Aberdeenshire North Foodbank
Charity registered in Scotland
To mitigate the effects of poverty by the provision of food parcels to clients referred by a range of agencies
We are looking for people to volunteer in Huntly Foodbank Centre where we provide emergency food parcel to individuals and families who are referred to us. There are different areas you can help in where you feel most comfortable.
1) If you enjoy coming a long side people and making them feel welcomed and relaxed by offering them tea and coffee then this is one area to help out in.
2) Packing the food parcel for our clients who need support.
3) Checking the dates on our food and stocking the shelves.
(2 & 3 can require heavy lifting so able bodied required) or you can help in all 3 areas if you like.
Our food banks provide three-day emergency food parcels for people in crisis, working in partnership with organisations across the community. We are committed to ensuring anybody visiting a food bank is welcomed, valued and treated with dignity. Volunteers take time to share a warm drink, discuss food requirements, offer a listening ear and, when appropriate, signpost people for further support and help.
As a Food bank centre helper you will play a vital role giving direct support to people who use food banks, meeting and greeting people coming into the food bank, packing their food parcels, making them feel comfortable and providing further signposting support where appropriate.
In this role you can make a real difference to people’s lives providing vital help and support to those in crisis in your local community.
• Welcome clients to the foodbank centre
• Receive vouchers, check validity, and prepare food parcels according to the standard packing lists
• Make refreshments and tidy up as required during the session
• Offer a listening ear and signpost clients, as required, to further support, using information from the signposting folder/leaflets
• Offer prayer to clients, when appropriate (if a volunteer is happy to do so)
• Work under the guidance of the session leader and report any health & safety or safeguarding concerns to the project manager/session supervisor
Food banks provide three-day emergency food parcels for people in crisis, working in partnership with organisations across the community. Drivers play a fundamental role in the running of the food bank, collecting food donations from a variety of locations across the local area as well as distributing the sorted donations from the warehouse to the local food bank centres.
WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING
Collecting food donations from collection points such as supermarkets, schools and churches around the local area
Delivering food donations to the warehouse
Transporting sorted food from the warehouse to the local food bank centre
Carrying heavy boxes of canned foods
Regular loading and unloading of vehicles
Regular driving across the local area
Supervise and motivate a team of volunteers .Support the recruitment and induction of new volunteers as required. Oversee and delegate tasks to ensure the smooth running of the food bank centre. Uphold safeguarding, health and safety and hygiene policies, reporting any concerns to your Main Contact. Ensure food bank policies and procedures are followed. Create a welcoming, caring and friendly atmosphere for volunteers and people coming to the centre. Lead a volunteer debrief at the end of each session. Attend team leader meetings as required. Regularly report to your Main Contact / Food bank Project Manager
THE SKILLS YOU NEED Strong team player, Excellent communication skills, Empathetic, Organised and self-motivated, Strong leadership skills.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU Using your existing skills to make a difference. Meet new people who share your passion to eradicate poverty in the community. Make a real difference to the running of your food bank