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.
- Community Liaison Manager – to support us in our aim to ensure the Foodbank serves all those in need of support across the district
Please keep checking back to this website for the latest volunteering roles.
What does volunteering involve?
We describe below some of the work done to get donations collected, sorted and sent out to our clients – so, you are interested in volunteering at a foodbank centre or in the warehouse, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
Help at a foodbank centre
Meet clients and help give out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
To find out more about the role of a typical Foodbank centre volunteer, click here.
Volunteer at our warehouse
The Harpenden Foodbank Warehouse is the backbone of our organisation. to find out what our warehouse volunteers do each week. We don’t have any vacancies for regular volunteering slots at the warehouse at the moment but to see how volunteers help at the warehouse, click here.
Volunteer as a driver
Our van drivers help us to move donated goods from various collection points to our warehouse and they take sorted food aid boxes from the warehouse to our various Foodbank centres for distribution to our clients. It’s an important role! We don’t have a current driver vacancy just now, but you can click here for a note of when and where our van drivers are typically needed.
We will do our best to accommodate anyone who wishes to volunteer but the nature of the tasks involved does mean that some lifting and carrying will be needed. We have guidance on the correct way to undertake these tasks and we expect heavy items to be lifted by two people.
Duke of Edinburgh volunteering
We often receive requests for volunteering opportunities from people undertaking the DoE programme. Unfortunately, suitable roles in normal times are limited but, during the current crisis, they are even more constrained. Accordingly, at this time we regret we are unable to offer any roles to those on the DoE.
And here’s the link to our Contact Us page again, in case you can help! Thank you!