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Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.

Update 29/03/2020

At the moment we have decided to manage a limited service giving food parcels to voucher holders at the door of Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick on Tues and Fri between 13.00-15.00.

We are managing this with paid part time staff from Foodbank, Pantry, and Cafe, sister organisations in Smethwick CAN.

You are very welcome to complete a Volunteer application form and email it back as per instructions on the form and we will hold it on file.

You may want to use the Trussell Trust Volunteer process who coordinates volunteer roles for other food banks in the area.

You may want to apply Sandwell SCVO to be part of the Sandwell MBC initiative to help isolated residents with out help.

You may have already taken up the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme.

Hope that gives you plenty of options.

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.

Warehouse volunteer

This role involves receiving food donations, weighing the food in for our records, dating it and putting it in cupboards. You will also be given completed food vouchers and a shopping list to use to select the food for the person or family. Once the food has been picked it needs to be bagged and weighed, then given to the person who will be waiting in reception.

Meeting and greeting

This role requires you to welcome the person coming into the foodbank, and to then sit with them to complete an information sheet regarding their food voucher. This sheet is then passed to the warehouse staff to enable them to choose the food required for that person. Training can be given to enable you to be able to signpost to other agencies.

Driver volunteer

The foodbank has become increasingly busy and we really need to increase the amount of food we bring in, but we’re stuck as we don’t currently have the capacity to collect more donations. We’re looking for people with vehicles to pick up food from local collection points, probably on a weekly basis (we’ll pay mileage).

Supermarket Collection volunteer

We’re also looking for people who can help with one-off supermarket collection events, which tend to be later in the week or at weekends.

Smethwick CAN Community Allotment

We’re looking to increase our volunteers at our community allotment. This may be to help with the weekly tasks or to help someone to learn how they can grow their own produce. All the food grown is distributed to the residents of Smethwick through the foodbank or in the Smethwick CAN Cafe

Smethwick CAN Cafe

This is held weekly on Thursday from 12.00-14.00 at Raglan Road Church, Smethwick, B66 3ND. We are looking for people who can take and serve orders and for suitably qualified people for the kitchen.

Your Local Pantry Smethwick

This is held  on Mondays and Thursdays between 10.00-12.00 at Smethwick Library . The Pantry is a  community food store set up to create a sustainable, long term solution to food poverty by helping people save money on their food bills. We are looking for volunteers for a number of roles.

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

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