Food Pantry Volunteer

Ashton United in the Community is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing grant funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Funding from the fund will help us join with our friends in Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group to set up a Food Pantry for the benefit of local people. This is on the back of the sterling work carried out by our teams of volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen us utilise the facilities at Hurst Cross to establish a place where people can come and get free food. The new Food Pantry, run by local volunteers, will be set up in a building in Cedar Park and will be a more lasting place for local people to visit. AUITC will support the team to be able to ‘stand on their own two feet’ and establish a more permanent location. Also the grant will help us tackle ‘Holiday Hunger’ where we will be able to provide meals for children during the school holidays through on site and pop up distribution. As we begin to roll out the activities and plans to distribute food to families and children we will keep you updated with photographs and comments from those receiving the support. We intent to make a difference!
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Welcoming members of the public that are in need of a food parcel. Deliverying food parcels to vulnerable people. Organising stock.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Customer service-previously worked in a supermarket or similar
Food Manual handling knowledge-Stock rotation
Food knowledge-doesn’t specifically have to be Food Hygiene trained, but will be an advantage.
Pleasant and Non-Judgemental of a diverse Community.

Areas of Interest: Children, Community, Crisis Support, Families, Foodbanks, Health and wellbeing, Hunger, Older people, Poverty, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Micro, Older people, Outdoor, People seeking work, Short term commitment
What activities will the volunteer do? Customer Services, Food banks, Lending a helping hand
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Ashton United in the Community
Organisation Profile: Founded in 1878 Ashton United FC is one of the oldest football clubs in the world, with Hurst Cross the second longest continually played on ground in the world. The club competes in the Vanarama National League North, the 2nd tier of Non League Football, at a very high standard, competing with the likes of Stockport County, York City, Altrincham, Fc United of Manchester and local rivals Curzon Ashton FC. As a club, we have a loyal and very strong working Board of Directors and group of volunteers, most having served the club for many years. Very much a family orientated club, ‘The Robins’ are proud of the partnership that exists between the club and Ashton United in the Community, a registered charity that supports community engagement, and provides for volunteering opportunities for local people through roles within the football club and within the local community. We are committed to developing young talent in our region, whilst also offering volunteers the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge. We are proud that many of our volunteers, having learned new skills and gained experience with the club, have moved from a voluntary role into full time employment elsewhere in the professional game.
Charity number: 1166483