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.
If you contact us about volunteering we will invite you to our next ‘VOLUNTEER INTRODUCTION EVENING’ – these are held in January, April, July and October each year.
Foodbanks work with front line agencies who in turn refer clients to foodbanks. Our foodbank has over 200 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. This role is office based and would take a couple of hours on Mondays between 10am and 2pm.
Helping at a foodbank centre
Currently we need back room support, packing food parcels during outlet opening hours at both Easton outlets.
We are also interested in members of the local churches getting involved in front of house work at these outlets.
Van Driver/ Food Collection Volunteer
We need someone who can drive our van one day a week to pick up food from our collection bins and take it to the Warehouse. Approximately 2 – 3 hours a week.
Energy Bank and Money Life volunteers
We started this service in May 2017. We will provide hands on training for volunteers based in each outlet session who will help foodbank clients tackle fuel poverty and home energy advice with the support of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. They will also be trained to help clients access grants and other financial sources of help and increase their financial confidence. We are looking to add a couple of extra workers in early 2018.
Our experience is that people who help out in sorting food for a while and feel a commitment to the project then know they are up for taking on a more committed role like this last one.
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! We will invite you to our next quarterly ‘Volunteer Introduction Day’ a couple of weeks before we hold it.