Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.
There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis.
At the Royston Foodbank we have a dedicated team of around 30 volunteers. Some of them help every week, while some are only able to help occasionally. We want all of our volunteers to enjoy their time with us.
A number of tasks need doing on a regular basis using all types of skills and abilities. Volunteers are encouraged to work in more than one area if possible so that they get a wider perspective of the organisation. This means that they are better able to make useful suggestions and feel more involved in the ongoing development of the foodbank.
Here are some of the tasks that need doing;
Volunteers collect food from donation points in the community and organise it so that it is in the right place and ready for use.
This is where clients come to receive food. We provide a warm welcoming space where compassionate volunteers with good listening skills can connect with those who are going through a crisis. A chat over a cup of tea while their food is organised for them can help them to feel supported and less alone, and connecting clients to local support organisations can help them get to grips with any underlying issues. Some of the volunteers on this team may just prefer to make up the food or make the tea.
Admin & PR
From discussions with referral agencies to answering the phone and paying the bills, volunteers help the foodbank to run smoothly. Those with editorial skills could use them to input into our regular newsletter to keep our supporters up to date.
Data relating to food donations and client parcels is entered onto our database on a regular basis, providing the foodbank with key management information.
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!