Foodbank Doorstoppers Need You

Group collect donations for the H&F Foodbank at Olympia

Foodbank Doorstoppers Need You

Foodbank Doorstoppers are a local group that was formed in Hammersmith & Fulham at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak and they are looking for more volunteers.

Just as the need for foodbank services rose, donations were dropping as lockdown kept people inside and shopping habits changed. The group aimed to tackle this problem by collecting donations from doorsteps and transporting them to the H&F Foodbank at Olympia. They have collected over 20 tonnes of food, and at times have been responsible for over a third of the total stock at the foodbank.

They are looking to recruit new volunteers to let them continue our work as lockdown lifts. Some existing volunteers are returning to work - but they also want to expand collection rounds - they particularly need more volunteers in the Fulham side of the borough. They say volunteering with them is great because there are different types of roles to suit work and lifestyle patterns, they only need an hour or two at a time, and you get out and about and see the goodwill of our community first-hand.

They are not a charity just like-minded individuals who have come together to collect and redistribute donations. They are however an official partner of the foodbank.

To sign up, you firstly need to set up a Timecounts account (this is the system they use to organise ourselves). You then need to 'apply' to be a Doorsteppers volunteer - either as a leafletter, a collector, or a driver - or you can apply to do more than one role.

During this process, you will hear back from the via email (they urge you to check your junk mail folder if nothing arrives).

You should be accepted within 24 hours, again you will hear via email. Then you simply come back to the site, click on the Opportunities button, and apply for the Volunteer role you want to take on. You will get full instructions for the collection you are joining - tailored to whether you are a leafletter, driver or collector. You'll also hear from your squad via WhatsApp confirming the meeting point details etc the night before the collection.

For more information or to signup visit their web site.

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March 10, 2017