Volunteer with Us

Volunteers are the life blood of The Trussell Trust.

Whether you’re giving out food to people in crisis at a foodbank centre or helping sort clothes for our charity shops, we could not operate without people like you giving your time. An amazing 40,000 volunteers helped us last year.

Join our team of volunteers

You can volunteer anything from a few hours to two days a week…

We really value any contribution you make, your time and skills could be just what we need.

We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.

“Volunteering at The Trussell Trust has turned my world around. It does me good, as well as allowing me to help others.”
– Shop volunteer

Volunteer looking through shelves of food

“It’s a great feeling to go home after a day at the foodbank centre knowing that someone won’t go hungry that night.”
– Foodbank volunteer

Explore the various types of volunteering activities and find the right fit for you. Here are just a few examples:

Warehouse volunteer
Foodbanks weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into parcels for clients to collect. You could help in this vital work to help us ensure we have the right food available at all times.

Working in a foodbank centre
Meet clients and give out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.

Van driver
Help with collecting food from a supermarket collection point or even visiting clients homes to deliver food to people who cannot get out and about.

Supermarket collections
Help out at a foodbank supermarket collection encouraging people to donate and collect items.

“I find it rewarding in many ways; good company, plenty of laughs and the chance to help those in society who are in genuine and desparate need. The hours I volunteer are ideal and I still have plenty of time to enjoy my retirement in other ways.”
Peter, Volunteer

Foodbank volunteers

Approximately over 40,000 people across the UK volunteered with a foodbank in 2015/16, helping The Trussell Trust get emergency food to people in crisis.

Contact your nearest foodbank to get involved with foodbank volunteering opportunities near you.


Social Enterprise volunteers

As well as helping with our foodbanks, you could also get involved with our various social enterprises projects (where available):

Where we have shops (Salisbury, Verwood, Ferndown, Winton, Boscombe, Ringwood, Shirley, Fareham and Farnborough)

  • Working in our shops
  • Donating good quality clothes, furniture and other items to our shops
  • Collecting and delivering furniture (Salisbury, Shirley, Ferndown)

In Salisbury only

For more information and to get involved, see our Social Enterprises page.

Salisbury volunteering opportunities

Volunteer at our Head Office

At our Salisbury Head Office, we always need specialist support – be it with our fundraising team, helping the Network Support team or using specialist skills such as PR, events or within our activities.
Contact monica.wilson@trusselltrust.org or call 01722 580 184

Overseas Projects

Every year in Salisbury, we collect thousands of shoe boxes donated by the public to take out to Bulgaria as part of our Overseas Projects. Sometimes this is the only present that people will get this Christmas. Volunteer filling up and mailing out Christmas shoe boxes, or come and help sort them in November.
Contact monica.wilson@trusselltrust.org

Friends of Salisbury Foodbank

Join our newest volunteering group to help with local events, fundraise and enthuse the local community to support Salisbury Foodbank.
Contact monica.wilson@trusselltrust.org

Salisbury shops opportunities

To enquire about current Salisbury shops opportunities (as well as Dorset, Farnborough or Solent shops).
Contact monica.wilson@trusselltrust.org