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Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Ealing Foodbank.

We are looking for new volunteers to help us:
* set up two new client centres, Northolt on Tuesdays, and Perivale on Wednesdays. Volunteers need to be available from 11.30am - 2.30pm and will attend on a rota basis.
* move food from Hanwell to the centres
* in-centre Admin volunteers

You can read more of what is involved below. If you are interested, please complete both forms (Registration and Reference) by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.

Also:

We partner with Crosslight Advice, and they would like to hear from anyone interested in volunteering with them to offer financial support to those in debt; please see below for more information and a link to their website.

Thank you

Ealing Foodbank vision, mission and values:  

Founded in 2013 by members of over 40 different Christian churches and communities, we are supported by local churches with prayer, finance, food and volunteers and governed by a board of Trustees drawn from the founding denominations including ministers.  Ealing Foodbank is a Church-led Christian Organisation.

Other supporters include many local schools, individuals and businesses (of all faiths and none).

We seek to extend the grace and love of Jesus Christ by who we are and what we do for those who need help in the form of emergency food parcels, offer of prayer, and other advice and support, and welcome people from all walks of life to join with us in this endeavour.

Ealing Foodbank will welcome volunteers from all faiths or none, who are comfortable with, sympathetic to and respectful of the Christian basis of the Organisation and its activities.

Volunteers are the driving force behind our foodbank. 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.

Please note, the majority of activity we undertake happens during the normal working week.  Details of opening times and venues are on the registration form

We are always happy to receive help with donations of food and money!!

Please click here for our full Vision, Mission and Values statement.

Please read through these brief descriptions of the kind of help we are asking for, and then click on the link at the bottom of the page to register.

All volunteers need to complete BOTH forms, so that we have Next of Kin information.

Thank you!

Foodbank centre (cafe) volunteer

Meet clients and give out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea and signpost to further support.  Times of operation 3 hrs per session (times vary), every day except Sunday.  You will need to provide references as part of the registration, so please complete BOTH forms using the links at the bottom of this page.  There is a waiting list operating for most centres, but if you register your interest using the link below, we will be in contact.

In-centre Admin volunteer

This is a client facing role, and will require references.  You need to be confident using a laptop (training will be given on how to use our database), and will help receive clients with their referral code, or assist them in getting a referral code.  You will be on a team rota and will need to be at the centre for the whole of the opening times.

Triage Advice Support at centres

Speak to clients at the cafes after they have received their food, and see if they can benefit from further support and advice from the Help through Crisis program.  This is part of our signposting help and is a new role working closely with the Crisis Navigator.  You will need to provide references for this role, so please complete BOTH forms at the bottom of this page.

Warehouse volunteer

We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it is sent to the centres where clients come to collect. You could help in this vital work to ensure we have the right food available at all times.  Times of operations vary during the working week.

Drivers

We use volunteer owned vehicles to move food around the borough from supermarket collection points, to the warehouse, and then on to the foodbank centres.  This requires you to have your own large car/van and a strong back!  Times of operation vary but are during normal working hours.  Deliveries can be around 300kgs, and you will need to notify your insurer that you are using your vehicle in this way.

Supermarket In-store collections

These happen several times a year in local supermarkets.  You will be greeting shoppers and encouraging them to support the foodbank.  We collect on weekdays and at weekends.

 Fundraising

Whilst we mostly need food and helping hands, we do need some money to keep going as well.  So if you have fundraising experience, and time to be part of a team of fundraisers, let us know who you are…  You can also make financial donations here

 

Click for the Registration form and the Reference/Next of Kin form

 

Volunteer with Crosslight Advice, and see people’s lives be transformed as they are helped get back on their feet through debt advice, money education and person-centred support.  Click here for their website – please opt for Ealing Branch if you decide to sign up.  Full training will be given by Crosslight Advice.

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