Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks and 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.
Currently (as of Jul 2017) we are fully staffed.
However, should opportunities arise in the future our volunteer roles include:
Front of House
Meet clients, have an informal chat with them over a cup of tea and biscuits and discuss their situation. Clients may also ask for extra signposting support.
In this role you are the first person the client sees when they walk through our doors.
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.
Office volunteers process the client’s vouchers when they arrive. They check and verify the client’s details and provide the necessary information needed to help front-of-house staff.
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.
Our local website needs regular attention. Could your digital skills help communicate our message to a local and global audience? Ideally you will have an interest in building and maintaining websites.
Full training and support are provided for all our roles.
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!