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.
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. Based at our Carn Warehouse, on the outskirts of Portadown, the Warehouse is open between 9am and 12 noon on a Monday and Thursday.
Based at our Carn Warehouse, on the outskirts of Portadown, the Office (based within the warehouse), is open between 9am and 12 noon on a Monday and Thursday. 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. Being confident using a computer would be helpful however, full training and support is available.
Helping at a foodbank centre
We currently have a Distribution Centre in Lurgan and Portadown. There is at least one Centre open on each weekday. Most open for a few hours in the afternoon and later the same day, usually early evening. Volunteers meet clients and give out food parcels. They may also have an informal chat with clients, over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
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).
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!