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Volunteer

Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.

Thank you for considering giving up your time to volunteer with Levenmouth Foodbank Community Support Project. For us to be successful we need a team of willing and dedicated volunteers who have a passion for helping our community. Our volunteers are highly valued and are the driving force behind our vital role in providing emergency food to people in crisis.

We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.

Becoming a volunteer

Becoming a volunteer will require you to attend an interview with one of our coordinators. You will also need to apply for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme operated by Disclosure Scotland.

Please read all the information below about the type of volunteering roles available and if you are interested in joining us please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

What can I do?

As well as our Foodbank we also operate a community cafe and we work closely with local schools. (Click here for more details.) We have a variety of roles across all of these activities and we aim to use the skills and experience that our volunteers have.

The attributes needed for all volunteering roles are:

  • A caring and non-judgemental attitude
  • An understanding of confidentiality
  • A desire to help others in need
  • Ability to treat people (guests and other volunteers) with dignity and kindness
  • A good team player
  • A sense of humour

Volunteering roles within the Foodbank

Welcomer

The Welcomer greets our guests when they arrive, escorts them into the Foodbank and introduces them to a Guest Liaison volunteer (or guides them to the waiting area if all Guest Liaison volunteers are currently busy).

Guest Liaison

This role involves:

  • Sitting with guests and making them feel welcome
  • Obtaining the food and non-food requirements and passing this information to warehouse volunteers
  • Listening to the guests and where possible signposting them to other help agencies

Host

The Host prepares and serves hot drinks and light snacks to the guests during their visit to the Foodbank.

Warehouse

Warehouse tasks include:

  • Reviewing information passed from Guest Liaison, paying particular attention to special needs eg allergies or lack of cooking facilities
  • Picking and packing food for the guests
  • Helping to restock shelves

Incoming goods

Donations to the Foodbank arrive initially at the incoming goods processing area. Tasks here include:

  • Carrying trays of food and other items
  • Recording the source and weight of donations
  • Sorting food by product and labelling it according to best before date or expiry date
  • Ensuring that urgently required items are passed quickly to the warehouse

Voucher coordinator

Our Foodbank works with other agencies who refer clients to us. We have over 40 referral partners and in this role you will be coordinating the issuing and distribution of vouchers to these agencies. Once the vouchers are redeemed the data they contain needs to be added to our central database. Full training and support is available.

Volunteering at the community cafe

Food preparation

The cafe provides guests with hot filled rolls and a selection of cereals. Simple cooking skills and a knowledge of food hygiene (certificate preferred) are required for this role.

Guest Liaison

Our guests visit the cafe to combat isolation and this role is vital in welcoming people to the cafe and engaging them in conversation. This might involve playing games with the guests, helping with their use of the publicly accessible computers at the cafe, and where possible assisting them with any personal issues they may be experiencing.

Volunteering to help with our work with schools

The school pupils who visit the Foodbank are engaged in a variety of activities related to numeracy, budgeting and citizenship as well as being introduced to the workings of the Foodbank. We need volunteers who will enjoy working with the youngsters while they take part in a number of hands-on tasks.

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