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.
Have limited Time?
You can still help on an ad hoc basis. We hold regular supermarket collections throughout the year and need a large number of people to support these. Most people volunteer for about 2 hours and maybe once or twice a year. The roles you will be asked to carry out are;
- Handing out our shopping lists as people enter the store asking them to consider buying an item for us on their way around the store.
- Receiving and sorting donations of food and/or money.
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.
We both collect and deliver food all over Cardiff regularly throughout the week. We are always looking for new drivers and drivers mates to drive our two vans. We have a Citroen Dispatch [about the size of a minibus] and a larger Vauxhall Movano with a tail lift. Full training is given and we cover all costs such as insurance etc. All drivers must be over 25yrs old and have the appropriate drivers license.
We also need drivers with their own vehicles to collect at their local church, school, shop or library. We have a number of smaller collection points which require emptying fortnightly or less. It would be very helpful if we could find volunteers to ‘own’ these collection points and empty them regularly delivering the food to our warehouse.
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. Full training and support is available.
Helping at a foodbank centre
Meet clients and give out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
We are a charity that relies on donations from the public and grants from trust funds. We now run 7 distribution centres across the city and need money to pay the rent on our warehouse, petrol and running costs for our vans in addition to salaries and office costs. Why not organise a coffee morning/quiz night/bake sale and raise vital funds for us to carry out our work.
Our local website needs constant attention. Could your digital skills help communicate our message to a local and global audience? You will need to know a little about websites and ideally have experience of using WordPress (though training and support is available).