Regular volunteers form the basis of our entire service. They collect food, tell people about what we do, contribute their thoughts and feedback on how best to work and will spend large amounts of time ensuring that people accessing the food bank are comfortable, supported and that they receive a package that reflects their needs and tastes as much as possible.
We do not attach specific times in which people have to volunteer, as many of our volunteers have other commitments, so are happy for whatever help can be provided according to a volunteers availability.
All we ask is that volunteers are non-judgemental, kind, considerate, discreet, have a good work ethic and are open with their thoughts and feedback to the manager.
At your request, we then promise to provide training opportunities and support for volunteers looking to build skills and experience. We are happy to assist with CV writing and can give volunteer roles that will aid them in achieving whatever aims they may have.
Some of the roles that volunteers can assist with:
-Distributions: Working directly with people using the service.
-Collections (currently an urgent need for more volunteers): Engaging with the public to encourage food donations.
-Sorting: Getting our cupboard ready for distribution.
-Transport: Picking up and dropping off donations (useful if you have a vehicle or a Zipcar membership, we can provide petrol costs.
-Data: Inputting, analysing and collating data so that it can be used to explore what is happening within the service and making us able to communicate levels and patterns of need.
-Admin: Helping with some general organising and background work!
-Thanking donors: Writing and sending thank you letters to donors and supporters.
-Researching: Looking into new opportunities for the food bank, including best practice, potential supporters and new support agencies that can act as a referral partner.
-Policy and strategy: Contributing to the development of the organisation and looking into ways that it can improve. The opportunities are basically endless!