Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks, providing a vital service for people in need. Your skills could be just what we need.
The vast majority of our operations take place during weekday daytimes – excluding weekends and Bank Holidays when we don’t operate at all. We may occasionally operate outside of these hours (for example our Supermarket collections, which usually take place twice a year).
How could you help?
Undertaking ad-hoc collections (on an “as and when” basis) to transport food to/from collection points, the warehouse, and Crossing Point foodbank centre. We’ll be happy to reimburse any reasonable mileage costs that may be incurred as part of the role.
To keep everyone safe we are continuing to operate an at-door service for people collecting foodparcels. Volunteers at the foodbank centre meet and greet clients at the door of our Crossing Point foodbank centre, provide pre-packed food parcels and signposting clients for further support (where applicable).
Before commencing work at a foodbank centre session, volunteers must attend a mandatory short training workshop. This is to ensure the safety and integrity of both our volunteers and our service users. Each foodbank centre session must be operated by a minimum of three volunteers.
Sorting through, weighing and storing donated food, and readying deliveries for distribution centres. It is highly likely that this line of volunteering would require some heavy lifting, however this could be accommodated for volunteers facing difficulties.
Volunteers at the Widnes Foodbank warehouse help to sort, weigh and distribute donated food. The warehouse accepts donations from the public and collection points, and readies deliveries to the foodbank distribution centre at Crossing Point.