A foodbank in the Moorlands is appealing for people to come forward to be enrolled as new trustees with three current core members set to step down in the near future. Cheadle And District Foodbank is looking for volunteers to fill its soon-to-be-vacant treasurer, stock manager and volunteer co-ordinator roles.
A foodbank in the Moorlands is appealing for people to come forward to be enrolled as new trustees with three current core members set to step down in the near future.
Cheadle And District Foodbank is looking for volunteers to fill its soon-to-be-vacant treasurer, stock manager and volunteer co-ordinator roles.
The charity helped 121 people across December, taking its 2021 total up to 924, which includes 415 children – an increase of around 30-35 per cent on last year.
A huge 943kg of stock was handed out over the festive period with 9,459kg given to those in need throughout the past 12 months.
“We incrementally get busier each year,” Diane White, Foodbank Project Manager, told the Times & Echo.
“I suppose you could say Covid and the pandemic has increased that.
“We were fortunate that we had some exceptional donations in terms of people who left cash for us but then also people who donated food.”
These money donations were put towards helpful initiatives for the foodbank’s clients this December.
Diane explained: “One of them was with Moorlands Home Link, who donated a three-course Christmas meal to a number of their own clients on Christmas Eve, but also they agreed to cook and deliver to quite a number of our own most-in-need clients.
“Those were clients identified by referral agencies, it wasn’t something you could apply for, as it were.”
She added: “We also did an initiative with Woolliscroft Butchers (located on Cheadle high street), where clients who needed to use us during the month of December were given a small meat pack voucher from ourselves, which allowed them from Christmas Eve to go along and pick certain items.
“They were able to get whatever they wanted up to a certain value, which was commensurate to the size of the family coming in.
“And from some of the feedback we’ve had, I think those initiatives were really well received.
“We’re a charity run totally by volunteers so whether we can do it in subsequent years would depend on receiving financial donations again next year but we’ll see how we go.”
Diane told of how a handful of trustees are planning to vacate their positions within the group of seven trustees, meaning there are opportunities opening up for those who would like to have a deeper helping hand in the charity.
“It will require a little more time than someone who just comes along on the Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon sessions,” Diane outlined.
“We meet regularly, not necessarily every month or six weeks, but on a when-required basis.
“We do some of that virtually now but nevertheless, we’re looking for someone who has a little bit of time to spare.
“And has maybe someone who has done any kind of role in life where there has been some kind of decision-making going on, or have tried to draw conclusions from data so we can work out what to do next.”
For the role of treasurer, Diane said the individual would have duties of book-keeping, accounting for cash donations and other income as well as expenditure.
“Some experience of accountancy book-keeping would be desirable, but we’re more than happy to train somebody,” she added.
The stock manager will be responsible for controlling stock levels, looking at data to determine what demand there might be over coming months, and liaising with the donor supply chain.
The volunteer co-ordinator will look after the running of the volunteer base, volunteers numbers and volunteer recruitment.
In regard to this specific role, Diane said: “There are certain health and safety requirements that we have to take care of.
“We have to have a small awareness around vulnerable people who come into the foodbank, so maybe somebody who is used to working with groups of people, someone who is used to sitting and listening.”
She continued: “All roles need to be able to work as a multi-disciplinary team of six or seven and help keep the foodbank ticking over.”
Those who are interested in any of these trustee roles can contact the foodbank on 07902 835158 or via email at email@example.com.
Alternatively, use the messaging service on the ‘Cheadle And District Foodbank’ Facebook page.
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