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Basingstoke Foodbank Volunteering Opportunities

1)  We are looking to train new 'Centre Volunteers' to work in  2 or 3 of our centre teams.  

If you feel you would enjoy offering a sympathetic, non-judgemental listening ear to our clients when they come in for emergency food & a cuppa, and could also take the opportunity to signpost them for additional help, and offer a prayer for them if they wanted this, please email Paula Vallance, Operations & Development Manager with your phone number for a chat. paulavallance@basingstoke.foodbank.org.uk   

We arrange for someone interested in this role to shadow the volunteers in a centre 2 or 3 times to try out the role first.

Time commitment - the centres are open for 2 hours (see our website for locations & times)  We need our volunteers to arrive 1 hour before to help set up, and be around for 30 mins after we close to pack away.

2) we are looking for a small number of volunteers to help with our next 2 dayTESCO Collection event in Chineham this Nov 19/20.  Again - please email Paula.

3) Social Media: we are looking for someone who is familiar with how we operate to help us look after our facebook page - this includes interaction with potential people asking for help or wanting to donate, and promotion of our centres and the services they provide.

many thanks!

Paula

Paula Vallance

Operations & Development Manager Direct: 07941 336464

Basingstoke Foodbank Centre:  07722 673645
63-64 Tempus Business Centre,
Kingsclere Road
RG21 6XG

(Behind the Vivid building)

 

All clients referred for a voucher will be invited by the agency to visit any of our 6 Foodbank Centres for a free cuppa & chat whilst their food is being packed up.  Our Centres have face-to-face Citizens Advice, and Debt support information drop-ins

All Centre opening times & locations are on our www & Basingstoke Foodbank's Facebook page

Registered Charity No: 1154319

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Basingstoke Foodbank - supporting local people out of crisis

With the help of volunteers from churches and the community, Basingstoke Foodbank continues to reach out to people in need throughout the region.  Over double the number of people were fed in 2020 compared to 2019, and during the Spring of 2020 almost four times as many people per month were fed than usual.  On average we have been feeding between 700 - 1000 people monthly and distributing on average over 8 tonnes of fresh and non-perishable food every month.

The Covid pandemic has had a notable impact on the people of Basingstoke & Deane.  According to our referral agencies, people’s incomes have been affected by such reasons as job loss, reduced furlough income, domestic violence, increased food and energy bills, debt and sickness. Our volunteers work tirelessly to keep up with the increase in demand. We continue to deliver to people’s homes, so we have increased our delivery & collections driver team throughout the pandemic.  Also, we’ve ‘grown’ a ‘Caller team’ who phone clients to provide a compassionate listening service in the absence of being able to sit and chat to clients in the Centre over a cuppa.

We passionately believe that in addition to feeding people, our clients should be linked with specific local agencies who can offer support to alleviate some of their many challenges, be they financial, physical, emotional, and circumstantial.  Long term food insecurity can lead to additional problems such as depression, anxiety, ill health and stress.

We have received an increase in generous financial donations from the community which has meant that the Foodbank has been able to buy additional fresh food, and non-perishable food when shortages occur. This year we are planning for some exciting new development initiatives once lockdown is over, including:  operating the Foodbank from several community focused churches in the area, plus the provision of access in our new locations to debt support, money advice, job clubs and mental health signposting.  Watch for further news to come!

Phil Thomas

Chair of Trustees

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