to our management volunteer time and skill sets.  Please contact us for further information and arrange a visit to discuss options.

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 coordinator will make a rota to ensure the full day is covered.  Our next Supermarket Collection Day booked for 2018 is:

  • To be confirmed

Contact Martin Bashforth on  mjbashforth@blueyonder.co.uk 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), paeticularly on Monday and Thursday each week.  Additionally we would need you to collect food from locations such as supermarket collection points, churches or schools.  You would need to be confident driving our Mercedes Sprinter van and complete some paperwork.

We know that driving a large van may be something you feel comfortable with, so don’t feel any pressure to be involved.  You could still drive for us using your own vehicle if you prefer.  We will pay expenses at the HMRC rate of 45p per mile.

Driver’s Assistant(s).  You don’t have to be a driver to be involved in moving food supplies.  For delivery using our van we have a Driver’s Assistant to support the driver.  The Driver’s Assistant does not have to drive the van but will have to discuss logistics with Foodbank volunteers and food donors.

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 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.

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. In addition there are records relating to food supplies and contacts that are part of the 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 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!

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.  Although we have full teams at our Foodbank Centres, vacancies arrise 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 volunteer@bradfordnorth.foodbank.org.uk .

We look forward to hearing from you!

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