Volunteer with us
Help us help others
We are always looking for people to expand our team of Food Bank volunteers. You can volunteer with us on a regular basis each week or offer occasional support filling gaps on the rota when you can. You will find your involvement satisfying and informative as you work with others to make a real difference in your community. Along the way you’ll meet new people, develop new skills and expand your horizons with the Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank.
We need people to greet our guests, welcome them with a cup of tea, give out food boxes and help signpost them to other local services that could provide help or support. We also have to ensure all our food is in date. There is an element of lifting boxes but each shift works together to get tasks done.
We also need helpers on an ad hoc basis to help with annual collections at supermarkets or raise our profile through local events. We also need more people willing to go in and promote our work to local schools, churches and community organisations who are very generous in providing donations to our work.
Our promise to you
We ensure all those who volunteer with us feel valued, welcome and respected. We rely on the time and skills given by volunteers and in return provide them with training and guidance. You will be asked to do an induction training and shadow another volunteer initially so that you feel supported while learning about your role. Your time is precious and we appreciate and value the time our volunteers give to us.
If you want to volunteer, please click the button below.
Some frequently asked questions…
Can volunteering affect my benefits?
You are entitled to volunteer for as many hours as you wish, as long as you continue to keep to the conditions for receiving your benefit. This includes all benefits, including those that are means-tested. You can find more about this on the Government website here.
Do you have any age restrictions?
Volunteers who work at the Food Bank must be over 18 years old.
If I can’t volunteer regularly what else can I do?
We also need help with food collections and events that raise our profile and publicise our work. If you have skills that would be useful in this work please get in touch. Alternatively you could organise a food collection amongst your friends or colleagues, raise funds for us or just pop in and find out where we are!
If I have a criminal record can I still volunteer?
Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with us but we may need to assess any risks for you, other volunteers and our guests. In doing so, we will consider what the offence was, how long ago it was committed and its relevance to the volunteer role you are seeking. It should be noted that anyone with a caution or conviction for a sexual offence will not be able to volunteer.
I have a disability – can I help?
We embrace diversity and promote equality and inclusion. As a volunteer you can expect to be treated fairly, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, parental or marital status, disability, religion, colour, race, ethnic or national origins or socio-economic background. Please let us know if there are any health conditions or additional needs we may need to know about that could impact your volunteering in order for us to best support you to carry out your role.