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.
Currently we have four teams of volunteers and work on a fortnightly rotation, so volunteers come one Tuesday or Friday in two.
Food has to be to weighed in, sorted and stored until it’s needed by clients, then selected, weighed out and packed when clients come. You don’t need to come every session but if you could help sometimes, that would be a help. We also sometimes need people to collect the food from the collection points in town.
Helping at the foodbank centre
Normally Volunteers meet clients, find out what they need, offer refreshments and look after them until their food bags are ready, having an informal chat with them over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation if they want to, and signpost to further support where appropriate. Now we are speaking to clients by phone, packing food for them then they come and collect the bag. If you feel you could help with this, please contact us. Even if we don’t need you immediately, we may if volunteers have to self-isolate.
As well as needing food, it takes money to operate a Food Bank, for example, to pay our ‘overheads’. We have a fundraising team who meet regularly to plan events. If you would like to be involved, or would like to host or run a fundraising event for us, we’d love to hear from you!
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! But please be patient if you don’t hear back from us immediately; it doesn’t mean we are not grateful, just that we are very busy!