If you have a few hours to spare, we would love to hear from you!
We are currently looking for volunteer trustees to join our Board, overseeing the work of the charity.
We invite interest from all and would particularly welcome experience in Business, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, social marketing and building management to balance the skills of current trustees.
There is a separate information pack and application form for this role, please see below.
Warehouse, Foodbank and Food Pantry Volunteers
Our warehouses, Food Pantries and Foodbanks rely on a team of enthusiastic volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. There are a variety of openings on a rolling basis so if you are interested please complete an application form, making sure you indicate the days you are available each week so that we can try to match you to the most appropriate vacancy. Most of our volunteers in these roles work half or one full day every other week, but this is flexible.
Other Volunteer Roles
We currently also have some specific vacancies, which are listed below along with brief role descriptions. To apply for these vacancies, please complete the standard application form and outline how your skills & experience make you suitable for the role. Feel free to continue onto extra sheets if necessary.
Next Steps Mentor
To support one or more members of our ’Next Steps’ project through regular contact, informal advice, advocacy and signposting. This is a very rewarding role which could suit anyone with experience of training, coaching or pastoral work. Equally if you have no experience in these fields but are empathetic, a good listener and interested in supporting others to improve their own lives – this could be for you. Additional training is provided for this role in areas such as listening and signposting.
1 or 2 days per week every other week.
To support the CEO and the management team with general administrative work at our main hub, Victoria Centre. Duties will include but not be limited to: answering the phone, greeting visitors at the door, filing, organising diaries and room bookings. Experience in a similar sort of role is desirable but not absolutely essential, but any customer service experience will also be very useful!
Media and Fundraising Assistant
1 or 2 days per week.
To assist with day-to-day communications work including building up a bank of photos for media use, social media posts, keeping website up to date etc. Also handling fundraising enquiries, helping with the thanking of fundraisers and donors, and keeping an eye/ ear out for possible fundraising opportunities. Experience of social media as well as good digital literacy skills are highly desirable.
Handy Person for Victoria Centre
1 day a week or as required.
To do minor works around the building such as changing lightbulbs, putting up pictures, shelves or furniture, as well as maintaining the outside area (we do have a gardener so it would be more litter picking and keeping things generally in order). No experience necessary but must be handy!
One session per week at a Foodbank or Food Pantry and the associated case work.
Full training is provided for this specialist role. What we are looking for are good organisational skills, a friendly and non-judgmental manner and a desire to help people.
The role will be to assist our clients with some/all of the following:
- Assisting them to make claims
- Challenging decisions if appropriate
- Offering advice
- Identify benefits they may be entitled to
- Offering information by telephone or email
- Signposting or referring clients on to other organisations where appropriate.
- Keeping accurate and up to date case notes
- On-going learning to ensure knowledge is kept up to date and accurate
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to discuss any roles or opportunities further.
Completed application forms to be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org or Victoria Centre, 197a Sussex Road, Southport PR8 6DG.
PLEASE NOTE: all new volunteers will be expected to provide references, and some roles may require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB).
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us!