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 several ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.
Our Foodbank Centre is based with the clothing charity shop in Blackfield from where we serve the whole of the Waterside area.
Helping at the Foodbank Centre
The Centre is open Tuesday 10am – 3pm and Thursday and Friday 10am – 1pm. A team of three volunteers meet clients who have been referred to the Foodbank by one of the many professional agencies who hold Foodbank vouchers. Volunteers will have an informal chat with the clients to discuss their situation so they can signpost them to further support should they need it. They will pack the food into carrier bags for the clients and will also be on-hand to sell second hand clothes to customers who come into the charity shop.
Helping on Food Collection Days
We occasionally have food collection days at the larger supermarkets when we give people on the Waterside the chance to donate food as they complete their weekly food shopping. Volunteers work in short shifts handing lists of much needed food items to shoppers as they enter the store and collect their donations as they leave.