Volunteer

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*** COVID-19 UPDATE - PLEASE READ ***

Unfortunately we don't have any vacancies at the moment but as soon as we do we will let everyone know. We have been inundated with enquiries regarding volunteering and we currently have a full team at the warehouse in Brierly Hill. The community response to the pandemic has been incredible and we have been overwhelmed by how many people have offered to help.

Please call Dudley CVS to find out about volunteering vacancies across Dudley on 01384 573381.

Schools, colleges and nurseries can all get involved and organise a collection point. We can provide posters and shopping lists. Once you have collected a few items you can bring them over the warehouse in Brierley Hill and see where the donations go and how they are used.

At work; get permission to have a collecting box, offer to bring the donations to us or one of our centres listed on the locations page.

Talk about us and raise awareness at your place of worship/work/education;

Employee/Corporate Volunteering

*** COVID-19 UPDATE - PLEASE READ ***

Unfortunately, due to social distancing measures, the uncertainty of our donations and because we want corporate volunteers to have a full experience of BCFB, which we cannot guarantee with an unpredictable workload, we are unfortunately having to cancel all 2020 bookings as a precautionary measure.  Hopefully we can resume the booking of slots in 2021 when business is more stable.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make because of the relationships we are keen to build and maintain with local businesses and organisations in our community but, as I’m sure you appreciate, we have to follow Government guidance and make sure both your staff and ours are kept as safe as possible throughout this difficult and uncertain time.

If you are in a position to, there are still plenty of ways to support BCFB, i.e. donations of food and toiletries, fundraising events, etc .  We have ideas and resources on our website if this is something you may want to get involved with (www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/support/fundraising-ideas).

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We love having corporate volunteers helping us at the warehouse in Brierley Hill. Over the last few years we have had lots of organisations helping us out for the day including Coventry Building Society, TSB, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, YBS, Costa Coffee, INTU Merry Hill, Interserve, Virgin Media to name but a few!

We always have positive feedback from the employees who take part in our volunteering days. The types they do include dating stock, sorting stock and stacking shelves. If we have the time (and we will try and make time) we take the group along to one our Distribution Centres to see first-hand how the donations travel through the system and arrive at a centre ready to go in a food parcel.

We really value our corporate volunteers as they always work hard and learn so much about Black Country Foodbank.

Here are a few comments from some of the team members:

Ed from AF Blakemore told us that, "through volunteering with us for a day he learnt and understood how Foodbanks operated and gained an appreciation of community led initiatives".

Linda from INTU Merry Hill said that she, "realised how much hard work and time is given by so many people".

If you are part of an organisation who would like to give some time to volunteering please get in touch. We hold our corporate volunteering days from the middle of September to the end of January (work permitting). We can take groups of 5 or less due to space.