Volunteer Packer for Food Hub
Brighton and Hove City Council
Are you able to help families with children under five living in Brighton and Hove to have access to food? If so Tarner Children’s Centre is looking for volunteers that can help with food packing. We need volunteers to be available for 3-4 hours on a Wednesday from 9am – 1pm.
Volunteer Packers are asked to:
• Stack food received from Fareshare and supermarkets.
• Pack fruit and veg from a weekly order.
• Pack food parcels with support from Children Centre Staff.
• Make sure the bags are ready for the delivery drivers to collect.
About Tarner Children’s Centre
Tarner Children’s Centre is located on Ivory Place (just off Grand Parade). The Centre is made up of Health visitors, Early Years Educators, Midwives, Volunteer Skills Development Coordinators, Group Support Workers and Administrators. The team works to support families, individuals and groups, in the home or at the Centre.
However due to Covid - 19 our service changed because we were unable to welcome families to the Centre and the team have been unable to visit families in their home.
At the beginning of the lockdown in March we started to deliver food parcels to families with children under five across all of Brighton and Hove. All the families are referred for this service from health professionals and Brighton and Hove Hub. This service has grown, and we regularly provide food parcels to over 130 families weekly.
Food is delivered to the Centre every Wednesday by Fareshare and an additional delivery is arranged from a supermarket. The food is then unpacked and sorted into various groups. Once sorted the food is then packed into individual shopping bags ready for delivery the following day.
Food is delivered by the Children Centre teams across the city on Thursday. This is an important part of our role because this is the only time, we have face to face contact with families at a safe social distance.
Tarner Children’s Centre staff will give you a full induction before you begin your activities including a tour of the Centre and introduction to other Centre staff or volunteers.
You will be provided with PPE including hand sanitiser, disposable gloves and masks. A risk assessment will be carried out and staff will explain the procedures before your start any activities. You will be encouraged to take a 30 min break during your volunteer period.
You will be asked to give Tarner Children’s Centre at least 24 hours’ notice if you are unable to volunteer that week.
No experience is required. We are looking for people who are:
• Reliable and trustworthy
This opportunity is available to people who are:• Physically fit and have no symptoms of Covid-19
• No-one in your household has coronavirus symptoms
• You have not been asked to self-isolate or are required to shield
• Opportunity to make a difference during a challenging time
• Support your community
• Personal well-being
• Volunteers will ideally need to make their way to Tarner Children’s Centre via public transport, cycling or walking as there is no access to parking. Bus passes can be provided if necessary
• Physically fit as the volunteer will be expected to lift some quite heavy food parcels
• Available on Wednesdays 9-1 (with a 30-minute break to be taken at any time)
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