East Worthing Foodbank
Do you have a car? Are you available for at least one afternoon a fortnight? Do you want to support people in your community who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown? Then this role could be for you.
East Worthing Foodbank was set up by local volunteers at the start of the COVID crisis to help local people who can't afford to buy enough food to feed themselves and their families. Food poverty is sadly not a new issue. But COVID has made the situation very much worse. The number of households with children going hungry has doubled since lockdown began. Recent data from the Food Foundation show that almost a fifth of households with children have been unable to access enough food in the past five weeks as they face up to the combined brutality of loss of income, isolation and hunger.
Our foodbank is different. We know people, even those in desperate need, find it hard to ask for help. So we providing a service which respects their dignity. People who need food just have to contact us. They don't need to be referred by a third party agency. We don't ask lots of questions. And they don't need to come and collect the food. We deliver to them. And we deliver fresh food, as well as tins and packets.
We operate out of the East Worthing Baptist Church in Pendine Avenue and we deliver across the Worthing area to 60-80 households every week. We currently have a great team of volunteers but with some having to go back to work, we urgently need more volunteer drivers. Your role will be to:
- Collect the food packages from the East Worthing Baptist Church at an agreed time.
- Deliver them to clients' homes across the Worthing area.
We generally communicate with volunteers via Whatsapp - putting out a call once a week to ask you to sign up for any slots that suit you. We are really flexible and appreciate you might not be able to do the same slot every week. We ask for a minimum commitment of one afternoon a fortnight but if you can do more, that would be fantastic.
Currently we need drivers on Wednesdays and Fridays from about 12.30 for two hours.
You don't need to have done anything like this before or have any particular skills (apart from driving!). All we ask is that you are sensitive and sympathetic towards the people you are delivering food to; and don't judge people who find themselves in this situation.
Of course, we are concerned with keeping everyone involved safe and well. So please only come forward to volunteer for us if:
- you’re well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.
- nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms.
- You haven't been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace team.
- If you feel strongly about the impact COVID-19 has had our community, this is a great opportunity to do something practical about it.
- You will meet new people and be part of a really positive team.
- If you're fed up stuck indoors, this role will give you a reason to get out and about!
You need your own car. And you need to check with your insurer that you're covered to do this volunteer role.
When do I need to be available?
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Where does this role take place?
- Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Community Food
- Emergency Response
- Mental Health
- No specific interest
- Older People
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities