We welcome applications from everyone, whether you feel able to help us on a regular basis, occasionally as a stand-in or emergency volunteer (such as when a customer’s usual volunteer is unavailable due to illness or holiday), or even both.
There are currently two volunteer roles available within our Connects service.
In the volunteer shopper role, the Food Train Connects team will connect you with an older person living nearby who requires help with their weekly shopping.
You will collect your customer’s shopping list, do the shopping and deliver to their home using your own transport or on foot. It is intended that this is a volunteering activity you can undertake whilst doing your own shopping and therefore should not incur any additional cost to you, however if a special journey is required, Food Train can reimburse out of pocket travelling expenses where necessary.
All we ask of you is that you are willing:
In the volunteer phone friend role, the Connects team will connect you with one or more older people who would welcome a regular blether on the phone. You will call your ‘friends’ usually weekly or fortnightly (as agreed between you) and use the time to simply have a blether, check in on the individual’s wellbeing, allow them to share any current worries or concerns if they have any and importantly share a laugh where possible. If you identify any concerns or potential additional support needs, you will relay this to the staff team, who will follow-up.
All we ask of you is that:
If either of these roles sounds agreeable to you, we would love to have you on board. Please sign up below and we will be in touch shortly.