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Canterbury Food Bank CIO - Trustee Vacancy

An opportunity to make a difference to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury City Council District.
Canterbury Food Bank CIO (CFB) is a community project and registered charity providing emergency (three-day) food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury City Council District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages).
CFB has been operating since 2012 and currently has 6 Trustees from a variety of backgrounds. The Charity is looking for additional volunteers to join the Board of Trustees. CFB is keen to hear from people with skills in relevant areas including but not limited to, Finance, HR and IT who are interested in joining this exciting and rewarding project.
The Trustees meet for about one and a half hours once each month and a volunteer will need approximately 6 hours each month to devote to CFB Trustee work. The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Governance of the Charity.
If you would like to find out more about this opportunity please contact our Treasurer, Graham Bough on treasurer@canterburyfoodbank.org

Canterbury Food Bank Van Drivers
We are looking for volunteers who can drive the CFB van in Whitstable on a Thursday morning. It wouldn’t necessarily be every week as we have a rota system.
The diesel van is a Citroen Relay 35 L3 H2 120 Enterprise Van. It is 6 metres long, 2.5 metres wide and 2.5 metres high. Previous experience of van driving, minibus driving or driving larger vehicles would be essential, however no special driving licence is required. The van driver would also be required to help pack the van with food parcels and unload at the distribution cafe.

Canterbury Food Bank - Van Driver Assistants
Canterbury Food Bank requires volunteers to assist the van driver with manoeuvres. The driver assistant would accompany the van driver and help when manoeuvring the van and reversing. No driving is required, this is visual assistance. The assistant would also be required to help pack and unpack the food parcels from the van and assist in emptying the donation bins.

CFB is looking for volunteers who can help to collect our donations in the Herne Bay area.
This volunteering vacancy would involve emptying donations bins from various locations once a week in and around Herne Bay, and returning the food items to our warehouse for sorting. This would take approximately 2 hours a week.
The volunteer would be provided with a list of donation bins that required emptying. Training and support would be given.
Volunteers would use their own cars for this, but expenses can be covered.

Volunteer team members needed for our ‘Soup Cellar’ project in Whitstable
The ‘Soup Cellar’ is a project in Whitstable serving free homemade soup.
We are looking for volunteers to join our team on a Wednesday between 10.30 and 2.30 at the Umbrella Centre in Whitstable. We need volunteers to help cook the soup and also volunteers to help serve and chat to our customers. Not every week as there is a rota in place.
Please get in touch with Kath on supervisor@canterburyfoodbank.org for more information or to arrange a visit.

Training and support will be given.

We are looking for the following volunteers for our Whitstable distribution cafe which runs weekly on a Thursday from 9.30 am - 11 am.

Volunteer Meeters and Greeters
Desk Leader - To manage the desk and see clients who present with a food voucher
Session Leader - To ensure the smooth running of the CFB distribution cafe
Team Leader - To arrange the team rota and plan cafe sessions

A rota system will be in place so you will not need to volunteer every week.

No experience necessary as training and support will be given.

For further details please contact Kath on supervisor@canterburyfoodbank.org

CFB is looking for volunteers who can help pack and sort our donations in the warehouse
We are looking for volunteers to help pack and sort the donations on a Monday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm and Friday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am. If you can help please get in touch. Training and support will be given.

We look forward to hearing from you.

CFB is looking for a volunteer Warehouse Caretaker
Responsible for – Ensuring that the CFB warehouse is kept clean and tidy and to undertake any small jobs required.
• Ensure that the warehouse and surrounding area is clean and tidy, floor swept, bins emptied and boxes flattened for removal.
• Notify the warehouse supervisor of any concerns about the day to day operation of the Warehouse and ensure that all activities comply with CFB Policy and Procedures.
• Assist with maintaining the fabric of the building and its contents and help the warehouse supervisor to arrange for building maintenance/problem rectification.

here to download a Volunteer Application Form.

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here for contact details for return of form.

If you are interested in any of the volunteer vacancies, please email
supervisor@canterburyfoodbank.org or contact coordinator@canterburyfoodbank.org for further information.