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Volunteer

We need your help to collect food, drive between collections and distribution points, pack food parcels, run fundraising events and food drives, and help keep up with increasing need in the local area.

Supermarket collections

Having a team of friendly volunteers at a supermarket collection makes a huge impact on the amount of donations we collect. Supermarkets also top-up with a cash donation relative to the kg weight of food we collect on the day, so your time volunteering here is even more valuable.

We have more supermarket collections coming up this year! We’d love your help for two-hour sessions, giving out shopping lists to customers so that we can collect the food we need.

These are the dates in 2022:

  • 5th March Waitrose
  • 6th – 8th May Asda
  • 11th June Waitrose (changed from 4th June)
  • 30th June – 2nd July Tesco
  • 8th September Waitrose
  • 26th November Waitrose
  • 1-3rd December Tesco

If you are interested in any of these dates, email [email protected] for more information.

 

Collections at Southend United

After a successful season of collections at Roots Hall and nearby pubs in 2021/22, we have more planned for next season. Volunteers are essential for these lively events. Check back in August 2022 for dates and details, or follow on social media for updates.

 

Fundraising

Fundraising can be as individual as setting up your own challenge and collecting sponsorship, supporting others in fundraising activities organised through the foodbank, through to helping run an event. We always need help arranging fundraising events, especially if you have time outside of office hours to help run activities such as quizzes, film nights, raffles etc. If you want to help with fundraising events, have a brilliant idea or need some help setting up a fundraiser, please get in touch with [email protected].

 

Volunteering with captioning skills

As the foodbank increasingly relies on the website and social media for reaching our community, we need some more help with developing our visual resources and improving the accessibility of pictures and videos. If you would like to work on a project adding subtitles to videos and alt-text to images, please get in touch.

We’d also love to hear from you if you could help with graphic design, creating digital materials to support our campaigns and calls for donations. Please email [email protected] for more information.

 

Fundraising Coordinator

Do you have a bit more time you can give to help the foodbank? We are looking for someone to be our fundraising coordinator. Just as the rest of the foodbank operation has grown there is more to do behind the scenes too, especially making sure that we have enough money available for buying food and toiletries when we run out as well as finding money to cover the overheads of running a foodbank. We need someone who can help us do this better, maintain our existing fundraising streams and work together to grow our fundraising capacity.

 

Other ways to volunteer

If you’d like to get involved in other ways, please contact our Volunteers Coordinator, who can chat with you about your availability, skills and interests.

We also put out calls for help through our social media accounts. Find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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