Get Involved And Volunteer!

If you have some time and would like to help Nourish as a volunteer or by raising funds then we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer

Volunteering gives the opportunity to meet people, develop skills and make a positive impact within the community. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Supporting local people in crisis
  • Food redistribution instead of food waste and landfill
  • Sharing your skills
  • Working alongside people to help develop community initiatives

We have one off and ongoing opportunities for volunteers, with roles such as delivery drivers, fundraisers, event organisers and distribution venue volunteers.

Packing, sorting and driving opportunities are currently available on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and Midday.

Contact us at office@nourishcommunityfoodbank.org.uk or 01892 548892 or download the application form here and send it back.

Current Roles

We are looking for friendly teamworkers who are keen to help us continue to support the increasing numbers of people who find themselves in a crisis situation. We are looking for reliable volunteers with good interpersonal skills who can help with any of the following roles.

Note, hours do not need to be fixed and volunteers can select times that work best for them on a monthly basis

Warehouse Packer

  • To pack and prepare emergency foodbags for delivery, manage donated stock and maintain a clean and safe work environment
  • Requirements: Volunteers will be required to do some lifting, although trolleys are available to help transport goods
  • Location: Big Yellow Self Storage unit on the Longfield Industrial Estate
  • Hours available: 10-12 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Occasional out-of-hours if willing

See full description here

Delivery Driver

  • To collect foodbags from a central storage location for delivery to clients’ homes across Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas, or to pick up donations for delivery to the central storage location
  • Requirements: This is a physical role and lifting will be required. Volunteers must also have the use of a car (reimbursement for each journey is provided)
  • Location: Big Yellow Self Storage unit on the Longfield Industrial Estate and client homes (extending as far out as Goudhurst and Cranbrook on occasion)
  • Hours available: 10-12 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Occasional out-of-hours if willing.

See full description here

Collection Tin Co-ordinator

  • To identify new locations for Nourish donation pods across the community and manage all operational liaison and collections, with regular liaison with the Operations Manager
  • Requirements: Good organisation, administration and negotiation skills and access to car or good transport links (reimbursement for each car journey is provided)
  • Location: Home and donation location areas
  • Hours available: To suit

See full description here

Business Outreach Co-ordinator

  • To raise awareness of Nourish among local businesses and engage those willing to support with regular food donations and fundraising initiatives, with regular liaison with the Operations Manager
  • Requirements: Good organisation, marketing and negotiation skills and access to car or good transport links (reimbursement for each car journey is provided)
  • Location: Home and business location areas
  • Hours available: To suit

See full description here

Organisation and Group Outreach Co-ordinator

  • To raise awareness of Nourish among local organisations, e.g. Women’s Institute, Round Table, Rotary Club, and engage those willing to support with regular food donations, fundraising initiatives and grants, with regular liaison with the Operations Manager
  • Requirements: Good organisation, marketing and negotiation skills and access to car or good transport links (reimbursement for each car journey is provided)
  • Location: Home and organisation location areas
  • Hours available: To suit

See full description here

Community Awareness Champion

  • To raise awareness of Nourish in the local community via leaflet distribution and securing prominent poster display in central locations, with regular liaison with the Operations Manager
  • To look for opportunities to have Nourish involvement in community events and organise regular local street collections
  • Requirements: Good organisation, marketing and negotiation skills and access to car or good transport links (reimbursement for each car journey is provided)
  • Location: Home and in the community
  • Hours available: To suit

See full description here

Fundraising Champion

  • To help create, plan and manage all logistics in delivering fundraising events, on behalf of the Nourish Trustees
  • Requirements: Excellent organisation, marketing and negotiation skills and previous fundraising experience. Access to car or good transport links (reimbursement for each car journey is provided)
  • Location: Home and in the community
  • Hours available: To suit

See full description here

Corporate Volunteering

Group volunteering is a great way to build stronger teams and use skills to do something for your community. Volunteering for Nourish will give you a fantastic insight into how we work by getting involved at our unit at Big Yellow.

 

See how AXA recently helped out at Nourish here.

 

Contact us at office@nourishcommunityfoodbank.org.uk or 01892 548892 to find out how you can get a team involved.

 

Group Volunteering

We currently support volunteers from several groups and we would love to hear from you if your group would like to get involved with Nourish. We currently work with NCS, Duke of Edinburgh, Young Volunteers, Explorer Scouts, Challenger Troop and several Church Groups.

 

Duke Of Edinburgh Volunteering at Nourish

January 16th 2016 saw the first shift of D of E volunteers join the Nourish team.

Currently three boys from Skinners School and a year 10 student from Bennett Memorial volunteer every third Saturday with an additional year 7 Bennett student.

The team got straight down to work on their first shift tackling over 30 crates of food and managing to give all three units a spring clean and organised several parcels ready to go out on the following Monday.

See more info here

Contact us at office@nourishcommunityfoodbank.org.uk or 01892 548892 to find out how you can get a team involved.

Marianne, one of our Nourish volunteers, writes to tell us why she volunteers..

“I volunteer for Nourish because I’m selfish. I could tell you it’s because of politics; that it’s a disgrace that in one of the richest towns in the richest part of the UK there even needs to be a Foodbank. Which is true, and that’s what first made me volunteer, but it’s not why I carry on.

I could tell you it’s because I’m a good person – but people I know will read this and laugh and call me a liar. I’m definitely no Mother Theresa.

No, I volunteer for Nourish for three totally selfish reasons:

There’s very few charity things that make an immediate difference to someone’s life. I walk in to the Big Yellow Storage on Friday at 9.30am, pack a foodbag and it is delivered to someone in crisis by noon. So, no matter how rubbish and unproductive a week I’ve had, Nourish makes me appreciate my lucky life and makes me feel I’ve done something useful with my time.

2) I could fall ill, suffer a bereavement, be made redundant – and I may need Nourish at some point. I need all those people who donate and volunteer to be there if I have a crisis.

3) I’ve met some brilliant, amazing Nourish volunteers that I would never have met otherwise.

So give some tins, some time, some 10ps – they make a huge difference to someone in desperate need and I can guarantee you’ll feel pretty good about getting involved too."

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“When I see former colleagues, they always ask me what I do now I’ve ‘retired’ and nine times out of ten when I say that one of the things I’m doing is volunteering for the local food bank, they will say, ‘In Tunbridge Wells? Surely not?’.

Little do they know that even such a well-off town has people in great need, and so I tell them that, yes, Nourish has far too many clients and I’m happy to help in any way I can – bag packing, food unpacking, tin rattling, roster arranging and now business co-ordinator in the search for much-needed resources. Food and shelter are the two basic requirements of life and Nourish makes a huge difference to those who require a little bit of help at a difficult time.

What’s good is that it’s not a crutch, propping people up, it’s a bridge, helping them get over temporary problems, and on to a better future. And that’s why I feel that Nourish is worth supporting both through volunteering and donating.”

 

 

 

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