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Pandemic Volunteering Stories – Joan, Cleckheaton Food bank

After retiring I needed to feel useful, so I contacted the foodbank to see if I could help. I also Volunteer as a Telephone Befriender with Age UK.

I started with the Foodbank in May 2020, in my role I pack the bags which are then delivered by other volunteers. It is very satisfying to be helping people directly, knowing you are putting food on the table for them. I volunteer with a lovely bunch of people, in the time of lockdown it has been a great way of having contact with others.

Find out more

Cleckheaton Foodbank Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cleckheatonfoodbank/

You can visit their JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CleckheatonFoodBank

There are a number of foodbanks across Kirklees, and the need has grown during the pandemic. The largest food bank in Kirklees is the Welcome Centre https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/

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Covid-Safe Volunteering

If you are volunteering in lockdown, please make sure that you are staying safe and are up-to-date with the current rules and guidance.

From 29th March, you should continue to volunteer from home where possible unless you cannot reasonably do so. You can leave home to volunteer if you are not required to isolate for any reason. Please make sure that you are following the guidelines to stay safe.

From 12th April, we move to Step 2 of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap.  This is when charity shops, libraries, and community centres can reopen, and cafes can serve people outside, which will mean that more people will be volunteering outside their homes and we may start to get more new volunteering opportunities.

If you are looking for a volunteering role, please visit our I Want To Volunteer page.

Find out more about the lockdown rules for volunteering