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 always seem to need an extra pair of hands or five! Right now, there are roles we could use your help with. Click here to find out more about our vacancies. And also read below!
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.
Volunteer as a Supermarket collector
At certain times in the year our stocks of food become very low. To help avoid this we arrange with local supermarkets to hold a “food drive”. We have volunteers standing at the entrances to a supermarket offering a list of the items we are particularly short of to shoppers and asking them to consider buying something on the list and dropping it in the Foodbank collection box behind the checkouts.
This role is ideal for anyone who would prefers to help 3 or 4 times each year. For more information on the role of a Supermarket Collector, click here.
Schools Liaison Volunteers
We get phenomenal support from local schools, but it would help greatly if someone could act as our liaison to build a relationship and engagement over time. Click below for details of the two roles we currently need to fill:
Faith groups liaison volunteer
Our foodbank gets invaluable support from faith groups and we aim to work with them in helping others. Click here to find out more about this role.
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.
And here’s the link to our Contact Us page again, in case you can help! Thank you!