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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.

You’ll be part of a friendly team and will get full training. These are the vacancies we currently have – click on the link to download a full description of the role with info on how to apply:

Deputy Warehouse Manager

Stratford foodbank are looking for a volunteer to assist our (volunteer) warehouse manager. This is a key role for the foodbank and involves assisting the volunteer warehouse manager (who is also a member of the Foodbank Management Committee) in all aspects of that role.  Warehouse management largely includes working with a team of volunteers during warehouse sessions.  A warehouse session includes tasks such as weighing in food, labelling it, shelving it, and completing the appropriate paperwork. The role of deputy warehouse manager involves working with the following key volunteers – warehouse manager, front line distribution coordinator, team leaders working in the warehouse and front line, and the food collections teams. This role works in partnership with the volunteer warehouse manager and our part time paid Foodbank Manager.

Download Deputy Warehouse Role Details

 

Front Line Team Leader

We are looking for volunteers to help at our food distribution sessions. Volunteers will greet our clients, chat with them, offer them signposting information and provide them with a food parcel. Full training will be provided at taster sessions. Suitable volunteers will be flexible team players, have passion for helping those in need and be abe to handle confidential information with discretion. The work will be carried out at our Foodbank Distribution Cabin on the carpark at Tesco on Stratford’s Birmingham Road. Sessions  run on Monday 5-6.30pm ,Tuesday 12 – 2pm, Thursday 5 – 6.30pm and Friday 12- 2pm at our Foodbank Cabin next to Tesco on the Birmingham Road.

Team Leader Role updated July 2018 with 4th session time

General Front Line Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help at our food distribution sessions. Volunteers will greet our clients, chat with them, offer them signposting information and provide them with a food parcel. Full training will be provided at taster sessions. Suitable volunteers will be flexible team players, have passion for helping those in need and be abe to handle confidential information with discretion. The work will be carried out at our Foodbank Distribution Cabin on the carpark at Tesco on Stratford’s Birmingham Road. Sessions  run on Monday 5-6.30pm ,Tuesday 12 – 2pm, Thursday 5 – 6.30pm and Friday 12- 2pm at our Foodbank Cabin next to Tesco on the Birmingham Road.

General fl volunteer update July 2018 with 4th session

Warehouse Box Packer

We are looking for volunteers for the role of Box Packer. As a Box Packer, you will work in partnership with a second box packer to collate food parcels to give to clients at a distribution session. You must have availability to help at least once a month at one of the following sessions Mon 4.30pm – 6.45pm, Tues 11.30am-2.15pm, Thurs 4.30pm – 6.45pm, or Friday 11.30am – 2.15pm.  Volunteering will be carried out at our Foodbank Distribution Cabin on the carpark at Tesco on Stratford’s Birmingham Road. Light lifting, twisting and bending will be required.

Box Packer all sessions updated July 2018 with 4th session

Warehouse Team Leader

As a WH TL, you will oversee our warehouse sessions, guiding a small team of volunteers as we collect food from the Tesco distribution basket, label, weigh and shelve it. You will also be meeting donors as they bring food donations to our warehouse and ensure stock rotation is managed.

Warehouse team leader – Dec 2017

Warehouse General Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to assist at our warehousing sessions, which take place twice a week on Monday 2 – 4.30pm and Wednesday 2 – 4.30pm.  As a warehouse volunteer you will be processing our food donations. This involves labelling, weighing and shelving food. Each warehouse session is led by an experienced Volunteer Warehouse Team Leader. The work will be carried out at our Foodbank Warehouse Session Cabin on the carpark at Tesco on Stratford’s Birmingham Road.

General warehouse volunteer

Supermarket collections Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to go on the Foodbanks list of volunteers collecting food on a weekly basis from collection baskets in supermarkets in Stratford. We would hope volunteers might help once a month. This role will require the use of your own vehicle. Once food is collected it would then be delivered to the Foodbank’s warehouse on the car park at Tesco. This work, most likely, will need to involve daytime commitment, calling in at Waitrose, Tesco or Morrison’s, emptying the food collection basket and delivering food to the warehouse on a Monday or Wednesday afternoon between 2pm – 4pm.

Supermarket Food Collections Volunteer

Food Share Coordinator Volunteer 

We are looking for a volunteer to assist the (volunteer) warehouse manager to monitor and manage stock levels in the warehouse in the role of ‘Food Share Coordinator’.

Food donations to the Foodbank are largely made by the public, either individually or through schools, churches, businesses and local groups and organisations. The warehouse needs to hold a balanced range of food to ensure that the parcels distributed meet nutritional guidelines laid down by the Trussell Trust.

This can be challenging, as the warehouse is small and constant vigilance is required to spot gaps and identify overstocks. If there are overstocks of a particular food type that can mean there is not space in the warehouse for the full range. On occasions the reverse can be true, ie the Foodbank runs short of items and needs to find a way to get these items in. The Food Share coordinator assists with this situation by being the main point of contact between the Foodbank and a number of organisations across the region that support those in crisis through food distribution

Food Share Coordinator Volunteer

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