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.
Helping at a foodbank centre
At our foodbank sessions, there are a number of things that volunteers do which include helping pack bags for food parcels, sorting food and putting on shelves, meeting clients, making refreshments and giving out food parcels.
Our current foodbank sessions are as follows:-
Mon & Wed, 1pm – 3pm @ The Sanctuary, Dallas Court (off South Langworthy Road), Salford Quays, M50 2GF
Tues & Fri, 1pm – 3pm @ Christ Central, Mocha Parade, Lower Broughton, Salford, M7 1QE
Thurs, 1pm – 3pm @ Patricroft URC Church, Shakespeare Cresent, Eccles, M30 0QZ
Fri, 1oam – 12pm @ Salvation Army, Station Road, Swinton, M27 6BT
We usually request that volunteers can come 15mins before the session starts to help set up and to stay for 15mins after to help pack down (ie 12.45pm – 3.15pm).
We understand that volunteers have different availability so that some can help once a month and some up to once a week. We are happy with whatever commitment you are able to make.
If you would like to volunteer at any of these foodbank sessions, please contact Mervyn on 0161 637 4500 or via email to discuss further.
Helping at a supermarket collection/bag pack
Several times a year we visit local supermarkets in Salford where we give out our shopping list to shoppers asking if they would consider buying an additional item or two to donate to foodbank.
We also sometimes help pack shoppers bags at the supermarket tills and they can then choose to make a cash donation to the foodbank. These supermarket collections & bag packs usually take place on Saturdays at different points during the year. We usually ask that people wishing to help in this way commit to volunteering for a 2hr slot at some point during the day.
If you would like to volunteer in either of the way, please contact us and we can let you know when these are taking place to see if you are available.
We rely on the generousity of individuals, businesses, churches and other organisations for much of our finances to be able to operate. One of the ways that you may be able to help is by organising a fundraising event or get sponsored for the foodbank in an existing event. We would love to hear from you if you would like to help us in this way! Please email us or talk to Mark on 0161 637 4500 so we can help support you, give you access to fundraising forms and a fundraising webpage.